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  1. Very nice photo, thanks for posting. Great idea for attractors. Regards, FK
  2. Several years ago, when the LAW vise was readily available, I tied on several friends vises. At that time I was a collector of tying vises to use, not as investments. I called Lawrence and spoke to him for a special order, he had already jumped the price to over $800. Last year several in my area sold for approx. $800-$900 which is reasonable if you compare to other commercial vises. Not for me, the Renzetti Masters and Dyna King are more comfortable and hold the hook better. Regards, FK
  3. It all depends upon your rod line weight and casting experience. One important item is immediately after the rod stop on forward cast,,,, move the rod tip towards your body center line. This prevents an errant cast with low loop from crashing into the rod and breaking the tip. Regards, FK
  4. Nice fly, thanks for posting. I suggest casting it with a two handed rod,,, very smooth and easy with longer rod and relatively heavy line. It takes mass (line weight) to cast mass, is an old saying in the two handed community. Regards, FK
  5. Bright sunny day with clear water = White, Chartreuse Dark day or dirty water = Black, Purple, dark Olive or Brown. I also change out the colors until the response to a color is determined. Regards, FK
  6. I have been casting and experimenting with the OPST and RIO Skagit Trout lines since their introduction. Have the OPST in a set up to 350gr and all of the RIO Skagit Trout lines as well as Skagit Short in a full set. Recommending a specific line weight is difficult until I can observe your individual casting style. The average 9ft 4wt likes a 200gr and the 5wt about 225gr with a tip of 7.5 or 10ft. Any additional questions and I will be happy to respond. Regards, FK Spey Casting North East
  7. Replace the batteries,,, most of the UV lights will work fine until the battery gets weak,, then the wavelength and light output is too weak to cure the resin. Regards, FK
  8. Friends who make annual trips to Canada for pike have changeed to heavy wire SS saltwater hooks. TheY had too many large fish straighten traditional standard wire large hooks. Regards, FK
  9. Very inspiring concept. I just ordered a spool of hollow braided 200# Kevlar. Thanks for posting. Regards, FK
  10. Thanks for posting. My old Renzetti foam block tool holder is now approx. $20 retail. Scrap wood and drill press, nice. Regards, FK
  11. I have used Ambush lines for years on my Trout Spey and SH rods. In my collection is 4wt through 8wt. These are not made for delicate presentation of dry flies,, the lines are more Skagit taper with a very short front taper and will crash into the water at turnover. They can be modified with a Airflo Polyleader of 10ft or RIO Versi Leader both of which are heavy fly line coating on mono. This will extend the front taper and with addition of 8ft of tippet allow more delicate landing. The running line is rather thick in diameter and makes any distance casting a struggle. The total had length is rather short at 18ft for 4wt-6wt and 20ft for 7wt -8wt. OPST is a classic Skagit taper shooting head with little front taper and will require a tip of floating, intermediate or sinking fly line plus leader. When the lines were introduced I purchased a set from 150gr through 350gr for testing on my Trout Spey rods and light weight SH rods. The head length varies with line weight from 12ft to 18ft depending upon head weight. They work very similar for presentation wrt the Ambush lines and both benefit from the type and weight of tip attached. In general, I prefer the Ambush lines for heavy flies and striping in closer to the rod tip in smaller waters. Easier to pick up and recast when striped close. The OPST heads are more versatile for longer distance casting with various head weight changes depending upon conditions and size/weight of fly desired. The OPST heads also excel when used with SH rods and Spey casting. These lines are not only for heavy sinking flies,,, add a floating fly line tip and longer leader for easy fast conversion to wet flies and soft hackles. As mentioned the real fishing advantage is Spey casting these lines,, no overhead or back cast is required, once you become comfortable with a switch or sustained anchor style of casting, the over head back cast is no longer necessary. Regards, FK
  12. Creamer, When you do work up a smaller version for late evening smallmouth and LM, please post details. Regards, FKu
  13. With instruction, I have experienced some new tiers getting very good in a few months. Most are average or below average after many years of part time interest. It all depends upon the individual and the intensity of study applied. We have a extensive resource of DVD and book detailed information available today. Regards, FK
  14. Good move, I changed to true rotary over 30 years ago and really enjoy the flexibility. I have a HMH from the 1970's and occasionally use it for very small simple nymphs. Regards, FK
  15. Yes, for size 12 and smaller. Regards, FK
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