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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. FKROW


    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
  16. FKROW

    White Fly Rods?

    I have two white custom Thomas & Thomas Spey rods made for me by the previous owner. When I showed him the box of bright orange Spey lines that Simon Gawesworth of RIO gave to me for demo purposes,,,, he told the T&T plant manager to make me some white fly rods for our classes. They really pop in photos and videos. I believe Tim Rajeff offers special order Echo white rods for instructors. Never observed any disadvantage while fishing these white rods. I believe the flash of sunlight reflection is more observable to the fish than the actual rod color. Regards, FK
  17. Point the jaws straight at your position by rotating the vise assembly 90 degrees clock wise. Next, rotate the vise jaws 90degrees clock wise so they are horizontal. For a RH tier, the parachute post is now horizontal and facing to your RH side. Some find it easier to wrap the feather in this position than if the post is vertical. Your arms are lower and more comfortable. I prefer to apply some head cement to the bottom of the post,, let it dry completely,,, and then tie in the feather without using the parachute attachment. Regards, FK
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    I am also a vice junkie,,, have several of each brand,,, Renzetti, Dyna-King, Norvise and HMH. Having tried the J-Vise and LAW design at friends,,, I find them rather uncomfortable to use. Being right handed, I like to rest my left hand on the vise body when assembling materials,,, these designs require the left hand to be unsupported and hang in space above the vise jaws. Beautiful craftsmanship but not very user friendly. Regards, FK
  19. Idaho RC, Yes the vertical dog leg shaft will rotate, it is held in place with lock screw on the vise main stem. However, the brass coupling is fixed and does not rotate. Obviously the entire assembly will rotate with the rotary function on the main horizontal shaft and jaws. Simple neat design,, it would be easy to duplicate in a home work shop. Regards, FK
  20. "They have been sold for hair cutting for a lot longer." I remember,, many years ago, when my hair was thick & full,,, barber using them on me. Regards, FK
  21. At Somerset years ago a tier from Iceland told me that a Snow Runner was a pony,, they are harvested for food in his home country. We cringe at eating pets and make up strange names for obvious reasons. Regards, FK
  22. Anvil has sold thinning scissors for fly tying for many years. Model 90-T and 55-T Very useful for synthetics. Regards, FK
  23. Here is my old Renzetti Master serial no. 305 with attachment no. X8008. Found it in a box of accessories. Regards, FK
  24. Mike, I searched my files,,, no, gave them away on DVD to the students and deleted the originals. I have retired from teaching, these old legs have a tough time running between students for 4-5 hours. Gave the business to my two younger partners who have classes monthly, will try to meet up and make some videos this summer. Regards, FK
  25. This may help,,, when Ed does his sweep,, the rod is almost horizontal with slight upward path,,,, it moves into a upward motion at the end of the horiz sweep and the 45 degree thrust is performed at the top of the lift or Circle Up motion. The 45 degree thrust is not a push and stop motion,,, it is done in a continuous motion while in the circle up. Remember, stopping the rod unloads the rod or allows it to become straight,, all of that sweeping CMCL loading is lost and you then have a very short stroke to load (bend) the rod again. Rather confusing at first but critical,,, the 45 degree thrust is one continuous motion built into the circle up. It directs the line out and away from the caster and prevents hooking behind the head. When I was teaching, we had a large pool close to a bridge overpass,,, I would us my digital SLR to take videos of students from the over head position and show the casters what the rod motion really is doing. This was a great help in visualizing the simple but very unfamiliar rod sweeps and lifts which SH casters never are concerned with when casting. This teaching tool was given to me by Ed Jaworowski,,, he makes a DVD of student casting and when they return in a few weeks/months the progress can be examined in detail. I coached a student who was testing for the FFF Two Handed exam,, the DVD was very helpful for him to study and actually observe any problems. You could set up a smart phone or DSL on a tripod and video yourself casting,,, much easier to study and apply basic principles. When I started on the TH rod path,, luckily I had a fishing partner with more years of Spey casting experience and we would observe and coach each other. Regards, FK
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