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David Parker

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  • Birthday 01/26/1950

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    Coldwater Ontario Canada
  1. Sorry if this sounds off Steve, but I was offering a suggestion. Not asking for your approval.
  2. I repair many rods each year and my method is using a heat gun. High heat for a few seconds on the tip top metal shank usually does the trick, pull the tip top straight off the blank with needle nose pliers. Never had an issue. I apply all tip tops using 15 minute LePages epoxy while the rod sits level in the rod stands and check twice to insure the tip top is on the blank spine prior to the epoxy setting up. Everyone has a method that works for them. Mine has worked successfully for me for the last 25 years + without any issues or customer complaints after the fact.
  3. Finally got back to the vice and thinking spring. Started to fill some voids in the fly boxes, so started with some Zonkers. Sorry for the photography, but all I have is my Olympus u Tough waterproof pocket camera.
  4. I forgot to mention that I powder coat in quantity using a nice stainless steel Kitchen Aid Toaster Oven that I purchased for $10 at a Thrift bargain store. It was a used one that needed a slight clean up to make it look like new, but it works like new and for the price, it was better than holding jigs and eyes above an open flame. It is great for curing the powder paint as well. I do this work in my garage during warmer times here in Ontario, usually doing large numbers of jigs and dumbbell eyes at a time, thus I can make a mess without having an upset spouse.
  5. I powder coat all of mine and have found that the paint holds up fairly well, better than model paint. Been doing this for about 4 years now with fairly good results, but have found like almost all others the paint will eventually chip off over time when bounced against rocks or hard bottom debris. That's okay with me though, for they are easy to do and by the time the paint chips, it's usually time to replace the fly anyway.
  6. Great ties everyone! Scott, those Muddler patterns you've been posting are amazing. Being a Fly Tier, I can only imagine the size of your material inventory. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas everyone!
  7. Wow!! First the Rat series and now these. IMO, your workmanship certainly opens ones eyes to beautiful fly patterns. Thanks for sharing them.
  8. Looks like you are having a great trip with a nice variety of catches considering the weather issues. Gotta love Smallmouth Bass on the fly. Thanks for sharing those pics. I have yet to catch a Walleye on a fly to date, for here in Ontario I fish lakes due to the lack of local large rivers, for most big rivers are 3 hour drive from my home yet the lake is 20 minutes away to launch my boat.
  9. Wow! Something I certainly have never seen before and I'll bet like minnows, there are many different varieties. I always admire your posted pics as well as your excellent tying. Thanks for sharing them all.
  10. No I don't. I thought I would once I retired, but my rod business takes priority over tying, so most of my tying is done during winter when fresh water is hard here in Ontario. I do visit this site almost daily to see all the great patterns, which leads me to take time out to try something new when I get out fishing.
  11. I'm now into my 3rd year enjoying retirement. I started working straight out of college back in 1970 in Steel Manufacturing as a design Draftsman. Did that for a total of 15 yrs at 3 different companies. Was promoted into Production Supervision at the 3rd company after 10 yrs, but as free trade started to remove much of the manufacturing jobs here in Canada, the company closed after my 17 yrs there. Next move was into plastic injection moulding as a Production Supervisor, but when I reached the golden age of 56, I was given the big brown envelope along with many of my senior co-workers...…( cost savings BS by top management. ) Finding myself out of work for the first time in my life in 2006, I spent many hours de-stressing by fishing and fly tying when I had time free from job hunting. Due to the lack of good paying jobs in my area, I went back to school in 2007 and earned my credentials as a PSW (Personal Support Worker) and worked in Long Term Care Nursing until February 2016. By that time, I had had enough of working full time and was ready to retire. Thankfully, I had started my home based business ( Flies, Rod & Reel Service ) back in 1996 as a future plan for retirement and had worked hard during my off-work hours to gain my Professional Custom Rod Builder Certification in Aug 2007. My business has grown steadily since it's birth in Sept 1996 and I now spend many hours each week custom building, repairing or restoring damaged fishing rods for all anglers. This still leaves me time to enjoy fishing, fly tying, my Springer Spaniel and of course time with my wonderful wife.
  12. It still feels like March here in Ontario! Happy Spring fishing to you all, whenever Spring gets here.
  13. Wow! This is extremely rich looking and IMO a beautiful tie. Thx for sharing.
  14. Good one Kimo...…………………...happy April Fool to you too!
  15. Spring is fast approaching they say! Here is a couple more Pike Flies on heavy Mustad irons. Craft fur with Bucktail + Congo hair with Bucktail.
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