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  1. Thanks all for the helpful suggestions! Mike.
  2. Greed? Try basic economics. Why would anyone undervalue their work? We pay more for branding and for quality all of the time. Considering the current supply of new Laws (very few) and price of the market is willing to pay for used Laws, this would seem to be a fair price. While there are plenty that can't afford or dont want the vise, the few that can and do make up for that, and everyone can happily tie flies. No need for judgment.
  3. I'm going to be teaching common knots for flyfishing to small groups of people at an upcoming event. I've done this in the the past but have not come up with a material to use for demonstration that is easy to see and to manipulate. Ideally I would like to be able to give some to 3 or 4 people and have them tie along. Have any of you come up with a solution or have suggestions? Thanks, Mike.
  4. This is the best video I know of on tying Wulff style wings. The combing tip works really well. http://on.aol.com/video/the-basics-of-fly-tying---wolf-winging-259887187
  5. I really loved this film. It is not really about fly tying, but certainly contains plenty of tying. Beautifully filmed and well worth $10. Mike.
  6. Nature has already done the study for us. The vast majority of mayfly duns consumed by trout since the species first learned to swim have had wings. Of course its not a controlled study, so we should all feel completely comfortable ignoring millennia of evolution and catch the stupid beasts with whatever strikes our fancy:-) The biggest mistake people make in this hobby is to fall for the tying for fish/fisherman dichotomy. Tie flies for yourself. If you are happy, then your flies are perfect.
  7. That's what I do too. I use baseball card sheets that I think hold 9 packs each. It also works great for hooks in plastic bags. Mike.
  8. This is a tricky issue and sort of like arguing religion. If your catching fish, your tying them right! One surprising point alluded to above. The images that Silver Creek posted are what the fly looks like after it enters the trout's "window." The diameter of the window depends on the depth of the fish, so as it rises the window shrinks. The first thing the fish sees is the light pattern made by the indentations in the film from the flys legs and tail, followed by the tips of the wings. By the time it is possible for the fish to see the body it has, in most cases, already refused the fly. I highly recommended reading Vince Marinaro's "In the Ring of the Rise" and "A Modern Dry Fly Code" for a full exposition on the importance of wings. And before anyone yells at me ;-) parachute posts, undivided wings, comparadun wings, and even hackle alone may serve a similar purpose. But winged dry flies just look better. Mike.
  9. Great tip! That really helps lock the material in place.
  10. You will find plenty of information here:https://www.detteflies.com Helpful and very knowledgeable with a great history. Mike.
  11. Thinned Ace hardware spar varnish is what I mostly use. I think I paid $7 for a lifetime supply. I like it because it penetrates deep into the wraps. For shiny heads on a fly like a Micky Finn I'll use some old thick Sally Hansen, or more recently a product called Hard as Hull.
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