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  1. Sweet pattern. Will definately tie some of these up. I recently (last year) traded the Gunny, Taylor and East for the Shoshone, Bighorn and Yellowstone systems. While I'm happy with the relocation, I still miss the G Valley fisheries where I learned to fish as a child and refined while at WSC.
  2. I'd like to throw one more in the mix. The Griffin Odyssey Spider. I have one as a travelling/back-up vise. It's light and portable, but you have to buy a pedestal separately, if you want to not use the C-clamp. I would suggest that you try any or all of them before you buy. Depending on where you live and what you intend to tie, make sure the vise will hold the potential largest and smallest hook securely. The Anvil, Danvise, Griffin or the entry level Renzetti would probably be good choices. They are all different in design. Choose the vise which suits your tying needs and techniques best.
  3. A bodkin or sewing needle for smaller flies if a head cement treatment is needed or wanted, or a round wooden toothpick for larger streamer type flies. Also I trim the bristles by dividing the applicator bristles in 1/3s and cutting off the outer bristles, leaving the center 1/3 intact.
  4. I'm probably over-critical so I have to keep reminding myself that flies tend to attract fish (hopefully) and fisherman. Alot of the time the two are completely different. A good example: I was having a conversation yesterday at a local fly shop about sowbugs and whether there was an advantage to wrap soft hackles on them. The owner of the shop indicated the hackled ones sold better but didn't seem to catch more or bigger fish. Maybe that's a local water result, or not.
  5. Mostly Sally's Hard as Nail, but occasionally Dave's.
  6. I have a 3' length of backing strung across the peg board and hang most of them from that. Larger streamers and buggers go into a foam block.
  7. Holy cow. They don't make magnifiers strong enough for me to try a fly that small. Maybe a microscope. I used to tie down to 24, but now 22 is the smallest I can tie. Over 50 eyesight sucks. I didn't know anyone made a vice that fit anything smaller than a 28. But seriously, great job.
  8. Thumbs up. Nice fly and well done.
  9. I'm with you Smalliestalker, buggers are my least favorite to tie, and I really don't know why. But like to fish with them when I need to. I will usually try to keep 20 in black, 20 in olive and 20 in brown. Some with sparkle, some without. With 20 of each on hand, I don't have to tie them very often. Your last evening tying was well spent. They look good.
  10. 15 years. 99.9999% of the flies I've tied have been for trout. The usual, dries, wet/nymphs and streamers. I got a wild hair once and built 4 fairly large saltwater/salmon flies that were never fished. Maybe someday.
  11. Oh yeah, much to my wife's displeasure. I've collected antelope and bear hair from barbed wire, road kill hare masks (that one really grosses her out), feathers both found and from hunting turkey, pheasants and waterfowl. Also deer, elk and moose hair from hunting or collected hiking from winterkill animals. Saves money. Natural recycling at its best.
  12. Thanks David. I used to live in Greeley and still have friends in the Johnstown/Greeley area.
  13. I've been tying for over 15 years after learning under the capable hands of Tim Wade in Cody. Primary waters are the North Fork of the Shoshone, Big Horn, Madison and Firehole in the Park and Gunnison and Taylor in Colorado. Keep the ice out of your guides, Kel
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