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  1. I suggest a modified one of these, LOL. I searched but was not able to find any replacement bags for the size of net you need. You could go to Frabill and see if they will sell you just the net bag. https://www.frabill.com/power-stow-knotless-net
  2. I would try a size 12 and 14 for panfish and size 8 for the bass tied on a 3XL hook.
  3. I suggest getting a shallow bag "catch and release" type bag that does not bend the fish when you net it. One source is the "measure net" bag. https://measurefish.com/t/net-bags
  4. Here's another idea. If you are a new fly fisher, perhaps you should first buy a few flies that other fly fishers say will work in your area and fish them. If they do work, then buy the materials for them and learn how to tie them.
  5. The Southern Wisconsin Chapter of TU gave a free beginner’s course in fly tying. he course guide is an excellent free guide for beginners with a pattern list of basic flies. They also have a list of basic tools and materials. Since the course provides all fly materials, there is no list of basic pattern materials other than thread. These PDFs will be up for a short time. I suggest that anyone interested in fly tying download the PDFs. You can buy the materials in the Material PDF to tie the flies in the Course Booklet. the Wooly Bugger is the first fly in Fly Tying course booklet. Buy some "Wooly Bugger Saddle Hackle" - Google it PDF of Tying Course Booklet: https://www.swtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Fly-Tying-I-Instructional-Booklet.pdf PDF of Tool and Materials: https://tinyurl.com/y8eooapu
  6. Trying to compare fly tying threads by the "aught" system doesn't really work. Read this article: http://www.swtu.org/pdfs/fly_tying/Threads.pdf Here is a thread comparison chart comparing what the manufactures say the tread is and what the actual denier is. Denier is the actual mass of the thread. Veevus 12/0 and 14/0 are essentially identical in the the amount of material in the thread. Here is a hook with 60 wraps of thread. Why is Veevus 16/0 the same as Veevus 14/0 and why are do they not have significantly less bulk than Bennichi 12/0 thread. The point is that without standards, a thread maker can label his tread with whatever "aught" size they want. Here is a table of tying threads https://globalflyfisher.com/tie-better/fly-tying-thread-table
  7. That's the collet screw and is exactly what I wrote on the other duplicate thread the OP started.
  8. Loosen the screw/knob on the collet of the vise.
  9. The Killer Bug is a specific pattern that is tied with a specific yarn (Chadwick 447). It should also be tied with an underwrap of Copper Wire. The copper wire provides weight to sink the fly and the copper tint is seen through the Chadwicks yarn when it is wet. There are a number of variations like the Utah Killer Bug that use substitute yarns. Occasionally cards of Chadwick 447 come up for sale and they are bid up to ridiculous prices. There have been attempts to find matches for the Chadwick 447 yarn but none are very good. A popular substitute is Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift Oyster 290 but it is a poor substitute in my opinion. I have a skein and it is not a good match. However, I have a perfect match to Chadwick 447 that a fly tying friend (Phil A) found. How did he know that it was a perfect match? He was able to compare the yarn with a card of real Chadwick 447 that he found on an auction of miscellaneous used balls of yarn. He spotted the card of Chadwick 447 and bought the lot of yarn just for that one card of Chadwick 447. So what is the matching yarn? It is Berroco UAF 1214 Steel Cut Oats. The flies and photos below are Phil A's comparing the Chadwick to the Berroco yarn. You can read the original post here: http://www.wisflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1427852159 Here are his comparison photos: A comparison of Chadwick's yarn (bottom) and UAF1214 (top) as each appears on a card: The 5 flies on the left with the red tag are Chadwick and the 5 on the right are Berroca. Here is another example of the color match. Three Killer Bugs tied with Chadwick's on the left and three with UAF1214 on the right: Close-up views of Killer Bugs, both wet and dry: And another example. Three of each, but I lost track of which are Chadwick's and which are UAF1214. (These are the flies that were inadvertently mingled.)
  10. You need a cow magnet. Yes, they are a real thing. Google it.
  11. Local knowledge is best so my recommendation is to see if you have a local chapter of TU or Federation of Fly Fishers. Contact the chapter president and see if there is a fly tyer/fisher who is willing to help you choose a vise in that fits your budget and materials for flies that work in the waters you fish. The fly tyer will know simple effective patterns and I suspect that most fly tyers will be willing to teach you how to tie those patterns.
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