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  1. Since he lives in Wisconsin, he sells at several of the fly fishing and tying events like the Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener. I have bought from him at these events. I never buy hackle I can't examine.
  2. I use a 22 caliber bore cleaning brush as a dubbing brush. I carry one in my fly tying kit and one in my fishing vest to rough up my nymphs to make them look "buggy" before fishing them.
  3. I see several potential problems with the vise. The length of the jaws is unusually long and will put more of stress on the jaws. Secondly the jaws seem to tighten with a knob rather than with a lever action. This limits the ability to tighten the jaws and the ability of the vise to hold hooks. I suggest you test the vise by putting both a small hook like a size 20 and then a larger hook like a size 2 into the jaws and see if the fise holds the hooks adequately.
  4. I guess Danville vise jaws are poorly made. Previous post about problems with the jaws. https://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/80612-danvise-very-frustrated-with-jaws/ https://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/42645-replacement-danvise-jaws/ https://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/36228-problems-with-danvise/
  5. We think alike. It's about time for another go-around. I wrote about them back in this post in Oct 2021 https://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/97552-peak-rotary-or-griffin-odyssey-spider-vise-for-beginner/&tab=comments#comment-815601 Managing tying thread spools. If you have some manuals from meetings and conferences that are bound together by plastic binding combs, you can cut sections from the combs to keep tying thread from unwinding. My hospital has a print shop so I was able to get binding combs in all sizes. Cut sections from the combs and use them to on your thread spools. I don't use a Norvise but I do use their bobbins. I keep the bobbin spools organize in spool cases. The comb sections keeps the thread on the spools. I use the Norvise bobbin cases as organizers to hold 10 spools each.
  6. Why not buy this? https://www.flyshack.com/DisplayItem.aspx?ItemID=100460
  7. One of my good friend heads the Project Healing Waters for wounded marines in the Wounded Warriors Program at Fort Belvoir. I am donating 12 dozen flies to his program. He wrote me back. "Everything we get goes to our Project Healing Waters programs. We would put them in fly boxes and distribute them to the soldiers and marines. My friend, Marty Laksbergs, the Program Lead for the Quantico Program, also helps me out by attending our Fort Belvoir meetings. Marty and I share everything we get and we do joint trips to save money." You can read about their programs at https://www.facebook.com/BelvoirPHW https://www.facebook.com/QuanticoPHW Reply to this post if you want to know how to donate flies. I will PM you with his private email to contact him.
  8. Welcome. I own some property near Ennis. Are you close by?
  9. There are two statewide meetings in Wisconsin during the spring for fly fishers and fly tyers. They have not been held recently due to covid but are scheduled to begin again when possible, The Badger Flyfishers, an FFF organization puts on a "Spring Opener" with raffles and drawings, fly fishing vendors from all over Wisconsin, presentation, and demo fly tyers. Check this site to see when the next one will occur, https://badgerflyfishers.org/spring-opener/ The Central Wisconsin Chapter of TU puts on "Troutfest" in Winneconne annually. Again, there are presentations, fly tying and vendors. Check this site for when the next one will occur. https://centralwisconsintu.org/troutfest/ I demo tie at both events.
  10. Brun's Tipula "Brun's Tipula" by Norwegian Andre Brun is a good Cranefly pattern. It was in FFM in 2002. I haven't been able to find the pattern written down anywhere on the web, but it is on video with English subtitles. It is a relatively easy fly to tie and looks fantastic. I would use the correct brown color of foam rather than coloring the foam. "The family Tipulidae has some of the largest insects of the Diptera. These insects, better known as crane flies or Daddy LongLegs, constitute hundreds of species in Scandinavia alone and are widespread throughout Europe and across the Atlantic in rivers such as the Bighorn, Beaverhead and Bow. Crane flies are of great importance to trout in lakes, ponds and some rivers, especially during midsummer when the adults are most abundant. As many fly fishers have experienced, the adult stage of these insects is the most exciting stage to imitate at this time of year. It's generally most effective to use a crane-fly imitation when naturals such as spent egg-laying females are apparent on the water, but you may also use a crane fly successfully as an attractor pattern. Some anglers even use it as a good hatch breaker, especially in lakes and ponds. My imitation lies flat on the water, shivering with its long, thin legs. It has no hackle to lift it above the surface, so it imitates a struggling, exhausted, or dying insect rather than an active egg layer. This is also a light fly because of the extended body and 3X-light hook, so it doesn't need hackle to stay afloat. For legs I use a great rubber material - Micro Livin' Legz - but almost any small diameter, flexible rubber will work. An excellent alternative is Micro round rubber. Because these round rubber strands are so thin, they almost seem to have a built-in action. Just imagine these long legs spread around the fly on the water - they create an aura of movement and make the fly shiver like a struggling insect. Since the fly imitates a dead or dying crane fly lying flat on the surface, I usually fish it with a normal dead-drift. Occasionally I give it a small twitch, just before the fly enters the trout's window. This way the trout will not see the twitch itself - only the vibrations around the fly and in the legs as the fly comes drifting into view. This fly uses a quick and simple extended body. I first used this technique on this fly, but with some small adaptions it can also be used as an extension on large dun and spent spinner imitations. The technique produces a flexible and light abdomen, and you can easily switch dubbing material for different colors and texture. The body colors of the Tipulidae are often gray-brown to light brown, but use any color to match particular species or your favorite general body color. -Andre' Brun" https://vimeo.com/7436086
  11. I believe it is a golden stone nymph. It is from an image I got many years ago. That stonefly nymph is intended to be the bottom fly in a Eurorig. It is heavily weighted with lead wraps.
  12. Here is a real stonefly nymph. It has a dark colored dorsal (posterior) surface and and a lighter ventral (anterior) surface. When a real nymph tumbles along the river bottom the trout see the alternating dark/light contrast. The Dronestone woven stonefly nymph imitates this dark/light contrast. The contrasting dark over light abdomen is a very realistic representation of the tumbling and drifting natural. [ I have modified the tying instructions below from Aaron Jasper's original Drone Stone in the Autumn 2010 Fly Tyer magazine. Unless you know how to weave, I suggest you first learn to weave simpler flies like a caddis larva in the YouTube video below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeXp3OZ8Hc4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7059YkpEwuc
  13. I had the forum on two windows and trying to reply on both so it actually took 9 tries, 4 on one the 5 on the other window which finally worked!!!
  14. Site is slowly dying. Can't get on to write or read posts. Nuff Said!
  15. https://globalflyfisher.com/tie-better/dyeing-material https://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/koolaid-dying.305491/ Koolaid color chart.
  16. Indeed C&R is illegal in Germany. Their logic is that catching fish is torture and the only reason you can cause pain is if you kill and eat the fish. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_and_release In Germany, the Animal Welfare Act states that "no-one may cause an animal pain, suffering or harm without good reason".[6] This leaves no legal basis for catch and release due to its argued inherent lack of "good reason", and thus personal fishing is solely allowed for immediate food consumption. Additionally, it is against the law to release fish back into the water if they are above minimum size requirements and aren't a protected species or in closed season. https://flylordsmag.com/one-man-working-bring-catch-release-fishing-iceland/ https://vimeo.com/199440550?embedded=true&source=vimeo_logo&owner=9494776
  17. You will probably need a visitor fishing license AND a permit to fish the water since much of the water is private. For most of the waters both, a valid fishing rod licence (Fischereischein) and a fishing permit are required to fish in a particular fishery. The only exception is the coast of the North sea from Niedersachsen, where you donĀ“t need a fishing rod licence or a permit at all. http://fishinglicence.eu/germany#22_Foreign_visitors https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/germany/lifestyle/sports-leisure/fishing 2.2 Foreign visitors: Except of the federal state Bremen and Hamburg, foreigners can obtain a fishing rod licence without passing an exam. Information on where to obtain the fishing rod licence can be found here. However, knowledge of German (a translator) is necessary and eventually some phone calls.
  18. Several Renzetti vises allow the user to rotate the jaw up or down through over 180 degrees. Other brands that have copied the Renzetti design can also do the same. Surely there must others. Any rotation over 180 degree is unnecessary anyway since the vice can just be turned around.
  19. ^^^^^ What he said. When something doesn't work is called a new "feature." In this case, it keeps us from cramming our brains with new knowledge.
  20. I have to disagree that the EHC above is an "original." However, unfortunately it is how the EHC is commonly tied these days. That is because the original EHC has been bastardized by almost all fly tyers. Al Troth is the originator of the EHC. Al Troth, when he first published his EHC, noted that the EHC should be tied with hair that did not flair, but this type of hair is difficult to find especially for smaller patterns and now virtually every EHC now is tied with a prominent flared wing. Gary Lafontaine makes the following observation about the dry fly patterns in his book, "There are some notable absences in the selections. There are no patterns with upright wings. This type generally recommended as an imitation of a fluttering caddisfly is not very effective when trout are feeding selectively, even if the adults are fluttering. When the natural begins unfolding its wings it usually flies off very quickly and such a transitory moment is not worth imitating. The tent wing fly is usually better because it imitates the insect at rest." The second caddis bible is Larry Solomon and Eric Leiser's "The Caddis and the Angler" published in 1977. "The Caddis and the Angler" has the elk hair caddis pattern on pg 200. You will notice that the hair on the pattern is tent like and does NOT flair much. See below for Al Troth's original EHC: During an interview with Al Troth before his death, Al's son talks about his father's EHC. Go to 5:35 in the video below and you will see the EHC as it is meant to be tied. My version tied with low flair hair. Why then is the EHC so popular? Well it is a great fast water fly and a fluttering caddis fly, it is easily tied, it is a high floater, it is easy to see, and it is durable. But is is NOT IMHO the best fly for calm waters. It is not an all around fly. It can be a better fly for calm waters if you clip the bottom hackles off flat to the hook, and clip off some of flared deer hair to give the wing a flatter profile. Pre Trimmed Fly Post Trimmed Fly I think it is even better if tied so that the wing flairs less. Here is a tying tip to make the wings flatter. If you dub the body so that it has a "reverse taper" so that it is thicker at the tail of the fly and then narrows at the head end of the fly, the wing will lie flatter on the body. Then there will be no "bump" at the front edge of the dubbing to lift the wing up. Another way to tie the fly with a flat wing is to bend the front 1/3 of the hook up at a 30 degree angle. Then tie the hair on this bent section. The 30 degree up angle will angle the tied hair DOWN 30 degrees and it will lie flat over the back of the fly. Tie it in the manner that Gary Borger ties his Poly Caddis http://www.garyborger.com/2011/06/08/poly-caddis/ Sorry for hijacking the thread. If the above makes you examine how you tie the EHC and how the wing really should look, all the better. Hopefully, the next time you try an EHC in the right color and size and the fish refuse, you'll think about this post and trim the fly. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to everyone.
  21. The reason that static electricity increases in cold weather is that cold air has lower humidity. Buy a home humidifier like an AprilAire Humidifier that attaches to the furnace. It has a sensor and you can set the minimum humidity level. https://www.aprilaire.com/whole-house-products/humidifier "Drier conditions tend to result in a higher risk of static electricity buildup, which can lead to electrostatic discharges. This is due to the fact that the air moisture content is a natural conductor, earthing any potential static charge. The relative humidity must be below 40 percent in order for a static charge to be produced. 40 to 60 percent will still enable for build-up, but at a significantly reduced level due to the fact that the static leaks to the ground through the air. Conditions above 55 percent RH will never experience static build-up, which is ideal for most applications including office environments and electronics manufacturing facilities." https://www.condair.com/humidifiernews/blog-overview/why-does-low-humidity-cause-static-electricity
  22. ^^^^^ What he said. I tie at exhibitions and give away the flies I tie. So I started tying on Saber hooks to save money on those demo flies. Then I started fishing some flies I tied on Saber hooks and now Saber is what I use for my own flies, https://www.flyshack.com/DisplayCategory.aspx?CatID=640
  23. Lots of Subarus in Wisconsin for sure.
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