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  1. That cat looks exactly like one of the ones that happen to live in the same house as I do. We have 4. I'm thinking of using already shed cat hair to make a fly. We have plenty lying around the house LOL.
  2. How much do you want for your Traveler?
  3. I have a Griffin 3ARP that I have slightly modified with a large knob on the rear for easier rotation. I started with a no-name brand, non-rotating cheap vise. It held me over until I could find another vise. I am fairly happy with my Griffin, although it is a large vise compared to others. It holds hooks very well and I can put it just about anywhere with all of the extension shafts it has. For now, I will stay with it unless I change my mind for whatever reason. Good: c-clamp, rotates, great hook holding power, holds a large range of hook sizes, easy to adjust and use Bad: has to be horizontal to use rotary function for palmering etc, heavy and large compared to a Renzetti Traveler or similar Overall, it has more good things than bad. I hope this helps someone. NOTE: I am not opposed to any other vise and do not work for Griffin.
  4. The Ohio Rod Builder's annual gathering will be held Nov. 3rd in Canton, OH. We will have fly tying and rod building demonstrations, door prizes and more. The cost is free. The gathering is held at a restaurant in Canton. Food is not provided, but will be available through the restaurant. The current location is at Gulliver's Truck stop, but that may change depending on the number of people who RSVP. Please let me know if you plan to attend. We hope to see as many as possible there. RSVP at [email protected] Thanks. David D. Please check our website for further information at: http://ohiorodbuilders.wordpress.com/
  5. Thanks Darrell, I need to look closer for wool I guess. There are a ton of patterns that use wool and I would like to try at least some of them. It seems like every time I find a pattern I like, I don't have the right materials and end up using something else in it's place. They seem to work o.k. but I would like to have the original material sometimes.
  6. I haven't tried to find wool yarn locally. I live in a small town in Ohio where there are no Fly Shops at all. There used to be one about 20 miles from here, but it recently closed due to the economy. The closest fly shop around here is in Canton, which is about an hour away from me. This is one of the reasons I try and make due with other materials I find or I order materials online.
  7. On Saturday November 3, 2012 from 9:00AM through 4:00PM or later, the Ohio Rod Builders will be hosting their annual gathering in Canton, OH. The restaurant location has not been nailed down just yet, but I will update this announcement and invitation as soon as we decide the best place. Our gatherings include demonstrations and seminars related to custom rod building. This year we are expanding our seminars and demonstrations to include fly tying. If you are interested, please contact me (David)through this website or through http://ohiorodbuilders.wordpress.com/. Please take the time to look at our website for information about us and updates for the upcoming gathering at: http://ohiorodbuilders.wordpress.com/ There is no fee to attend and door prizes will be given to some lucky fishermen/builders/tiers. This invitation goes out to anyone who would like to attend. It will be at a restaurant in Canton, OH, so the only money you will need is if you wish to eat while you are there.
  8. I am mainly using it as is, for wrapping bodies in place of store bought chenille. I am fishing mainly for panfish and bass with the occasional trout. I tie a lot of foam dry flies, crappie wet flies etc. The yarn idea helps because I had so much of it that it would be a shame if I couldn't use it. The air mixing is a great idea and I am sure I will have enough to try that also.
  9. I really appreciate all the help. If anyone is in Ohio, we are having a rod building/fly tying gathering coming up in November. If anyone is interested, let me know. I will make an announcement on another forum shortly. Thanks again for your help and experienced advice.
  10. Thanks for the quick reply. This helps me a lot. Now I have much more material than I had. I can't believe I waited so long to ask someone. I guess I thought it was a stupid question.
  11. I am fairly new to fly tying (primarily build rods) and was wondering if the use of Acrylic yarn like you find at Joann's or Hobby Lobby is o.k. to use. I have a lot of different colors of regular acrylic yarn. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks, DDRods
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