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  1. What commonly available threads (give size too, please) are easiest to split? I've tried to split Danville 6/0 waxed nylon with a fairly typical stout-wire bodkin and have found it difficul to near-impossible. -Halfie
  2. I have the Spartan, and have noticed that the Standard, in addition to being slighy longer, has some fancy knurling on the collet. Is this simply a lil' purdy detail, or is there some function it serves? I'm asking out of curiosity. I'm happy as a Pig In Mud with the Spartan. - Halfie the woefully confused
  3. Ok, so you do the floor test, the bathtub test, and AH... all is well. Your fly lands "upright" according to your preconceptions. Then you tie that fly on a leader and do "field testing." This means hoisting it out onto the neighborhood pond with an acutal flyrod. And the son-of-a gun twist your leader. So much so that when it lands on the water, it does a respectable imitation of a cocktail blender. Even with a hefty level leader of, say, 8 lbs. test. Of course, this doesn't happen with every cast, but DOES happen regularly even on a day so calm the pond looks like the top of a billiard table. And the bilateral symmetry of "Mr. Fly" seems perfect. Same length, size,number, and quality of appendages on both L and R sides of your fly. No weird obvious malformations. In my experience, all of these contribute: * Anything with paired wings * Rubber leggies, no matter how slinky or how few * Feather wings, cupped or bowed (cupped seems worse) * Snazzy split tails What's your take? Can you tie a floater that does NOT twist? Tell me how and win a 2-day all-expenses-paid trip to Portsmouth Ohio. A 3-day trip if you reply as a practising aeronautical enginner. No math please. And if you tell me to refine my cast to fix the problem, I will send you to Portsmouth for life. I'm desperate, I tell ya. Grin.
  4. Well, folks, thanks for the responses. I suppose I'll never really know how Sally became so fashionable in fly tying. But I imagine that won't keep me up late tonight. -Halfie
  5. My vote (non-rotary) was cast assuming that rotary meant "true rotary". You know, no hook shank wobble if you have the hook mounted just so. The HMH Spartan I use I therefore consider non-rotary by today's standard.
  6. Ok, 9 posts to this thread so far. Now what I want to know is who started the "Sally Hanson is righteous stuff" campaign and what was the rational? It's on the persnickity edge of fly tying, and I know that, but I'm trying to figure out how it got started as a recommendation. Someone must know. Where's Hans when you need him? (That is NOT a jab at Mr. W.) Answer before midnight tonight and you'll get 150 dozen poppers tied by Yours Truely using only items found at a McDonalds condiment station. Confuzed, Dazed, and somewhat Fazed, -Halfie
  7. utyer, Same here. I've been using whatever's cheapest in the most tip-proof bottle. Acetone works great here too. But there must be some reason folks keep saying Sally H. is the bees knees. I couldn't tell a difference between it and brand X. But then, I'm the product of serious inbreeding. Dazed as well as confused, -Halfie
  8. The standard advice about nail polish is: "It's Sally Hanson, Grasshopper. Git used to it." So who did the test that proves using Aunt Mabels Purty Good Polish is strictly for clueless yokels like me? I don't like the packaging of Sally Hanson. The brush handle is too long and the bottle is oval in cross section. I like shorter handles and a cylindrical cross section. Someone must have hyped this just like Gary LaFontaine hyped "tri-lobal" filaments in antron. So what's the official explanation? Confused as usual, Halfie
  9. I got into flyfishing because I wanted to catch bluegill on the surface. My first flies were tied for the exact same reason. About the only stuff I tie is sized to "split the difference" between panfish and bass. It's a hoot.
  10. I'm new here, so hello to the crowd. I voted "not worth the effort" because in my experience, simpler patterns are as effective. However, it's worth journeying into the Realistic World once in a while to sharpen personal skills and to appreciate the work of others. So I sometimes tie, for example, a complicated hopper pattern. Adds some snazz to the flybox, and is the one I'll probably select to give someone else I meet on the river. Wouldn't want to give 'em something without snazz...
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