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  1. It's OK to tie on, nostalgia-wise. I think the Dyna-King is way superior. But the Patriot fun to tie on so there's that. Thing is, I didn't need any of the stuff that came with it. Everything needed to keep a new tyer busy for a while.
  2. I recently bought a vise I've been searching for for years. A Griffin Patriot, which I've mentioned before. I found one on Ebay, advertised as "like new" and had some "materials" with it. It wasn't cheap, and in fact was about what I paid for it 35 years ago. I didn't need the "materials" but it was attached to the vise and was the first one I've seen offered ever. Shipping added and I was in more than $200. But in for a penny, in for a pound, so I bought it. The seller apparently was a power seller, and it shows. I got the vise in four days, IIRC. And here the story starts. The vise was as advertised, like new. There were two pedestals for some reason. Some pretty good hackle, hooks in size 10, 12, 14. Only the 10s had been opened and used. There was dubbing, also unopened, deer hair patch, several spools of thread, like wise several cards of chenille. My detective mind imagined some guy bought the vise, new, with materials to tie dry flies, only something happened. He started off with size 10 dry flies, used up half the 25 hooks and then apparently stopped for some reason. I imagine the seller bought the entire package from an estate sale. Perhaps the original owner died while learning to tie. Or he gave up in frustration. I can't imagine a happy ending for the original owner. All in, there was close to $100 of materials with the vise, so it was a good buy. Good scissors, one of those foam caddies for materials. I hope the Original Owner just got frustrated in the early learning phase. It wasn't a cheap vise when new, and the materials suggested that some guy got the urge to tie and then for some reason stopped early in the process. Here, his story ends.
  3. Their benches look like mine.
  4. Yeah, they it went seven days and got deleted. I may post them again. I'd rather sell it here to people I know,
  5. Very nice. I wish I could tie like that.
  6. The Regal website says the SS head is the smallest in profile. I also have a Big Game Regal for application to Bass hooks. I don't know how the SS will max out.
  7. This is the smallest profile that Regal makes. It won't pitch a hook into orbit, and works great on trout flies and maybe 1/0. I don't know why I bought the vise, I haven't tied a single fly on it. It's as new and has the C-clamp. $250.
  8. I've got way too many vises. About ten, I believe, and they're all good vises. It's a sickness. I need to get rid of a couple of them, set them up on The Classic Fly Rod forum, but no interest there in that rarified air. I would put them in the Classifieds here, but there's zero posts there since 2022 or so.
  9. I'm resurrecting this old thread. I suggest a way of eliminating the play in your vise is to take a short tube, like a water line of PVC, and put it around the turning handle and then take a hammer and pound it down (gently). That should take care of it. I've been tying on mine and it does an adequate job of holding and rotating the hook.
  10. My wood duck flank feathers, both natural and dyed, are curved in the stem. Does anyone know how to straighten them out? I tried ironing them thru a wet towel with no success. I steamed them with the iron again with no success. I'm being perhaps a little too cautious, but I don't see another way. Any suggestions would be great. I've got a few WD feathers that look flat, and are easier to tie. It's not a crucial issue, but if it's a simple thing, I'll straighten them out.
  11. That would be "Tying Catskill Flies" by Mike Valla. It's printed on heavy paper and in brilliant colors for the flies. I'm attempting to tie some of those beautiful flies. If you get a chance, look it up if you have any desire to tie Catskill dry flies. I read with interest about the early tiers' tying in hand or like Theodore Gordon, using a thumb vise. A number of them used watchmakers vises or adapted other vises designed for other uses until the D. H. Thompson vise came out and a number of tiers switched to this process-built vise. Also saw where Walt Dette's vise which he adopted apparently later in life to the Universal rotary vise. An encouragement to break out mine and see if I can make it work. I don't know who is tying these classic flies today, when the style is "compact" flies with the excellent hackle and hooks we have. If you're tying these, I would like to see them.
  12. I'm a right hand caster with a right hand retrieve. Most earlier reels were set up that way, and recently Hardy reels were set up RH retrieve. I think it's an old age thing.
  13. What size are the poppers?
  14. Send me your address.
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