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Gene L

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  1. Here's mine. It's the second model and I tie steamers on it.
  2. A hair wing is what makes a Wulff a Wulff. If a synthetic is used, it ain't a Wulff, regardless of how well it works.
  3. Gene L

    New Vise

    I have owned a few true rotary vises and own one now as my main vise, but I almost never use the rotary function to tie a fly. My fly tying buddy finds this amazing; he uses his Traveler to place and wrap components. I should, I guess. He says it allows for more precise placement, but I can't get used to it. My travel vise is a HMH Standard.
  4. I like kip for Wulff wings. Calf body hair is almost universally recommended as first choice, but the stuff I get is too short. It's finer (I think) than Kip, but still...I don't think whitetail tail will work because it's too coarse, but Wulff probably used it.
  5. Sadly, Tony Spezio passed last Thursday.
  6. Fly tying and dubbing wax caused me to look around for the stuff I made, but it's gone. I have a tube of Overton's dubbing wax and use it more often. It's inconvenient to keep removing the cap each time I use it and then replace the cap so the wax doesn't get polluted. And it takes two hands. So I glued the cap to my desk with superglue so the tube sits upright. Now I can just twist the tube, use the wax, and replace it without using both hands. It's easy to break it loose if you want to, I've removed the tube twice, once on a wooden desk top, once on a formica top. I also glued a bottle of SHAN to my desk top and that's good too, although you have to twist it shut so it doesn't dry out. If you carefully plan where to put these items so they're handy but out of the way otherwise, can be handy.
  7. The darker the wax, the more rosin is in it. The stuff I made was dark, but not black. At first making, I didn't put any olive oil in it and it was too hard. Second time, I put too much oil in it and it was too sticky. There is a recipe for cobbler's wax but it's in a volume no tier could ever need.
  8. I said earlier I used Shoe Goo, but I was mistaken. What I used is "Goop". It's clear and toluene (dry cleaning fluid?) will thin it out. I've got a tube of it, unopened, and I don't plan to open it ever. Got enough stuff on my desk already. Apparently, it's no longer made.
  9. I always called a cape a neck. The Benchside Reference is excellent. Just about everything to do with fly tying is in there.
  10. It's kind of a hassle; you have to melt in in a container in a can in water in a double boiler. A disposable cup-like container is good because you won't be able to clean it all out. And the rosin, have to have a source for it and maybe pound it into small grains, although some rosin bags are already finely ground. If you have a formula it might be worth it for a lark, but I don't have a formula and don't know where one would get one. Otherwise, it's trial and error, mostly error on my part. Too stiff and then not quite stiff enough. Sticky...it stuck in the push-up tube, another hassle.
  11. Made some of that, too. Not for fly tying, though. Rosin has to be softened as it will dry hard as a rock...like rosin for a violin bow. Again, beeswax, rosin, olive oil. Come to think of it, I believe that's what I made that I mentioned above. For archery. I got rosin from a pitcher's bag (baseball.) It was way too hard to be useful, an attempt at "Cobbler's wax." I remixed it with more, a bit too much, oil and it's now VERY sticky. It would probably work for dubbing, but it tends to transfer to my fingers when dubbing. I put it in a push-up container. I use Overton's for dubbing, soft and works fine.
  12. I always thought waxing thread made it a little slicker, initially, allowing you to tighten up the whip finish. I don't typically use it except for dubbing...makes the fibers stick to the thread. I made some with beeswax and olive oil, does OK. You can make it any consistency by adding either ingredient to your initial mix.
  13. Wrap forward, not toward the hook bend.
  14. If you mean lead wire, probably better to wrap the hook first with thread. Not much better, though. Keeps the lead wire from twisting on the hook shaft. Not entirely necessary.
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