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About jdmidwest

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  1. Welcome. I have posthumously collected alot of the Herter's books on Ebay over the past few years along with a selection of their vises and tools. Herter's was a great company that sold out to Cabelas a few years back.
  2. Hobby Lobby is a great place to shop for materials. In the bead isle, beads for small flies, glass beads, and large egglike beads for Alaska flies. Wire in several gauges, copper, gold, silver, and black. Vinyl ribbing for bodies similar to Larva Lace or Ultra Rib. Bead chains for making Bead Eyes. In the feather and fur isle, multicolor feathers for large spey flies, guinea feathers, peacock, pheasant, goose biots, marabou, and others. Rabbit furs in various colors, I was able to find a few ginger furs that make great carcass patterns for a fraction of the cut strips in packages. In the foam craft section, foam sheets of various sizes and colors for tying and sticky back for boxes and other uses, larger blocks for poppers. In the tools, Xacto knives and blades, cutting boards that are self healing. Magnets and magnet sheets for boxes and benches. In the organizers section, a multitude of boxes and containers for storage. In the paints isle, good selection of paint and paint markers for painting flies and duck decoys. Christmas isle is a great source for large quantities of mylar and tinsel for streamers. Sewing section has scissors, tools, threads, and gold metallic threads. Look in the adhesive section for great glues, and gluesticks. Framing section for shadow boxes to mount your best works of art. Use your imagination and be creative, the best part of being a fly tying addict.
  3. I have used and highly recommend the Renzetti Traveler C Clamp vise. It is rotary, will last forever, tie a wide range of hook sizes, affordable, and is very portable. You can pick up a generic pedestal base and use it if you need a pedestal. When I tye on the road, most of the time I use the C clamp. I carry a minimal fly tying bench or clamp to a table or other flat surface.
  4. I have used latex of several types, the problem is that it tends to break down over time in the fly box and stick together. The glow in the dark rubbers and several different colored ones work good for caddis, scuds, and other emergers.
  5. I have for years tyed a Glow in the Dark Caddis with a special material that used to cost on 50 cents in some gas station toilets. It is glow in the dark latex in the form of a condom. I call it the Trojanator...
  6. There are several places to go for info. Another good site that compliments this one is Fly Anglers Online http://www.flyanglersonline.com/ The fly tying section is good and has some great info for beginners. Pick up a good book or hook up with someone locally that has been tying for a while for more good advice.
  7. Most kits contain about 80% worthless crap of inferior quality. You did not state what flies you are tying or fish you are tying for. Your most expensive purchases are the hooks and the material kit did not have any. Figure out what you want to tye and start from there. A good dubbing selection with several colors is a good place to start. Buy in smaller quantities until you figure out what you really need and then buy in bigger lots. Attend a class locally, find a friend that ties, or go to a fly show or shop where other tyers are present and get ideas. Friends can go together and share materials and shipping.
  8. I have feathers and furs that have been around for about 20 years now. I always keep some citronella sticks and cedar around them, just in case. The main thing is to keep them sealed and airtight. I had a container of duck feathers that was eaten up by bugs and ruined. Since then, I nuke or freeze any wild aquired materials and keep them airtight in ziplocks. Make sure you kill any eggs if you collect from the wild.
  9. Renzetti makes some of the finest vices on the market. That said, I have a Traveller that I have tied on since 1991 and have not had any problems other than the plastic screws cracking. I contacted them, as they are covered under the lifetime warranty, and they said they are $7 plus shipping. I guess the screws are not covered.... I have been using a Traveller Cam for the last year and I love it, faster lockup verses turning the screw. Once again, High Quality product. I will have a Master Vise one of these days.... As far as the first thread, take it apart and clean it good. Something has probably gummed it up. Or contact Renzetti and see what they say.
  10. All of the above and Henrys.com, clearancectr.com or Wolf camera are great too. I picked up a Pentax *ist DS for a song last month that was new in the box complete on Wolf Camera clearance. Check close on Amazon.com. The ones they sell are backed by Amazon, but they show other vendors as well that are questionable.
  11. I love the smaller 3366's for nymphs and furbug scuds. Cheap hook and great design.
  12. I have heard of game wardens in the White river tailwaters in Arkansas checking barbless hooks with a nylon stocking in the barbless zones. Pretty anal about it if you get the wrong guy. Does not make sense that a barbless hook with one less step in the manufacturing process is more expensive than a barbed hook. They have to make the barb in a hook after they draw the wire for the hook. I tie barbless dries whenever possible and mash the barbs for nymphs.
  13. Yes, they charge for the O rings and the Jaw Adj. Screws. Mine are the older plastic knobs that cracked and fell apart. They are not covered under the Lifetime warranty. Not quite sure what is. I went to the hardware store and purchased a larger knob that works better anyway. All that said, I feel that Renzetti still makes the best vises on the market.
  14. I agree with the rest, save your money unless you see something in the bag you need. For the most part it is stuff that should have been tossed.
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