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  1. Hi all, I am wondering about uv resins. How are they made? What makes them cure under uv light? I currently use Bug Bond and it is okay. I am planning on purchasing the Loon set with the new Flow. I've heard good things about it. I would like your thoughts about Loons resin vs ccg or bug bond, and uses you have thought of for uv resins. Thanks, David
  2. eBay. I use Astra blades for shaving and tying. 100 blades for about 13 dollars. I have not used half of them and it has been a year so far.
  3. Montana Mongoose is not a goo left handed vise because of the cam lever. I only have problems with it with dubbing, but I've been using that vise for six years now so I am used to it, besides, it holds a hook like nobodies business.
  4. That is a cool looking fly. That is a brassie with a wing on it. One suggestion would be to wrap the copper wire so each wrap is touching.
  5. Id wrap the body in a very small orange chenille and then fold over a larger piece of black chenille over the top (like a giant wing case, but over that abdomen).
  6. Veevus makes a great thread and what I like about it is they offer it in six sizes, as well as GSP threads in several sizes ( I can't remember exactly how many sizes they have for GSP).
  7. It looked to me like some of the hackle fibers were bound down with thread during the whip finish. I noticed where you excised the hackle, there is still a "stump", if you will, that is clogging the hook eye. I like to, after securing the hackle with three firm wraps of thread, make a triangle with my non-tying hand (for me it is my right since I am a southpaw) using my thumb, index and middle finger and pull everything back and make two to three secure wraps. Then, I cut the hackle off and since the waste piece of hackle is facing away from the eye, I do not have to worry about the stump clogging the eye. What size and kind of thread are you using? I think if you used a smaller sized thread, you can get better heads. For a fly that size, Uni 8/0, UTC 70 denier, or Veevus 12/0 or 14/0 works best in creating neat and orderly heads. Very good pattern, I am going to copy that one.
  8. First of all, both flies are excellently tied. Here are a few things I noticed. In the Coachman, the tail fibers are not even, not a big deal at all. Also in the coachman, there should be more hackle and the hackle fibers should be between 90 and 80 degrees to the hook shank, like you did in the trude. Again, excellent job!
  9. 1. Slough Creek, Yellowstone 2. White River, Arkansas 3. Missouri, Montana 4. Snake, Idaho 5. Madison, Yellowstone
  10. I use plastic bags as shellback for scuds. I have also tied some flies using duct tape as a body.
  11. You can also use them as claws on crawfish flies for Bass and claws for crabs on Bonefish flies.
  12. Interesting...I did not know that. I have never had any success with the Matuka, but they are fun to tie.
  13. These flies look great. They will definitely catch some trout. In my opinion, I think the bead you used on the hare's ear is too large, so it appears to through the proportions off. Try not to make so many wraps of thread behind the bead. One tip is to apply a small amount of dubbing behind the bead after you have tied off the wing case, and then whip finish. I have also whip finished with dubbing on the thread.
  14. What's the difference between MP CDC and regular CDC that would result in the MP CDC costing twice as much? Are there more feathers in a bag, are they longer or higher quality? Thanks, David.
  15. I find using a threader is much quicker than sucking through the tube.
  16. I currently use an assortment of 8 bobbins. My favorite one is from Griffin. I recently purchased three bobbins from eBay that are crap. I am planning on buying the Marc Petitjean bobbin soon.
  17. I've heavily used uni in the past, but am slowly switching to veevus. I like how there are six different sizes instead of 2 or 3.
  18. A helpful trick I've learned is to not have so much thread between the hook and the tip of your bobbin. 1.5 to 3 inches should suffice. This is because the bobbin can travel quicker around the hook if you have less thread out, thus making your time to tie a fly quicker. Also, another reason for this is because you have greater control with the thread. From my experiences, a good analogy of this would be slack in a fishing line, same as having too much thread out. Now of course there are times when having that much thread out is okay and needed. Hope this helps and happy holidays, David
  19. I like the bugginess of this fly because it traps or creates air bubbles, like you said in your article. Very well done. David
  20. First one is a Thin Mint Bugger. The second is a size 8 tied on a jig hook. David
  21. For Black Friday, AFF is offering 50% of all hooks and 30% off of all beads. Just stocked upagain. David
  22. That's a good looking fly. You could do a variation with peacock and grizzly hackle. David
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