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  1. Thanks Gents. I'm not a huge fan of the premade bodies either, but I had these laying around and I'm trying to work through some old inventory. I got these out of a clearance bin somewhere, so I don't have much in them. The rest of the materials were also stuff laying around the house/office. Good catch on the 'whiskers.' I intentionally made them long and thick hoping they'd move more water. They can always be trimmed at a later date. The fun thing about these is that they're about a five minutes tie!! Just kind of a whim project.
  2. A cold, but dry weekend here in South Carolina. Decided to play around with some of the Rainy's Foam Mouse bodies. I had some medium and large bodies laying around, so I decided to tie up a pair of them. I'm thinking that these would mostly be used as a topwater bass fly, so I made the large one with a segmented foam tail that should 'swing' a little on retrieve. The medium version has a stiff chenille tail. The eyes are map pins and the ears are cut from a plastic binder spine. I made a small slit in the foam body to insert the ears and used a drop of superglue to hold them in place. The bodies are covered in Sally Hansen's 'Hard as Nails' to provide a more matte finish. Hard as Nails yellows a little as it ages, which should give the mouse a brownish tint. Comments and feedback welcomed!
  3. Kevin -- Sorry, I must've have been tying poppers while the swap was going on?!? Kirk -- I think you're about right. One of the benefits of putting all the years in at the day job is being able to pay myself to do something I really enjoy. I think hitting 'the circuit' would be a lot of fun.
  4. The PDF is available by looking at Stippled Popper's profile page. It's a great piece of work and provides a lot of great ideas. I have gotten great tips from so many members of this forum.
  5. mikechell - I usually don't take much fly tying equipment with me on the road. In the past, I have traveled with a vise and tools, but TSA is far too variable for that (I usually travel only with carry on luggage) and I don't want to donate any tools. Most of my trips are 2-3 days and I can usually go without tying for that long. On this trip, I was driving and gone for an entire week, so I brought a Plano 3700 box filled with preshaped, prefabbed poppers that were ready for painting. In a second Plano 3700, I had my paints and brushes. My Copic markers and airbrush system take up just a little space and I use their cans of compressed air when in travel. The whole mess fit Ina fairly small shoulder bag. Kirk - most of my Copic use has been dark over light with the base coat being acrylic paint. I have thought about getting one of their 'colorless' markers and trying to add some of my own colors. It may be possible to use the Copic as a delivery system for UV-resistant inks. One of the reasons for the large batch is that I am playing around with the thought of doing some hobby-business tying post retirement ... roughly 18 months away. I'm not looking for a full time gig or much income, other than covering supply costs. This was a good test of a production like processed good stress release from the current grind!
  6. Thanks. Stippled Popper -- I followed some of your excellent tips in your PDF. I am working on a fly I call the 'Flypala.' I am attempting to mimic some of my favorite jointed spinning/casting topwater and diving lures using shaped foam. Here's a photo of the initial production batch. I tied up some prototypes last fall and tested them out and I was really happy with their action. Yesterday, I spent some time in a friend's shop cutting out bodies and I think I have enough bodies for a hundred or so ... that should keep me busy for a week or two!!
  7. I've been on a bit of a popper kick lately. I had a week long business trip last week, so I tied up a bunch of poppers of all different sizes and painted them in the hotel room at night. I use a combination of acrylic paints and Copic markers using their airbrush system. I coat all my foam popper bodies with Krylon Acrylic Clear Coat before painting and again with a light coat of Krylon Flexible Fixatif after painting. I then coat the poppers with slow cure (30 minute) epoxy (BSI Brand). I built myself a 36 position epoxy coater using a cheap rotisserie motor, based on a Kirk Dietrich design. Here' set he whole batch -- probably over 350 poppers in total. Here' some shots of the small - large ones. My favorites are the large saltwater styles. Now that I have all these bodies done, I'll spend the next few nights (while watching the opening games of baseball season) adding rubber legs and some other accoutrements. Then comes the finishing process adding tails, etc. Is there some support group or rehab unit I should check into? Here's a picture of the epoxy dryer.
  8. I'd actually seen it in a couple of places, it's been on the web for awhile. A fun little pattern.
  9. Here in the Deep South, we say 'Merry Christmas Y'All!' I had seen this pattern before, but thought I would give it a shot. This is spun deer hair -- green with a little olive for contrast -- trimmed to look like a Christmas tree. Small (4 mm) jewels added as ornaments and capped with a star bead. You can actually insert them in clear glass or plastic ornaments to give a 'fly in a bottle' effect. I will share some with family and fly fishing friends. Just something to get in the Christmas spirit!!
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