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  1. Thanks FIN-ITE 34 I'll check it out.
  2. Good day to all my fellow tiers. I have a question for all of you. While doing some reorganization of my dubbing boxes last night, I came across some dubbing that I almost forgot about but I used to use it quite frequently. Years ago there were two different dubbing sets by the same manufacturer called Masterblend and Natureblend. This was a fantastic dubbing and the quality of the fur and colors is great. Does anyone know if this is still made or maybe under a different name? Thanks for any help!!
  3. I bought my first regal (medallion) about 1982 and it is sill going strong. About 2 years ago I bought the Revo and I love it to. I've tried other vises but none ever appealed to me. I have the traditional jaws in both and tie everyhthing from #28 midges to 6/0 Salmon flies. I would own anything else. I tie professionally and commercially probably putting out 18,000 flies a year.
  4. RC. Where did you find the "simple" whip finisher in your photo. I've been using one for years and would like to have a few spares. Tx
  5. Like Mikechell said. I don't tie beaheads anymore. I find the bead is sometimes to heavy for the water I fish. What I do is carry a packet of various sizes of beads in my shirt and if I want a beadhead, I'll slip a bead on my tippet before I tie on the fly. This way I have more control over the weight of the fly. Also, it simplifies my tying - I don't have to have a BH Pheasant tail and a regular pheasant tail, only need to tie one fly instead of two.
  6. It looks a little to small to be comfortable and I would not recommend black as a color of choice. Something in a lighter shade will help with "contrast" while tying flies.
  7. Try looking at Mad River Dubbing Company in New York. They have good quality dubbing plus a lot of other items.
  8. I agree with Flytire. I tie mine on a 1xl tmc hook and start just into the bend.
  9. I have the same problem with the fly data base!!!
  10. GOATS: I did, but it was my right wrist. But the doctor back then set the cast so I could hold a rifle for deer hunting but afterwards I took a dunk in a stream running by trap line for coons (lol). Seriously though, that's just the way I learned to do things. Plus when I do tying lessons I can teach anyone no matter if they are right of left handed. I've actually tied with a student setting directly across the table from them tying right handed but backwards so they could actually see what I was doing. I still haven't been able to get my "quotes" button to work properly!
  11. Unfortunately I'm on the other end of the spectrum. Being a guide, I need to tie a lot of flies and different patterns. It is amazing at the differences of the same fly on different streams. Take the BWO - I probably have about 10 different patterns to cover the color and size difference from stream to stream. Plus I have to cover the whole range of styles from nymphs, streamers, dries, wets etc. since my trips are tailored to what my client like to fish. On the average, I'd say I tie 400 different patterns and over 300 dozen flies a year not counting the custom tying for customers. All this just for trout and I personally fish for every freshwater species
  12. I'm a lefty also but I'm kind of screwed up a bit (LOL). Here are my some of my habits: Things I do lefty: Write, eat, pass a football, shoot a gun, use power tools, shovel snow. Things I do righty: shoot a bow, throw a baseball, play guitar, use the computer mouse. Things I do both ways: Tie flies, cast a rod, throw a Frisbee, As far as tying, the vise should always be on your non-dominant side.
  13. THURSTHOUSE. You won't be the only ones on the stream that will look completely lost!!! LOL. Good Luck and maybe see you there. Remember the Sulphurs will be coming of at that time also.
  14. I should have mentioned earlier to check with taxidermists in your area. They always have some left overs when they do a mount. Also, I'm not afraid to admit it, but road kills are a good source as long as it's legal in your state. If you see a squirrel dead along the road - the tail is fair game. if it has just been hit and is in good condition, I throw it in the truck and skin it out at home and cure it with Borax. This takes some work but you can find a lot of fur and feathers along the road. If I'm out guiding and see some turkey feathers, they go right in my pack. I'm not ashamed to admit that I do scavenge but I do have a ton of material and some that you can't by from stores.
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