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RCFetter

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  1. A few months ago I wrote up a comparison of the two most popular guides for beginners: Fly Tying Books for Beginners Two very popular books for beginners are Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying and The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying. Details on each of the books are outlined below: Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying By Charlie Craven - 2008 Hardcover # of pages: 280 Amazon Price - $27.95: # of fly patterns including variations: 89 Publisher’s description A series of practical lessons, Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying is a modern course in fly-tying fundamentals covering the essential tools, materials, and techniques needed to tie a wide range of popular flies. With 1,000 photos, Craven covers cutting-edge techniques for the more tried-and-true classics, such as the Royal Wulff, Adams, and Hare's Ear, and shares innovative approaches to current patterns such as the Brassie, RS2, and Copper John. This book is built on Craven's successful fly-tying classes, which start out with simple flies and work toward more complex patterns, all the while teaching techniques and introducing materials by tying popular patterns that catch fish in Eastern and Western streams. The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying By Ted Leeson and Jim Schollneyer Hardcover Spiral # of pages: 189 Amazon Price - $32.93 # of fly patterns including variations: 111 Publisher’s Description: The first 25 pages of this oversized, hardcover spiral-bound book are filled with fly-tying techniques and the last 164 pages are cut horizontally across the page. The top half of the page shows tying steps for each patterns and includes references to techniques that are explained step by step in the bottom half. Based on an initial impression, the Benchside Introduction appears to be the better book. It could be classified as a beginner to intermediate guide but Craven’s book is more of a beginner’s guide. I don’t think one is better than the other. I don’t know of any single Internet site that has the information contained in either of these two books but they are expensive for a beginner on a limited budget. Does anyone have any other comments on these two books or any other lesser expensive ones for a beginner?
  2. In the first three minutes, I got the impression you did not know what you wanted to say. Try using a script or at least a discussion outline and cut down on the sentence filler "ah." Last few minutes were also kind of slow. The video would be more interesting if it was cut from 7:45 min to 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. Fly tying legend: Megan Boyle. A documentary was made about her a few years ago and her obit, around 2001, was published in the New York Times. Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megan_Boyd
  4. Interesting and really different ties flytire. I like both the dust flys and the streamers.
  5. Really nice bench with lots of topside potential.
  6. I never did business with him but from all the threads on him, I get the impression he has a good product for a good price but doesn't or can't handle the volume of business.
  7. Woolly Bugger on a size Size 12 Mustad:
  8. Really nice flytire. What kind of hair are you using for the wing?
  9. Elk Hair Caddis on an Orvis 1638 Sz 10 2xl:
  10. Ken Lockwood Streamer (named after the Ken Lockwood Gorge in High Bridge, New Jersey which was named after a local journalist popular back in the 40s).
  11. When I started tying I ruined a ceramic bobbin by using for wire. Somewhere on the net I read that a pencil eraser smooth out the ceramic. It took about 30 min but it did work. I got a mechanical pencil eraser from Staples and whittled one end to a point with a knife.
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