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  1. I built a Composite Developments ICT as mentioned in prior post. Blank made in New Zealand and had good reviews, AND the NZ dollar to US dollar exchange rate made it real attractive. Nice rod, but for me seems to break down a little on extra long casts. Was thinking of underlining by 1 wt class when I fish that special swing on the Beaverkill this spring. Do like my 8 ft 4 wt Sage SP, but was thinking of trying something new. Based on the feedback on the Tiger Eye blanks, may move in that direction. Super economical compared to the highly marketed ones li,e Sage, Loomis, etc.
  2. Anybody fish a Gatti blank? Currently having a 10% off sale for March. Curious how they cast...
  3. I made a bench out of a 3 piece wooden cutting board set and a couple wood dowels from Walmart and Home Depot. Found the plans on web similar to this http://www.tvangler.com/2008/04/10/insane-tactics-building-a-fly-tying-station-on-a-budget/ I customized mine and it came out quite a bit better than the one shown on the web link. It was a fun project and resulted in a better than expected product I have used happily for 6-7 years. If I get a chance I'll post pics.
  4. Does not ring a bell. Has he passed? If so, when?
  5. Curious about thoughts on best 4 weight for stream trout. I have a Sage SP 486-3 factory built, and Composite Development (CD) Intuitive Casting Taper (ICT) 9 footer I built myself with top shelf components. Like both for streams in Rochester, NY area and the Catskills. For the streams I fish, 4 wt is my go to choice. Curious about Gatti, Dan Craft, others. Also been thinking about moving toward bamboo.
  6. Hello everyone from Pittsford, NY, where the browns, steelies and salmon are plentiful. I am a long time fly tier and fisher. Was on this site a little few years back and "rediscovered" it the other night. Great resource, really knowledgable people. Look forward to catching up and sharing my insights.
  7. I just started finishing on the post. WAY better method for me, will never go back to trying to hold back the hackle to finish behind hook eye and ruining the hackle.....
  8. Both. Because I had no family or close friends that fly fished or tied, I went the tortuous route of self teaching. Not recommended, though possible.
  9. Went to Belize thinking I needed to trick out with expensive flats boots. Come to learn my guide (who was second to none) simple wore Crocks. No kidding, and swears by them. He has a few regulars that bring him new ones every year. Go figure.
  10. Call me, I want to hire you you...... Sweet room. Both of you guys. My tying area doubles as my rod building area in my basement. Though I was stylin till I saw this thread...
  11. Fav is a Dynaking Supreme with Regal base and custom shaft. Have tried the Nor Vise but it really changes the game. Have not spent enough time with it to give it a fair review. Some pretty neat "tricks" possible with it. Really eyeballing the DK 'Cuda.
  12. Zlon and Antron are both made from Nylon. Nylon has a specific gravity >1.0, meaning it sinks. Polyester has a specific gravity closer to 1.4, meaning it really sinks. Polypropylene has a specific gravity of 0.9 meaning it floats. For reference, water has a specific gravity of 1.0. Higher sinks, lower floats. Having said that, the fibers of many of these tying materials have tremendous surface area which works with the water surface tension to float. However, when saturated and no longer in play with water surface tension, Nylon and Polyester will sink. Polypropylene will always float. Finally, the weight of the hook combined with saturated nylon or polyester dubbed body will sink just about any other material except foam where an abundance is used.
  13. Antron is a nylon material developed by duPont. I believe Zlon is also nylon. Nylon has a specific gravity of about 1.1 whereas water has a specific gravity of 1.0. Since its specific gravity is greater than that of water, by nature it sinks. If you had a solid ball of nylon, it would sink. The surface area of Zlon and Antron aid in helping it float, but make no mistake, when it works through the water's surface tension, it will sink. Polypropylene, on the other hand has a specific gravity of approx. 0.9. Since this is lower than water's specific gravity, it floats. If you had a solid ball of polypropylene, it would float. If you can find fibers made of polypropylene, you will have better success getting it to float. Of course, the weight of the hook can overwhelm the tying materials and is often the dictating factor in sinking a fly. But using materials that will float with lots of surface area is you best bet .
  14. Hey all - just joined and wanted to say hello. Excited to take in all the great info on the site. I do most of my fishing on the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers...
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