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  1. Nice as usual, SB. Good to see your posts again, good luck with the wrist.
  2. Looking good, like that top row of the 2nd photo. glass bead, d-rib, and ostrich?
  3. Working in the yard Friday evening, I noticed a puddle of water around the wellhead. Plans are made to be changed, I guess. Fast forward through 5 feet of dirt and most of Saturday, I find the plastic fitting that attaches the water line to the pitless adaper had cracked. I understand the need for a plastic supply line, but who the hell uses a plastic fitting when the water line is at least 4 feet deep???!!!. Left the pit open overnight to make sure the new connection took, and filled it in Sunday morning before the anticipated rain.
  4. That was my first thought also. I have heard other tyers say soaking feathers in a water/glycerin solution will soften the stems. I have never done it, though, and do not know the procedure.
  5. Wow, outstanding ties everybody. Buggy bug, Chugbug!
  6. Excellent, thank you for that.
  7. You got that right. Although, I may do just a mask next year, if I can get a head. Maybe more of the white chest hair, it has a nice texture and looks like a good candidate for dyeing. PM me your address, I'll send you a square. Not tanned, though. Nothing, really. I like the variety in colors, and the chest hair seems to be more like bucktail, as in having less flair. The store bought stuff just seems to be thicker/denser.
  8. I had alot of fun with the little gills last evening fishing this Skater (my apologies to Mr. Hewitt).
  9. My buddy gave me some hide of one of his deer last fall, which has been sitting in my freezer since. Finally got around to processing it over the last few weeks. The fly shop has some nicer stuff, but this'll do for now.
  10. Ah, so a different species of mayfly. Thank you.
  11. @Sandan, If the bourbon was as good as those bugs, you're doing something right. Is 'flav style' just a large version of a BWO pattern. In smaller sizes those look like they would do very well for our eastern. Very nice ties, gents, love those spiders, @Moshup I have not had much time at the vise of late, but was able to squeeze in a few minutes this morning. I came across this pattern a while back on another site, but have never heard of it before. I did stumble upon one bit of info saying it's available for sale at a local sports shop, but have not had the chance to stop in there yet. If anyone has more info, or critique, please let me know. Westfield River Bug Hook - #12 (I think) Thread - Black Weight: gold wire under thorax Tail - Olive PT fibers Rib - DNC gold thread, 1 strand Body - green floss Wing Case - FTD crinkle hair, white (I coated it with SHHAN when done, which darkened it and allowed the peacock to show through, will leave that final step out next time) Thorax - Peacock Legs - Olive PT
  12. niveker

    My new shop

    those top three are awfully pretty, even elegant. The bottom one, strong and handsome. Beautiful craftsmanship.
  13. Good stuff, good to know. I never really like the use of GP tippets in general either, dries or wets.
  14. Nice, now I know what I'm going to do with the alpaca dubbing brush that is sitting on my desk. Thanks! The claret and turkey tail slip colors go really well together. I'll have to pick up some claret floss. Beauty, Moshup. Do you fish that river much? I haven't been on it in quite a few years. Planning on hitting one of the Westfield branches later this month at spring turkey camp.
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