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  1. No. But I wouldn't see the point in that, IMHO. As previously mentioned, you aren't saving that much money to begin with, so having to take the extra step to do that for every fly, along with adding bulk to the fly seems a waste to me. Plus, it was so "greasy" after trying to cure it, if you touch it at all, or any part of your fly does, it just gets everywhere. I don't think the SHHAN would even stick to the stuff it's so greasy, or if it did, it would likely slip off when fishing. I will also say trying to get the correct amount out of that syringe to the area on the fly you want it is a PITA, and the stuff is greasy even before you try and cure it so it gets everywhere. Just a suggestion, Silver Creek Resin is priced very well. It dries both crystal clear, and tack free. He also has curing lights that work just as good as the $60 dollar ones from Loon, CCG, etc. Check this out here from another forum: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/threads/tack-free-fast-cure-crystal-uv-cure-resin.97151/page-8 For ~$40, you get a very nice UV flashlight, and 2 bottles of his resin.
  2. A couple of EP Tarpon Peanut Butter - Black Death.
  3. I actually tried this exact product (LOCA) about 2 years ago when the UV stuff started to become popular. One of the reasons I ordered it was that there was a deal from amazon where you got the 10ml syringe and a UV curing light for like $15. Seemed like a good deal, and as you mentioned, it was advertised to do basically the same thing we as fly tyers are looking for, but on touch screens for tablets and/or electronic devices. I would NOT recommend purchasing this stuff. Besides the light being a POS, the glue itself when cured was still very tacky, and there was a slippery residue that basically made a mess of the flies. Once I got a legit UV curing light I tried it again and found the same results. Must work better for the electronic device screens, but for fly tying I would say this product is a no go.
  4. 'Merica Merkin, pattern from the guys at Fly Fish Food. Getting ready for Ascencion Bay end of Feb. through Early March.
  5. This is the vice that I tie on still today. Long ago (ca. 1998 - 2001), I worked at a fly fishing shop. We sold Abel reels, and Steve Abel was kind of his own rep. He stopped in the store every few months or so, and 1 day he swung by to show us these new vices he was producing. I was teaching fly tying classes and tying a lot of flies for customers at that point. He asked me to tie him 4 dozen of my favorite MT trout flies for him, and he would bring me a vice. 3 weeks later, Steve, and the vice showed up, and I swapped him for the box of flies I had put together for him. He even engraved my name on the pedestal base, pretty cool. This past year, I started to notice the very tip of the jaws were wearing a bit. They now have a tough time holding anything under a #20, and even the #18's (especially the curved scud/caddis hooks, 2457's) pop out every once in a while. I contacted Abel last year, to see if there was any way I could replace the jaws, and unfortunately they do not produce the vices any more, and thus they no longer produce the parts for them. I was pretty bummed about that, as the vice is very sturdy, and has lasted me a long time. The Abel customer service guy suggested I check out a shop that does tap and die or something along those lines. Luckily I don't tie too many small flies, and I have a couple back up vices so I just use those for the small stuff. Anyways, not sure on the price, but the fact that replacement parts are unavailable may be something worth mentioning, or may affect the price that you can sell it for. Thought this story might be relevant to the OP.
  6. Awesome, thanks for sharing! I have recently been tying up this style of fly for a saltwater trip I have coming up. I ordered some EP fibers (and 3D-fibers, and a couple of the other styles he has), and couldn't believe how expensive it was. A friend had told me about Fly Tyers Dungeon, and for the amount I spent at EP, I was able to get every color of Congo Hair, Water Silk, and Water Mix (all basically variations of EP fibers), and a bunch of flash, eyes, rubber legs and dubbing. Flies using EP and FTD products seem to come out no different. I've been enjoying making dubbing brushes out of the flash, rubber legs, and congo hair/water silk as well. Makes for some pretty cool crabs and mantis shrimps.
  7. Awesome sbs and following report Saltybum. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Ha! Good point Saltybum. I am a winemaker, but I do love a good IPA as well. Thanks for the comments!
  9. First post on the site here, so my apologies if this has been mentioned before, here or in another thread. I have been super stoked with Congo Hair, water silk, and water mix from http://www.flytyersdungeon.com Great substitute for EP fibers and their variations for about 2 bucks a hank, and tons of colors. They have some other great products such as mini rubber legs so you can make your own dubbing brushes too. Here are a couple flies tied with the stuff, a couple with dubbing brushes I made with the legs and the Congo Hair (like an EP tarantula brush). Anyways, thought I would mention another good alternative in this thread. That EP stuff is crazy expensive! I don't think the fish care that much!
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