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Posts posted by Sandan

  1. On 9/11/2021 at 9:00 AM, atxdiscgolfer said:

    I just wanted to check in on everyone, we have 3 sets in and due date was set for end of third week of September. We have 1 set missing in transit, 1 on the way and 1 swapper I havent heard from yet, and I just got over COVID. Would everyone be ok with changing the due date until the end of the month?

    Whatever you want. BTW, are you included for getting some of the swap flies? If not I'll tie some extras for you.

  2. 14 hours ago, Partridge said:

    Great work the last couple of pages in particular.  

    8675309 Streamer 

    Hook: Streamer

    Thread 6/0 Uni Light Olive

    Body Back: Silk light olive

    Body Front: Semperfli Dirty Bug Salmon 

    Wrap: UTC oval silver small French Tinsel

    Wing: SF Grey

    Sides: Mallard Grey

    Throat: Pink Marabou 

    Hackle: Mallard dyed olive 








    Excellent tie. What rod?

  3. 9 minutes ago, DFoster said:

    Niveker- JB Weld will never be removable once it's cured in place.  If you really love the boots It might be worth asking a cobbler to repair them correctly.  I only went this route because I'm trying to get to the end of the season without dropping $150(ish) for replacements.


    Thanks sir-  JB is a permanent resident in my work shop.  Over the years I've been able to stick together a lot of broken things that I was pretty sure couldn't be stuck back together.  It's never pretty but it is practical. With boots and waders I don't care what the look like I just want them to work.  Besides all the ugly home repairs add character to an item.  Since I don't expect Prince Charles to invite me salmon fishing on a "tweed required" English estate this year-   character is good.😉

    Character is good. My ex, took the drivers side mirror right off pulling out of the garage years ago.  Mixed up the JB, clamped the mirror back on let it cure overnight, never needed to fix it again. It's a staple in my shop too.  I used some waterproof silicone caulking to fix and old pair of wading boots, should have used the JB.

  4. 23 minutes ago, niveker said:

    Thanks, Sandan, for the kind offer, but I think I'm going to change tack slightly. 

    Searching a bit, I see Mike Hogue on his Etsy page sells a square of Australian possum dyed burnt orange, supposedly close to what Mr. Betters used, and reasonably priced.  I think I’ll order a square to have at least a live baseline for color reference, and go from there.  From what I can gather, there seems to be a wide range in color even in the original from the Betters,  given the nature of the natural material. In the meantime, this’ll do.  In the past I have used the hair from my lab/hound dyed orange as a base and mixed with some other dubbings on hand, but now want something closer to the original.  More of a fun quest on my part than a belief in a mythical material.

    You're more than welcome. Good luck. If you change your mind hit me up.

  5. 1 hour ago, niveker said:

    Picked up some different packets of dubbing mix at the fly shop yesterday, with the intention of creating a dubbing to approximate the fabled burnt orange Australian possum used by Mr. Betters.  Neither of the two shops I visited carried Waspi Awesome Possum, which was my want.  Came away with dark brown & burnt orange rabbit by Waspi.  Like a kid on Christmas morn, before retiring last night I had to make a small mix of 1/3 to 2/3. brown to orange. 

    A quick and dirty AuSable Bomber:


    Hook: From recycle bin, @ #14

    Thread: Black (I know.  I was too lazy to string up a spool of fl orange thread)

    Tail: Woodchuck tail fibers, I find them to be a bit stiffer than the guards hairs used in the original recipe

    Wing: Kip tail

    Hackle: Brown and grizzly

    Dubbing: Dark brown & burnt orange rabbit (1/3 - 2/3)

    As I said, quick and dirty with an uneven body. Comments, criticism – let ‘em fly, pun intended. 

    @niveker Tell me what colors you want and I'll pick 'em up for you. https://www.anglersall.com/Wapsi-Awesome-Possum-Dubbing

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