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fishfrnzy2

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  1. Agree with Redietz above. Skunk is the closest natural material I have seen. The texture is similar and the shape of the hair appears to be triangular(have not checked under microscope but have tied a few flies with each in years past.) The fly shop I worked at 40 years ago carried PB that was legal at that time but most of what was available was crappy quality with broken tips and pretty yellowed, FWIW,
  2. Andre'(Andy} Puyans-Was fortunate to work in in his fly shop for a number of years and observe a very creative tyer with many friends & contacts in fly fishing. Lee Wulff Rene Harrop Mike Lawson Lefty Kreh Hal Janssen Bob Quigley Shane Stalcup Charlie Craven
  3. Poopdeck, the base looks nice. Clever to add the light. I used something similar "fin ribbed corrugated rubber floor mat" on bottom of base glued rib side down with contact cement and trimmed with razor to size. Found it at Ace Hardware and they cut off about 3' off of a 3' wide roll. has good traction. Sorry, can't seem to post a website link???? For finishing the base, if you polish it pretty fine, Birchwood Casey Insta Blue gives a good finish. Takes about 4 coats to get a rich black/blue color. You HAVE to get the steel very clean and no fingerprints. Wipe with acetone, then alcohol to thoroughly degrease and remove any polishing compound. I have also used Caswell Plating black oxide( is little less shiny but I don't believe glare would be too much of an issue fwiw.
  4. Wr1nkles, Mike, jdowney, dfoster, thank you. The ball is to lean one way or another. Mostly to change the angle of jaws to give a little better access on small flies. Most high end vises seem to have articulation on the barrel at top of shank but it works so well at the bottom and you can clamp down very solid so it does not move during hair spinning or other hard pulling tying. seemed just as easy as putting it at top. Here is what the new vise is replacing(mostly). It has made many, many thousands of flies over the years. A kind gentleman made the base for me on this one quite some time ago. It is bronze and quite a bit heavier than the ones that were supplied with originals. Speaking of the original Xuron vise, they really are simplicity defined. Quality on some of the later ones though with very rough action i believe cost them dearly. Poopdeck, if you saw the first plywood & 2 x 4 base I made for a Thompson vise that I learned to tie on when first starting you might have the last laugh!
  5. I have been tying on a Xuron vise since about 1980 and decided to upgrade to a rotary about a year ago. Incorporated parts of several vise designs after a lot of thought. Jaws are heat treated O1 tool steel, shank and barrel are stainless steel. ball bearing tig welded to shank for articulation, Delrin for bearing for rotary parts. Decided to try lever that can be positioned in one of 4 orientations instead of star wheel. May change that up in the future. Still need to find the right size "O" ring to put in between jaws to act as spring to open jaws. They self open a little but not much room for a compression spring in there. Used 5/16" #18 for thread pitch but would probably use coarser pitch if I make another set of jaws as faster close up would be nicer. Actually made 2 vises at the same time, one for my son. Used a small milling machine, metal lathe and drill press. I must be doing something wrong with pics and the attachment tab does not sow up unless I post, then go back and edit post unless that is how site is set up?
  6. first post with pics, testing sizing etc. Here are a few wire tools. First dubbing needle is bought then modified with wood handle added. The middle, dubbing needle with dubbing spinning tool and loop for twisted herl, etc. Wire tools make from 1/16" stainless steel tig welding wire. Sharpened end using drill running with wire against belt sander then polished on 600 then 1200 grit sandpaper paper.
  7. Just outside of Denver, CO. Grew up in Bay Area Nor Cal fishing Fall River, Hat Creek, Butte Cr. Feather river Truckee river etch and a lot of lakes
  8. Goose works great. Been using for about a decade. Salvaged some from a buddy's hunting adventures. 2-3 birds worth will yield a lot of feathers. What I ended up with was from Canadian Goose. The large CDC is about 1/2" longer than duck and the puffs are about 1/4" longer. They are lighter in color that a lot of the duck with slightly whitish tips on some, about the equivellant of light dun. It seems to Dye ok the couple times I tried that. You can also use a tube and tie about 6 feathers pointed toward fly to make a less obnoxious than orange foam indicator that lands lightly on the water for lighter nymphs and such, FWIW.
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