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  1. That is made into a garment and sold retail!! TV dollars! The August fur auction in Canada saw Marten at $20 and lower 48 marten as low as $7.50. The only demand for fur right now is for heavy western coyotes at $70 and only cats brought over a hundred and very few of them sold. We still have wild fur in the pipeline from 2018 and the big Canadian fur auction NAFA is bankrupt and owing $millions to trappers that shipped in 2018-19 and some even older. Trappers today are doing it for the exercise.
  2. There are left handed scissors available from surgical suppliers some of which could be used, I like the iris scissor because my first tying scissors were that style. The loops are the least of the problem, the blades must be reversed for the left hander to see where the cut is, when open right hand scissors have the blade on the right up and left hand scissors have the blade on the left up. When we try to use them with the other hand the up blade hides the work so we twist and turn the scissors, our bodies and the work to try seeing what is being done. I typically use either or both hands but two of my children are strictly left handed, it can make a difference. In use the thumb blade goes down and the finger blade goes up. left- right- Look nice, the loops can open? Typically most scissors fit small hands, I'm guessing all the ones shown in the OP have small loops.
  3. Nice trick, thanks for posting it.
  4. Sold reels too, I had a couple that were marked Weber Kalahatch No. 400; actually manufactured by Duncan-Briggs, Providence RI. in the early '50s.
  5. If you are a DYI type or wood worker, some of these homemade boats will fit in the trunk; https://christinedemerchant.com/boat-styles-take-apart.html https://smallboatsmonthly.com/article/nesting-boats/
  6. Back about '80 I got to using a lot of nymphs and all were weighted with wraps of lead from LC trolling line, from a book or magazine article I got the idea of using different weights of the same pattern and marking them by colors of thread used for the head, IIRC, I used tan for unweighted, black for five turns of lead and red for ten turns of lead. I don't think beads were available then, I'd never seen any used at any rate. I kept this up for a couple-three years and then pretty much quit the heavy nymphs, nowadays if they look like nymphs they have five turns, if they have a collar of soft hackle they are unweighted. (I may have quit tying them heavy when Humphreys' book Trout Tactics came out, I recall pictures of a shot rig; but I rarely use nymphs since about '85 when we moved here) I do think that if you tie them in different weights they need some distinguishing mark, else they will get mixed up sooner or later and you won't know if you are fishing near the top or bouncing bottom. Mine did a few times when all were tied with same thread. As far as weighing flies it takes about a dozen to register anything on my cheapy gram scale, then do the math so I don't.
  7. Center feathers of the tail clump have the longest fibers with both sides of the stem producing good fibers, the other feathers will have shorter and softer fibers. My son in law hunts and I get the tails, the four in the center are the only ones I keep.
  8. http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/85309-how-to-ship-flies/
  9. I used to use 94842 for small wets and midges also #22-24, for the reason that Silver gives; apparent wider gape. But they are described as dry fly hooks.
  10. tjm

    Thread Midge

    I like those with red body and white rib. They seem to work better for me if i go part way round the bend with the body. Neat trick using the tag as the rib, I've always tied in a heavier thread as the rib, I'll be trying this. Nice video flytire. Rick, the ones I tied with glitter caught no fish, I've done best with black on white and white on black or red.
  11. http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/78239-cae-engineering-vise/ http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/88001-caengineering-vise/ http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/90480-cae-tying-vice/ http://www.caeengineeringservices.com/products/
  12. That's where I get real sophisticated and run with ~4' of ~20# - leader is tippet
  13. I like hand tied leaders because I can adjust the length and stiffness on the bench or on the water, and my guess is that for ~$40 of Chameleon I can tie 50-60 trout leaders, less the tippet, so mine at least are much cheaper than off the peg leaders. For bass or pan fish, mikechell has as good a recipe as any one; mine is a section of mono heavy enough to turn the fly over with a tippet small enough to fit through the hook eye. I haven't used furled leaders, but I did use 5-10 kinds/brands of extruded leaders and ended by cutting the over sized butts off and shortening the tapers and cutting the "tippet" sections back to the taper to get leaders I liked so I still had knots. I kept trying those things for two or three years and haven't bought one in maybe 15 years so maybe they are better now. Tried tippet rings too, they just aggravated me. So, what pleases one angler may not work for another- try everything and let your brain rule, don't depend on others' opinions. Opinions are like noses every body has a different one.
  14. 6/3=2x= ~6-8# for bass and panfish the leaders can be rather short which will help turn the rig over Tippets/leaders will be basically the same for most lines or rods but will vary with fly size and method used. ps; the three thing is not a law, just a starting point, some anglers like to use the largest tippet that go through the eye of the hook, in some cases this works well but in a few cases I like to use very small tippet to get less drag, you will develop methods as you learn,
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