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  1. On 2/13/2021 at 8:16 AM, cphubert said:

    I built a simple carousel  to hold my hook boxes, thread, bulk tools, and a fly drying, staging rack. work well for me, holds 9  craft boxes w/ 20  fixed compartments each. thread, tinsel, wire boxes are from wallmart  also keep bead heads in storage next to thread. cutting matt doubles as a UV cover. the drying rack is what I was used to hanging flies in stages of completion and or to dry after completion. Bulk hook storage is in large tub stored in closet. Sits on desk and spins to face as needed.







    This is one of the coolest ideas that I have seen.  Kudos!

  2. I like this thread.

    I grew up in North Mississippi where the name of the game was crappie and catfish.   My Grandfather fished with minnows and jigs.  My Dad would fish to be social, but much preferred hunting and guns.  My Grandfather died when I was 10.  My Dad and I would fish for catfish a few nights but we mostly hunted together.

    In college I had some friends who were pretty good Bass and Crappie fishermen.   We had fun with spinning gear.

    I never picked up a fly rod until my late 20s.  A yellow eagle claw with worms or popping bugs.  I loved catching bluegill.

    I joined a corporation and moved to Oregon, Florida, Colorado, back to Oregon, lower Alabama, back to Florida, back to MS and now back to Oregon.  I loved every minute.

    I didn't really get into fishing until I turned 40.  Now it is sort of an obsession.

    I took my first fly tying class from Charlie Craven.  I learned a lot from Mark Noble.  I took some saltwater tying classes at the Church Mouse in Fairhope, AL.  I took casting lessons from Tim Rajeff.  So I got into this after I could afford decent stuff and instruction.  I have collected a ridiculous amount of stuff.  Both gear and feathers and fur.

    My daughters fly fish some, and go with me when life doesn't get in the way.  They also like plastic worms fishing.

    I am not a purist.  I got into Bass fishing with plastic worms, in a big way, too.  From my kayak.  But fly fishing and tying are my favorite pass times. 

  3. Welcome.  I am your vintage, too.  We have some young guys who are excellent tiers.

    I like soft hackles, too.

    They haven't run me off yet, so you won't be asked to sit on your hands.

    Some of the old guys are amazing tiers and share their knowledge.   Mike is into panfish and ties some simple, effective patterns.  He claims to be cheap.  

  4. General practitioner.

    Hook A J size 3 heavy wire Salmon hook by Diachi 

    Thread 8/0 uni fluorescent orange

    Tail: orange kip tail, pearl flashabou, orange lady Amherst tail fiber

    Eyes: dyed red gp tippet

    Body : FTD orange shuck yarn 

    Rib: oval silver uni French

    Hackle: rear half orange Grizzly rooster.  Front half orange Schlappen. 

    Carapace: red GP breast feathers


  5. I have found that measuring where to place the eyes is simply a matter of laying the eye long ways from the hook eye down the shaft.  Mark the end of the eye and that is where you put your thread dam.  Consistent flies every time and it lays just right, to me anyway.  As for the hole in the wing you speak of, I think that actually helps because it allows the wing to pull down on the strip and then spring back.  Just my 2 cents.  Reading Clouser's book and seeing him tie was really eye opening for me.  Glue is your friend on Clouser's.  I tie in my eyes and then glue them all up and let it dry.   Clouser says to wrap one way several times, then wrap the other way several tines.  He says it is stronger than the figure 8.  I then wrap around the eyes on top of the hook, as WWimba said.  Keep up the good work.  Your fly looks great.  Now go catch a fish.

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