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  1. Do you find yourself tying flies with the same few materials? If so, which ones? Natural materials or synthetics?


    I find that I use a lot of peacock hearl, hare's ear, black Beaver and natural Muskrat dubbing, white calf tail, Copper wire. Mallard flank, brown and grizzly hen neck. Yellow, red, black, and cream Embroidery thread my Mom gave me. That is what I use 90 % of the time on Mustad hooks size 14-10.


    I also sometimes use small chenille in black, orange, chartreuse, some real JC nails(Steelhead flies), some red goose shoulder and occasionally Schlappen or neck hackle, primarily white, some Chartreuse.


    I almost always use 6/0 black Uni thread.


    For Salt and Bass,I use some tabbed eyes, Bucktail in White, Chartreuse, & Gray. lead dumbells, and rarely, real JC. White rubber legs, foam sheets and popper bodies are the only synthetics I have used. I use larger Mustad stinger hooks and stainless hooks in 4-1/0. I have started using Alec Jackson Steelhead irons.


    That is all that I have used in the last year. That is not a lot of materials considering I could practically open a fly shop with all of the crap I have.


    I tie for Bream, Bass and some Saltwater and Steelhead. I tie alot of wet flies, some Clousers, Classic Steelhead (my daughter lives in Oregon) flies and poppers. I mostly use natural materials aND foam. I may be in a rut.


    I want to come up with a way to transport my stuff easily, and not spend a fortune. Obviously vise and tools, plus materials


    After all this time and all these comments, I finally realized what was bugging me about this query.

    When I think of a "travel kit" ... I'm planning for my week (up to 4 weeks) trips for work, where I'm bringing stuff along to occupy time in the hotel.

    I believe you, and many of the respondents are thinking of a drive across town/city/State to a tying event.


    My kit is designed to fit in my luggage without going over the weight limit for checked bags. Wooden cases are heavy. Large bags etc. are bulky and won't fit into a suitcase easily.


    I know it doesn't matter that much, as many of the comments already address both types of "travel kits" ... but I was just wondering what type YOU are interested in?

    I generally am only traveling for a long weekend. My bag is big enough, it just gets to be a jumbled mess very quickly.

  3. Eating nerve tissue from an animal with spongioform encephalopathy such as "mad cow disease", or chronic wasting disease in deer can give the disease to the person who eats it. As far as I know birds don't have this disease, just mammals. Seems to be primarily from ruminants. Perhaps eating brains is a bad idea.


    They slaughter 12 million chickens per week in MS for consumption. The birds are 45 days old when slaughtered. It takes less than 1 1/2 pounds of chicken feed. Amazing. And MS is the number 4 state in the union for broiler production. Poultry is a huge business. Chickens used for tying are a miniscule part of the industry, but the meat probably doesn't get wasted. "Parts is parts"

  4. I call it organized chaos....

    HankyBoy is a great tying companion. Always positive and never criticizing. His predecessor DukeII was great also. But one day couldn't find my HungarianPartridge skin. After exhausting search noticed a feather on Buddy's mouth....Gotta keep all mat'l up and away!!!IMG_4248.jpg

    Now that looks more like it. My dog, also named Buddy, ate a Bucktail. Penny, my other dog ate part of my Coyote tail.

  5. I have primarily gone to 6/0 Uni for salt, and most warm water applications. GSP for spinning deer hair, and 8/0 Uni for insect flies size 10 or less. I personally don't tie anything smaller than size 12, as I don't have trout nearby.


    I noticed Capt. Lemay mentioned larger thread for saltwater flies. Popovichs uses mono. How do you guys decide which thread to use?

  6. For tools and equipment, I use a plastic case ... I think it used to hold a drill.

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    Various pieces of foam and plastic ... some steel rod and para-cord.

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    And all my materials go into a $9.00 bag from Cabelas.

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    Remember that, if you're flying, everything has to fit in your luggage, and NOT raise the weight over 50 pounds. I hit the road for 4 weeks in January ... in Virginia. I can't take fishing stuff, since most of the water is ugly, frozen crap. So I take my tying equipment. With all my clothes, the above kit fits in my bag and I am still just under the weight limit.

    I really like your set you.

  7. I currently use an old computer bag that works, but generally sucks. I want to come up with a way to transport my stuff easily, and not spend a fortune. Obviously vise and tools, plus materials. Right now I put the materials needed for each pattern in a separate plastic bag. Please post photos. I would, but as I said, my system sucks.

  8. Everyone has a different reason to post a video. Some of the posters are less skilled than others. Some are trying to find a way to stay home and make a living, some are trying to share a passion. Some are too inexperienced to be posting, IMHO. To Mike's point, some don't pay attention to detail. This is the wild west of video production. Too soon the big companies will figure a way to squeeze out the rest, who will likely go to another platform.

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