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Mark Knapp

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  1. I'm not sure you can rationalize the time and effort you put into that vise just for a picture, but I love it. As long as it was worth it to you. Now, what are you going to do with it? I suppose you could sell it to a collector. Also, I think it needs a crank handle. I suppose if I didn't copy the picture every time I commented on something we wouldn't have as much trouble with Band Width space.
  2. I got two northern deer hides in today, and a bunch of tails. On first look, the belly hair is softer and finer than tail hair. It's over two inches long. I have to flesh the hides but I will post pictures when I get them cleaned up.
  3. When I get my vise, I will make a few knobs.
  4. Well, It has that "goose neck" shape that get's the vise out of the way of my left hand while I'm applying materials to the hook. The "pinch technique" tie down comes to mind. My vise is always in the way. This one has pointier jaws than mine, to hold small hooks. It sounds like it will accommodate a much larger variety of hooks than mine. A little bit of frustration goes a long way for me. I spend quite a bit of time at my vise and I really want to enjoy it as much as I can. It's official, mine has been ordered. I'm more excited about this than many things I have acquired lately. Besides all this, it's a true rotary vise. Not all vises are that.
  5. Well, It has that "goose neck" shape that get's the vise out of the way of my left hand while I'm applying materials to the hook. The "pinch technique" tie down comes to mind. My vise is always in the way. This one has pointier jaws than mine, to hold small hooks. It sounds like it will accommodate a much larger variety of hooks than mine. A little bit of frustration goes a long way for me. I spend quite a bit of time at my vise and I really want to enjoy it as much as I can. It's official, mine has been ordered. I'm more excited about this than many things I have acquired lately.
  6. Now you guys are getting me excited about a new vise. No point in fighting it I guess.
  7. I can't wait to see them. Here's the collared seals. Here's the fly from the Coq de Leon saddle. It's almost a one material fly except I mixed ice dub with the fluff in a dubbing loop for the body. It's not the prettiest fly, but I think it has all the right things fish care about. Very nice, all of them
  8. Mark, I fish all the flies I tie, these included. Haven’t had any problems with color fade in fresh water; can’t say how well it works in salt. Here’s a link to a Koolaid dyeing SBS I did a while back https://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/106691/ Hope it helps. Regards, Scott Thanks a bunch, it does help.
  9. Very cool Scott, would you use Koolaid for fishing flies as well as display flies? I had bought a bunch of Koolaid for dyeing feathers but was concerned with color-fastness in water.
  10. I thought you might be. Ya never know what people will buy (or try to sell). It's not uncommon for trappers to buy urine and poop through the mail. Nothing would surprise me actually. As I was writing this, I was reminded that there are a number of places you might buy scrotums from any number of assorted animals, buffalo comes to mind up front.
  11. I get bugs in all my stuff but I buy antler and horn and cut the stuff up so I'm engaging in risky behavior. I've got worse trouble than most.
  12. Did you see some? What's the price?
  13. Geash, you guys. You make me want to just blow off the rest of the day and lock myself in the tying room. That would make my wife very angry, she's the production warden around here.
  14. This whole thread is "Wow, just wow"
  15. Ish, Chicago in the winter. I don't even want to go to Chicago in the winter. Richmond ain't too bad.
  16. That's a very nice fly. The captions are great.
  17. It's all relative ... I start getting shivers at around 55 degree F. Unfortunately for me, my company is sending me North in January. Brrrrr. North is relative too, how far north?
  18. Thanks Tom, I will keep my options open. Part of the fun in this is exploring all the old stuff and the new stuff.
  19. Lots of good insight. You certainly would need to streamline in one way or another. Doing one fly at a time just wouldn't do it.
  20. It was actually one of the most fun things I've ever done.
  21. I'm not familiar with that vise, is there something that attracted you to it? Nothing, other than it's built like a B-17, it came with the extra Midge jaws, & it's better than the one I have. It's also legendary! Alan I'll have to check them out.
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