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Fatman

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  1. I signed that book out of the public library when I was a kid!! and later my Mom bought it on Ebay for a Christmas present!! Great book! I also have her Wet Flies book!!
  2. Flank Feathers I put in Maxwell House coffee cans with a squirt of Dawn and some borax. Shake the hell out of them and let them soak for an hour and shake them again! Let sit for 1/2 hr. then use a strainer and rinse. Squeeze between paper towels then put in an old pillow case put a knot in it and throw it in the dryer on air dry and dry them. If you're going to dye them keep them soaking wet the dye will take better. If it wasn't for the folks who sent them to me I never would have learned to dye them!! Never much believed in putting anything in the freezer - If they can live on a live animal in the cold -30 wind chills here in Vermont they can survive a freezer!! I've always used the dawn and borax and I keep new stuff in a quarantine box for at least 90 days and I haven't gotten any bugs yet so I'm doing something right! and I learned all this stuff on here and other Forums.
  3. I use makeup brush's they work great!! Better bristles - and it took lots of practice!!!
  4. I always just wash them in luke warm water and dawn dish soap and use an old hairbrush to comb out any dirt, squeeze between paper towel then I cover in borax to really dry them. Flank Feathers I put in Maxwell House coffee cans with a squirt of Dawn and some borax. Shake the hell out of them and let them soak for an hour and shake them again! Let sit for 1/2 hr. then use a strainer and rinse. Squeeze between paper towels then put in an old pillow case put a knot in it and throw it in the dryer on air dry and dry them. The guys that send them to me just pull right off the ducks and I sort them first. Have lots of feathers and I learned how to dye and have many colors!!
  5. Depends there's an Alpaca place here in Vermont and they do have white ones, and they sell the raw fiber and roving from them. They have a lot of different colored yarns, and I looked at a bag of the white roving and it could be dyed easily. https://livingthedreamalpacafarm.com/collections/yarns-and-fibers?page=2
  6. Back after a long time away - even had to start over! Grand Daughter was more into regular fishing and couldn't pin down a fly rod but I won't give up on her!!
  7. They also made spinners - I have some of their blades from the 50"s
  8. I built one several years ago. I can run 3- 2" beds at one time, but with two tones brush tapping is the game!
  9. spinning deer hair!! I suck at it!! LOL
  10. Was gone for too long I guess!! I'm back to being a new guy again!! I've always liked this site, did swaps and trades and even sold a few things.
  11. All skinned out and treated right there's 1000's of feathers for tying right there!!
  12. I keep an eye on the bay!! most places won't come with a tail. I like them soft tanned as I cut them for zonker strips.
  13. I use a regular filter material that a guy on another board sent me. you can get it at TJ's tackle https://www.tjstackle.com/ I use automotive powder paint and it works just as good as CS and is WAY cheaper. I've been really lucky I've never had to pay for lead!!
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