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  1. Pbass, Renzetti also sells a straight arm vise jaw for tying streamers, which allows much better access to the underside of the Clouser Deep Minnow. I purchased one years ago for my Renzetti Traveler. You have to remove the rotary arm and replace it with the straight arm. I tied all of the streamers I needed before I switched back to the rotary function to avoid the hassle of going back and forth from rotary to straight arm and back again,
  2. Dai-Riki have disappeared from retail fly shops. Does anyone know why these hooks dropped from the market?
  3. All of the responses surprised me. But redietz had me wondering. If partridge feathers are the least fragile, what feathers are more fragile? Perhaps my stock of partridge feathers suffers from a lack of humidity, which may make them more fragile than they should be. Yes, I do usually strip one half of the feather, cut a tiny triangle at the tip, tie in the triangle, and wrap 1 1/2 to 2 turns for a sparse hackle as desired for North Country spiders and others.
  4. Partridge feathers are a mainstay for tying soft hackle flies. But the stems a quite fragile. I soften and make them more flexible by soaking them for a couple of hours with a mixture of glycerin and water. Does anyone else do the same? Other feathers?.
  5. I use Bailey's cobbler's wax, which works quite well for silk. I don't want another project of making cobbler's wax.
  6. WWKimba, I forgot to add that your latest batch of flies are tied more sparsely, which is a huge improvement. Keep working on it. Save the ones you have tied to compare much later after you have tied many more Clousers.
  7. Well if that works for you, fine. But the Clouser Deep Minnow already imitates a wounded minnow. It's a jig. Clouser and Kreh worked on getting the dynamics of the fly for a couple of years to achieve the performance. Whatever color combination I choose, I always try to have the lightest color for the belly, because that is the way fish are colored.
  8. The hook looks a little too long and there is no profile, i. e., the ramp in front of the barbell eyes. What hook are you using? I viewed the instruction by Art Scheck at FAOL. i don't agree with how he ties it. You have a video by Bob Clouser in this thread on how to tie the Deep Minnow properly. Study it.
  9. I do as well, esp. dyed, but it's best to buy the whole skin to get the sizes needed. Whiting occasionally has whole skins available, but those are snapped up quickily.
  10. Pearsall Gossamer and Langley disappeared from the market. I purchased Ephemera (made in France) and Morus (made in UK) as a replacement for silk thread suitable for fly tying. Are there other silk threads available?
  11. I tie a lot of North Country spiders and other wet flies.. During my research of these simple, yet elegant flies years ago, I collected quite a few books on soft hackle flies. Among the authors I've found to be helpful are Robert Smith, Mike Harding, Dave Hughes, Sylvester Nemes, Leisenring and Hidy, Leslie Magee, Edmonds and Lee, and several others who interpreted Skues and Pritt.
  12. For synthetic threads, esp. multi-filament, unbonded threads, spin the bobbin clockwise to cord and counterclockwise to flatten. For silk thread spin it clockwise to flatten and counterclockwise to cord. I use a lot of different threads, e. g., Danville Flymaster, Veevus, Uni, Ultra 70 and 140, and GSP. It depends on the denier, color, and breaking strength. For example, I'll use GSP to anchor barbell eyes on a Clouser Deep Minnow . I can really crank hard on GSP without it breaking. I'll continue tying with another thread. I like the Wapsi Ultra 140 to cord or flatten at various points on the Clouser. But Veevus works well. I limit my midges to size #24. Wapsi Ultra 70 usually works well on this size. I can build a tapered body by cording the thread and smooth it with flattening the thread.
  13. I've used the Renzetti Traveler since the 90s. Except for the jaw, the vise is aluminum, which is great to pare down weight for airline traveler. I replaced the screw adjustment with a cam, but thee was nothing wrong with the screw adjustment. The Renzetti Traveler holds a hook like grim death as a vise must do. Sure it's rotary, but often I don't use the rotary function. It works well as a stationary vise as well. I use a c-clamp instead of a pedestal when I travel by air to also hold down weight. Yeah, I have to get creative when I'm dealing with beveled edges of hotel furniture. I might have to shim the c-clamp on the table edge with a small piece of plywood.
  14. Renzetti does sell a midge jaw for #18 and smaller flies. Just don't tie anything larger than an #18 or it will break.
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