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About jbarnick

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  • Birthday 06/09/1984
  1. Here is the first spey I tied: First off, the head was a little long. I also didn't like how the mallard wouldnt stay down at the back but I just didnt have the heart to pluck some of the hackle fibers. I also wish this was on a more curved shank hook, it would have suited the fly much better. The hackle I used is a product from Whiting called bird fur...$6 for half a saddle and I am shocked I havent heard it mentioned here before. Nice fiber length, really dense hackle (this one is half stripped), and really "flowing". I will be doing another one sometime this weekend and will post it here when I have it done. Feel free to comment, or PM if you are more comfortable giving suggestions that way
  2. jbarnick

    Survey

    oof...i probably should have put $1000+ for tying supplies...just realized I'm pushing $400 this year already...
  3. I would have had it finished/posted friday but I had a horrendous migrane. Here she is:
  4. So what exactly IS the deadline again? I would like to take my time on the second one and really work on the suggestions that I recieved, so if I am fine posting it thursday or friday that would be great.
  5. Worms have to be the best way to learn. It is also nice being able to study a fly posted on the forum, jot down what you can see on the fly, and compare it with the comments the more experienced tiers make. It's like a game AND you learn to look for pitfalls at the same time!
  6. Don’t own an I-pod and seldom actually use my MP3 player. I will turn on music probably 2/3rds the time, never the TV (it will go months between even being turned on...and its usually done by company). I find that with repetitious tying the music helps and when I want to sit down and concentrate on one fly for a few hours, complete silence is what I prefer. Oh, and when I pack my stuff, the sound of the water running in the stream/river makes a great background noise when tying...problem is it makes you want to rush what you tie.
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    Trout Photos

    This was the first I heard of this photographer...and his studio is just downtown where I live...I know where I will be making a trip to...Gotta love the Bozeman area!
  8. Sorry to hear that man...looks like this was the season for injuries...I broke my ankle and tore two ligaments jan 7th...needed surgery (5 screws) and last week was my first without crutches. Be the good example and show your kids why they need to wear their helmets...oh...and I guess being in my early 20's gives me the excuse for hot doggin' it...here is the post over on the rodbuilding forum of my xrays and the remnants (yes, i said remnants) of my helmet...if it isnt the girls, it's the kids...when will we learn to not show off http://www.rodbuildingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=14038
  9. Nice tutorial. I may try a variation for some of the local salmonflies. I especially liked the soundtrack...when is the CD hitting the shelves
  10. I have a thompson 360...and it isnt one of those...very similar but lacking a pair of lock nuts for the rotary function. My money is on it being a Thompson and the Thompson replacement jaws will fit it. I just went though a hullabaloo finding a replacement pair of jaws for mine. They are still manufactured in the standard and midge size (no more super for the salt flies...) Thompson was bought out by Adventure Corp. Here is their contact info: Adventure Corporation P. O. Box 8 Sycamore, IL 60178 phone: (815) 713-3222 you will have to call em since they dont have an online website. The standard jaw i got ran me slightly over $20 but is well worth it in my opinion. The jaws on there right now are the midge ones and those replacents cost roughly the same
  11. I purchased my jungle cock cape from this seller. I did have a mix up (sent the wrong cape) but he was very quick to rectify the mistake and chose an even nicer cape than I had bid on to replace it. He also mentioned that he had nicer capes but he does not list them on ebay due to demand. I'm sure if you were to call him up and let him know what you wanted he could send you a few pics of capes as well. I have his business phone # at home If you didnt feel like contacting him through ebay to get it.
  12. Didnt need the drink...got er done. The final product is slopier than I would like but turned out better than I expected for tackling such a complex pattern with essentially no experience. Not sure why the fibers wouldnt re-marry but my problem was trying to use the wrong sides on the replacement strips I made for a fresh start to replace the problem area strips. Thanks for the link to that article, I hadn't seen it yet. Maybe my biggest problem is grabbing the drink WHILE I tie instead of after I get frustrated!
  13. The thing that I dont get is that I HAD them married and when I went to tie it on the hook it twisted and I had to re-build...well...i'm going to take a go at it again...calmed down enough now
  14. I am having a hard time getting this right. I basicly have my strip wing built for my green highlander (second classic i've tied) and ii am having a heck of a time. The strip wings are about 90% finished but there is two of the strips that will NOT stick to the rest of the built wing and I am at my wit's end. I am using dyed white turkey for the strips that are having problems. I don't have any of the books to reference and don't really know the "proper" way to do these dang things...only going by Jean-Paul's website...and I dont speak french. Any advice why some of these magicly build strip wings wonderfully and others are making me tear my hair out would be great. On a lighter note, this is definitely challenging enough to keep my interest as far as tying skills go!
  15. I just did a super fast google search and came up with this link: http://www.miniaturemolds.com/quksil.htm They have a few other mold types as well. If you stick to the silicone based molds I wouldnt see any problem making the mold accept a size 12 hook prior to pouring so you can custom tune your jigs, plus at 900ºF for a max working temp, you would easily be able to use lead (melts at sub 400ºF). I am sure there is a ton of other places that sell molding supplies like this, but the application potential would be dang near limitless with a little imagination. Just make your prototype out of parafin or another type of wax since it would be easy to carve the exact shape you want the casted eyes or jig head to be. One last thing...if you do this, make sure your casting prototype has casting vents to prevent air bubbles. These are little paths that kinda make a "J" from the bottom of the cast to the top of the mold, that way when you pour in the main chamber, the air is pushed out of these vents instead of creating pockets in the piece. These would be easy to cast by just sticking a small wire or two in the wax piece and curving it up prior to making the mold.
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