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  1. The JVise. I love this thing. Made in South Africa. Very reasonable price for great quality and true rotary when you want it. Leigh
  2. I have had the Wasatch version of the JVise for several years (mine is blue, not red). I just got the new pro jaws from him, which I really like. I know I can chuck up a 6/0 salmon hook, and J tells me the new jaws will handle 8/0, which is big enough for me. The real plus of this vise is the room behind the jaws for the left hand. The hand position for this vise is superior to any other rotary I have seen. Jay tells me that Wasatch seems to have lost interest in his vise, but you can buy direct from him, and he is very helpful and service oriented. There are many nice attachments for the vise as well. All in all, an attractive and extremely functional vise at a reasonable price for what you get. Leigh
  3. Lovely, as always, Mark. Why don't we Yanks use more flies in claret? There are a ton of British Isles patterns in claret, but hardly any used here. Is that because of different bugs, or just different habits? I haven't a clue. Leigh
  4. Amazing, Dave. I would agree it is among your very best, and that's saying something. Leigh
  5. I see what Bud and others are saying re the lower crest. Still, a spectacular tie, Gord. I'm with Carne on our understanding of Matt's dream, though! Leigh
  6. Stunning fly. Elegant lines and colors. I could gaze at this one for hours.! Leigh
  7. Terrific fly, Matt. wouldn't you know it? I'm finishing a Popham now. Doubt it'll look as good as yours. The hook looks great as well. Leigh
  8. Love it, John. Something about this fly rang a bell. I couldn't quite place it, though. Then I remembered, I posted this one to the forum, too, a ways back. Maxwell. They say your mind is the second thing to go as you get older. :hyst: I really like your version with the fully iridescent wing and no white tip. Leigh
  9. Lookin' really good there, Frank. Ken Sawada mounts his big wings by splitting them in two and marrying them back together. Haven't quite figured out how to do that yet, but I'm trying. It's really tempting to make tall wings; kinda proves you're a "real" salmon tier, but often the lower wings wind up looking much better. And the originals never had those 40 fiber wings we've all attempted. Leigh
  10. Glad you've decided to join us. You couldn't find a nicer bunch than on this forum! Looking forward to seeing your flies. Leigh
  11. I'm listed as shu1182.. I too would be happy to share stuff if people see me bidding. I'll certainly try not to outbid others from the forum, though I can't possibly remember everyone's handle. I think we all tend to suffer from the illusion, as we sit in our little computer space, that there are secrets on ebay. In my experience, there are way too many people out there looking for this stuff to "slip one over" on anyone, especially if it is a 7 day auction. Again, if I outbid someone here for something you just gotta have, PM me. I'm sure we can work something out. God knows I have enough crap in the basement already. :hyst: :hyst: I would also say that I really focus on getting common and/or "essentials" in my purchases. I'm looking for macaw, turkey tail, jungle cock, hackle, GP feathers. I don't devote much time or money to the cotinga or Indian crow stuff. Why? Two reasons, really. 1) You can sub for chatterer, and still create a lovely fly. Can experts see the difference. Sure. So what? I'm much more interested in the beauty and technique than in absolute "authenticity", whatever that is. On the other hand, plastic jungle cock looks like crap. John Shewey told me this several years ago. He said that too many tiers focus on the exotic skins, while the coming shortages are in basic winging materials, crests, and the like. He was right. I'd like to still be tying these flies in 20 years (heck, I actually hope to have more time to tie then. I don't want to find myself with no materials. 2) I'm just not that good a tier, and probably never will be. To put a dozen feathers worth $20 each on a fly that I may screw up at the last minute and have to razor simply isn't worth it. It wouldn't be fun, which is, after all, what I'm trying to have when I make these things. Just my 2 cents, Leigh
  12. Masterful, as always. I thought those little feathers from Mr. McLain would make nice wet fly throats. Looking forward to the plates, which will be a real labor of love. Leigh
  13. Waiting for mine. I agree with Matt; would love a long-sleeved, fishing style shirt (which is what I think you meant by Columbia) with the FTF logo. Leigh
  14. Shewey has had very nice stuff in the past, but, at last report, was pretty well out of stock with no prospect of more raw material. Maybe things have changed. Jens has been the most reliable source for me, although his turkey is a bit on the smaller side when compared to Shewey. Still, I'd go with Jens as your best option. John has had the word "Soon...." on his website for more than a year. Given the state of turkey growing, I suspect good dyed white turkey tails will just get harder to find and ever more expensive. Leigh
  15. Looks great, and has a herl head. I always have begged off herl heads, and used the excuse that if Carne had trouble with them, then I shouldn't have to do them either. You've just blown that excuse. Leigh
  16. What's not to like? Gorgeous fly. :headbang: Leigh
  17. Fabulous, Lee. Great fly, beautifully realized. Leigh
  18. Really great tying, especially for so early in your career. You are especially brave to show all sides of your fly. Not something I would have done at your stage in the process. Amazing what you can hide if you don't look over there. :hyst: You might try wrapping the throat after the underwing but before the main wing. This seems to be a good compromise for me between the traditional throat first and resultant large head and the Mike Radencich throat later approach. He does recommend doing the sides along with the wing before wrapping the throat to avoid the very problem you are experiencing. I find I ofter bugger up the sides while wrapping the throat, though. You just live down the pike from me. Drop me a PM. Maybe we could do a little tying together at some point. Leigh
  19. Spectacular, John. You can tell people you can tie this well with one arm tied behind your back! :hyst: :hyst: Leigh
  20. Hey, Dave. You're not flaky, just human and imperfect, just like the rest of us. First, I, too suffer from an essential tremor, and it has worsened over the years. I was very depressed that this would really put a crimp in my flytying, not to mention my technical skills in medicine, but, at least so far, it hasn't limited me too much, though I wonder if it keeps me from the level of excellence I'd like to achieve. I've decided that I'm please enough with my tying to stick with it, but still worry about the future. What really encouraged me was tying with Paul Ptalis. He's told me he checks this board from time to time, so I hope he either doesn't read this or isn't offended. Watching him tying with me over a weekend, I realized he shook much more than I did, and yet his flies were lovely. Seeing what he could do in spite of pretty shaky hands gave me a real confidence boost, probably a bigger boost than any skill he taught me. I applaud your decision that the rest of your life is far more important than your flies. You have my admiration and friendship whether you can still tie your spectacular flies or not. Your experience will always make you a valuable member of this forum. Your friend, Leigh
  21. If I'd tied that fly, Dave, I'd have gone into a serious rave, too. I'd have been so happy you couldn't have stopped me from jumping around! Gorgeous use of color, classic lines, but with the Gotzmer touch of elegance and whimsy. Leigh PS. What's the roof?
  22. Thanks for the feedback. I wish I could have retitled this post, since I think many thought this was another hook discussion, rather than the name of the fly. Would have loved to see Marvin Nolte's original. He would have noticed that I chickened out on the herl head, though. Oops. I mean, I "forgot" the herl head. Leigh
  23. Great post, Dave. I feel honored to be in such company. It's been fun, and having others to share the journey has made all the difference. I've said it before and I'll say it again: FTF is the best thing to happen to my tying since I learned to tie classic wet flies with Don Bastian. It is the interaction on this forum that keeps me wanting to tie and improve. Long live the Forum! Leigh PS. No "C" in Shuman
  24. Hi, Gang. Happy New Year to all. Here is my first fly of 2008. The pattern was created by Marvin Nolte and is featured on the Partridge hook web site. Partridge Hooks It makes use of partridge feathers for the tail and body veilings, the throat hackle, and the underwing. I've admired the pattern since I first saw it, and decided to give it a try. I suspect it was commissioned by Partridge to feature their new salmon hook, the CS7DB, currently a topic of discussion on another thread here on the forum. New Hooks I will confess the fly is indeed tied on that hook. Being a sucker for each new thing out there, I did buy a few of them, just to see for myself. I would agree with the comments on that other thread that the hook is overpriced, not as nice as Ronn's hooks, and something of a pain to obtain. Oh yeah, it also comes with that weird Partridge gut that hs been widely condemned on this site ("cack" was Mr. Carne's term for it). Anyway, I'll tie on the few I bought, and likely not get any more unless the pound suddenly plummets relative to the $ and the hooks are down to Gaelic Supreme prices. I can't say the larger partridge feathers are much fun to work with, but it is a nice use of feathers that one might not think of as the norm for classic flies. As always, comments and critiques are welcome. Leigh
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