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DrLogik

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    Charlotte, North Carolina
  1. Feather Craft's catalog is always pretty good but I buy most of my stuff from Whitetail Fly Tying Supplies.
  2. I'm still in search for "Tups" hair from a Sasquatch. Sheep tups is easy to find.
  3. That's nuts! I mean they are well made but they are just hair stackers.
  4. I had heard that his vise had some issues as well; however, his hair stackers are excellent! I have the large and small versions.
  5. When I am dry fly fishing on calm waters to PhD trout, I usually "degrease" my leader with mud or a concoction I make from scratch. It takes the shine off the leader and makes it sink below the meniscus. Only the fly is left floating yet the leader doesn't drag my fly down unless I pull or mend to aggressively. The leader doesn't "flash" on the surface and there's less of a chance I spook the fish. This doesn't work very well for fast moving water though. I would think a silicone-based floatant should keep the leader on the surface but sometimes this isn't a good tactic.
  6. Black and red plunger-type electrical tester leads from Radio Shack. I use them for hackling sometimes but more often than not to hold small flies while I tie them onto tippet.
  7. I use a foam Humpy for a bobber, usually red.
  8. McFlyLures, Nope. Para-d has been used for decades by thousands of fly fishers and tyers. I suppose if you tied a fly and right away took it to still water and finicky fish they may refuse it but I have not had any refusals that I'm aware of. I tell you what though, you won't lose any materials from bugs using this. I actually learned about this from Mary Dette when I was up in the Catskills many years ago. She and her mom and dad Walt and Winnie used it for all of their materials. Dette-tied flies are highly sought after by Catskill aficionados. Think about all of the synthetic materials people tie flies with now. You don't think all of that plastic, poly, rubber, tungsten and brass doesn't smell? Then we slather the fly in floatant using our fingers. That adds a chemical and human odor to the fly.
  9. I have an old Thomas vise that I still tie on occasionally. It's pretty old but not sure how old. Some call this the Darbee Vise because Harry Darbee used to sell them out of his Catskill fly shop. It also went by the Marinaro Vise since Vince Marinaro used one for many years. Even though it is old it holds the hook really well and you get a lot of room to work around the fly. And it articulates at the base to get at weird angles Got it on eBay many years ago for $20 bucks. I also have the modern version of this vise called the Xuron vise. Out of production I think and it has a pedestal base but still has that graceful stem.
  10. Contact Harry Briscoe at Hexagraph. His business is gone but he is still the definitive source for acquiring rods or parts. http://www.hexagraph.com/
  11. Gun shops are selling out as are internet ammo sellers. Fly shops are all but closed down. Home repair centers are selling briskly. Restaurants are hanging by a thread. Perceived value I guess. One thing for sure, don't go and break an arm on a bike ride. Getting one fixed is proving difficult.......
  12. Keep in their original package and put in medium-sized Tupperware boxes as previously stated. I also drop a metal tea infuser loaded with p-Dichlorobenzine crystals in each box (i.e. Enoz brand Moth Crystals). I've been using that stuff for 30 years and have never lost any natural materials to bugs or had a bug infestation. This stuff...
  13. Mark Knapp, Neodymium (rare earth magnets) especially if it's at least a 1/2" x 1/8" disk will hold flies on the magnet through a tornado. They simply do not fall off. Trust me. Midges? It actually can be hard to remove them sometimes if your hands are cold. Dries? Hook bend on the magnet hackle hanging off the edge. Pile them on, they will not come off. The best of all is if you buy just the magnets themselves and not the store-bought gadget you can buy 10 pairs for $20 bucks...sometimes cheaper. I like the 1" x 1/8" disks for vest and hats. I like the 3/8" for fly boxes and my chest box. Put two in an Altoids tin and you have a lightweight cheap fly box. I do that but attach them with JB Weld epoxy to keep them from moving around.
  14. Yep, one on the inside and one on the outside. I used to have a 1" magnet on the front but it was a problem with anything dangling when netting a fish. Hence I got some 3/8" magnets that fit on top. Works great! I also have a 3/8" magnet in the tray slot that holds tools. It keeps the clanking down to a minimum.
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