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  1. The OP has a Regal ^ As I wrote in an earlier post the Stonfo has the most room behind the jaws as you asked for above. I tie articulated flies as well as Musky and Saltwater flies with the Stonfo streamer head. The Stonfo rotary head is similar to the Renzetti. BTW, I own a Regal, Renzetti and the Stonfo vises and have tied thousands of flies on each. I find the Stonfo most versatile of the three because of the interchangeable heads. Good luck on your purchase.
  2. What I like most about the Stonfo Transformer vise is the ability to easily change heads. The first head is a great rotary head simialir to a Renzetti which I use for trout flies. The second head has a long "shelf" and is similar to a Regal head but longer. I use this second head for tying large musky or saltwater flies as well as articulated flies. The third head with attachments is for tying tube flies, which I don't use at all. https://stonfo.com/en/p/transformer-vise/index.html
  3. ^ No play when changing heads. They lock in well and are very solid.
  4. I tie on the Stonfo Transformer vise and really like it. The easily changeable head allows me to tie midges all the way to musky flies with the vise. If you tie many different type flies, even tube flies, the Transformer vise is a great choice.
  5. The UV resins work, but are really expensive as Poop states above. I use the UV stuff only for things like the wing case of trout flies and smaller jobs. I may use UV to do one or two flies, but I usually at one time tie up a bunch of poppers or saltwater or muskie flies I use the same epoxy I use to coat threads for rod building since I already have it on hand and have no need to buy anything else. I paint and tie a bunch of flies or poppers and mix up a batch of epoxy. It's perfect for poppers because it protects the paint and remains flexible and clear. I attach a foam disk on my drying motor used for rod building and coat and hang each popper on the foam to keep them rotating until dry. I usually do a whole bunch of poppers each winter for the upcoming smallie season in summer through fall. No need to do any this winter, though since the monsoons kept me off the rivers and streams last year and I still have a ton of unused poppers for this coming smallie season. Like everyone else, I'm hoping for a better season this year. Good luck to all.
  6. Not quite this complex ^...LOL but I use a head mounted magnifier that also has a light. I wear progressive lenses and can use my glasses along with magnifier, a big plus for me. The magnifier flips up easily out of the way. And having the option of using the light, I can really tie anywhere without having to worry about plugging in a light to tie flies. So if you don't mind being mistaken for Darth Vader....you may want to consider it. There are quite a few out there, but here is the link to the one I purchased > https://carson.com/products/magnivisor-deluxe-cp-60/ https://youtu.be/jhbnqb1gL4Q
  7. I fish H2 rods and they cast well with the recommended line weights. With that being said and as other have posted, any rod used for small stream fishing / shorter casts may be easier to cast with a size heavier line. What I usually do is fish a heavier line by changing out the spool or entire reel for smaller stream fishing, and use the recommended line weight for average sized streams where I need to make longer casts.
  8. Good for you Poop....Nice vise.....Be sure to take classes now!!
  9. I've been tying Lafountaine DSPs and ESPs since the book came out in the 80's. They are great caddis patterns, sometimes the only thing that works with any consistency during a caddis emergence. One of the most important things about the pattern, even more so than matching the exact color, is actually using antron sparkle yarn for the sheath as well as the dubbed body; it's not that easy to find. Also, I wouldn't sweat the color so much since colors vary with insects. One should try to match the color to the actual insect you are trying to imitate. How many of us observe that insects vary in color from one insect to another, as well often a hatch in one stream will have insects of varying shades of insects from another stream. Also, I checked out the video of Matt Grobert tying the ESP. The one thing I noticed, he did not use the "touch" dubbing method that Gary talked about all the time. I think that's rather important, go back and reread the book. For dubbing the body Gary usually combed out strands of sparkle yarn and chopped into 1/4" pieces. He used sticky wax and "touched" the short fibers onto the thread and loosely dubbed the hook shank. The result was spiky short fibers of antron mix for the body, which Gary claimed created bubbles held along the body and trapped by the sheath, like the gas bubbles created by emerging caddis pupa. Anyway, the patterns have been my go-to patterns since the 80's...lol. But, many flyfishers do not have as much success as I do. I believe it is because the flies most anglers tie do not use the correct material (actual antron yarn, which is a mix of antron) as well as the correct dubbing method (touch dubbing). Good luck tying.
  10. https://www.staples.com/Staples-Untabbed-Business-Card-Pages-10-pack-10-Pack-15934/product_413371 ^ Clear plastic business card pages work great. Take dubbing out it's bag and put each type and color of dubbing in the each slot. You can put pages in a binder. It works great for me, I have pages of synthetic dubbing, natural dubbing, etc. in all different colors, It's easy to page through and see all your dubbing choices and choose the one you are looking for at the time, You can label the each slot so it's easy to see when you are running low or out of any dubbing mix.
  11. Great illustration of a tailing loop. Very common problem with many casters. Below is a link to a great video that shows why it happens and how to fix it. Good luck.
  12. Try picking up the clear business card file pages at the office supply store. You can put your dubbing mix in each compartment, label them, and put into a binder. It works very well for me.
  13. Nice job utyer. BTW, how do you like that NuCanoe. I have my eye on one. Thanks for any info or insight.
  14. The following appears on the FeatherCraft site below the Whiting saddle hackle section: "HACKLE CRISIS: YEAR THREE - Although the demand from the fashion industry for premium hackle has greatly diminished, growers are still scrambling to meet fly tyers needs. EXPECT SHAKEY SUPPLY AGAIN THIS YEAR. Calling us for availability is the best bet."
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