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How creative can we tyers be?
Posted 05 August 2004 - 11:17 AM
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Posted 10 August 2004 - 03:01 PM
The deer hair which flies off the bench, and all too often onto your clothes, will cling to the felt, leaving you clean I saw a tyer do this last year at a show. Works great!
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Posted 12 August 2004 - 10:30 AM
about roadkill, it is iffy in most states. most of the time it is okay to collect from small animals, and game birds if in season and you have a lisence. Waterfowl and non-game birds (song birds in MI) are a big no-no and will get you a misdemeanor. large mammals such as deer (the bucktail thing) is a no no. if you do find a fresh roadkill deer call the police and they will give you a permit (in MI) to take the deer, but you have to take the whole thing). Also taking a non-fresh roadkill is a very bad idea. you will never be able to preserve it right and it will continue to rot from the chemicals that the bacteria responsible for decay have deposited this can ruin your other supplies such as the expensive hackle necks you have bought.
Posted 15 August 2004 - 06:30 PM
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Posted 30 September 2004 - 01:44 PM
I made a dubbing brush with a popsicle stick and some velcro hooks glued around one end of it and it works great
Posted 19 October 2004 - 02:16 PM
I saw this one posted elsewhere on the site, but a slightly different version:
Empty film canisters, clear type for wire dispensers. I use a bodkin to poke a hole in the side of the container, then thread the wire thru the hole. I also drill a hole thry the bottom & cap, and stack them on dowels (thru the spool), which are glued into a board vertically. I have 3 stacks...copper wire, gold wire & silver wire, 3 diameters of each. I just pull out the length I want, bend it slightly to keep it in place against the canister, & snip off.
For fly tying demonstrations, I take along a bunch of electrical lead clips...holds the fly securely & passes the bugs around the crowds safely, with an easy 360 degree view. You can then mount them for display for the remainder of the demo in a drilled block or plastic cartridge box (303 british works well.
Those spent cartridges work well for stamping out foam discs too. Sharpen them a bit with a round file.
Final tip for now...
Get yourself a couple of sisters who are into scrapbooking, & have them hunt for unique materials in the crafty shops...things like superfine glitters to mix in epoxy, unique raffias, synthetic materials, etc.
Posted 01 November 2004 - 12:39 PM
One thing I do is that I keep good foam that comes as packaging for different items. I bought a lamp and it had big styrofoam disk that keeps the base safe. I took that and used it to stick in glued popper bodies to dry. If you tie bass poppers this will work for you, especially if you need to dry painted popper bodies or glue popper bodies to hooks.
Another good tip I picked up was using newspaper bags for tying wings. It does split pretty nicely and is very thin.
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 06:15 PM
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 09:28 PM
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 10:53 PM
Here's mine. I picked up an inexpensive white cook's apron from Wal-mart ($4.99) and wear it while tying (I know, not a new idea). Here is the twist, I attached two squares of velcro to the bottom hem at the extreme sides. I attached to opposite squares of velcro to the bench. The apron makes a trough about 30 inches wide
All scraps fall in the apron while tying (cutting hair, snipping biots, dropping tiny beads, jumping hook, and even tools dropped from butterfingers like me). Nothing falls on the floor, and I could tie a dozen flies in a velvet tux and nothing sticks to my clothes.
Just hang the neck strap over the vise when done, and take it all outside and give it a good shake once a week.
Posted 11 February 2005 - 02:16 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 03:11 AM
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