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Charlie P. (NY)

Member Since 21 Feb 2019
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 09:41 PM
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In Topic: Fly tiers in the United States

Yesterday, 09:37 PM

I only wrap away from me never towards never both

 

 

I find my flies hold up better if I wrap away from me and then towards me if the bobbin is above the fly, but just the opposite if I start with the bobbin below the fly.

 

;-)

 

Sometimes I switch up and do figure of eight turns around the wings or barbell eyes to really confuse things.


In Topic: What Is Your Fly Tying Story?

Yesterday, 11:46 AM

First I an recall was as a cub scout visiting a local conservation center (nature center at the time) that was at a state trout hatchery and watching a man tie flies.  I was fascinated.

 

At some point I ended up with a SSS Blue Stamp type fly rod.  Still have it - cheap split cane and the handle flips to either be a miserable fly rod or an even more miserable spinning rod.  Those rods invariably came with three flies: McGinty, yellow wooly worm, Royal Coachman - all wet flies.  And I added a good 'ol South Bend copy of a Pfluger reel.  I did catch some fish with that but eventually lost all the flies. 

 

Some years later at the 1973 Scout Jamboree in PA there was another demo (I suspect Ed Shenk but darned if I can confirm that) of fly tying.  After that I bought a stamped vise and "kit" that was decidedly geared towards dressing jigs with chenille and saddle hackles and started to tie flies . . . sort of.  I got good at leadwing coachmen once I started to purchase better materials.

 

From there a C.H. Thompson, then a Thompson Pro and continued library book borrows.  Been plugging away at it ever since.


In Topic: Fly tiers in the United States

23 April 2019 - 08:19 PM

Trout Unlimited has around 300,000 members.  Not all tie flies (not all are even fly fishermen), but I would say that is probably a ballpark number of the Fly Tyers in the USA.

 

BUT, I'd then add in the saltwater Tyers and likely double that.  

 

So: 600,000 . . . ish


In Topic: Rejuvenate Breathable Rain Jacket

19 April 2019 - 01:38 PM

 



Long time user of a product called 303 Fabric Guard.  For many, many years we used it on our marine canvas (Sunbrella biminis and dodgers) and these spend seven or eight months out in the weather. 

 

Then one year I got the bright idea to (re)treat a windbreaker I have that wasn't as rainproof as it had been.  Worked great!

 

I have also used it on Tilly hats but never tried with GoreTex.

 

This product sounds like a silcone water repellant coating. It will not renew the DWR and allow the jacket to breath. It will coat the jacket and make it less breathable.

 

 

MSDS does not list silicone as an ingredient.

 

https://www.nrs.com/... fab. gaurd.pdf

 

Not affiliated and not trying to sell anybody anything - but the manufacturer states it will not effect breathability of the fabric.

 

https://www.goldeagl...n-fabric-guard/

 

NRS - the company that makes kayak lifejackets and gear - recommend 303 Fabric Guard over a DWR for products that are heat sensitive (you have to "cook" DWR treated items in a clothes drier).


In Topic: Rejuvenate Breathable Rain Jacket

18 April 2019 - 12:16 PM

Long time user of a product called 303 Fabric Guard.  For many, many years we used it on our marine canvas (Sunbrella biminis and dodgers) and these spend seven or eight months out in the weather. 

 

Then one year I got the bright idea to (re)treat a windbreaker I have that wasn't as rainproof as it had been.  Worked great!

 

I have also used it on Tilly hats but never tried with GoreTex.