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Patterns 204-213 added to the Ray Bergmen Collection

Ray Bergman Collection - 129) Golden Dun

Ray Bergman Collection - 125) Gold Stork

Ray Bergman Collection - 217) Lord Baltimore

Step-by-Step: The Forage Fly


Tapering scissors.
I've finally got around to buying a new pair of tapering scissors (dog hair scissors, my last ones were human ones) and they don't seem to give a good tapered effect on the synthetic materials this ti
tying station suggestions
Also, the flat tool rest on the right over the curved side looks disjointed to me.   How about this for the tool rest area? I thought about making that piece more slanted so accessing scissors w
What do folk use.
Over the years I've weighted flies by a few different means -bead chain eyes for a little sinking effect, lead eyes (of every size) for when I want the bug to drop noticeably, and even cone heads (onl
 ZeeWulffs  My brown neck is all used up and a new one is $60 bucks for Bronze grade.  Gimme a break. I might be done with expensive feathers.  All my life I couldn't afford them.
Assorted Fly Tying Feathers, Hairs, and Furs
FTF BEGINNERS' PACKAGE DEAL:   - Thompson Pro vise on other thread ($35) - a great beginner's vise. Vintage quality, lightly used. - Art of Fly Tying book on other thread ($5) - covers all the ba
Ribbing material on Hare's Ear nymph?
Another trick is to dub your body tighter and smaller or take your scissors and dig in deep and trim the body before you rib it and then brush it out.
October Flies from the Vise
Tied a muddler minnow for the first time tonight. This is attempt #2, #1 came out bad due to World Series distractions... Size 10 hook. Didn't have any razors so I had to trim deer hair with scissors.
New Tying Bench
Regarding the big holes, did you drill them for specific items? Seems like a lot of them. I myself have found holes to be more of a PIA for holding anything other then bobbins which require small hol
Sponges used for salmon fishing
What makes them special? I've seen video of cutting $ store sponge into "egg sac" pieces with scissors, and read about it, is that what you're looking for? Or something special only sold in local shop
First stab at Materials...
Not to change direction of the thread but I have to politely and respectfully disagree with you flicted. I've been tying with "crap tools" for 30 plus years. For many many of those years I've been tyi
Getting back into tying and A K Best
Production Fly Tying was published in 1989.  Hard to believe it was that long ago.  I adopted several of his suggestions from the book when setting up my bench and tying area.  It sou
How to Make Perfect Booby Eyes (Video)
Trim a foam cylinder with scissors and presto changeo. Booby eyes
My flies for my first saltwater trip
The only items I'd want to bring with your fly selection would be a couple of tools that would allow you to do a bit of modification, if needed, on the water.  A small pair of scissors for trimmi
Questions about the Ketchum Release Tool and Gut Hooked Panfish
Bluegill are not shy to grab a fly. A tout line will hook them in the mouth most of the time. Are you giving them too much slack? I once made myself a release tool with a broken spoke from a bicycle w
River Road Creations wing cutters?
I  have tried the Reel Wings Sedge Small, but I really have a hard time with fat fingers getting the wing positioned, cutting the V in the tab only made things worse.  So I thought would l
May Flies From The Vise
use the brush or the dispensing tip that is usually supplied with uv resin bottles.    wipe away the resin on the brush on the inside of the bottle, take an old pair of scissors and tr
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Once again you guys are welcome. Thx for joining. It would be nice to see some pictures posted(when you get around to it)of what you do with Dragon Tail material and some finished poppers. I havent
That's one very good option, here's an alternative... Terra puts out a neat travel kit that includes a decent non-rotary vise and a full set of good enough tools, for.... $30. I'd start there with so
Excessive Glue with Baitfish Skull Head
Tiny drop of glue in the centre of the hole for the eye, place eye carefully. Use edge of scissors or something to press them in for a few seconds. You really don't need much glue at all
de-barbing pliers
Just a few of the many pliers out there, some are designed to debarb a hook, and some work better at debarbing a hook.     My choice are the old green grip needle nose. Nothing has come clos
Diluting liquid fusion
from the internet   Liquid Fusion thins with water, and you can make it any consistency you like.    Crystal Clear Liquid Fusion This is a water based, clear urethane glue that function
Few more tubes
Boar will take a nice curve simply ran over your nail or back of scissors. I've never bothered steaming to set but it'll probably work. Yep, paintbrushes are a good source of feelers. Especially the
Spun Bodies
For flies that size, I use whatever is on hand. Usually Elk. Just make sure to pack it tightly and trim using a razor blade and not scissors. Also don't over trim it like me and cut the thread. You'll
Any idea when you'll be restocking scissors?  Most of them are out of stock. Also, how much larger are the loops on the large loop scissors as compared to the regular loops? TIA
February Flies from the Vise
Good start, Tom.   If I'd known you were messing with deer hair,  I would have suggested you come down to OC last Saturday for the tying with deer hair class the South Jersey Coastal Fl
Fly tying scissors reviews.
I have a pair of hair scissors I got on sale at a fly shop and a small pair of scissors from Michael's that cost around 14$ both have served me well. I am pretty sure these are my hair scissors thoug
Topwater shrimps and Spoons
I took some 2/0 salty hooks bent shank in a curve, made teardrop shape with pen on "glitter fabric" , I call it, leaving 2 lil tabs to tie on fore and aft. Cut'em out with scissors. Then wrapped lea
Bass Pro Shops tools or good starter tool kits
Hello all I have been a member here for about a month. Not much posting mainly reading. I have made soft plastic lures and painted hard baits with my son for for a short while. I was given a fly at ou
Making Wing Material
Making Wing Material[attachment=66646:Wings Material Combo.jpg](click to enlarge)Making top quality wing material is a fairly simple process once you have all the supplies necessary.  To start yo
Fly Tying Kits - Recommendations?
Cody,   My advice is to focus on just the flies you intend to fish with and buy materials just for those to start out then expand from there.  A kit is not the way to go in my opinion. 
HMH TVR tying vise.....
Turning my computer on it's side worked well ... the pictures look fine, MV.   Quite obvious the picture with the scissors in the background are die cast jaws ... the other is machined stock.
Finishing deer hair popper faces
Nice video. I do basically the same thing. Back when I tied bass bugs commercially I took the time to make templates to trim every bassbug exactly the same out of what I think they call acetate(plast
illinois fly show
I sat with pat c for about a half hour, very cool guy, he was sayin he used to hang around ftf years ago. picked up some scissors from him at a little discount, wanted to get the big stacker too 
What the heck are these?
Okay, let me tell you why they are so valuable at my tying table. I use them on many many flies of all types. Since I've never been as good at trimming feathers/fur/herl, etc. at the front of the fly
Veevus 50 Denier - Amazing thread
I would just move on to Uni Trico. Hands down my favorite thread for any thing small. It is surprisingly strong, 17/0, flattens, splits easily & wont dull your scissors. Only comes in white but th
Mallard wings
yup clip the slips with scissors   why are they folded? they shouldnt be   show us a photo of what youre wing looks like for a better understanding of the problem   see post #10  
Sharpening scissors
My cheap scissors for cutting lead wire, etc. and other uses were dull and out of sort.  They wouldn't cut yarn reliably.  So I decided to sharpen them.  Not to a razor edge, because sc
About the evolution of YOUR fly tying.
Mike, if the brass tool you had for packing hair was a "Brassie" (as popularized by Chris Helm), I can tell you from experience that the Fugly is an exponentially better tool and was well worth the mo
Tools of the trade !
Welcome Anthony! First off the tools needed are few and they are inexpensive if you want them to be. The tools do not get stressed and outside of the vise, swiss watch precision and engineering brings
Mop Fly Variant
Noahguide thanks. You guessed it one color MoP, and colored with dark brown markers. Wow, now that's the smallest MoP I have yet to see! Hmm...I didn't think to dubb with it... good idea. MoP material
And so it begins
hooks can be a hazard if your barefoot  be careful of scissors falling off the table too. dont ask me how i found that out     richmc
Home made tool pouch
3 scissors 2 whip finishers 3 in 1 dubbing loop tool with both attachments Bodkin 2 hackle pliers with room for more but important was scissor protection. All 3 has separate storage
Clouser Pattern Bluegill
$.02 Here's a couple outa EP fibers. If you take the plunge. Doesn't take much and tie it in the middle fold back move ahead with next amount. Trim with scissors and I cheat on colors with sharpies
Finished tying tool collection
I understand wanting tools that match and are of good quality. But then again I'm not above something inexpensive if it fits the bill. I was at a flyfishing show years ago. Came across a booth that wa
Green Caddis Scissors
Will out of stock scissors be available again? I am interested in the 4.5 HAIR SCISSORS - CURVED BLADE
Let's see your fly tying travel kits!
I am seriously "in to" this sort of thing.  I like to recreate things from yesteryear...and, equip them with materials from yesteryear also. Chawick's 477 yarn (the real thing), Pearsall's Orange
Your favorite fly tying tip?
take tying lessons   When using marabou, wet it first. It will be easier to handle.   Use a sharp blade like a scalpel blade or razor blade, instead of scissors, to cut the tensioned thre
Brand new to everything fly related.......
Your in luck! Fly fishing and fly tying ain't that difficult. As for tools there's only a small handful needed, vise, bobbin, thread, scissors, bodkin, whip finish tool and hackle pliers. Anything els
Purchasing tungston beads
I've also had good experience with the Fly Fishing Store.  On one of my orders they made a mistake.  Not only did they correct the mistake, the sent me a pair of scissors as part of their ap
The labelmaker doubletake...
I like the new label makers ... but they waste about an inch of tape before and after the printed part.  Doesn't seem like much, but it adds up to about half a tape roll wasted. When you're ready
I Envy This Guy
Anvil has sold thinning scissors for fly tying for many years.   Model 90-T and 55-T   Very useful for synthetics.   Regards, FK
Blue dun fly question
That wing isn't any kind of flank feather. Those are from the primary flight feathers on the wings. To tie them you need a matched pair of wings, from which you take the same feather from each wing. T
palming your scissors?
Hey guys I have a quick question for you! I am new to tying and still trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I recently saw a video where someone was "palming" there scissors. Not sure if p
Renzetti Master Vise Rotary Parachute Attachment?
Apologies for the hijack, but Idaho what is that "D" shaped tool between your scissors and the head cement bottle in your photo in post #20?
Fly Tying Gadgets: Razor Blade Tools
Hi tc how are you? Two of the tools in the the video I agree are great tools for a tyer, Dr Slick scissors and double edge razor blades, excellent. The 13pt knife you show is nice also, I use an X-act
Fly tying bench advice
My vice is mounted out over the front of my bench. So trimmed deer hair etc would fall straight to the floor if I didn't have a tin cookie box mounted beneath it. Most of my waste ends up in the cooki
Tying a better Midge (Zebra Midge Example)
I would give you one tip when using wire. Instead of cutting with a scissors, helicopter it off. That will save your scissor points and it will break clean and not leave that sharp, protruding point.
I got this ... [attachment=62227:scissors.jpg] from Cabela's for $9.00 (the ones without the light).   So far, I really like them.
Dubbing Brush Problem
When I do dubbing loops and I want a brushy,buggy,leggy result I load the dubbing on the loop then before I start to spin it I cut the ends off with a pair of scissors. I've going that often the stran
Folding hackle for wet flys
The easy way is to run a scissors blade along the stem to fold back the fibers from one side. I prefer the old spit and patience technique.
Tinsel alturnatives
flytiers can be masters of making things complicated   after pounding down that bag of potato chips or any other snack bag, turn it inside out and you''ll a good supply of silver tinsel. its been
Ted's Brook Trout SBS
Ted Kraimer's baby brookie pattern. hook - Dai Riki 700 #4 thread - UTC 140 olive underbody - non-tox .030 tail - grizzly marabou dyed olive body - Estaz olive wing - marabou olive throat - ca
Traveling tying kit
I travel all over the Country, and I have a travel box to take with me on the road.  But that's NOT what you need. You are going to a clinic or tie-n-lie, so you don't need to take material with
A stroke of genius, I think
So a bit of a long story here but I'll keep it short. I uncovered and dewinterized my boat to get it ready for the shad run. Of course now their predicting a foot of snow this week. Rather then go th
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