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  1. Some times, you just tie for fun. :)
    Hairwing Green Highlander Brooch
    Hook: Brooch style pin (You can see the pin peeking out under the wing and above the head)
    Tag: Silver flat tinsel and orange floss
    Tail: GP topping
    Butt: Black ostrich herl
    Body: Yellow and green floss
    Rib: Oval silver tinsel
    Throat: Yellow and green hackle
    Wing: Yellow, orange, green, and brown squirrel tail


  2. Johnny, thanks for the comments, but I've got a couple of questions for you. If you don't mind. (Hey, this thread has already gone off in several directions, so what's one more? After all, my original question has already been answered.)


    Do you tie in bundles of hair that are thick enough to need the magnum sized hair stacker? It sounds like some of you may be using much larger bundles of hair than I've ever attempted.


    The head (or nose) of the mouse fly looks like it is inset into the hair. How are you doing that? I don't think I've ever seen the head tied that deep into the hair before. With that much hair on the fly, how are you able hold it back enough to tie off the head? I can see how your black tool would push the hair back to make room for the head, but how do you keep the hair from springing back over the eye before the head is tied off?



  3. We're really just discussing hand tools here.


    Personally, I find it really enjoyable to work with high quality, well made hand tools. You can feel feel the difference between a well made tool and a less well made tool. As far as the quality of the product produced? That does depend on the individual that is using the tool more than who made the tool. Parts from a pen work fine for some people, but I've always gotten poor results using them. So, a pen is not the right tool for me.


    My tying improved when I switched to a Brassie. So, I agree, there is not really anything wrong with it. But going back to hand tools as an example, I get better results and enjoy using hand tools that have larger handles. They are just more comfortable to use. With a Brassie, I can only use 2 finger and thumb on it. It seems to me, that if I can use all 4 fingers, then the tool will be more comfortable to use and that I should be able to generate more compression since I would have better control of the tool.


    Anyway, there's my 2 cents on why I'm interested and wanted to hear the opinions of folks that have used it.


    If something else works for you, then by all means keep using it. :)

  4. Thanks for the comments everyone. I don't have a vendor nearby to look at one in person, so I appreciate the help.


    I was looking at the DVD and the combo pack is tempting.


    Moving from a pen to using a Brassie resulted in a step function improvement in my hair flies. So, something that is an improvement over a Brassie has my attention.


    Thanks for the comments.

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