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  • Birthday 07/20/1944

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    Orlando, Florida since November 2012

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  1. I too am a southpaw, cast left, reel right. No reason for you to try and switch the real around. I was able to get lessons many years ago from Lefty Kreh. If you watch his videos, you will see all his casting was right handed. He told me a lot of people couldn't learn if he tried to teach right handed people while casting with the left hand. I had the chance to see him about 5 or 6 different times the last time was in 2016.
  2. There are several lower priced fly rods out there all under $300. My favorites are the Maxxon Outfitters XX rods will fit nicely under your budget. I have been fishing them for several years now, and have sidelined all my expensive rods in favor of these. I have 3 of these. Over many years, I have fished with many different brands of fly rods. They all worked fine for me. Learning how to properly cast the rod is MUCH more important than the brand. You can find them online under the name above. (Maxxon Outfitters.com) If you have questions drop me a message. Or reply here.
  3. I quit in 1964, (I was 20,) never missed it. Tried for a long time to get my brother to stop, but it took him about 40 years longer. I worry more about him than anyone else.
  4. In more than 55 years, I have used a lot of different vises. In all of them, I first looked for the hook holding capability of any vise. Secondly, I looked for the size range of hooks that any vise would give me. I first started looking for rotary features after about 10 or 12 years. I tried several different rotary vises, and in 1991 or thereabouts, I saw a "Nor-vise" at a trade show. Norm Norlander was the designer, and was there showing what his vise did. I bought the one he was using that day. I didn't want to wait for him to send one. At the end of the day picked it up, and have never looked for another vise. I sold or gave away all my other vises. 34 years later, it is still my only vise. It does every thing I need, and is still going strong. The Longevity of a good vise is also something that one should look for.
  5. Some sort of finish knot is almost always needed. You can learn to make a Whip finish from many sites on Utube. You can also finish off with a half hitch and a tiny drop of super glue. Just for clarification: I I have been using Gutermann Skala threads for well over 25 years. I used to get mine from Oshman, Brothers but now use Wawak. The cost for these spools is expensive, but when you breakdown the cost with the yards, you will find that a 100 yard spool is less than 25 cents. One other thread that is use for salt water patterns, or other LARGE flies is Gutermann Bulky Nylon, which I get at Joann Fabrics. As I said, I use only white thread and color heads with a marker when necessary.
  6. I have tied since 1966, all that time with 20/20 vision in just one eye. I lost the vision in the right eye in 58 or 90. After surgery to reattach the retina, I only had some peripheral vision in the right eye. I had to start wearing glasses somewhere in the early 90s. I do use magnifiers on anything smaller than a size 18. Saltwater patterns are no problem. At 79, I feel lucky to be able to tie any flies I need. I can still tie size 22 or 24 midges. I use a 20" LED overhead light bar. I have at least 5000 patterns stocked away so when the time comes, I can still keep on fishing without tying for a good while. Knock wood.
  7. I have had my Nor-Vise since 1991. Still does everything I need a vise for. I have had many other vises, but I won't trade my Nor-Vise for anything ever.
  8. I simply make mine from packing foam. Easy to make and free.
  9. A few flies. Its been a while since I have been tying at all. Right now my fingers work well enough to get up to 6 patterns done before they cramp up on me.
  10. That is one crazy pattern. Very well done.
  11. The chart is a good one, but the only thing I use it to look for different useful hook configurations. Then I find more cost effective similar hooks. Cant justify the expense.
  12. Spent about 40 years living and fishing in Utah, Idaho, & Wyoming. Lots of good fly fishing for trout, bass, and bluegill. I still go back at least once every year. I can help you with where, and when, as well as what flies to uses and fly tying. These questions should be done in PMs.
  13. Welcome, we have fished a LOT of the same places through the years. I have more than 12 years on you as far as tying goes. We have done a lot of the same things as well.
  14. My "tying station" was home made. I made it fit in a 90" closet.
  15. I too tie on a Nor-vise. I have had mine since 1991, and wont part with it. I have had many other vises, but once I got my Nor-vise, I never looked back. I have the fine point, standard, and Saltwater jaws. All the jaws rotate inline.
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