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  1. It's black widow season here so we have a pest control person spray our area and my shop once a month. I hate spiders. Especially black widows. Today I noticed the pest control guy spraying a pile of wood rounds I have outside to season. I also have another pile in my shop that he sprayed. I asked about the toxicity of the spray and told him how the wood is used; cutting, turning, and sanding. He recommended I wear a respirator because the dust can carry the pesticide. Never gave it much thought but it makes sense. I do wear a cartridge style mask so I'm good to go. However, I use a lot of orchard wood for my turning stock. This got me to thinking how much pesticide, chemical fertilizer, and herbicides are used in these orchards over the life of the tree. The dust is bad enough but the inclusion of some of these chemicals can be a hazard to woodworkers IMHO. Might be something to consider when working with these kinds of materials.
  2. That would be me. The fly is based on Walt Johnson's Lady Coachman. I switched out the wing and hackle. The original calls for polar bear. I do have certified pre-1972 polar bear but it is in short supply. I use it in my personal reproductions collection. The wing is calf tale. The original hackle calls for pink and I substituted red. Tossed in the extras for the swapmeister. Heck if knew you were going to send them around I would of added enough for everybody. I got one back too. Mine was oddly very wet though . Did it get fished and if so how did it do? Jim
  3. That is so cool. I've been really busy lately but wanted to say Job well done. Those look good and I hope they bring that kind of satisfaction as catching a fish on a fly you tied. A "I did this moment." Also, IMHO I would hope a seasoned experienced reloader would treat their craft/hobby with such respect that checking often is part of the process. Remember it's not fly tying. Not difficult but does have a higher level oops factor. Decorating a tree or missing a hookup vs (at a minimum) wrecking a costly investment. Not many people have been maimed or equipment destroyed from a mistake made in fly tying Booms suck when not intended.
  4. "Liberty Streamers" will be delivered to the USPS counter tomorrow. Tracking No. to follow. Thanks for hosting
  5. You ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes... I'm in w/TBD We got 2525, 3535, and now 4545; who has 5555?
  6. We had a nice relaxing weekend here in cencal. Temps above 110 today so me and the wife just hunkered down with AC on max and snacks at hand. Was going to do a Lady Coachman for this swap. However, sitting here with nothing better to do and all that; you know what they say about idle minds and all. Listening to some Steely Dan decided to put together a more 4th type fly. Took some 'Liberty' if you will. No name at present but they'll be in the mail this week. Need to tie them up. I like this one and I think steelhead will too. Just have to piss them off enough
  7. What he said. Crushed walnut is much better than the corn cob media for cleaning brass. Looks like you got some rifle cases that have been annealed before. That's something you might look into doing someday. Prolongs the life of your rifle brass. I wouldn't mess with it for pistol caliber brass. I don't know if you got one but a primer pocket brush is a good item have. I have the RCBS case prep center which has all the gizmos.
  8. I too have a template for toe-tags. Just in case they came loose: Cencalfly - #12 Tupless Soft hackle Started off with a PMD Cripple. I always seem to tie a cripple so I wanted to do something different. This swap was unique in that it prompted me to research some of my usual materials. One thing that I learned was that Rayon is older than I thought it would be. I guess the first commercial production started in 1891 in France. This also got me looking into the magic dubbing material from a ram that's being prepared for Tupping. Indispensable if you will. No rams were accosted in the making of the dubbing I used. Hence the "Tupless" Soft Hackle. I did try to follow reasonably close the blend of materials. The pattern essentially is a variation of Leisenring’s Tup’s Nymph from the "Art of Tying the Wet Fly.” I tie the soft hackle a little denser than most. I just like them that way. Materials: Silk: Yellow (Gutermann silk); Hackle: Very small light blue dun hen hackle or medium-dark honey dun hen hackle Body: Halved(ish): rear half of Belding-Corticelli yellow buttonhole twist; thorax or shoulder of medium red Golden Retriever, Natural Fisherman's wool, pink wool, and red wool spun on yellow silk Tail: Two honey dun hackle points I Tied the Tupless using all natural pre-60 materials (except my Golden Retriever's hair and tying floss): The hook and feathers came from a lady that used to tie in the early days for Buz Buszek. She passed away and her children gave me boxes of materials with Buz's hand written instructions for several flies. Very thoughtful of them. The materials are used sparingly.
  9. Received a great set of flies yesterday. Thanks to the swapmeister and tiers.
  10. I put a little Nu Finish in with the walnut media to give a great shine. It's not necessary but it does make for smooth and pretty brass. For separating the media from the brass I picked up a couple wire baskets from Dollar Tree. Just put them in a big plastic bowl and pour the whole thing in it. Give the basket a couple tosses like a salad and it's separated. A salad spinner works too for separating the brass from the media. For rifle rounds I remove the primer before cleaning. Program is: deprime; clean; resize; trim; prep primer pocket; chamfer the mouth; and then off to the reloading process. Handgun rounds are done on a progressive press. Program is: clean; load up the case feeder, bullet feeder, and primer feeder tubes. The dies for my different calibers are set with lock rings. Check powder drop for correct weight, set powder lockout die, and give everything a once over before going for it. Crank the handle to get one through to check primer depth and OAL. Then off to the races. Check powder measure and OAL after every 50 or 100 rounds depending how its been going. If it doesn't feel right stop and look things over. At this rate I can run about 500 rounds and hour. If all goes well. And therein is the headache. Although it has gotten somewhat better components are very difficult to come by. Unless you were prepared for the latest panic getting components is going to be challenging. The cost when available is obscene also. Primers if you can find them are grossly over priced. People are paying 4 or or more times what they use to cost. Especially small pistol primers. A lot of 9mm shooters out there. Natchez right now has CCI large pistol primers available for about $96/1000. Which is actually a good deal in todays market. Last ones I bought I paid $26/1000. I also wouldn't count on them being in stock long. There are forums last list components in stock threads. Once mentioned the in stock items (if in demand like spp) are gone within hours. My local Sportsman's Warehouse has started getting regular delivers but only allows you to by 2 slips (200 primers). When loading a thousand of rounds a sitting, 200 does not last long.
  11. Hi All, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is trying to find a population of genetically pure Kern River Rainbows (non-hybridized with coastal rainbows or golden trout). They've asked our local TU Chapter (Central Sierra Chapter of TU) to survey and take fin clip samples from three small streams in the Upper Kern Basin. I thought I would reach out to the forum to see if anyone might be interested. It will be a great trip but with a really short notice. It's beautiful rugged countryside. If you Google search "upper kern basin" and check out the images you'll see what I mean. The trip is tentatively scheduled to start between July 21 - 26 and will probably be 11 days in duration. 26 mile hike into the survey sites going over Cottonwood Pass and along the western flank of Mt Whitney to Junction Meadow. It will be a tough rugged trip with elevations reaching over 12,000 feet. We will have a packer pack in and drop off some supplies. For safety it is necessary that the person has done at least one 5-7 day backpacking trip and is currently in excellent shape and understands how to travel lightly - less than 35 lb pack. After the first 28 miles on trails, we will then be traveling cross country on non-trail terrain. It is a project that I think is potentially extremely valuable. Time is short so if you know anyone that might be interested please let me know ASAP. I’ll forward them to the organizer. Sorry for the short notice but I need to hear back by late Sunday afternoon so the names can be put on the permit first thing Monday. This was just passed on to me the other day. Thanks, Jim
  12. Hey Kim; Don't sweat the small stuff, crap happens. Swaps are supposed to be fun.
  13. After seeing this post I tried Pirateship. All I can say it was easy and convenient. Thanks for posting the reference.
  14. You are seeing that correct. Candle cup holders. https://a.co/d/3dEf3sj Hope the link is ok to post
  15. A couple Almond wood taper candlestick holders. Turned from some firewood. The pics show the before and after of one the holders. I really like the grain patterns on this wood. Never know what you're going to find inside a piece of wood. Finish is wipe on poly.
  16. Get off me gun. My wife's pocket is a Sig P238. Essentially a sub-compact 1911. She wanted something girly
  17. Hi Michael, I've heard of the Monocoat before but never used it. Do you use it on items that will be handled a lot? Never worked with Lilac. Always willing to give it a try if I run across some. I have a tree trimming/removal contractor contact here in town. He's let me know that I can come get whatever I want from his yard. It reduces the material he needs to dispose of. Just got a bunch of silk oak, lace elm, and olive from one of his jobs. Also living here in the central valley there are lots of fruit and nut trees. I've been turning some almond wood. Another very hard wood but fantastic grain patterns It looks almost like marble.
  18. Here's my first attempt using medium red Golden Retriever, Natural Fisherman's wool, pink wool, and red wool. I have some creamsicle rabbit i was thinking of adding but did not. Thinking this came out good. I used Soft-Hackle's recipe from Global Flyfisher, a recipe from Main flyfisher, and Flytire's pic above. In your opinion's do you think it should be more pink/orange?
  19. The goat part might be actually easy. Other parts not so much maybe. The Spaniel is ok but my median red Golden Retriever just got the best home brushing ever. Meet Mr. G my best bud and dubbing material machine. I'm researching and reading everything I can about this magical dubbing. My Golden boy comes and tries to steal a patch of hair off my desk. He's a counter surfing crimanimal looking for me to chase him. He liked the brushing. Such a happy good doggo.
  20. Hi Steve, I would recommend a couple good manuals. They give instruction, insight, and recipes for different loads. There is a lot of info online put-out by bullet and powder manufacturers. Hodgdon has a good online reloading data set. https://www.hodgdonreloading.com/. As does Hornady. I use a lot of Hornady bullets and cases. https://www.hornady.com/support/load-data/. Below is a pic of some 308 loads I did using Hornady ELD-M bullets and Hornady Match cases. I tailored these for a specific rifle (easily sub MOA). That's another good thing about reloading, you can tailor a load for a particular gun. It gets the best precision out of you gun. Speer also has a good site. Not as handy for me as Hodgdon but still good. https://www.speer.com/reloading/. There are many more. Attached below is a screenshot of the different manuals I've downloaded. They're handy when trying to find a good recipe. Caution on internet videos and such. Your friend and the manuals are your best resource IMHO. Videos from reputable manufactures or dealers like Midway are good. Otherwise I wouldn't count on them to much.
  21. Hi Michael; Thanks for the comment. The colors are what I like about the wood. Except for the part near the clip the top pen is also Manzanita. Blank is from heartwood while the rest are from sap. It's hard to imagine that such a small limb could have heartwood. I don't know if you ever worked with Manzanita but for me it seems fairly hard. It can be brittle too. I've got some more that I stabilized with Cactus Juice. We'll see how that comes out. I'm trying out different finishes at present. These were finished using only boiled linseed oil. I did some with CA that came out ok but feel plasitc. These have a more natural feel to them. I'm going to try some with lacquer. I think it will stand up to use more than shellac. Jim
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