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  1. I have Veevus 12/0 in black only. It definitely is finer than my Danville Fly Master 6/0. Might there be product inconsistency, or mislabeling as Norm suggests. The Veevus 16/0 is even finer, but also much weaker. I had usually used Griffiths 14/0 for something finer than my FM, but have been trying the Veevus 12/0 because Norm has been using it regularly. And, I find the GG and Veevus to be pretty similar. GSP thread is great for hair because of strength, but too slippery for my routine use. Barry Ord Clark used it for quite a while, but lately has been using GG 14/0 Sheer. Thanks, Bob H
  2. That's the one; thank you very much! Bob H
  3. I believe I saw a link on this forum for a comparadun being finished off with a hot needle applied to the under-side of the hook below the wing. This fixed the wing. I forgot to save the link. I searched this site for it, and searched you-tube, but with no luck. Sound familiar? I appreciate the help. Thanks, Bob H
  4. Thanks for providing my favorite FF/Tying forum. Enjoy the addition of the Classic section; such beautiful work there. BTW, I have the same problem navigating the pages at the bottom. Thanks again, Bob H.
  5. I wonder if the Able and AK Best vises suffered the same legal pressure. Thanks, Bob H
  6. As a follow--up, but first, thanks for your response which are generally what I have observed and use. But I was wondering if anyone has specific experience with the Whiting Freshwater Streamer or Whiting Rangeley products. Thanks, Bob H
  7. What are your current preferences for Rangeley style streamer wings, #1 down to #8? Is anyone familiar with Whitings Freshwater Streamer capes, or Whitings Rangeley Streamer capes. On-line sources have only dyed grizzly or badger in the Freshwater. Feather Emporium (yeah, yeah I know) has them both, but I am trying to get more info before I order. Have not been able to get to any local shops to check in person. Looking for what Don Bastian recommended as having moderate webbing, rounded tips and stems with moderate stiffness. Thanks, Bob H
  8. Scott, Your latest batch of Lough Style are beautiful (as are all of your ties). How do you fish them? The hackle is wet fly/soft, but do they float with the hair wings? Thanks, Bob H
  9. Beautiful. What is the wing material? Thanks, Bob H
  10. Try to find copies of Don Bastians's DVDs: Tying Classic Wet Flies and Advanced Classic Wet Flies. He ties a little fast, but if you re-watch them, all will become evident. His are the best wet fly instructions that I have ever seen. He also did: Traditional Streamers and Bucktails. Good Luck, Bob H
  11. EP Fibers, HI-Vis fibers, FTD Congo hair are all less expensive alternatives to zlon. Antron is probably not a good choice as it does not repel water like poly yarn and the others that I mentioned. Thanks, Bob H
  12. How about spinner bait skirts? Thanks, Bob H
  13. Those are more than 'okay' !! Thanks, Bob H
  14. In regard to flotation issues, I second what Poopdeck recommends about wing material. All natural materials will eventually absorb some water. But synthetics such as EP fibers, Hi-Vis, Congo Hair, or any other poly type material (not Antron) will shed almost all water with 1 cast. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Bob H
  15. Chug, Could you please show an illustration or photo of how that tool is used. I googled it and saw that it is actually 2 pieces joined at the rivet, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how it would be implemented. Thanks, Bob H
  16. Dave Whitlock has a book that is a compilation (and more) of his Trout magazines articles and artwork. It is absolutely gorgeous, and an incredible bargain at $25. His inscription and included bookmark are beautiful, too. Thanks, Bob H
  17. Here's some toys for making your own Zonkers: https://whitetailflytieing.com/collections/tools/products/zonkercrosscut-jig-and-cutter-whitetail-fly-tieing https://whitetailflytieing.com/collections/tools/products/zonker-jig-whitetail-fly-tieing https://whitetailflytieing.com/collections/tools/products/zonker-cutter-whitetail-fly-tieing Thanks, Bob H
  18. How about an empty Kleenex box. Plastic flaps in pre-cut slit keeps all the waste in the box. Cheap and when full, just throw the whole thing away and start another. Thanks, Bob H
  19. TJM mentioned white dove or common (rock) pigeon. Just finished a Google search for these and mourning dove skins and found nothing. Does anyone know of a source for the skins? I assume that because they are so common, they should be relatively inexpensive. Thanks, Bob H
  20. Chug, That link is to one of his 3 DVDs. The others are Tying Classic Wet Flies and Traditional Streamers and Bucktails. Great techniques in all 3. Thanks, Bob H
  21. Don Bastian's DVDs address all your concerns and you can see them 'in action.' Now all I have to do is get them to work in my own tying. He also has about the best demo of how to prep and set the quill wings. Keep on tying. Thanks, Bob H
  22. Any critique offered in a gentle manner is a good thing, for us observers as well as the poster. A diplomat is known as someone who can tell you to go to Hell in such way that you look forward to the trip. Thanks, Bob H
  23. Good start. Earlier suggestions are spot-on. I prefer videos that start with an image of the finished fly so I can see right away if it's something I'm interested in. Please give more detailed pattern infor (generic hook type eg 2xl, 1xf and preferred size range; specific threads; type of deer hair such as coarse or fine). Good Luck. Thanks, Bob H
  24. I have the same problem with bobbin holders that have a ceramic INSERT. The floss threaders seem to hang up on the INSERT edge when inserted from the spool end of the tube. Metal threaders are longer and if inserted at the tip won't hang up. Full ceramic tubes (eg Rite bobbins) have no issue as there is no edge to catch on. Norm, thanks for caveat on the Dr Slick glass tube product. Thanks, Bob H
  25. Norm, Any tips on getting the peacock sword to align with the same curvature for all? When I Alexandras, I tie in small bunches (3-5) of fibres at a time, which is a little tedious. If I try to set the whole bunch at once, they always end up mis-aligned. Thanks, Bob H
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