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About robow7

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  1. Simple but oh so effective. Well done
  2. Should have saved that beauty for the 17th
  3. Oh yea, stealing the above foam wing divider for sure.
  4. Mark, take a look at the handle, whether it is straight or bent. By far most have the standard head.
  5. Do any of you Regal vise owners have the Big Game vise head and do you feel it could replace the more standard jaws if you spent most of your time tying size 1/0 to 12 with the majority of the work in the size 1 to 4 range. I know what Regal's recommendations are for each head but wonder what your feelings are on the Big Game head and can it really pull off the range that they state, 5/0 to 22. As always, thank you for your input.
  6. Thanks Silver Creek for that wonderful tip, one of those "why didn't I think of that". And yea, love my Renzetti tool caddy. And above, nice out of the box thinking on that bobbin hanger !
  7. I too have owned my Regal for over 20 years and exactly one time did it "spit" a hook on me, and of course it was my fault for not seating the hook properly. I'm not saying it's the best vise out there but I do think this gets way over played. Now, I will admit that I spend most of my time tying on larger hooks and rarely smaller than 14's so maybe that's why I have been so lucky. As for me, a vise that I will never buy again, was an older HMH, it wouldn't hold larger hooks worth a poop though I was working within their stated acceptable range. It was great for smaller hooks and I know others that never had a problem with their larger hooks slipping but I was not that fortunate. As far as true rotary, you need not spend more than a Peak IMO.
  8. In opposition to Jack, I have noticed on many utube videos of people tying flies, that some will just continue to wrap and wrap and wrap and then wrap some more when only a couple turns of well placed thread would have been more than adequate to accomplish the task at hand.
  9. When I was a small boy we fly fished for bull heads in our local waters using a Mcginty pattern wet fly. But like others here, I no longer fish for them specifically but not infrequently I do catch them while fishing for .other species.
  10. Yea, some of the bucktails were nice and full but the hair was too short for the wing I needed. Others had had the length but were really sparse and were not going to allow for very many flies. Some were as you mentioned, all the hair extremely crinkly and some were just total garbage that should never have made into a bag unless noted as a "second" quality. Hate to buy natural materials online.
  11. Couldn't agree more. Normally I would have a chance to go thru all the capes in stock (or any natural material for that matter) and select the one most suited to my needs but our normal supplier isn't allowing that to happen at this time due to covid. Yesterday I was at both Bass Pro and Cabelas, looking for a certain colored bucktail and luckily they had a bunch that I could go thru until I found one that was suitable. As I went thru them, I was thinking to myself, thank God I didn't have to go mail order for this because my chance of being satisfied with that tail would have been minimal.
  12. The woodchuck silhouette definitely wins hands down. I've never thought of Troth's ehc as having the finest caddis silhouette but it catches fish. Maybe another topic that might be discussed elsewhere. Back to wings adding floatability, so you don't feel Lee Wulff's flies with that huge top wing keep it from sinking in fast water as he designed ?
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