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Arkansas Mike

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  1. Great looking Rat, Jacques. Mike
  2. I basically use Utyer's method. After washing in Woolite and air drying, I pair the feathers, stick them in the freezer for a couple of weeks, then store them in an airtight ziplock for another week or so with a paradichlorobenzene moth packet. Then, and only then, will I store them with the rest of my materials. I go through and inspect all my material containers once a month and toss in a fresh moth packet. Mike
  3. My very first vise was a Regal. I still use it for reworking and filing hooks after I strip the finish. I switched when the Regal spit out a small hook and chipped the jaw. While it was in getting repaired (they charged me $40, btw), I bought an HMH and haven't looked back. I know a lot of great tiers who use Regals and love them... Mike
  4. A wicked member of this forum once sent me a C&F bobbin to "try out". Couldn't imagine anyone paying $45 for a bobbin. I sent it back after a few days and have since bought 3 of them. Love C&F's. I also keep one of my Tiemco ceramic tube bobbins loaded and within reach. Mike
  5. I placed an order on the 30th and received it today. Even with New Years Weekend and all, that's a week or 5 working days. I've never had a complaint with their service. Unlike other places, I've never had them have to back-order anything either. Mike
  6. I'm on FaceBook, but don't log-on that often. There are some weirdos on there, and they all want to be my friend... Mike
  7. That'a boy, Matt!!! Set 'em straight. Mike
  8. Paul, I love C&F's bobbins (gonna' order another one here in a few weeks). I've wondered about their hackle pliers... I'd like to know what you think after using them. Mike
  9. Hhmmm. Come to think of it... I don't know. I've never even been to Arkansas. And my name is Billy-Bob. Mike
  10. Wonderful, Carl. I love the wood duck overwing. That looks sharp. Still haven't gotten me any of those Sawada Wet hooks. Gotta' do that. Nicely done, Sir. Mike
  11. My admiration and respect to you and to those who helped you out. As Gustav said...that kind of generosity and kindness makes me happy and is refreshing to read about. Mike
  12. Next time you guys see me on Cops, I'll be wearing my super cool new Fly Tying Forum T-Shirt! Mike
  13. I certainly recommend Don Bastian's DVD. And if you have an opportunity to sit down with Mike...do it. Mike
  14. But he is ugly and ties lures...not flies! hehe... Congrats, Evan. You're going to love tying on an HMH. Mike
  15. Forming a smooth, nicely-shaped tapered head with flat thread is far more important in my opinion than what you use to coat it with. You could use 10 coats of Sally Hansen on a lumpy head with jagged wing butts sticking out over the eye and it would still look terrible. Shiny...but terrible. Mike
  16. Congratulations, Devin! Mike
  17. Happy belated birthday, Steve. Sorry I'm a day late! Mike
  18. day5...the closet bait fisherman. Mike
  19. For a beginner, one of the best fly-tying investments you can make in my opinion is Leeson & Schollmeyer's book The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference . There are no patterns, but you'll learn more from this book than you will a dozen others out there. As far as where to buy materials, J. Stockard is a good place to start. Mike
  20. I've tried several post-style hackle gauges, and I always prefered the old Walt Dette card-style gauge. I always just measure against the hook now days. It's easier, quicker, and more accurate. You can download the Dette gauge here print it out and laminate it. Mike
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