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  1. I also have that FishPond Road Trip bag. Very well designed. It's amazing how much stuff you can get in there.
  2. Given a choice I would much rather fish for wild fish than stocked fish. As the previous poster suggested, I would rather see the money spent on habitat improvement than on raising fish to be stocked. Sometimes it seems that Fish & Game departments are catering to the guys that come out once a year and chase the exhaust fumes on hatchery trucks.
  3. That's what I do and have always done.
  4. I have several dozen dubbing packages. The purpose of this dispenser is to store a small amount of my dubbing to keep in my portable fly tying kit. I already have some of my most commonly used dubbings in one of these dispenser boxes and have used it for years. I haven't had any problems with it. I use natural dubbing mostly. The one J. Stockard sells looks like the best configuration for my needs.
  5. I decided I'm in need of another dubbing dispenser. The kind that is a multi-compartment box with little holes to pull the dubbing out of. I spot-checked a few catalogs and all I see are dispensers that are already loaded with dubbing. I found one in a E Hille catalog, but unless I'm mistaken they no longer seem to exist. Any suggestions?
  6. Congratulations on a good choice. I've never used the Standard but have been tying on a Spartan for the last several years. I'm not sure what the differences are, but I suspect they are mainly cosmetic. The regular jaws are fine. I just bought a pair of Magnum jaws so I can tie saltwater flies, but I see no need to use anything other than the standard jaws for most tying.
  7. I've had the Fishpond Road Trip bag for a couple of years. Although I admit I haven't had a chance to use it much, so far I am very happy with it. It has plenty of storage for it's size and is very well made.
  8. I agree. The HMH Spartan is a great vise. I don't expect to be needing another vise for the rest of my tying career.
  9. I'm a Matarelli guy - have three or four of them. I've used them throughout my entire fly tying career, which is about 32 years now.
  10. I don't think I've ever tied more than a dozen at one sitting. Most of the time about a half dozen.
  11. Glad you made the right choice ( :yahoo: ), but I'll add my own self-biased opinion as well. I tied on a Renzetti Traveler for quite a few years. It served me well, but when I got into tying winged wet flies I found that the configuration of a true-rotary style vise was a big hinderence. It is too tough to access the wings with your left hand when you use that style of vise. I don't do true rotary tying. I just wanted a rotary vise so that I can examine or access the fly from different angles. So at the time I chose to get an HMH Spartan. It was perfect. I had admired the HMH vises ever since I saw Poul Jorgensen tie salmon flies on one way back in my rookie days of fly tying. You will love your HMH vise. The Renzetti Traveler is a great vise, but the design has its limitations, plus Renzetti's customer service/attitude leaves something to be desired.
  12. I Have to go along with this fellow Mary Dette Clark She can Tye fly's for hrs upon Hrs day after day without tiring and she is a fine lady she has been doing this for a very long time and her fly's almost always catch fish especially if you know how to Use them......I salute you Mary you are a wonderful person.. Frank W Zervos Add another vote for Mary. I'll also add Poul Jorgensen and Don Bastian to the list.
  13. I just came home with the 7.2 volt Dirt Devil. Seems to work fine. I was hoping for a "stand up" charging base but none of them seem to have that anymore. I was looking for the popular Black & Decker 9.6 volt model, but none of the stores had it in stock. Thanks for the suggestions.
  14. LOL. Yeah, I had already seen that. More elaborate than what I had in mind.
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