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  1. Oh yes. Just a bit more there than a hook, and they work so well!
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    Al's Rat

    I go into a bit of the history and theory behind this very simple fly. I'm still working out the lighting and audio, but hope you enjoy regardless.
  3. Thanks guys for the warm welcome back! I recognize a few names and hope I get to know you all soon. Best, Mike.
  4. Hello all, It has been a while, but I was fairly active on this form about 6 years ago. Cancer took me out of the game for a while, but I beat it and I am finally able to spend some time at the vise again. Just a quick PSA (and I don't want to dwell on it, but I feel obliged to say this) men get breast cancer, it's not fun, learn to check yourself as it might save your life. So since most of you will not remember me, my name is Mike, I have been tying since the early 90s and my favorite flies to tie are classic pattern Catskill drys. But I also do some warm water fishing when the trout are not cooperating and tie quite a few flies for bluegill. I'm sorry to see that the old pattern database seems to have disappeared , but I was able to find a picture of one of my bluegill inventions from the old days, the Woven Bluegill Spider, and I'll add in a picture from my latest efforts to re-master the Troth elk hair caddis in size 20, a great fly for PA trout, but challenging in terms of proportions. I have started a YouTube channel. I do a fair amount of video work for some other hobbies and thought it might be fun to try my hand at fly tying videos. I don't know if we are allowed to post links here, so I'll just say that you can look me up as FrequentTyer on YouTube. Not much there yet, but I'll probably be adding a few videos each month. Thanks for reading, and if by chance you remember me please take a minute to say hello. My memory is a bit foggy, so I might not recognize you otherwise 😉
  5. Greed? Try basic economics. Why would anyone undervalue their work? We pay more for branding and for quality all of the time. Considering the current supply of new Laws (very few) and price of the market is willing to pay for used Laws, this would seem to be a fair price. While there are plenty that can't afford or dont want the vise, the few that can and do make up for that, and everyone can happily tie flies. No need for judgment.
  6. I'm going to be teaching common knots for flyfishing to small groups of people at an upcoming event. I've done this in the the past but have not come up with a material to use for demonstration that is easy to see and to manipulate. Ideally I would like to be able to give some to 3 or 4 people and have them tie along. Have any of you come up with a solution or have suggestions? Thanks, Mike.
  7. This is the best video I know of on tying Wulff style wings. The combing tip works really well. http://on.aol.com/video/the-basics-of-fly-tying---wolf-winging-259887187
  8. I really loved this film. It is not really about fly tying, but certainly contains plenty of tying. Beautifully filmed and well worth $10. Mike.
  9. Nature has already done the study for us. The vast majority of mayfly duns consumed by trout since the species first learned to swim have had wings. Of course its not a controlled study, so we should all feel completely comfortable ignoring millennia of evolution and catch the stupid beasts with whatever strikes our fancy:-) The biggest mistake people make in this hobby is to fall for the tying for fish/fisherman dichotomy. Tie flies for yourself. If you are happy, then your flies are perfect.
  10. That's what I do too. I use baseball card sheets that I think hold 9 packs each. It also works great for hooks in plastic bags. Mike.
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