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petegray

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  1. Thank's... There's a lot to like about this Eastern Carolina fishery... I'm NOT a big fan of the reverse tie method but prefer to let the thread do it's magic... There's a Bill's Body Braid foundation that enhances a controlled flair of the buck tail with increased thread tension... and then the judicious application of Light Cured Resin seals the deal... by the way... rolling in the phracas behind the second dragger, there were at least a dozen 5' to 8' sharks... gott'a put the heat on or there can be a dramatic casualty... life or death in the mix...
  2. NC Albies look just like Albies... only BIGGER...! 14.5 lbs and BIGGER Water Buffalos are ontheway...! Bueller...? Bueller...? Anyone...?
  3. tube phlyz... another option... google search "dual tube phly"
  4. Thank's... a rigid HMH tube with their soft junction tube to secure the hook... Bill's Body Braid as a base then pheatherz and phlash welded on and 3D eyez encapsulated with Bug Bond... same idea... different day...
  5. welded wide body broad spectrum albino stimulator...
  6. travel mode... with thoughtful supervision...
  7. Year's gone back when the Symposium was held in the hotel proper [not in the convention center] it seemed to have a closer friendly feel to it... Those were the DAZE ! Then it migrated over to the Convention Center and became much less intimate... sort'a felt like WallyWorld... Saturday's were generally busy but Sunday afternoon evolved into a funeral wake... getting sleepier and sleepier... Disappointingly, thank's to the lack of a crowd, venders would start packing up at 3 to better make ready for the mad dash to the door at closing... I suspect and fear that this year's logistical changes will take a toll and put the not so International Symposium on "life support"... I hope not, but... remainstobeseen... If I had to guess and if the recent trends continue, The Fly Fishing Show in Edison will soon claim sole survivor status and be the Last Man Standing... a GOOD show it is...! November will tell the tale... weshallsee...
  8. Thank's for the kind replies...! sort'a reinforced what I had suspected... I'm going to keep the Bear's Den as my go-to source for everything fly related... and I'm going to look into the Beaufort ferry services to Shackleford Banks for "day trips" when the SW wind isn't a show stopper...
  9. anyone here frequent these areas...? re: surf fly fishing the beaches I'm still dealing with the Bear's Den in Taunton MA... If it ain't broke, don't fix it... but... Any noteworthy NC saltwater fly shops...?
  10. petegray

    Sand fleas...

    The ONLY rule is... there are NO RULES...
  11. Way back in a "previous life" while stationed in Utapao, Thailand, I tried a "rice bug"... tasted sort'a like fermented liquorish... Been there, done that, got the T-shirt... I'll pass on Cicada... Thanks'
  12. I emailed Jay regarding the 3/8" stem issue... and the larger metric alternative... He constantly chases down ideas and turns them into kinetic art... here's what he had to say... "Hi Pete, I turn down the bottom 2" to 3/8" so that it will fit US Clamps. I also make a 3/8" adaptor to take 3/8" fittings. Have attached a few pics for you. One of the extension arms has a 3/8" stem." If you're looking for something "special" or off the beaten path, Jay might oblige...
  13. Thank's Mr Mouse... I do believe Jay sources his Damascus from Sweden... same design as the Pro Jaws... it's a visual pleasure...
  14. Too funny... Area61 on Kape Kodistan... my little bit of Heaven had a front yard and a back yard [both trimmed]... and then there was the Outback... somewhat "primitive" and untrimmed... the hanging chair, bird houses, camper, solitude, and close to the water... The hanging chair now swings at Pete's Last Resort [kept lawn] near Morehead City and Albie-ville... Life is mighty fine in NC... !
  15. If there is any common interest in obtaining J-stuff, the sting of international postage can be tempered by having multiple orders sent out in one parcel, then "redistributed" once is escapes from the Black Hole of Customs @ JFK in New York to find it's way to a domestic front porch... Just sayin' Another outside possibility... Jay may be attending the Fly Tying Symposium... remainstobeseen...
  16. The more one drinks, the better one sounds... and beer goggles never lie... [NOT!] They don't call it "loud mouth soup" for nothin'...! re: Jvise hand rest... Peronally,while waiting for inspiration or the next application, I've found comfort and NO issues resting my left hand in that "J-crook"... 'same for the Law... Different stokes for different folks... 'always nice to take a test ride before using your DiscoverCard... A GOOD tool will disappear in your hand... A CRAPPY tool will ALWAYS remind you that it's there...
  17. Well stated... THANK YOU ! Two reasons why you should never try to teach a pig to sing... 1. It wastes your time... and... 2. It annoys the pig... the same goes for drunks' and fools' and crazy people...
  18. good for you... a bit off topic... knock yourself out... enjoy your wonderful tool... DamascusJaws... unnecessary ? absolutely !
  19. Mr Flat Rock native may soon be in possession of the closed loop version of Jay's Hackle Pliers and might have some educated thoughts to share... Year's back, I consolidated an order for several friends and when the shipping was split amongst the "cartel" it was downright reasonable... although the wait for JFK Customs took several anxious weeks... the attachment shows the basic jaws and bobbin hanger and the desk top mount... if you opt for the basic fuselage/stem/j-neck and pro-jaws, which I would recommended , you would be goodtogo... Another innovative afterthought is the "stem knuckle" that fits between the top of the ten and the fuselage... The stem knuckle allows for "variable pitch"... tilting the jaws to better fit the occasion... Do it right... Do it once... While the postage would not be cheap, it's the weight of the optional hardwood base that runs up the tab... [iMHO, worth the pain]... Jay has the ability to cut his stock and will occasionally tweak [improve] his basic designs... Design evolution is GOOD !
  20. Jay Smit hit a home run with his ingenious design and superior heirloom quality vise for life... Besides being very comfortable to tie on, there's a lot going on in the details... I have a serious vise vice and [iMHO] the Jvise is quite brilliant and an absolute pleasure to use... Jay's work station uses a tightening cam to secure the vise stem either in the front [as shown above] for desk top tying... or on the left side to allow for lap-top tying or anywhere on-the-go... Brilliant but somewhat costly due to added international airmail rates... Jay also does a nice mobile line spooler, a wonderful brush maker, and a comfortable bobbin... Always a pleasure to answer any questions and share my passion regarding quality tools for life... Standing by to stand by... http://www.jvise.com/images/ordering/OrderFormUS$.pdf
  21. "(2) The curvature of the vise shaft puts it outside the center of rotation, b a good inch or more, from the looks of it. So, if you "pinch the narrow rounded back end of the jaw shaft" the rotation will require you to move your hand in a 2 inch or greater circle while rotating the shaft ... a very NON-intuitive movement." Mike... et al... Looks' can be deceiving... Here's how it works... simple and effective... The fuselage is on a stem pivot allowing the angle of attach to be adjusted [as is the Law and the Jvise with a stem knuckle]... I use this function all the time... maybe 20* nose up trim... The jaws are attached to the fuselage at another pivot point... Put a large hook in the jaws... Extend the jaws outward / downward for true rotary result... Put a small hook in the jaws... Close the jaws inward / upward for true rotary result... With your left hand, you can rotate the jaws by turning the rear cylinder housing OR by simple pinching the inner jaw shaft with the thumb and fingers to perform the true rotary function... very well thought out and, with an ounce of practice, VERY intuitive and comfortable... Trust me... It's BRILLIANT ! My Law does NOT accomplish that feat... nor do I miss it... imho: "true rotary" is over rated and I find it NO big deal UNLESS I'm spinning on my NorVise... they are all so good in so many other ways... My Jvise allows for "true rotary" by sliding the jaws up or down on the retaining shaft... das DamaSeal is handcrafted from a Damascus ingot by an perfectionist who uses new and old world techniques to create a special kinetic work of art that can be passed on down with pride to future generation or donated to a proper and fitting destination... Instead of spending money on expensive wall art or statues, I prefer to spend it on tools that allows me to better enjoy the total process... for me, the feel and function is worth the price of admission... a good tool disappears in your hand while a bad tool constantly reminds you that it's there... re: #1... I emphasized the Damascus with tactically deployed "light" to catch the grain... on the bench everything is absolutely simpatico and 100% non distracting [for me]... [see photo below] re: #3... Good for you... waste not want not... Personally, I spent a too many hazardous years "working" in the desert under less than desirable conditions and earned enough for me to be able to appreciate what I appreciate... NO worries... sort'a like going for a long ride... Yugo or Mercedes... they both get you there [maybe]... which would you chooozzze...?! To each their own... Cheeeerz ps a less "distracting" shot with just soft reflected light up from the side... more what I see while tying until I rotate and catch a pleasant highlighted reflection... if that's a problem, I'll have another, Sir... thank you...! [/u
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