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Simon Lidster

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  1. Im spending a week on summerland key in January, any tips or ideas for fishing? Fly, spin or bait, from the shore/dock, what can I hope to catch and how?! Happy new year to you all, Simon
  2. I guess that begs the question why you need 2 CAEs? Love those cartoons! I have a holiday cottage by the sea and spend quite a lot of time there hence one vise in each place. Having tied on lots of vises I couldn't bear to be without a CAE as I can't afford a LAW. Charlie has supplied CAE vises to the USA before, he has a client in California who has more than one. The vises cost about £450 depending on model, at current exchange rates that's about $585 plus shipping. With our crumbling economy that's a bargain for you guys! This is the original one I got: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6825741394_7819a44ec2_z_d.jpg Tight threads, Simon
  3. I looked at the pro-vise at BFFI earlier this year. I wasn't impressed with the quality of workmanship, the jaws didn't meet properly and looked like they'd struggle to hold small hooks. Also there is no second hinge so the jaws are more limited in positioning than my CAEs. Might have been slight seconds on display, but I wouldn't swap. My 2 CAEs cost less than 1 pro-vise Simon
  4. Ah, but some of us discerning Brits have a CAE Vise: http://www.caeengineeringservices.com/products/ I have 2, one with the miniature jaws for my river flies and a standard one for larger work. Can't fault them! Tied thousands of flies on mine without any problems. They're the closest thing to a LAW that I've seen, that are still being made. Simon
  5. Here's a method I use, you can even get Veet for men! Simon
  6. Tapered leader to fly-line, needle knot Tippet to tapered leader, surgeons knot. Fly to tippet, grinner knot I've gone off loop to loops for dry flies, I don't like the hinge effect. The above setup seems to transfer the energy more smoothly and leads to more accurate casts in my hands! Simon
  7. Being teetotal, it's Puer tea from Yunnan province in China! Sometimes Sheng (raw), sometimes Shu (Fermented) depending on my mood. Simon
  8. I've removed him from my contacts list - my phone's now Hans free!!!! (Courtesy of Edinburgh Fringe)
  9. The stem is 11mm on my CAE vise. Definitely very interested in any tool that makes Wally wings easier! Getting the fold right and tying in is an absolute pain! Let us know when you're in production Simon
  10. A table full of North Country spiders and traditional flies. I've filmed tying them all and uploading to Youtube as I can, will post on here as well. I know its been debated ad nauseum, but traditional patterns can be just as successful as modern ones with synthetics. Trout and insects haven't changed! If they caught a century ago, they'll catch today. Season's best wishes. Enjoy! Simon
  11. Oh Crackaig, Those are my kind of flies!!! Simon
  12. I've had one for a few years and love it. Tied thousands of flies on it and no problem. Once had to get a joint adjusted, it was Charlie's original design which he's now changed. Fantastic service, no charge and a good bloke to deal with! In answer to your question yes its a quality product, you'll have to contact Charlie for prices! I can't afford a LAW. My CAE allows me to get the jaws at any angle without anything behind my left hand. The angle of the jaws to the long axis allows this. Most vises have the jaws set at right angle to the supporting rod, which doesn't allow for angling so theres nothing behind the hook. Ive just got a Cottarelli Traveller for tying on trips, it's similar in allowing any hook position, but the jaws are very different. Hope that helps, Simon Pics of Cottarelli jaws and CAE with size 32 Tiemco hook
  13. Guinea fowl or Teal body feathers work well. Simon
  14. I post quite a few videos, not because I'm a great tyer but because I want to get better! I learn as much from average tyers like me as the experts - mainly how not to do it! My votes are for Davie, Hans and Marcus Hoffman. I can sometimes get a bit disillusioned watching them as I know I'll never reach their heights of skill. So lets see MORE tying videos from the ranks! Simon
  15. Loadsa flees! From size 24 midge pupae to size 10 Ammonites. Enjoy! Simon
  16. Sawyer's killer bugger? 10 nymph hook 2.5mm copper tungsten bead Marabou tail Spindrift Oyster body Copper rib Badger hackle Enjoy! Simon
  17. Reelwings http://www.reelwings.co.uk They really don't cause much leader twist amazingly. Simon
  18. Here's three Killer shrimp with different wools - Left Lathkill's 477 sub Middle Spindrift oyster Right Spindrift sand Can't imagine a grayling can really tell the difference! Simon
  19. Sawyer's killer shrimp?! Spindrift sand wool body Copper rib, natural or red Plastic bag back Enjoy, Simon
  20. Second that. http://www.jamiesonsofshetland.co.uk/290-oyster-98-p.asp They ship overseas. Simon
  21. For an unknown stream, all of the above plus some weighted Baetis nymphs sizes 16-20 and size 30 aphids! Simon
  22. Nymphs that have worked well on the Derbyshire Derwent this season: GRHE with and without gold head Baetis nymphs green and brown Spiders with heavy hackles Generic bead heads with flash behind the bead. Love the Troutline hooks! Enjoy, Simon
  23. Hey Jam, Sage one and Lamson ULA Force reel - RESPECT! My kind of set-up. Simon
  24. Hi Brian, I fished the South Platte (Dream Stream) yesterday morning. That's a LONG way from Sheffield in the UK! Absolutely beautiful river, huge trout but tiny nymphs and dries. I was fishing 18s, 20s and 22s and caught 2 very good brownies. We're staying in Keystone, so going to fish the Snake sometime in the next few days. I'm falling in love with Colorado - in winter you ski, when the snow melts you fish. What could be better? Simon
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