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  1. Plastic baseball card box of appropriate height. I use Avery clear labels and print my name, the trout avatar and address. I hot glue a black high density foam strip or two to hold the flies. All of mine are gifts. I give mine away to friends, people who are just starting out and raffle prizes for the Carolina Fly Fishing Club. You need to be honest about your price and quality of your product. Are you appealing to the less than a dollar a fly crowd, then pack as cheap as you can. If your flies are art you want to package them in a manner that makes you proud to sell them.
  2. Great flies. Thank you for running another great swap.
  3. I have built twelve various bamboo rods from Angler's Roost. I only had one bad blank and he accepted it back and replaced it no questions. I started with the kit. I replaced the reel seat after about a year. It worked ok, I didn't like how it looked. Ferrules are $33 for nickel silver. You can get chrome plated brass for $4. Nicole silver ferrules need to be sanded to fit. The quality is as good or better than others I have tried. The male ferrule has to be sanded down to achieve proper fit to the female. The agate guides are good quality. Building a bamboo rod requires finding the spline, sanding the ferrules, sanding and fitting the ferrules to the rod and wrapping. It is more of a challenge than wrapping a graphite blank. I use two sizes smaller diameter silk thread to wrap. When I wrap a graphite after doing a bamboo it feels like I'm using rope to wrap the rod. I like the Payne tapers.
  4. Roadkill legal here. Except birds of prey and song birds. I have always picked up some good finds. I hunt, but I only kill what I will eat. I don't care for squirrel so I never shoot them. I pick roadkill squirrels whenever I run low.
  5. Jungle cock is legal in USA if it was raised here or if it is old and imported before the ban. If you live in the US what you may possess also varies state to state. In South Carolina I can shoot doves. They make great flies. In NY there is no dove season. They are a protected species. Protected species may vary by where you live.
  6. Vicrider my guess at Norm's file is a striped Rhode Island Red hackle
  7. Thanks for the invite BB. Work and other stuff has kept me away. Just saw your invite yesterday. Glad swap is full. BreamBuster are you aware of this local club http://cffc.memberlodge.com/ Great group for you to meet some local fly fishers.
  8. Just sending mine out tomorrow. I will use priority to get them to you. Size 18 BWO
  9. BWO with ultra chenille extended body
  10. My sister bought me a Noll kit from Al Cohen's Sports in Monticello, NY for my eighth birthday. I am almost sixty-three so fifty five years, continuous. My Grandfather was friends with some famous Catskill tyers. I used to hang out and soak everything in when I was in Livingston Manor or Roscoe. My Grandparents lived on the Willowemoc. Funny JSzymczyk, you are so correct. George Herter was showing people how to tie jointed streamers in his 1950 and 60's writing. It wasn't original then either. They had jointed devil bugs. I think I remember you tying a nice devil bug for a swap once.
  11. I have made eight rods from AR. I have one bad blank. Returned it and was pleased with what I received in return. My first one was a kit my wife bought me for Christmas years ago. The price was $129 for everything. I have since changed out the reel seat, but still fish the rod. I had no experience building or wrapping rods. The guy at AR told me to call Jim Mills from Raven Fork Rods. The man is a master craftsman. He took many of my calls and emails. Your opinion of glass rods is very out of touch. I have an Orvis Superfine that is extremely light and sensitive. Might want to broaden your horizons. http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/
  12. 6'6" Orvis Flea. Bamboo. Fishing as 3wt. Two photos of a fall Brown caught on public water in North Carolina. You don't need a long rod to land large fish. Let the rod work and take your time. Dave G gave the best advice. Rushing and excitement loses more fish for the novice and even old timers. Wow I read that back, I really was talking about fishing. Bamboo is forgiving and buffers the fish. It is a shock absorber. Cheap but good blanks to get into the craft. http://theanglersroost.com/
  13. Woot! Woot! How you feel well for the holidays and grandkids.
  14. Feel better Bob, but knowing you.....you probably ate that questionable Mexican again. Real restaurants don't have coyote fajitas.
  15. Jokey looked at her business card. He was confused. He thought for a moment, could she work for the Mustad company or really escort people places.
  16. Starling and peacock is a great soft hackle.
  17. The guard hairs are better for streamers than black bucktail. Stiffer and more shiny usually. Not that fake dyed black. The guard hairs make great tails for smaller flies. The underfur that you pick out to get the guard hair is great for spinning dubbing. Make a dubbing look and spin. Wrap for sculpin heads, saltwater flies, bass flies. The very fine underfur is an exceptional dark stone fly body material. Sadly most people have never worked with it. Artificial materials are dye constant (at least to most of our eyes) natural materials like black bear may look black, but up close or in different light they may be all different shades of browns and blacks. Exciting to use. A visit to a friendly taxidermist will produce scraps of bear fur.
  18. So do we have to tie 60 flies or just a dozen?
  19. Kidney cancer 2010. Cancer free six years. This group came to our Carolina Fly Fishing Club a few months ago. They broke from the group that only helped women with breast cancer. Seems like a great group. They help women with all cancers. I don't think you need to be 18 to volunteer. http://castingcarolinas.com/
  20. I feel very bad about this. I mailed the flies out. Thank you for your patience. I was assured that the flies were coming. I waited for PJ2 flies and they never arrived. Your flies are in the mail. I know you will like them. They are a very different mix of flies. This was a challenge tie for many. THANK YOU ALL THAT SENT EXTRAS. I am donating them to the Carolina Fly Fishing Club, http://cffc.memberlodge.com/ where they are both needed and appreciated. Thank you for being a member of this swap and most of all your own patience.
  21. OK sorry for delay in posting. PJ2 has had some craziness and is still sending flies out. If no one is upset. I will give him a couple more days. He thanks me and you all for patience.
  22. Just got in from Florida. Kevin's flies are here. I saw the envelope. I do not have anything from PJ2. I am surprised. I will mail flies out Saturday.
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