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Bryon Anderson

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About Bryon Anderson

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  • Birthday 08/10/1970

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    Holland, MI

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  1. Thanks for the kind words guys!
  2. Here are some pics of a few of the most recent ones.
  3. Finally read all the way to the end of this thread after being away from the forums for a bit --- wow! Super-cool shop Mike! I love everything you've done with it. Your new bench looks great, too. I have to admit I'm a bit envious -- my little woodworking hobby of a few years ago has now grown into a side business that really needs more space than one half of my basement can accommodate (the other half being finished and therefore off limits). Only 3 more years of college for two kids to pay for before we can move to a place in the country with a proper shop space. 🙂 Enjoy yours!
  4. I love this thread! Unfortunately, because I usually fish alone, I don't take that many pictures of the fish I catch. The most memorable ones were probably some of the first big trout that I caught, but those were before digital cameras or camera phones were widespread, so they remain mental snapshots. There was the 18" Brown on the Pere Marquette that had been crashing hoppers all afternoon but wouldn't touch anything I threw at him...until the sun went down and he hammered the streamer I chucked into his hole on the first cast. Or the 21-incher the next summer that did take my hopper. (I do have a Polaroid of that one ). This guy I just caught yesterday, and he was, if not memorably large, very memorably fun. Kept chasing one streamer pattern after another but refusing to commit until I decided to give up and move on. I switched back to the first pattern he'd chased, then thought, "What the hell?" and chucked it at him one last time. Wham-o! Fish on
  5. my flies were mailed a day late (3/16) - they may not have arrived yet. I apologize if I'm holding things up.
  6. Thanks Michael, I appreciate that. Have you made any more nets since your first one? Would love to see them if you have!
  7. Thanks Chugbug-- I am excited about the fly shops. I didn't really expect that to happen so soon, but I'll take it!
  8. Thanks Mike! I thought you might like the blue... I'm carving the pattern with a "Flex Shaft" attached to my Dremel tool, then filling them with a slurry of epoxy and crushed stone. It's fun! I've been using a stone called Chrysocolla, but I just received some nice crushed turquoise in the mail today...
  9. Thanks Steve! That 3rd one down has a handle of Maple burl -- a friend gave me a good sized burl, so as a "thank you" I made him a net from it. I really appreciate your comments about getting established online -- it's something that I've really felt confused and frustrated about so it is very helpful to get some real insight from someone who is experienced in this arena. Being brand new, it's hard to know what my expectations should even be. You know how it is -- you work so hard on this stuff and you put it out there, and then it just sits, and self-doubt can really creep in. Hearing that it really does take years to build that momentum helps me to just relax, take a breath, and focus on the work. Thankfully I still have my day job, so the woodworking gig can take all the time it needs to bear fruit. My website is FINALLY almost ready to launch -- this Saturday, in fact, if all goes to plan! For a while I thought I could just rely on social media and Etsy, but I've discovered that while "likes" are nice, they aren't accepted as payment at Woodcraft. 😄 I would love to have a link on your site--thank you!--and you'll have one on mine as well.
  10. Hello All -- it's been quite a while since I've posted to the forums, so I thought I'd jump back on to say "hi" and let everyone know what I've been up to the last few months. Since what I've been up to has almost exclusively been building nets, it made sense to post to this thread. It's been a long, sometimes frustrating, but overall very rewarding learning process this past fall and winter. I've learned a ton, not only about building nets, but also some of the ins and outs of trying to sell things online, particularly using social media. That part was VERY frustrating for a while, but I've had a little bit of success. As of this moment, I have sold, bartered, or given away about a dozen nets. I have one order to fill right now, but the most exciting thing is that I have verbal commitments from two well known fly shops to buy some of my nets for this spring. Things are looking up, and I am encouraged. Here are some pics of what I've been making. I hope everyone here is doing well and looking forward to getting back on the water, as I most assuredly am! Bryon
  11. I have picked my pattern -- I will do a Pheasant Rump Muddler.
  12. Here's an article by Jack Gartside that may be useful to participants in this swap. 🙂 https://www.jackgartside.com/art_pheasant_feathers.htm#:~:text=Perhaps the most well-known,a ribbing of gold wire.
  13. I'm guessing it's dye; I think paint would make the hairs stick together and dry hard, as if they'd been glued. I've bought whole hides and cut them into strips myself before, and in my experience any savings in cost is not worth the extra trouble. You can't just go at it with scissors and hack away, or you'll lose a LOT of hair off of each strip. The best way I've found to do it is to use a double edge razor blade and cut the strips from the back side (opposite the hair side). Don't cut all the way through; just "score" the hide and then pull the strip off the hide. If you cut all the way through, you're going to cut the tips off of many (if not most) of the hairs attached to each strip, which ruins their looks and their effectiveness. Best of luck!
  14. Haven't swapped in a while and this sounds fun -- I'm in! Pattern TBD
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