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Chase Creek

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  1. If the hackle slips from the jaws of the hackle pliers, slip a piece of shrink tubing (Radio Shack) over ONE of the jaws, and hold a candle or lighter under it to shrink it to the jaw.


    Don't use the tension adjustment on your bobbin holder - set it just enough to keep the thread from unspooling while it's hanging there. Palm the spool, and any tension adjustment should be done with your palm.


    A higher end, better vise will not make you a better tier. It's just something to hold the hook while you attach dead animal parts to it. It just needs to grip the hook well.

  2. Me, too. I found the magnifying lights (the circular light and lens) destroyed my depth perception, making it kinda hard to tie. I use cheapo reading glasses for tying. My most powerful is 4.0, but I find I use 3.5 much more often. And, yes,a decent light really helps.

  3. I don't tie commercially, so speed is nothing to be concerned with.I usually put the tools I need to tie the pattern I'm tying right in front of me so I don't have to look for them.

    I don't use any of the "speed" techniques cuz I don't think they are required if time is not a factor.

  4. My son was into reptiles for many years. His bedroom looked like the reptile house at the zoo.

    I am VERY afraid of snakes (I know, I know) and he wasn't so good at keeping the lids on his stuff, so I had a flashlight I kept by the bed to use when I had to get up in the night, Many a time ,while fishing I'd sit on a log to change flies, only to find a snake sunning himself next to me. You've never seen anyone walk on water like me.

    Lotsa stories about my son's collection, but the best is about the Hissing Cockroaches he had.

  5. Hi, Shoebop,

    Think I'd move toManton if I could. Fished the Morrisy, Golden, and Chase Creeks for all those years and tent or tarp camped at the old Chase Creek campground. The campground has been closed for many years, and is the only place I ever saw a DNR guy in the field. Scared the hell out of him when I came up out of Chase Creek when he was bent over checking the well in the closed campground. In my latter years, after the heart bypass, I camped at the Baxter Bridge Campground where there were people, to satisfy my wife. Maybe I'll go back to Manton an fish the lake in town.

  6. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone on this.

    I've been fishing a small area off the Manistee River since High School (55 years ago). It's between Cadillac and Traverse City near a small town named Manton. I've spent at least teo weeks a year up there annoying Brookies in small streams.I've always fished by myself,and I prefer it that way.

    Recently, I've had some medical issues to deal with, and I'm thinking Last Fall was my last trip up there. My balance is not so hot anymore, and I've got our friend "Arthur" quite bad in my left knee, among other places. I have a very rough time walking on uneven ground, so my days of gracefully flitting about the woods is pretty much over. I had to make some concessions with my wife after a Quadruple Bypass a few years ago, like staying in habituated campgrounds, etc.

    Anyway, every time I crest the hill overlooking Manton, I get the unmistakable feeling of coming home.I would absolutely love to make one more trip up there, but it looks like that's not going to happen.

    Fortunately, I can sill use the vise, and there are some pretty good Bluegill waters around here. But I will always miss "going home".

    (Stepping down from soapbox)

  7. I've tried the ring light with the magnifier in the middle, but the magnifier really threw my depth perception out the window. Maybe that's just me. I use a regular cheapo desk lamp with a daylight bulb. If you go that route, be sure the arm is plenty long enough and it's very adjustable. You don't want the lamp in the way when you're wrapping thread around the hook.

  8. Hi all,

    Tried sending a PM to JD, but it said he could not receive any new PM's, so I'll post it here.


    I'm afraid I will have to drop out of this swap due to some serious medical issues. I won't be able to spend the time at the vise for a while. I think I've been in 60+ swaps on this site, and this is the first I've had to back out of. Hope you all understand.


    Tight lines,


    (Chase Creek)

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