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Chase Creek

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  1. As Rockworm said, making prespun bodies with a simple dubbing block is fast, and easy. You can use any kind of thread, but you must wax it first using most any kind of wax like beeswax, etc. After spinning the brush, insert the ends onto a card as mentioned. This will do 2 things - it will store the loop, and also let the wax stiffen a bit if you leave it overnight. Googlr Clark's Spinning Block. Very simple to make, and a very handy tool to have around. I've tied flies down to #18 using this method.
  2. Add my thanks to all who have served, are serving now, and who will serve. The most eye -opening book about WWII I have read is "Citizen Soldier", by S. Ambrose. I really had no idea about my Dad's service in N. Africa, Europe, and my Uncles service in Europe and the Pacific until I read this. I really wish they were still around so I could thank them.
  3. I keep my main stash in dubbing dispensers tucked away on a shelf. I fill clear plastic coin holders (Quarter size, with screw caps) with my most used dubbing to keep on the tying desk. They are easy to label, and you can see what's in them. I use a wood thread rack (Wal-Mart) to hold them. The holders fit perfectly between the pegs used to hold thread spools. When I run low, I just refill from the stash. Helps keep the desk from cluttering up with dubbing dispensers.
  4. Joe - good point. We are in the process of moving right now, and I am AMAZED at the tying materials I have packed. I must have thought I "needed" these at the time, but not sure what I "needed" them for now. But it was fun rediscovering them, part of the game, I guess.
  5. I think Mike has a good grip on this. I agree, but I may be a little hazy about the blanket thing. That would have been in the late 60's - early 70's. Definitely a hazy period.
  6. I don't keep an inventory, either. I tried to get one going a few years ago, but gave up trying to keep it current. If I find myself running low on something, I jot it down in a little notebook I keep on the desk just for that purpose. I take it with me when I go to the fly shop, so I don't have any problem buying duplicate material, and can get what I actually need.
  7. I sometimes think sometimes we fall victim to the "urban myths" that exist in tying - like you should always tie with your scissors in your hand, for speed. If you don't, your not a "good" tier. If you don't whip finish by hand, your not a "good" tier, etc. SilverCreek hit it - It's just a matter of personal preference. I use a whip finisher. (and don't hold my scissors when tying)
  8. A little to ornate for me. Wouldn't fit in with my "early cheap" decor. I bet it's pretty expensive. Nice lookin', though.
  9. Crackaig - "Toothpicks are fine for some "varnishes", but will cause bubbles in others, especially epoxy. Its the cellulose that does it". Didn't know that. Don't tie very many flies that use epoxy. Mainly use Sally H., and nwver had a problem. I'll find the epoxy I have and give it a try. Thanks.
  10. Never saw the advantage of using a bodkin to apply head cement. Just another tool to keep track of. I've always used round toothpicks. Use, then throw away. I keep a bunch in a shot glass on the tying desk.
  11. Muskiehunter81 - Thanks for posting your review. Interesting vise. Not to hijack your thread, but, vicrider - Have you tried a Regal Medallion? Meets all your requirements, and built like a tank. It is a rotary, not a true rotary. You can turn the fly all the way around to look / work on it. I've had true rotary vises, but like most, never used that feature to its full potential.
  12. I am 67 yrs old, quiet, non-smoker, non-drinker, have my own transportation, and available for adoption.
  13. shoebop nailed it - a matter of personal preference. Nothing wrong with either of those vises. I tied on a Mongoose for many years, then switched to a Regal - not because there was anything wrong with the Mongoose; I just wanted to simplify. I know a couple of guys who tie on the old Thompson vises. They both do fantastic work. It's whatever you get used to. As shoebop said, most any American made vise will serve you well; it's just what you want as belss and whistles.
  14. Hey, Terje, you might enjoy this Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/themacrocloseupphotogroup/ Lots of posts from macro enthusiasts.
  15. mike - no, too expensive. I went to a forced air, diesel system. Seems to work ok, but I have lots of vise anti-freeze sitting in the corner. And the forced air system is much louder, so I'm looking into a way to tie it in to the central air in the house.
  16. I used a water-cooled vise for many years, until the radiator blew. (kidding)
  17. Only 2 days camped by the mailbox! Got 'em today. Great job, everyone. It never ceases to amaze me what talent we have on this site. Thanks BB for hosting, appreciated.
  18. Thanks for the update. I'm pitching my tent by the mailbox right now. Thanks for a well run swap.
  19. I hate to repeat, but that's a COOL frog. Welcome. Looks like you've got a pretty good handle on things after only 3 months. Keep the pictures coming.
  20. Welcome. Pull up a chair and look around. You'll find lots of info and tips here from beginners to World class tiers, all willing to share and advise. Get involved in some swaps to develop and fine tune your skills. Something here for everyone, at any level. Glad you joined us.
  21. Great images, Carl. And a beautiful Brookie! In my opinion, the most beautiful of the Trouts.
  22. Thanks. I use Photo Shop Elements 11 with the Topaz Adjust 5 add-on. I also have Topaz B&W. Really like the Topaz line.
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