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  1. Thanks for the feedback. I've always had trouble with less is more but stripped the fly and did another try. Here is the end result. This one looks much better; great job, and it's a pattern that really has worked for me over the years (especially during the Grannom hatch). TC
  2. In my newest YouTube video, I share the Furry Foam Crayfish pattern, one I've had a lot of success with over the years. If you're able to view the comments on the YouTube page, others have added their own favorite crayfish imitations, too; feel free to join in on the conversation, or share them here. TC
  3. Lots of choices out there, and I've tied with many over the years, with few complaints. The top two aspects I look for is the ability to pivot the head(s) and for it to travel with no issues (for fly tying shows). I switched to LED lights a couple years ago, and haven't looked back. The light I'm using now is called the Pro Work Bench Light with dual LED heads, and it really is a great one. There is no heat coming off the LED's, the heads pivot, and it has a sturdy base. It also comes with an adapter to it can be attached to the side of a table or desk, if you prefer that. My father-in-law has a similar light, though his has a magnifier. I prefer the dual heads, and you can always buy a magnifier to attach. When in doubt, always go with more light. This light has nearly too much, and occasionally removes color from my fly tying videos (stinks for the video, but great for tying!). Here's a link, though I think with a little searching online, you can find them for less money: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/251467353466?lpid=82&chn=ps TC
  4. My newest video is now live, and in it I discuss online fly tying resources. Aside from sharing some of my own, I also ask the viewers to comment on the sites they use most often (like Fly Tying Forum!). Be sure to check out the "Comments" section on the YouTube page to read what sites others use. TC
  5. Here's a really simple and effective caddis pattern that can be modified to cover most colors out there; the caddis wings I use in the video make it a really fast one to tie. If you have another favorite caddis pattern, feel free to explain what you use in the "Comments" section on YouTube. Thanks, and enjoy! TC
  6. My newest tutorial is out, though it's more about the guest than the fly. My Great Uncle John, who recently turned 84, ties a Hendrickson, and also answers some questions related to fly tying and fly fishing. It's always great to hear his thoughts and opinions, which is why I enjoy having him on. A fun video to make, and I hope you enjoy it! TC
  7. Thanks for the comprehensive reply, Craig, and I appreciate your thoughts. I have seen quite a few buzzers, especially in some English fly tying books, and really appreciate the profile that I see (without any tails!). I am intrigued by their style, and have wondered if their success would be more evident in lakes versus rivers... The foam is something that we use both up and back (like in the video), and over the eye. It definitely is nothing new, as I've had this pattern in my arsenal for over 15 years. Fortunately, I have never claimed to be the designer of these flies, thus am happy to share what I know via my videos. Great insight, and thanks for making that suggestion apparent to others. Finally, I was most intrigued by your thoughts regarding the hook. Examining the Allen website, they specifically list that style as "3x wide, 2x short." Your reasoning is spot on, and I completely agree that there is nothing to be used as the base. In my opinion, and in future explanations to others, it seems maintaining hook gap may be the constant, with shank length being the variable. Thanks again for that explanation, as it really made me reexamine the notion of hook classification. As always, great post, and I look forward to your content in the future, TC
  8. As the summer season begins to set in, midges are an excellent choice on the waters I fish in Pennsylvania. This Foam Wing Midge is a great one, though a fly I prefer to use when I'm no more than 20' from rising fish. More details given in the video...enjoy! TC
  9. In my newest video, I go through the steps taken to clean and maintain fly lines, something I believe is one of the most important pieces of our equipment. Feel free to comment on your own tips and/or products used, aside from the tried-and-true hot water and soap... TC
  10. I love to fish with Comparaduns, though know the wing can be tedious for some. In this video, I try to simplify the process and share a tying procedure that produces a great "fan" of deer hair, creating the intended profile. Enjoy! TC
  11. Thanks for including me in this "challenge" as a tester, and I look forward to trying another UV glue. Because of my videos, I frequently get asked questions about UV glues, and it's a topic that many want to know more about. Like other fly tying materials, there are many options for tyers, and this is an expensive one that not everyone can afford to purchase and test on their own (check out the $ per ounce chart referenced earlier in this thread). Additionally, similar to a lot of others on this forum and others, I have tried a lot of UV glues, and have had differing opinions towards each. This is an opportunity to try another, and I appreciate being asked. Regarding my testing of this glue compared to others, I plan on controlling all of the known variables, and will be honest in my review. Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing the results, TC
  12. It looks like you received some great ideas, plus you have a healthy budget. Once you make a decision and tie on your vise, consider commenting on it to help others going through a similar decision-making process. Selecting a vise is a tough one, notably because most tyers love the one they have. Knowing that, you will probably be happy with the tool you select. Good luck! TC
  13. Thanks for the links, Joe; I appreciate you taking the time to find them. Regarding the comments on Performance Flies, that is one of the few high-end fly tying shops for Czech- and Euro-style nymphing in the country. Kevin Compton is the owner, and was involved with tying for Team USA. Also, he just opened a new storefront location for it in Spruce Creek, PA. I spoke with him regarding the website, and he is in the process of redoing the look; nevertheless, order with confidence. Thanks again for the comments regarding head cements; since I've released that video, there are a couple that have come to my attention that I plan on trying. TC first link only has white, second place has not so positive recent feedback, does not take p.pal and while they have some interesting goodies, i'd have to have a real lapse in judgement before enterring a visa number on their ordering page. I prefer water or alcohol based cements anyhow. thanks
  14. Thanks for all of the great comments so far, and I'm glad the video prompted some discussion. The UV gels are very cool, and I have a future video on UV glues (I chose to keep them separate from head cements being that they have different properties and are generally used for different components of the fly). The Veniard's Cellire (and the Bennechi) are tough products to find, though someone on my FB page shared a link to a vendor in Canada selling Cellire via Ebay. TC
  15. I put together a video on the three head cements I use most often; if there are others that you turn to, I'd love to hear about them as well. I know many tyers that don't feel the need for cement, though I prefer its use on many patterns, especially to secure weaker materials. Enjoy! TC
  16. Great job on the stone/caddis fly; looks like a fish slayer! TC
  17. Every year, I try out a few new patterns for certain hatches, and here's one that I am keeping around. It's an improved "F Fly," a European CDC pattern that was modified by Loren Williams. It's a great one for those who like to fish CDC, and an easy tie. TC
  18. For the carp fly fishermen out there, this is a "must-have" pattern in your boxes! The Krazy Carper is simple to tie and effective to fish. Similar to the Zonker-style of patterns, but easier to tie, this is one that you don't feel guilty about if you lose...so fish away! TC
  19. Sounds like a great one...simple, yet effective! My favorite style, for sure. Thanks for sharing, Craig! TC
  20. We're getting a lot of posts to this video page; that's awesome! Like a lot of people, I love tying variations of certain patterns...and one of my favorites is the Soft Hackle PT. In my video, two variations are shared that have worked well for me over the years. If you've modified this fly, too, I'd love to hear what changes you've made. TC
  21. As most of us would agree, there is nothing worse than fishing a dry fly that won't float. There are lots of methods out there, some simpler than others, plus way too many products for us to all try, thus I wanted to share those that have worked for me over the years. Please add your own thoughts and products that have worked for you, and enjoy the video! TC
  22. Thanks for the kind words, Joe... Tim
  23. My newest YouTube video features a modified Pat Dorsey pattern, the Mercury Cased Caddis. This is a SIMPLE fly to tie that works really well, especially in waters with caddis. You can vary the color of the actual caddis, though chartreuse seems to be a great one (both as a hot spot and natural imitation). There are lots of great cased caddis imitations out there, though this one has been slowly rising to the top of my list. TC
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