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  1. Thanks for all of the donations received to this point; they've come in from as far as Louisiana, which is incredible. The collection will run through the first week of March, thus as you go through your fly fishing and tying gear and notice anything that you may not be using anymore, please consider sending it to the Project Healing Waters collection. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and thanks again to those of you who have sent a donation. Tim
  2. In my newest YouTube tutorial, I discuss some ways that I prefer to fish larger dry flies (such as dry dropper and tandem style with two dry flies). It seems that magazines continue to prod us to fish smaller flies, though utilizing a larger one can be nearly as effective, or more so when paired with a smaller pattern. Enjoy, TC
  3. In my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, I feature the Tan Adams, an often overlooked pattern. This fly, which frequently gets lost in the shuffle because of its big brother, the Adams (in grey), is a great imitation of many light insects, especially caddisflies. Additionally, this is a great one to also fish in larger sizes as part of a dry-dropper combo. TC
  4. The film is no longer available (unless you are purchasing it); someone posted it to YouTube without permission. TC
  5. Hi all, I want to let everyone @ the Fly Tying Forum know that my PHW 2nd Annual Collection has begun. All of the details are in my video below, but the gist is simple: Project Healing Waters is an incredible organization helping veterans get involved in the sport we love, and we can help them by donating related fly fishing and tying supplies. We are collecting any gently-used fly fishing gear, flies, fly tying supplies, etc...basically anything in decent condition that you realize you are no longer using. Since cabin fever is setting in for a lot of us, this is a great time to go through our gear and locate some of these items. I'll be collecting items through the first week of April, and then passing everything in one lump donation to Skip Hughes (Erie, PA) and let his disperse everything throughout the PA and NY region. Like last year, I will make a review video, showing many of the donations that were contributed. If you have any questions, let me know, and I want to thank everyone ahead of time for the donations. Tim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG1RYRtBZxA Items can be sent to (through USPS): Tim Cammisa P.O. Box 125 Butler, PA 16003 If sending through UPS or FedEx, please send to: Tim Cammisa 345 South Main Street - Apmt. #125 Butler, PA 16003
  6. Now that it seems everyone is tying and show season is going strong, I wanted to make a video in which I give recommendations for buying dry fly materials. I go over essential items (hackle, dubbing, hooks, etc.) and also discuss optional ones. This video is intended for the beginner to intermediate tyer, and is by no means the "absolute list" for dry fly materials. If there are additional ones that you think should be added, definitely add on to help others know which materials they will benefit from the most. TC
  7. Lots of patterns so far this month! I just released my newest video, featuring Ralph Cutter's E/C Caddis. The Emerger / Cripple pattern is a great one for finicky trout, and has worked very well for me on tailwaters (including the Delaware). This is a really neat pattern that has a buggy look to it, helping its "proof of life." As mentioned in the video, I prefer barred hackle for the legs, and would recommend sticking with colors including that. Thanks, TC
  8. You're right guys, I do use this vise a lot...both in my videos and actual tying. ;-) I have yet to record a formal review of the vise, but have recommended it to quite a few people. I have been tying on the Stonfo Kaiman for about a year now and really like it. The vise jaws are formed in a way that I can easily tie small (to 28; I haven't had a desire to tie a 32 for awhile) to large (6/0) flies with no adjustments. There is a gap in one jaw to allow those larger hooks a holding spot. The jaws offer rotary style when straight, and the movement is extremely smooth. It has rotary features, but is not in-line like the Renzetti. For a rotary vise, I would recommend a couple others, but I rarely tie patterns that require the rotary feature (I don't tie large amounts professionally), thus this is a perfect one for me. Stonfo is an Italian company, and well-known in Europe. There was an individual from Italy at the Somerset show selling bamboo rods (Massimo), and we have talked before about Stonfo at some of the bamboo rod building events I attended. He is also a fan of their products, and expects that we will continue to see more of their line in the US. With Stonfo, their quality is excellent and in this case, t's a very well-built vise with great materials. There are a few shops in the US selling the vise, though you can also purchase it from Ebay a little cheaper (I believe the seller is from Poland and is reputable: Fishing- Mart Poland). The other advantage of Ebay is that you have PayPal backing the sale if anything were to go wrong. That supplier is one of Stonfo's main ones to the US, if unsure about purchasing it on the Internet. If a local shop carries it, then I would go that route. Like a lot on this forum, I have many vises, and know 100% that the tyer makes the vise (and not vice versa). This is the only vise I have tied on in the last year, and plan on continuing that for awhile. With that said, I continue to recommend this vise. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I can try to help. Good luck with your decision, TC
  9. This is the final video in my "Tube Flies" series, and in this one, I introduce a new section called From Vise to Water. A few topics are discussed, including carrying tube flies, knots used, and the notion of a tube fly system. Enjoy! TC
  10. Great comments to this point, and thanks for the original post, Obi. To further the discussion, I attempt to use a barred hackle on as many of my dry flies as possible. From grizzly to barred dun and ginger, I like the effect that the barring has, and buy into the "lifeability" that it exhibits on patterns, especially emergers. Do fish believe that the barring suggests movement of the fly? That's a great question without an answer now, but when I'm purchasing hackle, I tend to gravitate towards the barred capes and saddles. TC
  11. I really love to fish jig hooks, especially as they are less likely to snag versus other styles. Most of the patterns I tie on them are "in the round," and I consider them to be great go-to patterns. TC Here are some I really love to tie and fish: Link to "Ginger Snap" fly:
  12. This was a fun one to film! In this video, I did a "Q & A" session with my Uncle John, who is in his eighties and has been tying for over 50 years. It's great picking his brain, plus he went further and tied a Light Cahill (Catskill-style). During the tying, he shared a few tips that definitely can help those wanting to tie this pattern. TC
  13. In my fifth installment of tube fly videos, I review two vises at different price points, the Stonfo Tube Fly Vise and HMH Tube Fly Tool. Topics discussed include: 1. Setup 2. Features 3. Quality 4. Price I also invite viewers with experience using tube fly vises to comment below the video, thus I encourage anyone on this forum to do the same on the YouTube page. TC
  14. My newest YouTube tutorial is out, featuring a micronymph midge called the Sluiceway Special. This fly has been popularized by Aaron Jasper and is what I consider a "guide fly" being that it's an easy tie and very effective. Sealing the body with head cement strengthens the overall pattern, while also creating a wonderful sheen. Enjoy! TC
  15. Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad to know you have made the jump into the "tube world." It definitely took a few patterns to get in the mix, but once used to everything, the process is very fast, for sure! Be careful with the flame! A lot of the time, I burn prior to adding everything...maybe go that route. ;-) TC
  16. It's "Tube Fly" season for me, and here's a pic of a Zonker-style tube that I feature in my newest fly tying tutorial. TC
  17. This is the video I am most excited to share in my "Tube Fly" series! During this one, I discuss the articles that originally got me interested and excited to tie tube flies. Next, I examine some of the various "Head" and "Tail" sections, as recommended by Tom Rosenbauer, before suggesting a few combinations for you to begin with. As I mention repeatedly during this video, the possibilities are endless when using Tom's "Mix & Match" system, and I encourage others to share their own creations, either in this forum or the "Comments" section on YouTube for the video. Enjoy! TC
  18. Thanks for the comments, Mike. Anyone else have any experience with the HT lenses? I heard from some others on another forum, and curious if anyone here has them. TC
  19. Does anyone have any experience with the Maui Jim HT lenses? I have had all of the other major players, and have liked some of them over the years, though keep reading about these lenses for low-light conditions. A lot have liked their rose lenses, but I've heard these are a step better for the low-light conditions. If you have had a pair of the HT lenses, I'd appreciate any thoughts, either through the forum or by PM; thanks! TC
  20. If fishing lakes with little moving water, these are two awesome patterns that are highly recommended; good luck! TC
  21. Thanks for the kind words, Cannon. Regarding mixing your own dubbing, I do so in small quantities and rarely take clippers to the material. Instead, I use a dubbing rake to remove sections from the hide, and then blend colors together in a coffee bean grinder. It's worked well for me over the years that way, though when I have small batches, I can sometimes mix the colors together easily (and much quicker) in my hands. I'm betting if you search the forum, you will find a topic on this one. Good luck, and thanks again for the positive comments, Tim
  22. Thanks for the comment, Mike, and you're right to extent. The name was deliberate (and has personal meaning), plus there is no doubt that more trout patterns are on the site than others (which is intentional due to my twenty-five years experience tying mainly those patterns). More explicitly, the focus is on instruction and techniques, regardless of pattern. As the site grows over the next few years, I will be emphasizing more on techniques and tips within fly tying, plus showing the transition from vise to stream. A variety is something I've set to achieve, with my most recent 12 videos containing: Organizational methods with dubbing Tube Flies (three in the series to this point) A carp fly An all-purpose streamer utilized by trout and bass fisherman A saltwater pattern that can double as a crayfish A technique video Four trout flies There are lots of great sites out there, and I encourage others to bring them to our attention. There is only so much time when we're not fishing to examine fly tying sites, thus I hope mine grows into a favorite of fly tyers young and old, species notwithstanding. William, thank you for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy the site! If you have any suggestions on how to improve it, please let me know. As I mentioned previously, I would like to add additional categories, and plan on doing so in 2015 (with those coming quickly to mind including saltwater patterns, tube flies, and carp flies). On a related note to your comment, I keep buying fly tying and fly fishing books for a never ending library, plus all of the magazines (which I have reduced greatly over the last few years). Pair all of that literature with the Internet, and I have no idea how we find time for it outside of fly fishing! Thanks again for the comments; I'm happy to share my passion with others, Tim
  23. Organizing our fly tying materials is something that is always changing for most of us. I have many systems in place, some of which I really like, and others that I've had just semi-success with. For this fly tying tutorial, I briefly examine some organizational methods for dubbing (specifically nymph), and conclude by sharing the system I utilize. Feel free to share any system(s) you use that you've had success with; this is an area that we don't spend a lot of time discussing, though one that can pay dividends when setup correctly. TC
  24. Thanks; I really appreciate it and glad to know the site is useful. I'm considering expanding the categories, thus any suggestions are welcome. TC
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