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  1. Thanks for the comments, Ranger Foss...I really appreciate them, and am glad to know you find the site helpful. The scuds and UT Killer Bugs have been great for sure; I've also been hearing a lot of great things about the Biot Stonefly on there (and I can personally attest that it's a fish catcher!). Tim
  2. Continuing this video series on Tube Flies, in Part 3 I examine HMH Poly Tubes and the use of coneheads. This leads me into tying a Clouser-style fly to be fished for striped bass with. Thanks for all of the positive comments, and enjoy watching this installment of the episodes! TC
  3. The finish is a critical part to the fly, regardless of a tool or hand. I was taught by hand over 25 years ago, and have never strayed far. Occasionally, I will use a cylinder (such as a pen tube) to use, allowing me to push fibers back when tying a Catskill-style dry fly. My uncle demonstrates this @ the 17:40 mark of the following video: I do understand that there are other situations in which a whip-finish tool can be utilized, thus I demonstrate both the hand and tool techniques in this video: Personal preference is a major factor, though keep in consideration the instances in which a tool would outperform your hand. I hope this helps, and always enjoy teaching beginning tyers this important step in fly tying. TC
  4. Featured on YouTube, in this video I tie a Czech-style Hare's Ear nymph. The version is in line with the "guide style" of flies, though I do discuss some options for the pattern. I want to stress that I tie this pattern in larger sizes (8-12), and primarily fish it in faster water. TC
  5. Thanks for the comments, Troy, and I'm glad the video is helping to motivate others. As of now, I plan on sticking with the attachment due to the # of tube flies I tie. If they were my primary choice for fishing, I would definitely consider, but I haven't made that leap...yet! Thanks again, Tim
  6. This is the second in a series titled "Tube Flies," with the focus being on the setup of the vise tool and tying a basic tube fly (Woolly Bugger). I also discuss a change in the materials to purchase from HMH, which is a revision from the first video. Enjoy! TC
  7. Ron, I've been using the ProLite for over a year and have had a great experience with it. I have the dual model, and my father-in-law has the single with a magnifier. Both are great options, and I use it both at home and for all of my tying demonstrations. Both heads are cool to the touch, and I am very pleased with its performance. It's a very bright light and I have recommended it to others over the last year. There are a number of places to purchase it from with different price points, thus I would look over the Internet first before immediately buying from one place. You have gotten a lot of great feedback, and it would be great if there was a way you could demo all of the lights. Ultimately, determine where you tie the most and find a light suitable for those conditions. Good luck, and be sure to update us on your purchase, TC
  8. Here's my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial featuring John Montana's Hybrid Carp Fly. This is considered one of the current "go-to" patterns when fly fishing for carp, and an easy one to tie. I recommend varying the color combinations to determine what works in your area. Good luck! TC
  9. Here's my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, featuring Tube Flies. This is the first in a series, and if you haven't jumped into this aspect of fly tying yet, I definitely suggest trying it out. Though some find applications in trout fishing, I prefer to utilize tube flies for steelhead, striped bass, and saltwater applications. Thanks as always for viewing, and feel free to comment based on my questions in the video. TC
  10. Great thread so far, and I wanted to share this article from Clearwater Hackle, which sums up a lot and adds a little more. TC http://www.clearwaterhackle.com/what-is-cree/
  11. Nice work on your first one, and great job showing the courage to share! TC
  12. The Light Cahill is one of my favorite dry flies of all time, both to tie and fish. During this tutorial, I show the various techniques for this classic Catskill pattern, one that I recommend fishing in faster currents and pocket water. TC
  13. Here's the newest YouTube fly tying tutorial on the Stimulator dry fly. This venerable fly is tied by Don Ward of the http://keystoneflyrodcompany.com/, and it's obvious he's tied a bunch of them over the years. The fly is a favorite for many situations and species, and there are a few color combinations shown prior to the tying (check out the green one, which he almost tries to hide!). TC
  14. Thanks for sharing the pattern, MuskyHunter! Great looking fly, plus I like how you show a couple different versions on the video. TC
  15. Ha ha...very interesting customer service! TC
  16. Thanks for the comments, and for continuing the discussion. ***Craig - Great drawing regarding the use of pliers, which really does an excellent job of explaining the differences. To further everything, I agree with selecting the right tool for the job, though debarbed every hook with my Renzetti for over ten years (and other vises for ten years prior) with no incident to the vise. Additionally, I can only think of a handful of hooks that broke, though I believe nearly all were due to imperfections in the hooks themselves. I am not a commercial tyer, thus would not be comfortable personally making a recommendation for an individual tying in bulk (though others have). As the video continues, vises with the jaw mechanism similar to a Stonfo Kaimen or Regal are absolutely not recommended for this purpose. From personal experiences, I have had to sharpen more hooks after debarbing them with the pliers "end on," though definitely acknowledge the engineering perspective that Craig so expertly diagrammed. When taking the additional sharpening into consideration, the obvious answer is barbless hooks. We are fortunately in a time when the selection of barbless hooks has been constantly improving, with the cost decreasing, as Craig pointed out. Many fly fisherman still prefer a barb, hence one of my purposes of this video is to educate and gently prod those to debarb and hopefully purchase barbless in the future. Thanks again for the comments to continue this topic, and I hope you enjoyed my story regarding my Uncle John's Light Cahill during the video! TC
  17. I am an advocate when it comes to both catch & release fishing and barbless hooks. I purchase hooks that have barbs, though I always debarb prior to tying nearly all of the time. In my newest YouTube tutorial, I explain the two methods I use, which are based upon the style of vise you use. TC
  18. Thanks, Murray; I appreciate it! If there is ever anything you can think of that I can add/revise to improve the site, let me know. TC
  19. Really love the look on that second pic! TC
  20. Here's the "Squimp" saltwater fly, which can be EASILY modified into a crayfish imitation...enjoy! TC
  21. Thank you both for the kind words; I'm really glad to hear that many find the videos helpful. As I mentioned earlier, I am always trying to find ways to make the website (and videos) better, thus any feedback is always appreciated. Thanks again! TC
  22. A delicate BWO CDC; perfect for those sipping trout in slow water! TC
  23. Thanks for the kind words, William; I appreciate the comment! TC
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPekXJXBjs My new website went live a couple weeks ago, and I am pleased to announce that on the FTF site. I have had my YouTube channel for a few years, but felt that the videos would be more helpful if they were categorized in a better method. It took some time, but I am pleased with the final product, and hope everyone here enjoys it! The website can be found here: http://www.troutandfeather.com/ Thank you all for the support from this forum, and if you have any suggestions for the site, please let me know. TC
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