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  • Birthday 03/17/1964

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  1. Sharing them with my daughter. We both are really liking these.
  2. Mark, you are one amazing dude! Think big, baby.
  3. 👍 I'm stealing that one
  4. Wooo wooo wooo, what a little moonlight will do! Thanks for posting
  5. @BobHRAH Here's a copy of their instruction sheet that Sandflyx posted a year or two back
  6. @Baron (in addition to above comments...) I think what you're tying there is a "purple haze"? Purple thread (including for body), Moose hair tail, calf tail (or calf hair) post, brown and grizzly parachute hackle.... Parachute Adams uses the same hackle as a purple haze and that's pretty much it. Gray or black thread, brown and grizzly hackle barbs for tail, your choice of post material,* muskrat or gray synthetic dubbing body. * Here's a good article discussing parachute color and material choices: https://www.jsflyfishing.com/blog/parachute-post-dual-picking-the-best-color-and-material/
  7. Photos will have to wait until next week (traveling at the moment), but yes, the flat plastic pointers are riveted together so they swivel apart sort of like a compass. The rivet is off-center, so the two points on top are always farther apart than the two points on the bottom -- and always at the "phi ratio". So, for example, you adjust the larger side so the two points hit the hook at the bend and at the crook of the eye. You apply masking tape so the device stays at that measurement. Then you turn it around and use the smaller gap to identify where the abdomen ends and the thorax begins. You can repeat that same process with the thorax and head portion of the fly to identify where the thorax meets the head. You can also use it to gauge hackle length as in proportion to the wing / body length. Positioning the wing is a little different. It comes with detailed instructions. Pics to follow after I get back home next week.
  8. Neat idea. You looking more for volume or variety?
  9. More or less. It spreads apart to the phi ratio, a classical theory of nature's grand design, which the 1/3 : 2/3 proportions in fly tying may or may not be meaning to estimate. Fibonacci is another name associated with it. Basically, if you use it when tying a fly, your "divine" abdomen : thorax ratio will be 61.8% : 38.2%, just as one example of its uses.
  10. The Golden Mean Proportion Tool can help with getting those classic "1/3 - 2/3" proportions to look just right.
  11. Nice! Happy birthday
  12. Glass bead? Maybe too heavy. I do really like the Aileen's flexible stretchable you recommended, lots of uses.
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