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  1. My wife bought some beadalon to fix a bracelet, and in helping her with the knot to tie (they use a square knot), I noticed that all the beaders seem to use the same glue -- GS Hypo Cement. Bought some for the wife... It has a needle for accurate placement, was created in the 1930's for watchmakers and jewelers. More to the point: It's flexible, clear, and waterproof.... Anyone already use this or familiar? I googled and searched with no luck re fly tying uses, but it sure sounds like it might be useful... My wife doesn't realize it yet, but the beadalon and cement may both soon be "missing"...
  2. My wife bought some beadalon to fix a bracelet, and in helping her with the knot to tie (they use a surgeon's knot), I noticed that all the beaders seem to use the same glue -- GS Hypo Cement. Bought some for the wife... It has a needle for accurate placement, was creating in the 1930's for watchmakers and jewelers. More to the point: It's flexible, clear, and waterproof.... Anyone already use this or familiar? I googled and searched with no luck re fly tying uses, but it sure sounds like it might be useful... My wife doesn't realize it yet, but the beadalon and cement may both soon be "missing"...
  3. 🧐.... {good Lord,, he's tied that Catskill on an 18!} Nice work
  4. 👍👍👍 that's the ticket.
  5. Awaiting a diagnosis sounds downright shitty. Sorry to hear, hope You're ok there. Ste e
  6. The "tippet" knot referred to is probably just a reference to the tippet-to-hook knot. My guess would be that the space on the neck to anchor the tippet knot (between hackle and eye) was for a turle knot. At one time, not sure exactly when, it was a typical, common knot used for dry flies. (There's debate on another forum now and again, for instance, as to why the Catskill dry fly has a space between hackle and head, and one side of the debate usually insists it's for the turle knot.)
  7. Btw, a 3x2 patch of muskrat will set you back three bucks and if only used for dry flies might outlast both you and your grandchildren.
  8. Now that is a perfect wing tie-in, married or not. Envy is erupting through my eye sockets.
  9. Deleted some threads, was at 100%, should work now.
  10. How is WFC after the new owner?
  11. +1 re just a wisp of dubbing and making a long, thin tapered body. Orvis says its Rusty Parachute is designed as a spinner imitation, just fwiw. https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/tying-the-rusty-parachute-hendrickson If you want to split the tails for the sake of tradition and imitation, leave your tag end of the tying thread on. After tying the tails in, take your tag end up through the tails, half on one side, half on the other. Pull until your tails split and tie it in. Just one method of many, but this method is easy. Note that the Orvis pattern doesn't split the tails, again fwiw. Orvis uses black thread on this one, but with a thinly dubbed body a thread color closer to your dubbing color will help maintain that color when wet. (Black thread will darken your thinly applied rust dubbing when wet.) if you want a black head, you can switch thread for the head, or use a black marker, or a thin layer of acrylic paint. If you want the marker to last use a thin coat of uv glue over the head after marking to seal it in. Not sure if regular head cement would do the same thing. Your parachute hackle looks thin and uneven. See the Orvis photo for its density. To improve it you need to make smooth thread wraps up and down the post (it can help to untwist your thread for this), and then wrap your hackle close together going down the post -- without twisting it. Parachutes are not so easy on a #16 hook. Seriously Try it a few times on a #14 or even a #12 until you get the hang of it better, then the #16 will come to you easier. All those sizes should work at one time or another.
  12. Re-found.... George Grant used tapered nylon filaments from DuPont Tynex paintbrushes... And wrote about it in 1971
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