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  1. Oliver Edwards does a pretty fair explanation of the way it was before hooks had eyes here-
  2. I just read the story of this guy here- Is Rist going to be the villain in the next James Bond movie? https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/a-flautist--299-stuffed-birds--and-the-bizarre-crime-of-an-obses/
  3. Johnny I see your in Mass- When I ordered my TRV the owner of HMH said they would be at the Marlborough MA Fly Fishing show. You can see one in person if you go.
  4. As TRV's start showing up at various shows and shops, tiers can try one out and decide for themselves if they think the vise is a $500 "toy" or "junk". As for me I'm enjoying mine.
  5. Mr. Tire I'm leaving work at noon on Friday to attend. My office is in RK and the Royal Plaza is a 500' walk. How can I not go?
  6. Jeff I mostly fish 12's -20's on smaller free stone streams that are typically knee deep and have lots of over hanging trees. My main set up is a 7' 3" 3wt, WF line down to a 7'-9' leader with 18" of 6X tippet. My cast are usually no more that 20' because in the case of wet flies I fish without any type of indicator so I need to be able to see the leader. If I'm fishing drys I need to be able to see them in flowing water. I love fishing my short 3wt in tight quarters and I think once you give it a shot you will as well.
  7. "FLY TYING - MURDERING THE ENDANGERED FOR PROFIT! Tonight on 60 Minutes"! Admittedly I haven't read the Feather Thief. Based on this post the author sounds like another misguided radical who thinks he's found a new angle to attack sportsmen with. Maybe I'm missing something but is tying with endangered species really a problem in western countries? I've been to a lot of fly shops and shows. So far I've not had a vendor say "Psst C'mere, the Spotted Owl feathers are back here". Shame on those who do tie with the endangered stuff.
  8. Oh well- Still it sounds like a nice score for you and I'm sure his widow appreciates his stuff finding its way to a fellow enthusiast. Those boxes probably represent a lot of years of collecting.
  9. Now there's one you don't see everyday. Nice work Mr. Tire!
  10. Tom, I started my grand kids tying first. At the time they were roughly 6-8 years old, they had been worm and bobber fishing with their parents but watching me tie their curiosity got the better of them. So I bought a pack of #8 small bait hooks (without barbs on the shank) at Walmart and feathers from a the local craft store. Placing a small cork on the point to protect their hands, we got started. Obviously the "flies" were as basic as they get. The important part is they chose the color of the thread and which feather would be the tail and which would be their hackle. With some help and supervision they tied their own flies (mostly). My father in law lives on an old cattle farm which has a small animal watering pond. The sunfish that live in it will hit almost anything. Their rig couldn't be simpler, 8' of 10lb mono tied to the end of a 7' spinning rod without a reel (an inexpensive fly rod would work better). I showed them how to "whip" the fly out with a good cast being 4' past the end of the rod tip. The sun fish didn't disappoint that day. Both of my oldest granddaughters caught and missed a lot sunfish just by dangling their flies in the weeds 6' from shore. I wanted to give them a taste of what our sport is without pushing them. The oldest is just getting big enough to fit into my wife's waders and she has asked me to teach her how to cast and fly fish. I'm no Lee Wulff but I think I can get her far enough along to decide if this is a sport she wants to pursue. The next lesson will be a big one - wary game fish in a river, with lots of fly eating trees are not starving sunfish trapped in a small pond. Sometimes game fish can be uncooperative and rather unsporting. I will do my best to teach her patience. Enjoy your little blessing Tom!
  11. That vise and bobbin are sweet! Do you intend to tie with them or are they for display?
  12. We dog sat our daughters golden retriever over New Years and found a few clumps of under coat on the floor. I know it's been done before but the fly makes for a nice conversation piece. I'm not sure if it will sink because of the golden coat (the dog floats just fine) but it looks buggy enough to fish- LIESENRING SPIDER (GOLDEN RET VARIANT) Hook: Umpqua #12 1X Standard Nymph. Thread: Uni 6/0 Light Cahill. Body: Golden Retriever Undercoat (No Golden Retrievers were injured during the construction of this fly) Rib: Fine Gold Wire. Hackle: Brown Partridge Inner Wing. Head: Beeswax.
  13. Mark that's awesome and good for you! Would you mind posting a few pics of the estate sale display stuff? I'm a complete sucker for classic and historical fly fishing/tying stuff. I have the largest flea market in the country half a hour drive from my home. I try to stay away because the grocery money might somehow turn into an antique fly reel (which according to my wife are apparently inedible). The last time I went I grabbed a old 3wt no name bamboo rod from the 60's for $20. It's in decent condition and I am currently restoring it. I restored a 1945 5wt South Bend bamboo rod last summer and after replacing everything except the bamboo blank I was into the rod for $140 (not edible either). One of my local fly shops used to have a 5' tall apothecary cabinet filled with estate materials for sale. I got a lot of common use feathers, hackles and furs for a buck or two per pack. They looked to be from the 80's and most were unopened. I'm still tying from them today. Unfortunately the shop has since stopped selling estate materials.
  14. . Same here! You can always make more money but you can't more time.
  15. I get what your doing with your vise Mark. I bought brand new Harley's for years and not one of my bikes ever stayed stock for long. Most people viewed a stock Harley as a starter kit. Modifying your vise to spin like a Norvise but with the advantages of the Waldron jaws sounds like a winner to me. Besides from what I can tell nothing your doing is permanently altering the vise so you can return it to it's original state if you choose.
  16. That's some impressive wood working!
  17. Remember this net gem? I think anyone who has ever worked in a fly shop has heard this statement a time or two.
  18. Wow Mark that's really nice work. With your skill sets how long will it be before we see a "Knapp Vise" on the market? Please post (video if possible) of your bearing housing when complete, I would love to see it. Will the factory knob and bushings work for controlling the rotational tension? I would love one of your finger bars, PM sent. Thank you!
  19. Chug, almost everything I tie is in the #10-20 range. I went from a Renzetti Traveler to the TRV. I can say the TRV worked well on #20's but I haven't tied smaller. The Traveler is a really great vise but I just happen to like HMH stuff and the LAW style jaws. A nice feature on both the TRV and CAE is that you can pivot the vise upward resulting in lots of open area at both ends of the hook (see photo). However you loose the true rotary function when you angle the vise but on really small flies room to work is probably more important? It looks to me like the CAE would be better to tie the really small stuff due to the way the jaws taper. If you look close at Barry's photos not only do the jaws taper to a point but they also taper inward. The TRV has a little more meat at the tip.
  20. I completely agree with you Gene-
  21. Bazzer, I know you had one of the first TRVs out and the jaws were a mess. Because of your TVR review I held off buying one (Thank you). I'm glad I waited because there are substantial improvements over the first generation of TRVs. I ordered my vise directly from Jon Larrabee (the owner of HMH). Here are a couple of details about the new version you might not be aware of- 1) The new jaws are investment cast tool steel, the same as all HMH vises. Jon told me "casting is what we know". There are people out there still tying on HMH's they bought in the 1970's so I'm pretty sure my vise will out last me. 2) The quality of the machining on the new vise is on par with their standard vise. I have zero complaints about the finish on my vise. The rotary and jaws operate butter smooth. The jaws are polished at least as smooth as my Renzetti and everything on the vise is stainless, brass or tool steel. 3) The new base (called granite) is really heavy, my vise does not move at all. 4) The knob that opens and closes the jaws has been refined, the sharp edges on the original are gone. Also the small knob that used to allow the head to pivot up has been replaced with a hex bolt like on your CAE. I'm not trying to say a TRV is as good as the CAE, (congratulations BTW) from what I can see from in photos the CAE looks very impressive and well made. I love that the CAE is tall and includes an extension plus a clamp. Like you said the white base is a killer idea for spotting hooks. But HMH does have some advantages as well. I would point out it cost you $700+ to get a CAE vise here in the states. For just under $500 the HMH is hand made in Maine and unless you misuse the vise everything is guaranteed for life. Personally I have grown to love the big brass palm knob on the TRV. Just a point about the guy on ebay. Judging from the photos I'm pretty sure that's a first generation vise. The jaws seem to be pretty rough and they are much lighter in color than on my vise. The second generation jaws are dark almost black. Also the ebay vise has the smaller base. Currently he's asking $499 +shipping. You can order a brand new TVR from HMH for $495 and last month they were offering free shipping. You said he's dropped his price so I'm not sure where he started out at but why would anyone buy used when they can have new for less money? Its a shame that they released those early TRVs because I think they're going to haunt the reputation of what has become a really fine vise. I hope you will check out the new version if you have a chance.
  22. Did you lose your home in the CA wild fires? My wife's aunt lived in Paradise, she made it out but her home burnt. Sadly I'm told she had a lot of original paintings from a lifetime of collecting art. They were insured but they can't be replaced.
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