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  1. terp


    Salmo, for that BWO have you considered Gadwall instead -- https://www.jsflyfishing.com/hareline-gadwall-feathers? Thicker dark stripes, thinner white stripes, looks more like the body.
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    I love the innovative body. Do you have any concerns about durability? I guess you could bring some Loon UV streamside in case you need to repair it.
  3. Designed to keep a heavy nymph in the zone while high-sticking / euro-nymphing / tight-lining. The reverse cone creates resistance, slowing the flies swing back towards the rod. Good for slower deeper water. For the head I first tie in an inverting bead on a regular hook to basically convert it into a jig pattern. This is where I buy them for a great price: https://www.tacticalflyfisher.com/tactical-fly-fisher-inverting-tungsten-beads-50-pack-gold-silver-copper-black-nickel-and-unfinished/ Then I put the cone on backwards and secure it to the front bead with some resin, and a little bit of dubbin between the beads. Sometimes it's hard to get the cone on due to the angle of the hook. I did crush a few cones with pliers to be able to slide them on. The rest is whatever pattern you want. The head's oversized, so if you're after lifelike presentations, it might be best for a stonefly(?). I've fished it and it definitely keeps the fly in the zone longer. Hard to say yet whether the unusual head turns any trout off. Not sure about a name yet: - Zone hugger - Friction fly - Cup fly - Drag fly (or Drag Queen?) - Slow poke - Fathead - Terpinator
  4. LMAO. ADD + Fly Tying = Cluster
  5. DFoster, I couldna put it better myself. Maction, I feel your pain. I've been in a state of obsession for the last 1.5-2 yrs since resuming tying after a 30-yr hiatus. My mother-in-law asked my wife, "why is he so interested in those bugs?"
  6. Lots of great ideas on what to do with the surplus. I need to find a place to donate, plus I think I'll start recycling earlier versions of my flies that I can improve upon. Poopdeck and Mikechell, I hope to be more like you when I grow up and conquer my obessions. But after 53 years I haven't had much luck. Sometimes on the weekends I wake up before my alarm goes off. I get impatient waiting for it to sound so I can get up and start tying. When I go to bed, I'm designing flies in my head. Sometimes this keeps me awake for an extra hour. flytire, let me know if you find a 12-step program.
  7. I've been tying roughly 20 flies a week now for about 1.5 years, to the point where I can't possibly use them all and I'm running out of room in my fly boxes (I even had to buy a few more, despite already bringing about 10 on each trip). I used to tie in my teens and early twenties, then gave up for 30 years, and resumed two years ago with a vengeance. My kids are teenagers now and don't seem to have much interest in me (or fly fishing), so I have more time. Below are some ways I've tried to dealing with the surplus, but I wanted to hear what others do: Cull flies based on expected productivity (bigger #'s of known producers, smaller #'s of experimental flies). Put surplus in a big "Bugger Box" type fly box. My Bugger Box is still pretty empty. Don't cull any flies, just use more boxes, and try to bring only "some" of the boxes on each trip. I have failed 100% at this approach. I just bring more boxes with me. Where there is an excess of one fly that is drab, put half of them back on the vise and add a hot spot. Then put them back in the fly box. I've done this but haven't used the "new" flies. Reject some flies, trim off the matieral with a razor blade, and re-use the hook/bead for a new pattern. I think I've done this only once because it's painful to destroy one of my creations. Stop tying. Can't be done. Give flies away. This is somewhat promising, but I mostly fish on my own. Lose more flies on the river by getting snagged more often. Not a bad idea, but I hate tying on new tippets and new flies. Now some confessions: I'm at the point where I think about fly tying more than I think about actually fishing. I go to bed early and come in early to the office just to look at fly-tying stuff online before anyone else gets here (like I am right now) Fishing has almost become a secondary hobby to justify my fly tying. Some days I force myself to fish instead of sit at the bench. When I fish, it's a mere laboratory to test my flies. I'd rather tie flies than talk to anyone in my family, read a book, watch a movie or pretty much anything else when I'm home My home is in a state of disrepair because I'm always "going to tie just a few more flies" on the weekends I bought two expensive vises instead of just one inexpensive one which probably would have been just as good I inherited a few thousand dollars of materials in the fall, but still spend $50-$100/week on new materials I have more flies than I could possibly use, yet I keep tying, so clearly I have a problem
  8. Flytire, Hi, any advice on how to do this? I was thinking of experimenting on some loose feathers that I don't use. Thanks.
  9. I have an extra natural Hungarian Partridge skin, and need a brown one. Finding one online is difficult, plus I'm thinking it may be cheaper just to dye my second one. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks.
  10. Gary LaFontaine and Mike Mercer -- I'm referring mainly to their creative patterns that actually work (e.g., sparkle pupa and psycho prince). I watched a great video recently of Gary LaFontaine tying (and fishing). It's long but enjoyable. Classic camera work, and Gary is a bit mesmerizing at the bench. One of my favorite quotes: At 1:56:00 "Let me tell you something about trout. They don't look for negatives. That's why you can have a hook hanging off a fly and they don't see it. He looks for positives -- things that identify the insect as being alive." I
  11. I have a cheap Traveller knock-off, not an actual Renzetti. Some places sell just the jaws, which is what I was trying to do. My Regal base is awesome (heavy), and I don't like clamps, so I'm just looking for a stem and a head/jaw at this point.
  12. I was thinking of a Peak, but it seems like the Griffin Mongoose gets better reviews. And at $180, the price is just below a Renzetti Traveller. Decisions, decisions... Then I've also been thinking: if I go, I should go big and get a Dynaking Barracuda... I could become one of those guys who collects vises.
  13. Thanks for all the thoughts. I'm attaching a few photos. Based on the one post with the Renzetti stem picture, it doesn't look like it would work. Renzetti's screw in from the top, whereas the Regal Revolutions get "screwed into" the hole at the top of the stem. The idea of trying to remove the Revolution head from the part that sticks down from the head and is screwed crosswise into the stem is interesting. I'll try monkeying with it myself. I'm probably better off just getting a Renzetti stem and jaw rather than using the Regal stem. As one poster said, all the stems are 3/8". However, after piecemealing a jaw and stem, I end up pretty close to the price of a full vise. As to why I want a second rotary vise, that's a good question. I like my Regal Revolution (have had it for about 3 months). But by angling the jaw up at 45 degrees in order to gain better access to behind the hook, you lose the "true rotary" ability. If you rotate the vise at that point, it's not on axis. The only way to rotate it on axis is to position the jaw parallel to the ground. But then you lose access to the back of the hook. I think this is where the true brilliance of the Renzetti-style rotary comes into play. It almost makes me wish I had bought a Regal Medallion for the "bulldog" grip for when it's really needed, and then a Renzetti-style "true rotary" tying. Like most people, I've found that I don't use the rotary function much. But I did when I was using a Renzetti Traveler knock-off before buying the Revolution. m attac
  14. Does anyone know if a Renzetti Traveler head can be attached to Regal Revolution stem? I already have a Revolution with a nice heavy base and I'm looking for a decent low cost option for a "true rotary" vise to add to my vise collection. It seems like a bit of a waste to purchase another base and stem when I already have a good one. Thanks. (PS Wow that's cruel. My first post and I get ranked a "Bait Fisherman"...)
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