Hair Dryer

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Hair Dryer

Post by DUBBN » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:42 pm

Guess I am going to need one to use large Partridge feathers!

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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by wsbailey » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:14 pm

Another method.

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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by redietz » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:51 pm

I've got admit, I've never seen the hair dryer trick before. I usually just use my half hitch tool.
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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by Johnno » Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:38 am

Big problem with the hair dryer is that cloud of all those loose feathers and bits of fur that was littering the desk that’ll inevitably appear no matter where you point the thing..
Murphy’s Law applies:
The more careful you are, the more likely it’ll happen.....
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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by redietz » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:02 am

That had occurred to me, but it sounds like you're speaking from experience.
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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by DUBBN » Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:14 am

Once the fly is wet, I doubt the fish care how pretty the hackle is, or how it was tied in. That being said, with the ability of anyone being able to take decent photos and videos of their creation's, appearance is paramount when showing them to other fly tier's.

Old Davies method sure made the hackle look good compared to the Tightline video. Davie has a knack for doing that with anything he ties. ;)
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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by Updtate » Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:09 am

The hair dryer trick also works will on refurbishing older ties! I watched as Darbee flies were returned to as new condition after being held in steam from a kettle and then a blow drier.

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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by ForumGhillie » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:01 pm

Updtate wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:09 am The hair dryer trick also works will on refurbishing older ties! I watched as Darbee flies were returned to as new condition after being held in steam from a kettle and then a blow drier.

Tom
I remember as a kid tying Catskill dries and soaking them in a mixture of paraffin wax and gasoline in a small bottle. At the end of the day using my mother's tea kettle to steam the hackle back to near perfect condition. No hair dryer though.

I have tied small nymphs with grouse and partridge hackle for the legs, pointed forward and then pulled back. It works great and allows the use of larger feathers on small flies. https://wiflyfisher.com/tying-small-mayfly-nymphs.asp

I have an idea based on the second video to try.

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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by wsbailey » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:30 pm

I completely agree with Johnno’s point about Murphy’s Law. I do find a hair dryer useful when I need to dry loose dubbing or feathers; I’ll put them into a paint strainer bag and rubber band it to the hair dryer. The turbo action rapidly dries the contents.
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Re: Hair Dryer

Post by letumgo » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:43 pm

wsbailey wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:30 pm I’ll put them into a paint strainer bag and rubber band it to the hair dryer. The turbo action rapidly dries the contents.
Thanks for that comment. Clever solution, and one my wife will appreciate (you should have seen the mess I created the last time I dried fur and feathers in our bathroom). :shock: :oops:
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