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by wsbailey
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: wax for dubbing brushes
Replies: 7
Views: 58

Re: wax for dubbing brushes

My version of Leisenring's wax is nearly the same except I don't use lard. I imagine that this was the most available choice for him. Once, on my way back from the NJ fly tying show I made a rest stop in PA. For a mindless munch I bought a bag of chips. They tasted a bit different so l looked at the...
by wsbailey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: wax for dubbing brushes
Replies: 7
Views: 58

Re: wax for dubbing brushes

I don't know if Hank was referring to me but I do make several waxes including one very similar to the one Leisenring made.
by wsbailey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Spring Black, Little Black
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Spring Black, Little Black

A video version.

by wsbailey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Yellow Spiders
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: Yellow Spiders

Several years ago I grew a natural dye garden. It even attracted a pair of praying mantis which kept the garden bug free. I wouldn't grow any plant that can be readily gathered from wild.
by wsbailey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: More On Fly tying Tools
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: More On Fly tying Tools

Renzetti makes a ruby tip midge bobbin that isn't terribly expensive. Ken Newton makes a very nice midge bobbin but it is more expensive. Most of the others that are available have already been mentioned previously.
by wsbailey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Yellow Spiders
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: Yellow Spiders

A fellow fly tyer dyer lent me a copy of Burnett's book on dyeing. I hate to say it but it really is a huge disappointment. Most if not almost all of the so called dyes in the book are actually stains. The book is also disorganized and the methods cumbersome. I can't see any evidence that he even co...
by wsbailey
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Yellow Spiders
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: Yellow Spiders

To say I'm serious about natural dyes would be an understatement. At one time I harvested black oak bark from logs. I probably sold about 300 pounds of it. I have most every common natural dye and some unusual ones too.
by wsbailey
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Yellow Spiders
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: Yellow Spiders

In his book on dyeing; A K Best warns that any accidents can incur the fiercest wrath. Turmeric will more or less permanently stain anything including countertops.
by wsbailey
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: English Woodcock Wings - Reference Photo
Replies: 8
Views: 87

Re: English Woodcock Wings - Reference Photo

Harry Darby wrote that the American woodcock wing has some good substitute feathers for landrail.

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