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by Tom Smithwick
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Wet Fly Literature and History
Topic: The Art of Trout Fishing in Rapid Streams
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: The Art of Trout Fishing in Rapid Streams

+1, I am really enjoying this book as well for all the reasons already mentioned. I also have to smile at the contrast between Paul Gaskell's crisp, economical, modern writing style and the more expansive prose from Cutliffe. It must have been a much simpler time. Also noted that Cutliffe's observat...
by Tom Smithwick
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Tutorials / Step-by-Steps / Video Demos
Topic: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)
Replies: 24
Views: 1003

Re: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)

Hi Ray - My twister arrived from Japan and I played around a bit this afternoon. I made a 7 foot butt section for a tenkara line out of 1X Fluorocarbon. I turned the crank 150 times for the individual strands, followed by 100 turns to twist them all together. It is pretty tightly twisted, so that ma...
by Tom Smithwick
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Tutorials / Step-by-Steps / Video Demos
Topic: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)
Replies: 24
Views: 1003

Re: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)

Hi Ray - The line you made looks right to me in terms of technique, so I think you nailed the method. For a Tenkara line, I would suggest you also try fluorocarbon. It's more dense than mono and handles the wind better, I think also stiffer which is desirable on a tenkara line. My formula was lighte...
by Tom Smithwick
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Tutorials / Step-by-Steps / Video Demos
Topic: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)
Replies: 24
Views: 1003

Re: Furled Leaders Revisited (playing around with a new toy)

Great find, Ray. I just put one on order. How did you determine how many turns of the crank to make?
I assume you turn the crank in one direction to twist the individual strands, and in the opposite to twist the strands together?
by Tom Smithwick
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Spun body nymph
Replies: 27
Views: 1517

Re: Spun body nymph

Hi Ray - Google " Punting on the Thames" and you will get a a bunch of photos of traditional British punts.
A punt is a low sided craft best suited for calm waters and places where modern high powered craft are not allowed.
by Tom Smithwick
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Sharpes of Aberdeen Cane Rod Blanks
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: Sharpes of Aberdeen Cane Rod Blanks

Very nice work Bob. A few years ago, I ran across a couple Sharpes blanks and helped one of the soldiers from the Project Healing Waters group put them together. I was considerably impressed with the cane work, especially the flat to flat thickness tolerances, which would have been impressive from a...
by Tom Smithwick
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Sharpes of Aberdeen Cane Rod Blanks
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: Sharpes of Aberdeen Cane Rod Blanks

I picked up a couple of the blanks a few years ago and let a couple guys from Project Healing Waters finish them off in my shop. I was impressed by the cane work, particularly on the thickness tolerances they achieved. Flat to flat measurements in any given spot were generally within a couple thousa...
by Tom Smithwick
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: button hole twist
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: button hole twist

Hi Ron - If it is the rusty orange it appears to be, I think I have a spool of the stuff, also some bright orange. Send me a PM with your address, and I will send you a couple samples. If one of them does match, I will send you the spool. I likely haven't used the stuff in 20 years. I have had good ...
by Tom Smithwick
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: button hole twist
Replies: 17
Views: 1442

Re: button hole twist

floss.jpeg Hi Ronr The top spool is Pearsalls, the others are Belding Corticelli. None of them are all that easy to separate without getting a bunch of fuzz. I would also be inclined to find some #50 or #60 thread. Just curious though, are you sure the commercial fly is silk? the body of the fly do...