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by Mike62
Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Tups Indispensable
Replies: 36
Views: 6218

Re: Tups Indispensable

A little more Tup's trivia... It's often described as a "dusty yellow", and I'm told that rendering it " thoroughly washed and cleansed of the natural oil " is not a pleasant task. A lot of things we do as farmers would seem genuinely unpleasant to a lot of people, and maybe they are; ...you get us...
by Mike62
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Head Cementing Bodies
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Head Cementing Bodies

Mike I collect sap, maybe the size of a big marble. Then put it in a baby food jar and melt over very low heat - pick out the bits of bark, etc. Add just enough alcohol to turn from a solid to tacky paste: the consistency of cold bacon grease is just about right. Footnote- my tying wax is 40% of th...
by Mike62
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders
Replies: 28
Views: 2107

Re: Proportions for Traditional North Country Spiders

redietz wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:26 am
Bazzer69 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:38 am
Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is a Catskill style head?
One with enough bare hook between the head and the eye to seat a Turle knot.
I learned something new today. Thank you.
by Mike62
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Harry Darbee Vise
Replies: 20
Views: 1794

Re: Harry Darbee Vise

Mike-post up some pictures of those old vices ! Dana They're at camp. I was just there, too. We went in Sunday afternoon to shovel off the roof; we've already had 3' of snow. We put on snowshoes and dragged a tote sled full of fresh venison and the last of the partridge and spent the night. After w...
by Mike62
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Head Cementing Bodies
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Head Cementing Bodies

Once I’ve wound down the shank, I untwist my silk down to the three strands, apply a bit of white pine sap(mixed with alcohol to thin), then apply dubbing and retwist.......it works for me. Dana Okay, you're taking 'swamp yankee' ingenuity to a whole new place. Please post the proportions for this ...
by Mike62
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Harry Darbee Vise
Replies: 20
Views: 1794

Re: Harry Darbee Vise

Xuron, eh? I have one of those, though I have never tied on it; it was in my grandfathers tying kit that he kept at camp. Until this thread I had no idea what the name of the vise was. There were several other vises in his collection, some I actually knew of. There's a reasonably well kept Thompson ...
by Mike62
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Head Cementing Bodies
Replies: 9
Views: 845

Re: Head Cementing Bodies

I'm glad somebody else tried the glue on the thread thing. I used to loose a lot of dubbing rather quickly and assumed my dubbing loop technique needed work; in desperation I tried running a tiny bead of glue down the thread with a needle. My dubbing has gotten better but I still use cement from tim...
by Mike62
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies
Replies: 44
Views: 4310

Re: Stripped Peacock Quill Bodies

Yes - The hackle undulates back-and-forth.......That’s the main reason that Scotch tied hackle is soooo deadly! [/quote] The middle picture, the hackling on that particular fly is what you refer to as 'Scotch hackle'? I've always been curious as to how you got that effect. Any insights you'd care to...
by Mike62
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Fishing Winged or Wingless Fly Patterns
Replies: 9
Views: 1254

Re: Fishing Winged or Wingless Fly Patterns

I am sure that my lack of success with winged wets early on was due to user error on my part and I never gained any confidence in them. After being inspired by Sy Nemes’ first book on soft hackle flies I tied some up and used his techniques and had excellent results. I have fished with anglers that...
by Mike62
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Team of flies but no droppers.
Replies: 45
Views: 5124

Re: Team of flies but no droppers.

Dana, The next time we get together, I would like to make a video recording of your set-up. I think this would be an excellent tutorial on the loop-to-loop set-up. Wish I had thought of that when we were together earlier this summer. Do you think we could convince Ivan to do a couple educational tu...