Wednesday, October 23, 2013

On the making of cobblers wax.....

I think this is the second or third time I've made cobblers wax, this time a big batch. You can make it at various ratios of Rosin : Wax : Oil, and this particular ratio is 6.75 : 2.25 : 1 
More rosin makes the wax harder and more tacky, more wax makes it softer, but less tacky.

In times of old, 'summer wax' was harder, and 'winter wax' was softer, for obvious reasons: no great source of heat in the winter.

Anyways, there's the final batch (18 sticks), and what follows is a series of photos of the process.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Boutonnaire

There hasn't been too many flies coming off my vise of late, I've kinda frustrated myself out of tying classics for a while.

Nonetheless, I was compelled to tie this one for a bloke for his wedding.


Pretty simple fly.

The bridesmaids are wearing watermelon colored dresses, so i bought some watermelon dye and dyed up several different feathers etc.

Pattern is as follows
Hook Size 2 8xl
Tag Silver tinsel
Tail Watermelon Goose Shoulder
Body Black Wool
Rib Silver tinsel
Belly White Bucktail
Throat Henny Rooster (watermelon)
WIng While over watermelon saddle hackles
SHoulder Silver Pheasant
Cheeks Jungle Cock
Head Black

Enjoy.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Tutorial: Tying on a married wing

First, this is by no means the definitive way to tie on a wing, but its what works for me.
I just started from the throat hackle, so you have to imagine there is a body tail etc behind all this.
This one is tied on an eyed hook, so i left a little extra space so as not to crowd the eye. It is size 1 old mustad limerick.