Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Building your own hand rod wrapper - ATV style

With a Kabuto blank resting safely in my basement and my sporadic purchase of components to complete the build this winter (I still need tip top, seat and grip), I figured I'd knuckle down and build my own wrapping rack.

Friday, December 12, 2014

In hand vs In the vise

I tried a little streamer experiment last night varying tying technique for the whole fly and one component of the fly.

In hand vs in the vise - which is which?

I'll admit now that I only tied one fly last night, the other had been sitting on my bench for quite a while, and in a desperate need for a fly tying fix, with limited time to do so, I knocked out a replica of the already tied fly.

The experiment came in the form of vise vs hand, and secondly in the technique used to secure the throat to the fly.

Carrie Stevens All Orange is exactly that, all orange, so it presented an interesting canvas with which to directly compare the two differently tied flies, pictured below.

One is tied in hand with the throat wrapped as a hackle and tied down, the other is tied in the vise, with the throat secured as bunches of fibers. The only other difference between the flies is the use of a different thickness tinsel as I was out of the regular size tinsel I normally use for tags and ribs on stevens streamers.

Can you discern which was tied in hand vs the vise, and which has the wound hackle throat vs the bunches of fibers....

It's fairly well known that Carrie Stevens tied her flies in hand and used the 'bunched hackle method for her throats, and many folks, rightly, try to emulate the exact methodology and techniques used by Carrie Stevens to replicate their patterns. 

For me this was an interesting direct comparison of modern tying versus time old methods. Truth is, there is no wrong way to tie a fly. I like to tie them as they were and as they are now, with all the acoutrements that are available to modern tyers. Some folks mix it up, using a vise along side the vintage techniques for securing body parts etc, hell, even I do that too....

The most important aspect of tying is that you get a rush out of it..that it brings joy and most of all that you learn something new virtually every time you sit at the vise.

Happy Holidays everyone


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NFR - Foldio2 - its back and its bigger.

I backed this little deal last year and now its back in a bigger iteration.

If you're in anyway inclined to take pictures of your flies, either with DSLR or your cell phone...this is the light box for you. Any pictures of flies you've seen posted on this blog in the past year have been taken using my cellphone with the Vignette app, with the flies place in the my Foldio.


You can find out more about foldio2 and how to get in on the action at Kickstarter

This project is already 75% funded in its first day!! With 44 days left to reach the funding target, I think it's a safe bet! Look for stretch goals to be added later .....