Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mini Big Hole Demon



Mini Big Hole Demon

Hook: Streamer hook
Thread: Black
Tail: Badger hackle fibers
Body: Silver Tinsel
Thorax: Black dubbing & Badger hackle

I ties this up for a swap of mini streamers.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fly Tying Hook Brands

Being retired and having virtually nothing to do, I decided to find as many "fly tying" hook brands.

After an exhaustive 2-3 hour search on the internet trying to find as many hook brands as I could find, I managed to create the following list (most likely incomplete). I tried to find as many "freshwater" brand of hooks. Of course some brands contain "saltwater" hooks, one brand contained only 1 "freshwater" hook, some brands I have never heard of but most of them I have. Some are "fly shop" brands and some are personal brands. Some are offshoots of popular major brands. I did not list brands that only made treble hook for salmon etc.



So here is the list of the brands I found

A. Jensen
Akita
Alec Jackson
Allcock
Allen
Bergman
Blue Heron
Cabelas
Castor
Charles Jardine
C'ultiva
Daiichi
Dai-Riki
Demmon
Dohiku
Dragonflies Competition
Drennan
Eagle Claw
Elite
European Barbless Hook
Fly Tying Boutique
Fulling Mill
Gaelic Supreme
Gamakatsu
Green Caddis Outfitters
Grip
Hanak
Hayabusa
Hends
Heritage
Herters
Hook and Hackle
J:son
Jstockard
Kamasan
Ken Sawada
Knapek
Kobe
Kumho
Lazer sharp
Leeda
Lightning Strike
Maruto
Matzuo
Maxcatch
MFC
Mustad
Orvis
Osprey
Owner
Partridge
Saber
Sakuma
SFFT
Skalka
Spear-It
Sprite
Stealth
Stewart Forster
Sundridge
Syndicate Comp Hooks
Talon
Targus
The Fly Shop
Tiemco
Togen
Topfly
Trokar
Tunca
Turrall
Umpqua
Varivas
VMC
White River Fly Shop
Wizard

If anybody knows of other brands please post them in a comment and I'll add them to this list.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#25 - Profile Plate

A profile plate helps to reduces glare, eyestrain and blocks out the busy background on the tying bench. The plate is also perfect for providing a plain background for photographing your flies.

But they can cost $$$ depending on the vise manufacturer

So here is my cheaper alternative

I bought a typists document holder for $5 + free shipping



Insert a 39 cent piece of your favorite color craft/scrapbooking paper in the holder



Then place it behind your vise to block out the mess and clutter on your bench and you'll see what youre tying much better


Please note: this is just one way of making a profile plate. There are many more clever and elaborate ways of making one

Thanks for looking

Norm

Friday, December 4, 2015

Alexandra


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