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12-31-2000 10:47 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

Tom, Bob,

Thanks for the feedback. The Bear's Den is local for me and I have a gift certificate to apply. I'm sure Scott will replenish his vise inventory soon.

Fred A.
12-31-2000 07:27 AM
Bob Pink
RE:Xmas presents?

I agree with Tom that the renzetti's seem to be about the same price everywhere. 179 - 189. It's a big upgrade from my old Griffin 2A. I'm sure the Den would order one in for you and even drop ship it to your house ?!?.
12-30-2000 03:40 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

Fred, the SW Traveller is the same price everywhere(I believe, so you can probably pick one up in another shop. or maybe at the show. Tom D
12-30-2000 11:06 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

Went down to the Bear's Den Friday to look at vises, leaning towards the SW Traveler, and not much was left. Bob, you beat me to it. The Regal, Abel and Dyna-King Barracuda were pretty to look at, but beyond my price range.

Fred A.
12-30-2000 10:52 AM
Bob Pink
RE:Xmas presents?

Well, Santa arrived a bit late when I went to Bears Den this past Thursday and picked up a SW Traveler. Funny how I never appreciated what a rotary can do for your work.....
12-30-2000 09:25 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

It was power tools this year, and know I don't mean a rod lathe. The wifes got me busy with a kitchen remodel so Christmas was D.I.Y. city.

I did bag a bobin and hair stacker at the company swap, that was cool (thanks pointing somebody in the right direction Al).

The good news as far as fishing this Christmas was Santa brought my 8yr old daughter a fly rod/reel combo. Just a cheapy starter kit but she sure was phsyched and had used spin equipment to catch a few last Summer. I must say that her taking an interest in fly fishing was probably the best gift anyone could have given me.
12-30-2000 08:29 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

I got money from SANTA, which I got my self a new
STU APTE fly rod from DIAMONBACK. BUT, one of my customers wives can in an bought he husband a new
AIR-T-HART fly reel w/ spare spool, an then she said she was sending him to ARAZONIA fishin for 2 weeks.
I thing thats the best one Ive heard so far.
12-29-2000 08:45 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

Tom - thanks. I'll try that, though I have to admit I have my doubts. It's not just that the long stuff is kinky. It seems to lack the luster and suppleness of short polafiber...

Gregg, I will mail out the Lamson to you since I cannot make the Stony Brook clave (my son turns three on the 26th and we are having his party on the 27th). If you could bring to the clave the Winchester for John that would be great.
12-29-2000 03:49 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

Al, thanks for the tip on Polar fiber . I can see there is alot to learn in this catagory. Most of my flies have been clousers and decievers but I have made them in all sizes. I just finished my March and April schoolie group and will do some surf candies tonight. I have a very small deciver for schoolies ,only 1 and one half inch long on a #3 hook. I can never find these but I am sure they will be great in the early spring. Greg... Juro is right, Al will make the exchange for the reel at the tying clave, and since you love it so much you can still "borrow" it from my mantel, but not alot and you would have to return it.Ha!
12-29-2000 01:12 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

Al, I talked to the owner of the company that makes polarfiber about the trouble we've all had with the long stuff. he told me there was(at this point) no way for them to stretch the extra-length by machine( the short polarfibre is stretched on the mat backing). I asked what I could do to rectify that. he said to stretch it by holding the bunch you want to tie with in one hand and grabbing the other end in a needle-nosed pliers and flipping it over to lock the fibers in the jaw, then pull evenly. it is a bit of a pain, but it does make a huge difference. Tom D
12-29-2000 11:43 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

Gregg -

Congrats on the new gear!!! You now only have to donate your museum piece reel to the Chatham Anglers Club to get a matching Lamson LP4.0 (John's a great guy, eh?). I told Mike to get the 10wt. It's a sweetheart.

As you may know I have also been playing with gill plate emphasis techniques, even as far back as the coho days out west... and that's where I found something really cool for this application. To serve the same purpose for coho bucktails (now mostly synthetic, formerly polar bear) there is a company in Washington state that manufacturs perfect baitfish heads that slip onto the head of a fly during the tying process.

I just talked to them and will be following up with the owner to talk about getting a bunch to try out. I think you'll be impressed... stay tuned...
12-29-2000 11:21 AM
RE:Xmas presents?


Have you thought about attaching a small barrel-swivle to the eye of the hook, or would this mess up the action of the fly?
12-29-2000 11:11 AM
RE:Xmas presents?

T'was a great Christmas for fishing stuff for me. I received polarized glasses, a vest, a great lounging camp chair, the book "Crosscurrents", and to top it all off a Sage DS2 990 which I will trade for a DS2 1090. Is there any way to encourage our striped friends to start migrating back up our way a little early?

On the tying component of this thread: Juro mentioned my ribbon surfer bunker fly and while it catches fish well it has a disturbing casting flaw that I can't seem to lick. With the back and false cast it spins and twists the tippet and leader something fierce so be forwarned and I would appreciate any ideas on how that might be remedied - I'm thinking about fabritac-ing the ribbon pieces together but I'm not sure that will work.
12-28-2000 09:07 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

John - I've found the following techniques work well when dealing with polar fiber:

1. After clipping the fibers from the mat, take hold of both ends and pull away at the base (the end that was previously closest to the mat). The short fibers will come out and what you're left with are the whispy long fibers that won't ball up when tied in to your pattern du jour.

2. After each tie, take a small comb (an eye brow brush is ideal for this) and comb the full length of the polar fiber. This not only removes any excess fuzz, but also blends the two clumps together and gives the fly a full, yet translucent look.

3. Stay away from extra long polar fiber. I've found it to be real crap, lacking all the properties that make its shorter cousin such a great material. YMMV.

Happy tieing!
12-28-2000 02:07 PM
RE:Xmas presents?

Tom, thanks for the sites. You did alright ,didn't you ,for Xmas. Not bad. By the way I finished 6 Decievers last night and will tackle some polar fiber clousers just to see how they come out.My big concern with the Bunker is how to tie the polar fiber to the hook without bunching up the thread on the hook, or make it look patchy.
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