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Old 11-20-2003, 12:08 AM
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ooooh, I smell a challenge

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To all of you who worry about not being able to use a whip finish tool to tie a whip finish at the bend end of a large, or extra-long shank hook, Materelli has both a standard length and an extended reach whip finisher. I own both.

I also feel a need to say that before I began usijng the Materelli whip finisher about 22 years ago, I tied whip finishes with my hand. The Materelli is far faster, and I never need to worry about the thread getting caught on a piece of skin, a cut from a hook point, or a callous.
Flytyer,
To begin, I fully realize material and tools usage is highly subjective and so please don't take my questions/comments as a personal jab. They are not intended as such.

I'm not worried about using a whip finisher anywhere, but if you sell those on eBay you might be able to get those extra S&M bobbins you wanted.

I must admit the speed concept still baffles me; maybe I'm dillusional. I say we meet Saturday (11/22/03) at the Caddis for Kids event held at the Avid Angler, High Noon for a Whip-Finish shoot out (insert the famous whistling from the Clint Eastwood movie). If you really think you can pick up a tool, whip and clip faster than someone operating sans tool then I say "Bring It On". I'd say "mano-y-mano" but you will be cheating.

Anyway, I win, you donate 5 bucks to the charity. You win, you can have a Miracle Caddis Pack AND I'll take my first whip finisher lesson from you.

Your advantage: I will have been tying for 24 hours and will be seeing 4 or 5 of everything so even tying my shoes will be tough.
My advantage: I will have done at least 500 hand whip-finishes by then and should be warmed up...I hope!

Looking forward to the opportunity to at least put a face and a handshake to the username!

Take care,
Don Johnson
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Old 11-20-2003, 12:26 AM
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Don,

I love that wicked sense of humor you have, it is very refreshing.

Be assured there was no offense taken.

I had originally planned on getting down to Avid Angler this Saturday since I haven't had the chance to see and visit with Alec for the last year. I also wanted to meet Stu and Scotty so I could put a face to the names, and it would be an honor to also meet you. Unfortunately, my wife informed me last week that we have another commitment for the Saturday that starts at 9:00 a,m, and ends at 4:00 p.m. so it looks like I'm not going to be able to get down (domestic tranquility is important).

Don't you just hate it when there is more than one thing going on that you want to do?
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Old 11-20-2003, 01:14 AM
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Whew!!!

Well, I'm there from Friday at noon until Saturday evening...maybe you can show Friday night for a bit if you get a chance. Scott will be there from about 6:30 or so.

To be honest, I'm kind of relieved. I had a vision of you swaggerin' in with a Magnum finisher on one hip, a Standard on the other and two full bandoliers of S&M bobbins draped across you like Pancho Villa. You could hear a sz 28 emerger fart as the dust settled then, in a wicked display of ambidextrous speed, you simultaneously double whip a Fore and Aft before I can say "Go!". Really embarassing after all the hype.

The other vision I had was you dislocating your pinkie finger trying to go too fast then impaling your forehead on the hook as you winced in agony...all while the ABC "Wide World of Sports" theme resonates "...and the Agony of Defeat..." in the background. As we call 911 to come cart you to the ER I spiked my Nor-Vise in the corner and high-fived my water boy, not that I would ever try to rub it in or anything.

Either way, it would have been ugly.

Take care!
Don Johnson
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:02 AM
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Salmn8r, thats quite an image you paint there. Tears came to my eyes from laughing.
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:13 PM
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Don,

Don't know if I can make it Friday because I have to be in Stanwood at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. If I can get down, it would be in the early afternooon.

Spiking a Nor-vise would probably entail a penalty being imposed by the referees at Avid Angler, possibly by Norm himself. And what's a hook imbedded in one's anatomy anyway? If a person has not impaled himself on a hook when tying, he is not worthy of the title fly tyer.
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