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Old 02-24-2009, 08:51 PM
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Below are some of the tools that our instuctor suggested that we get or make. He actually made and gave us most of them. The first is a big hook and heavy string that we are using to practice tying a whip finish by hand.
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This is a dry station made out of corks. A place to stick flies while the head cement dries. His was all wood/cork glued. I used acrylic/dowels/cork glued.
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Below left to right is a stick with bees wax formed on the end to help pick up beads and hold in place. Next is a stainless needle that he cut a notch out of the eye to use for twisting a dubbing loop. The farthest right is a comb that he had us buy for combing out under hair.
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Later in our series of classes I'll post some of the flies that we tied.
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Jimmie,

Thanks for posting these, I've added them to the sticky. That bead picker upper looks really neat.

It sounds like you have a great instructor-- and I see you're taking a lot of notes. Looks like you're going for a PhD in Phly Tying! Great stuff.

Seriously he or she looks very organized and just your brief post seems to point to someone that has really put a lot of effort into the whole process of teaching. You should learn a ton and it looks like you're in very good hands. Just remember the rules.... no TV until you've done your homework...

How long is the class, 6 weeks or so? Is this through a shop or club? It would be great to hear the patterns you'll be covering in your classes too.

Good luck.
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Just a tip, you can make a functional dubbing hook like that one from a coat hanger. I wouldn't worry about getting a perfectly round bend like that one, just get it into the shape of a question mark.
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Jimmie,

Thanks for posting these, I've added them to the sticky. That bead picker upper looks really neat.

It sounds like you have a great instructor-- and I see you're taking a lot of notes. Looks like you're going for a PhD in Phly Tying! Great stuff.

Seriously he or she looks very organized and just your brief post seems to point to someone that has really put a lot of effort into the whole process of teaching. You should learn a ton and it looks like you're in very good hands. Just remember the rules.... no TV until you've done your homework...

How long is the class, 6 weeks or so? Is this through a shop or club? It would be great to hear the patterns you'll be covering in your classes too.

Good luck.
LOL, no TV. So true, but I've been pretty good about doing something every night before TV. Having a great time so far. Being driven by that beginners passion that I'll bet you all had. That and the addiction to buy fly tying stuff, lol. What's that about?
Our instructor is great. He is a member of a local FF Club that set the class up with a local store. The classes are at the store. I did a little research and found out that he had a fly named after him so I have a request in to tie that fly one week. It's called the "Leib's Bug". He told me that there were three guys (including his Leib's Bug) in this area to have flies named after them in the early 1960's. The class is to run for six weeks. Last class there were only two of us there so I hope that he keeps it up.
One of my goals: Get good enough to sign up for a "fly swap".
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Great stuff.

I'm not sure what drives that addiction to accumulating fly tying stuff, but I've got it too, tons of stuff..... and more on the way actually.

And feel free to jump in on the swaps. They're a great way to see what other folks tie, and get some practice in knocking off multiples of the same pattern.

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