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Forum: Fly Reels Yesterday, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 288
Posted By audax
Re: Reel Recommendation for 7wt Rod

My thoughts, too. User serviceability has an upside.

I wouldn't get too caught up with the drag. Untold numbers of steelhead, including fresh from the salt, are taken on reels with a simple...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-01-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 131
Posted By audax
Re: Loomis reel service report

Thanks for relaying your positive experience. Given the circumstances, I don't think you could have asked for a better outcome.

In other lands, Shimano sells this reel as the Ultegra model (a...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-29-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3,386
Views: 145,849
Posted By audax
Re: What have you been tying today?

FWIW, I believe the procedure given by dean-mt applies to standard rotary vises (e.g., HMH, Regal Medallion, etc), not true rotary vises. The workaround is removing the hook and repositioning it.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-26-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By audax
Re: older Winston IM-6 ferrules

Hopefully three months lapsed doesn't qualify this as a zombie thread.

Winston did produce rods (and blanks) with sleeved tip-over-butt ferrules a ways back. I believe the IM6 XD series had...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-26-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By audax
Re: What is the right amount of taper?

Viewing a plethora of images of natural duns and spinners has shown me that the natural taper is usually slight, if any, along the length of the abdomen. There is usually some taper at the extreme...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-25-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 587
Posted By audax
Re: Fly tying bobbins.

I can't compare to the Rite bobbin. It's been on my radar (Mag model for big stuff), but I haven't committed yet. I don't know how well I'll fare with the one-legged design, and I'm well stocked at...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,482
Posted By audax
Re: Your State Fly Pattern

Doug Prince tied for Buz Buszek. While the former created the well known nymph, the latter named it. Both were from California.

FWIW the beadhead revolution in the US had nothing to do with the...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-23-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By audax
Re: Are there pattenon fly patterns?

The only fly patents that come to mind are those by Jim Teeny (Teeny Nymph) and for Waterwisp Flies (Masetti/Green/Mahler). That said, I don't remember seeing a patent # for Teeny, and the Waterwisp...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 03-22-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 122
Posted By audax
Re: Hook recommendations for small tube flies

Though I think it's written with larger, anadromous species in mind, this is a good primer on tube hooks:
Favorite Tube Fly Hooks...
Forum: General Discussion 03-11-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 816
Posted By audax
Don't forget the bucketmouths

It can be entertaining to wet a line in the southern CA streams, but the conditions this year just aren't anything near good.

If you're open to other species, you might consider targeting bass...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-19-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By audax
Re: Fly tying part -2

What?...No step-by-step??!!

Great exercise in creativity :)
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-14-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 327
Posted By audax
Re: Homemade Zonker strips?

LOL, I must come across as a real numbnut if I can't determine that a hide is flat but a body is round.:D Anywho, I get all that, but my use for crosscut strips is next to zero, so cutting full...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-12-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 327
Posted By audax
Re: Homemade Zonker strips?

I've cut a number of rabbit hides into strips and feel the results were noticeably better than the numerous packs of strips I've purchased that were prepared by reputable suppliers.

IME,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-12-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By audax
Re: Quills..a good place to buy ?

For hackle quill bodies, I'd suggest rooster hackle, specifically rooster neck. Saddle hackle quills are generally much too fine and lack the taper that produces better wrapped bodies.

If you...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 257
Posted By audax
Re: framing ideas

Two loops of thread (or mono) secures this fly to the mat board: One loop at mid-bend and the other through the eye, as marked by arrows.
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Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-03-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 216
Posted By audax
Re: Fly suggestions?

:sorry:
I apologize if I came across abrupt in my post. Not at all my intention. I meant only to inform, not scold.

FWIW, peafowl feathers wouldn't raise my concern; rather it was heron and...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-03-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 216
Posted By audax
Re: Fly suggestions?

By your own words, you're probably in possession of feathers from birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Rather than tying flies with them, I'd delete the post, dispose of the feathers...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-25-2013, 01:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 784
Posted By audax
Re: bead substitute

I never said anything about rules or conformity, did I? I took the OP's primary motive to be cost savings, followed by creativity. I suspect if 1.5mm tungsten beads were 25 for $1 at his local...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-24-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 784
Posted By audax
Re: bead substitute

IMO, the simple solution is more fun than fretting over nickels spent on beads. Maybe settle for brass in lieu of tungsten, since the latter isn't the answer all the time...or even much of it. Or...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-17-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Posted By audax
Re: Correct way to get a hackle to lay down edge first ?

Yeah, feathers don't always do what we tell them to, so they need some physical encouragement. You did the right thing by fighting the urge and snipping off enough butt end.
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-16-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Posted By audax
Re: Correct way to get a hackle to lay down edge first ?

One method....

1. Start by assuring you have a relatively smooth base for wrapping the hackle.

2. Hold your hackle parallel to the hook shank with the butt toward the hook eye and hackle tip...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-07-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 723
Posted By audax
Re: Dubbing Loops

Nope, variety of flavors. Choice is somewhat personal, but some designs may work better than others for certain purposes.

For twisting up a small amount of dubbing, such as the thorax on a nymph,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-07-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By audax
Re: Midge jaws/vise

For #18 and smaller, I don't think you could do better than an HMH with micro jaws. The jaws have a narrow, unobtrusive profile, and the adjustable head angle provides maximum access around the...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-06-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 178
Posted By audax
Re: Lions and tigers and bugs , oh my !

The larvae of Dermestid beetles are the biggest threat IMO. Poly bags and plastic bins may deter but do not prevent their infestation. A google search will show what they're capable of chewing...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 11-30-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By audax
Re: Best vise for around 100

Griffin makes good quality vises and has excellent customer service. Twenty years ago, the 2A was my recommendation for a high quality "starter" vise or for anyone on a tight budget that wanted good...
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