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Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-14-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 129
Posted By audax
Re: Schlappen vs Saddle Hackle

Schlappen is all "web." The individual barbules are always super soft in texture and want to "marry" adjacent barbules when they come into contact.

Strung rooter saddle varies in characteristics...
Forum: Flies 12-10-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By audax
Re: Changes in Mustad 9671??

bigjim, the S82 is indeed forged, unlike the classic 3906/B or 3761, but it's also XXX stout. Since not all the fish I hook are over 20" <laugh>, the 3761 is plenty robust for me.

$6 for 50 nice...
Forum: Flies 12-10-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By audax
Re: Changes in Mustad 9671??

One alternative is to purchase the Mustads one size smaller. The price I see on the Marutos is per 25, not 50. The price difference isn't as heavily in favor of the later. They may both be good...
Forum: Flies 11-30-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By audax
Re: Can anybody help me identify these flies?

Didn't realize I'm not supposed to put new flies in old boxes. Thought they were refillable.
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 11-02-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By audax
Re: Considering a new vise

Short answer is no. I think the Regal Medallion is a great vise, but the Revolution isn't a match for the Norvise in terms of being a spinning vise/lathe. The Revolution offers Regal's impressive...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-01-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,425
Posted By audax
Re: 3wt Small Creek Rod

I take it you mean overhead casts. What types of casts or other means will you use to present the fly?
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 10-12-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By audax
Re: Getting the most out of CDC (stretching?)

When I do use CDC, which isn't all that often, I'm usually tying flies that require most or all the usable fibers. Long time since I tied CDC comparaduns, so I can't quite remember what I did with...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 09-22-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By audax
Re: Need Nymph Hook Suggestions

If you want to narrow the shank/gap ratio, look at the Daiichi 1560.
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 09-04-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By audax
Re: Everyone says good tools

It sounds like you might be a good candidate for fly tying classes. Based on your location, you should have a good offering within an hour's drive.

As for tools, you'll gain a lot by handling...
Forum: Wanted/Swap Classifieds 08-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 449
Posted By audax
Re: Wanted: Norvise system

If you haven't yet reached for the drill...

The holes on the Norvise board are 14" center-to-center, which I've found to be a practical distance. It's far enough apart to keep my hand from...
Forum: Wanted/Swap Classifieds 08-18-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 449
Posted By audax
Re: Wanted: Norvise system

J Stockard promo this month would get you a Norvise plus an auto bobbin kit shipped to you for 295.00
Forum: General Discussion 08-16-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 719
Posted By audax
Re: Bargain hunters STP/Backcountry question?

My suggestion: If you see a discounted item that you really want, don't wait too long in the hopes of saving a few dollars more.
Forum: Fly Tying Articles 08-15-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By audax
Re: I got new tying stuff!!!!!!!

Just use scissors or a razor blade. A dubbing rake is useful when you want to pull the underfur out without getting the guard hair. For hare's ear dubbing, you want all the guard hair in the mix.
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By audax
Rods you regret NOT buying

J Kennedy Fisher 8' #5 graphite

Had a rep's demo rod for the day. Just a well crafted rod with a particularly agreeable taper. I was a bit too practical at the moment and figured I'd pick one up...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By audax
Re: Rods you now regret selling...

Not true, at least not in my case. I may have other regrets, but I've yet to sell a rod I really like.
Forum: Fly Rods 07-29-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 874
Posted By audax
Re: Short rods for big flies?

For clarity...
Short rods have less leverage, not more. The rod is the lever, the angler's hand is the fulcrum, and the gamefish creates the effort upon the lever. Reducing rod length reduces...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,386
Posted By audax
Re: Orvis Fly Rod Sale - What's Up?

Ooops,...that did sound like something I pulled out of my casserole.

I thought it was on this board but was evidently another. Someone inquired @ Orvis about the discount and was informed some...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,386
Posted By audax
Re: Orvis Fly Rod Sale - What's Up?

It's been stated that Orvis is making changes to the Superfine graphite line for 2015.
Forum: Fly Rods 07-21-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,999
Posted By audax
Re: Thomas & Thomas "Special Dry Fly" Information

Age? My best guess is about 1987 +/- 5yrs
IIRC, T&T offered a small selection of rods named "Special Dry Fly" that varied slightly in length and line weight in the very late 70s. I believe these...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-21-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By audax
Re: Best reel for a classic trout Rod?

Might be interesting if you want a simple, traditional design. Similar appearance to Abel TR series.

Leland Sonoma Trout Reel (http://www.lelandfly.com/In-Stock/Sonoma-Series-Fly-Reels/)
3" dia,...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-14-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,496
Posted By audax
Re: G.Loomis to Sage?

I had no idea you should own rods from only one mfr. I've been doing it wrong all along.
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 737
Posted By audax
Re: Threading the hook: Top or Bottom?

With the exception of a handful of knots that require threading through a particular side (e.g., Turle Knot) due to being tightened on the shank, I can't see any functional reason to favor one side...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-12-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By audax
Re: G Loomis Venture 5 reels

Shimano facsimile is "Ultegra," just like the road cycling series.

OP, if no spare spools surface, you might keep an eye out for Galvan Standard reels on the previously enjoyed market. Very...
Forum: General Discussion 07-08-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,599
Posted By audax
Forum: General Discussion 07-04-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,599
Posted By audax
Re: Wood flybox contest Give-away!

That's a beauty

4.87 oz
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