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by eaustin
Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Pale Morning Dun
Replies: 4
Views: 1580

Re: Pale Morning Dun

Eric,
Me too. Last couple of years out West the CDC and Elk has been a great fly for me. On the Missouri especially.
Eric
by eaustin
Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Hooks Question
Replies: 23
Views: 10367

Re: Hooks Question

In the early '60s when I started tying I thought of the Mustads as the "premium" hook. I never once thought of them as cheep or cheap, either one. I think I was comparing them to Eagle Claw at that point, can't remember. Later on they became the less expensive option, certainly, but back then, at le...
by eaustin
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Fran Betters' dry fly
Replies: 17
Views: 4506

Re: Fran Betters' dry fly

In the '60s I came across a plastic container of Fran's flies in a local downtown drug store in Plattsburgh, NY, my home town. They were all Catskill patterns, Light Cahills, Quill Gordons, etc. and they were simply impeccable. As opposed to his "rough" style alluded to in the previous post, slapped...
by eaustin
Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Anyone looking for a LAW vise?
Replies: 13
Views: 3932

Re: Anyone looking for a LAW vise?

I too started with that Noll kit, and the vise wasn't worth the dollar or so it probably cost as part of that box of so-called fly tying materials. Hans' vise on the other hand just might be worth the price. I've tied on it and loved everything about it. Ergonomically it's beautiful. That said, I'll...
by eaustin
Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Spinner tails
Replies: 25
Views: 4132

Re: Spinner tails

I've almost always used microfibbets, assuming a split tail. The stiffness just seems to float the fly better, and I can get a bigger split, which also floats the fly better. I've done them both ways at times and have settled on the microfibbets. They're just easier.
by eaustin
Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: The most useless fly tying material/item ever
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: The most useless fly tying material/item ever

Wow, that's a real piece of work there. A real double whammy. By the way, I have many of the tools listed in my diatribe. No gallows or Magic Tool but I succumbed to almost everything else at one time or another. Everyone likes to buy tools and I'm no exception. I personally can't buy enough bobbins...
by eaustin
Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: The most useless fly tying material/item ever
Replies: 31
Views: 4287

Re: The most useless fly tying material/item ever

The Magic Tool. Can you say hoax? I'm with you too John on the Gallows tool, never understood that one at all. I could do without most tools actually. I like a vise that holds the hook, scissors that cut stuff and can be sharpened, a simple bobbin or five is nice, and maybe a good pair of hackle pli...
by eaustin
Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: Wets
Topic: Elsie Darbee tyed wet flies
Replies: 31
Views: 17828

Re: Elsie Darbee tyed wet flies

I've got a couple of observations. There was a comment made that Elsie's flies remind one of Irish wet flies. As to the collar, that's correct, though some Irish flies are tied with the hackle in front of the wing. Irish flies however are almost always tied tips together, I can't come up with an exc...
by eaustin
Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Get e'm while you can
Replies: 15
Views: 2202

Re: Get e'm while you can

God I miss those hooks. What you're used to you know. The proportions don't seem right to me on Tiemcos etc. to this day. The other thing that is killing me right now is Griff's Thin is gone. Not that I ever used glue on my Catskill dries, but it was the best for penetrating and sealing heads on wet...
by eaustin
Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: Henryville Special
Replies: 10
Views: 2596

Re: Henryville Special

Coincidentally, I use this fly all the time. Other than Hans CDC and Elk it's my go-to pattern for Caddis. I have better luck it seems with Hans fly out West, and the Henryville in the East, especially Pa. My first exposure to it was on a trip to Yellow Creek. A caddis landed on my finger and looked...