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Tuesday November 25th 2003 (10 years ago)
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Before the talkies

Published: Tuesday November 25th 2003 (10 years ago)
Updated: Monday November 11th 2013, 4:29PM
by Martin Joergensen

One of the precursors for GFF was all B/W

Bob P noted my noble reasons for doing the original site that precursed GFF in black and white... my scanner was an old HP DeskScan that only scanned in greytones.

Those were the Fishing Denmark times - my old site, which would be one half of the first incarnation of GFF. Steve's Midwest Flytyer would be the other. None of these sites exist any more and I wish I had saved some code from back then to document the original design. They were kindof the silent movies of the world wide web...

Unfortunately it seems that all my original backup diskettes (yes, Fishing Denmark fit on an 1.4 MB floppy!) have gone. I have been digging around, but only found some of my original logo designs and some drawings. No HTML-files and no original pages unfortunately.

Being black and white did save bandwidth - which was quite important back then as most people used a phone line and a slow modem to connect - and it did give the site a certain cool style. But the main reason was a hardware one.

Amazing how far the sites actually got on nothing but stiff HTML and a B/W scanner. Back the I learned myself how to scan flies directly in the scanner. This was way before digital cameras and a long time before I got my first slide scanner.

Things have really changed and the technology we have at our disposal today does make it so much easier to do great web pages.

Part of the blog chain "100 days! 10 years!"

Mass Production, one at a time

Published: Tuesday November 25th 2003 (10 years ago)
Updated: Tuesday November 25th 2003, 4:00PM
by Bob Petti

Sometimes it doesn't pay to do things ahead of time

The nymph project? Remember? Tying a box full of my favorite two nymph patterns?

Well, my plan was to do things in stages. For the sparkle squirrels - spin a boat load of dubbing brushes, bead a box of hooks, tie the flies.

Well, as plans go, this one didn't. As you might have seen from my earlier post, I ran out of hooks before I ran out of beads. So I just went ahead and finished that batch while I wait for hook reinforcements.

While I was waiting, I also tied up a batch of hare's ears. No dubbing brushes on these. This time, I did each fly from soup to nuts - bead the hook, finish the fly.

You know what? I did not sense any time savings in beading the hooks ahead of time.

When I bead hooks - I also add a couple wraps of lead wire. Sized appropriately, a few wraps of lead will slide into the back end of the bead and fill the void between the hook shank and the bore of the bead. If I number the wraps such that one full wrap of lead is outside the back end of the bead, I can lock that in place with a few wraps of thread and the whole shebang is solid. That's how I do all my beadheads.

The act of beading the hook, then, is more than sliding the bead around the bend. It involves lead wire, tying thread, and scissors. If I'm gonna go that far, I might as well finish the fly.

Whipping up the dubbing brushes ahead of time definitely saves time with the sparkle squirrel nymphs, but beading them didn't make much of a difference. In fact, adding for an extra tie-off or whip finish, doing the beading separately might add more time to the process.

Anyway - from here on out - no pre beading for me.

Part of the blog chain "The Great Nymph Project"

Nymph Project

Published: Tuesday November 25th 2003 (10 years ago)
Updated: Tuesday November 25th 2003, 9:28AM
by Bob Petti

Got hooks?

I just ordered some hooks so that I might be able to finish off my nymph project before the end of the year. I have already tied up a batch of sparkle squirrel nymphs and a couple dozen simple hare's ear nymphs - about four dozen total. I stopped 'cause I ran out of hooks!!

How could this be?

I did a quick hook inventory the other night. I have a staggering amount of hooks. I had so many hooks that I weeded out the ones seldom used and still had enough to full eight compartment boxes. The left-behinds could stock a small shop. How did this happen?

How can it be, then, that I always seem to run out of hooks for the very fly that I want to tie?? This happens at least a few times a year. A million hooks in a desk drawer, but not a single size 14 nymph hook?? Not a single size 10 grub hook?!? You've got to be kidding me!!!

Is this true for everyone? Is this like some sort of Murphy's Law of Fly Tying? Thou shalt run out of the Exact Hook thou needs just when thou sits down to tie a batch of flies?

And how can it be that I have all those hooks, yet still ache for more? There are two empty compartments in one box reserved for a couple sizes of Partridge L2A hooks.

Augh!!!!!

Part of the blog chain "The Great Nymph Project"