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  • Reply to: DIY wooden landing net   1 year 6 days ago

    Great looking net! Thanks for the 'How To'.

  • Reply to: Merrimack River   1 year 1 week ago

    Merrimack River Flies is a local fly shop that carries flat wing sand eels that work great. There are always sand eels in the Merrimack and everyone should have some imitations in their fly box. www.mmrf.us.com

  • Reply to: DIY wooden landing net   1 year 3 weeks ago

    I first scored the wood with a chisel and then used a wood file of the appropriate size. I finished it (for cosmetic reasons) with sanding paper wrapped around a small piece of wood.

  • Reply to: Tenkara Panfish   1 year 3 weeks ago

    Off the cuff I googled "Tenkara Pan Fish" because I thought it might be fun to do that in the very body of water in which you recorded this. In fact, I was walking the trail around the reservoir and saw you out there a month or so ago. At the time I thought you were using a traditional fly rod. Thanks for the vid.

  • Reply to: DIY wooden landing net   1 year 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for a great article! How did you create the lengthwise groove on the frame?

  • Reply to: Summer Franicis Shrimp   1 year 4 weeks ago

    Something is missing in the description of materials and components of fly

  • Reply to: Chili Pepper   1 year 1 month ago

    Martyn,

    Whether or not this is a Chili Pepper can be up for debate, but as this old article indicates, there are already several flies, which have that name.

    One more might muddle the picture a bit, but not make the confusion significantly worse. That's the story of flies: so many have been tied identical and given different names, and so many bear the same name, but are yet very different.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Chili Pepper   1 year 1 month ago

    This isn't a chili pepper, Moana's fly is essentially a gotcha tied with green thread, a gold body and orange wing. This fly is more like an apricot charlie variant or a ring burner variant.

  • Reply to: The Grizzly Wonder   1 year 1 month ago

    Bert,

    You are so right! I didn't think of that at all:

    grizzle
    /ˈɡrɪz(ə)l/

    adjective
    (of hair or fur) having dark and white hairs mixed. "grizzle-haired"

    noun
    a mixture of dark and white hairs.

    Thanks!

    Martin

  • Reply to: The Grizzly Wonder   1 year 1 month ago

    And grizzle refers to someone with a mixture of dark and white hair. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful article.

  • Reply to: GFF Survived!   1 year 1 month ago

    Sad to read what you have been through. Thanks for the update and take care Martin.

  • Reply to: Russian Wasp   1 year 2 months ago

    Shane,

    You can use a variety of foam types, as long as they are closed cell and will float. I have used inexpensive craft foam, which is widely available and inexpensive.

    Rainy's Flies has a ton of different special foam products for fly tyers, also sheets:
    http://www.rainysflies.com/foam-products/cross-link-sheet-foam

    They also have a ton of pre-shaped foam products, which might be useful:
    http://www.rainysflies.com/foam-products

    You can glue the foam with good, old fashioned contact cement - also cheap and easy to find. Thin layers on both surfaces, let dry, press together is the method. Super glue can also be used.

    For the wasp bodies you make a stack of yellow and black from about 1mm foam, let it dry and then punch out cylinders with a small metal tube, maybe filed to have a sharp cutting edge in one end. Simply punch the tube through the foam with a hammer over a wooden board.

    You can also opt for finished bodies like these:
    https://www.lurecraft.com/Bee_Wasp-Foam-Bodies-1_4/productinfo/13X1203/

    Martin

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