Archive for March 5th, 2008

05
Mar
08

Beginning Flytying…some suggestions

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As someone who teaches flytying, here are a few general suggestions to focus upon, and in time, it will enhance your finished product and satisfaction:

1. Learn proportioned application of the materials along the shank of the hook.

2. Use the smallest thread you can consistently apply pressure to without breaking it. It is ok to start with 6/0 but move to 8/0. Eventually, you can be daring with even finer threads for size 18’s and smaller.

3. Don’t crowd the materials  forward and crowd the eye of the hook. Leave room for a thread head to adequately secure the fly.

4. Don’t over dub material to the hook. Start slow and add slowly so the dubbing doesn’t roll off the thread.

5. When you finish one pattern put the materials for that pattern away before piling more on your tying station. If you don’t it will soon be an archaeological dig to find various materials.

6. Learn the pinch technique when applying materials to the top of the shank. This will help stop the materials rolling over the top of the hook to the far side.

7. Hold the bobbin in your hand and keep your thumb and forefinger back where it belongs. Don’t creep  you fingers up off the bobbin to the point your are actually holding the thread by the fingers and not even using the bobbin as a guiding tool. You will be much more precise utilizing the bobbin.

These are only a very few suggestions after teaching a class last night and observing techniques.      

05
Mar
08

Into The Wild (Great Movie)

 Christopher Johnson McCandless, RIP 

February 12, 1968-August 18, 1992  (24)

‘There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;

There is a rapture on  the lonely shore;

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar;

I love not man the less, but Naure more.’

Lord Byron 

Wanderlust gone astray. Escaping sadness and opportunity…going your own way into oblivion. As seems appropriate now, a very bittersweet ending.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Wild




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