Regardless of manufacturer or price ..... I have found that barbless hooks do not readily stay in block foam, I have lost too many barbless flies using block or solid foam.
Slotted foam holds barbless flies better. Just be mindful that weighted flies can move in the slots when when the box is...
While the historic advice is to use stiffer rods for fishing the dry fly, I catch most of my fish on a soft 8' 6" 3-5wt.
I have stiffer rods more suitable for the purpose, but I catch more fish using my old B&W Hexagraph
My last two lots of seals fur were from long standing reliable suppliers. Although they were advertised as baby seals fur, the samples were large and coarse, like yours. I did have a moan, but left it at that. I assume both lots of seals must have died of old age.
As someone on the wrong side of 70, my eyes are not what they used to be and I easily lose sight of my dries and klinks on the water.
I now tie my dry and klink posts with strike indicator yarn, which floats all day long and I can see it at 20 yards
Lovely collection of Trout and Grayling flies and I particularly like your spiders, especially as I don't have any. I recently bought a book on tying North Country Spiders. I will be tying some up soon and they will add to the armoury. It might mean another fly box ?
I'm afraid I bring half a dozen medium boxes full of flies for rivers. I have a passion for tying flies and experimenting with stuff. I keep promising myself that I will downsize but have not done so yet. Maybe it is because I have not yet tried more than 10% of the flies I carry.
Anyone needing pale pink tungsten beads be mindful ....
The manufacturer who supplies many of our suppliers with pale pink tungsten beads has changed the spec for these beads.
They are now much darker than the original, to an extent that it is a completely different colour ?
Attached pic shows...
I catch more fish when I let the hook lead the float down the swim, instead of the hook dragging behind the float along the bottom. I hold back after the initial cast just long enough to let the hook go ahead of the float. That's my tuppence worth anyway
I looked at Funky and somehow missed the beads I wanted.
I looked again and sorted it, lots of pale pink beads there.
Stuff ordered and eagerly awaiting delivery so I can start tying the patterns I need for winter Grayling.
I have quantities of various pink shades in slotted and countersunk beads, but I do not have any Pale pink colours.
Pale pink is the key colour here as none of the other pinks work for the patterns I need to make.
I am looking for pale pink countersunk tungsten beads, but cannot find any.
The only reference I can find to pale pink beads is a jig-off bead on one of the European sites.
Can someone please point me in the right direction ?
Magnifier headlamp arrived this afternoon.
It ticks all the boxes in terms of flexibility and magnification.
I put a couple of flies in the vise just to get a feel for it, and where my head/eyes need to be in relation the the fly. I have to say, it was really very good.
I can now see flies down...
I tightened the unit with a pliers and it still moves ?
Eventually, I used elastic bands around the damper springs and that worked a bit better.
I found it hard to set it up so I could use it with any level of comfort.
Having tied flies for over fifty years before needing one of these, is was...
I bought the Maplin one, but it will not stay where I put it. It just keeps dropping down ?
I will give the headlamp at the head of this thread a go, it is due to arrive today.
With a little luck, I can get tying small flies again.