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Rod Building / Re: Summer building
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on May 25, 2020, 10:27:52 AM »
James

That is unground, unvarnished black S glass. As light and as strong as you can make it. The glass fiber cloth itself is black so no paint.  What you see is how it is when the tape is removed.
It has a lovely texture but is very difficult to photograph.
The black glass has an amazing look when the light hits it, but I havenít worked out how to capture the effect in pictures yet, this come close.

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Rod Building / Re: Summer building
« Last post by James Laraway on May 25, 2020, 10:04:39 AM »
the spiral wrap on the blank reminds me of my first proper pike rod from Dawia. I forget its name but im sure it was a 'magnesium' wrap ?!?!?
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Fly Tying / Re: Getting ready for summer
« Last post by James Laraway on May 25, 2020, 09:23:48 AM »
great tying

I never bother tying below a 16 - and me tying a 16 is a rarity.

Its probably something to do with i tend to fish lochs as opposed to rivers but ive just never been able to convince myself that small flies are worth 'throwing'.

I think i just dont have the patience to fish buzzers or dries - i like to be doing something so i prefer to be  'pulling' wets or lures ....I'm such a heithan.... :X1

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Rod Building / Re: Summer building
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on May 25, 2020, 09:21:25 AM »
Finished the Black Glass 7í3wt Livingston.
This is the perfect small stream rod. Roll casting, bows and arrows, tight quarters itís perfect. When you do get space it can cast really well up to 50í and you would never be doing that on a small burn. It makes every fish feel like a cracker. A great way to have a lot of fun away from everyone else.

Super clean Flor grade taper grip, etched downsliding seat with olive wood insert, apricot wraps over smoked snakes to match the wood and a lovely smooth coffee agate from Joe Arguello. Alignments dots too. Iíve got a tweed bag from Sandra and a glass fiber tube for it to live in.









If itís of interest drop me a PM

Sandy
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if the fishing lockdown is not lifted on Thursday just go anyway. If you get stopped say you were " following the instincts of every fisherman "  :z16
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Fly Tying / Re: Getting ready for summer
« Last post by Kerry Jordan on May 24, 2020, 14:22:00 PM »
Nice scruffy flies Sandy - I think Bob Wyatt would approve!
One thing that fazes me about fly tying is the sheer variety of hook types and manufacturer.  If you had to pick a  few barbless hook types to tie say size 12-22  dries, spiders and non-beadhead nymphs, what would forum members recommend?
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Hook recycling
« Last post by Mike Barrio on May 24, 2020, 13:27:05 PM »
I quite enjoy fishing wets on the river if I'm out on a day where a rise feels unlikely :z16

Single Spey on a trout rod is pleasing, adjusting angles and slack to suit currents etc keeps it interesting and I catch plenty of trout like this  :cool:
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Hook recycling
« Last post by Dave Robb on May 24, 2020, 12:46:00 PM »
Flies like Greenwell glory/partridge and orange/gold and Cinnamon and gold./silver butcher etc. Wonder why they have gone out of fashion.

I still like to carry a few wet flies despite mostly upstream nymphing/dry fly these days.

Sometimes, particularly if the wind isnít playing ball, I like to go back to fishing down and  across with a team of wets.  To be honest itís a more relaxing way to fish and definitely requires less effort.
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Hook recycling
« Last post by Eddie Sinclair on May 24, 2020, 10:44:59 AM »
I would gladly recycle all of the flies that my so called mates have nicked over the years, it would save me buying hooks every year :X2

Eddie
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Main Discussion Area / Re: Hook recycling
« Last post by Sandy Nelson on May 24, 2020, 09:06:47 AM »
Does anyone else periodically do this - or am i just 'tight' ?

Quite normal for me. Especially with nymphs. Sometimes seen me rebuilding a fly several times during the season as they get shredded.  Reusing the hook and beads. I use so few patterns these days on just two hook types, so al lot of the older flies just sit in storage.

Iíd only start worrying about being tight when you start keeping the thread (beads, jungle cock  are all acceptable :z7)

Sandy
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