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    danville, illinois
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    fly fishing & tying. making bamboo fly rods.

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  1. Dubbing Loop vs X-cut Rabbit Strip

    mike, like you, i would wonder why someone would do that. this isn't where i would employ a dubbing loop. timothy
  2. Dubbing Loop vs X-cut Rabbit Strip

    mike, my introduction to using the dubbing loop was tying leisenring wet flys, then scot hair hackling techniques. it is just one more tool on the belt. lately dubbing loops seem to be a short cut for obtaining large flies that would cost you a sawbuck in a fly shop. i do not like spinning deer hair. i can do it, i have done it but aside for a muddler minnow or two i would just as soon not do it. i also avoid genetic hackle, hot spots, bobbers and the new nymphing techniques formally referred to as jigging. i make bamboo rods and have fished bamboo since i was a kid. "plastic" rods have their place. i do believe in "upping the odds" as a way to increase my enjoyment. then some people like reclining on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn in front of the boob tube. there is a definite learning curve with dubbing loops. i enjoy learning new things. there are things i did not enjoy learning. timothy
  3. Dubbing Loop vs X-cut Rabbit Strip

    mike, some times it might not make a difference. i have found it to be less bulky and is poosible to be a lot less bulky. when the fly is wet the fur without the leather strip will shed water more readily and weigh less casting. a dubbing loop can be used on a smaller hook than a strip. why? because it is fun! when i started using the technique a lot fewer people were using it. now that it is being made so popular i will have to look for some other way to be different. timothy
  4. pat cohen's frog

    can you post a picture?
  5. Heading to Wausau WI-any recommendations?

    I always liked the prarie
  6. Web Site Backlash

    paul, good for you, anyway. sounds like you might have found a sore spot. timothy
  7. grip and reel seat

    mike, i am happy to be an encouragement. any time at all. timothy
  8. grip and reel seat

    try an antique store for a spool. the other, you would just have to try it. I have seen some ridged bushing before that sand down easily. i's sure you have seen those. with the store shelf 2 part epoxy it depends how much gap there is between the grip and the rod. epoxy becomes weaker the bigger the gap.
  9. grip and reel seat

  10. grip and reel seat

    ...and, it must be something you can purchase and use or make with the tools you have. of course, anything with a cork or eva bushing would have the same sensitivity as cork. the best grip I ever used was turned from wood thread spools and was wrapped rattan style with leather thongs thong were impregnated with wax. before you think that sounds weird, it was a colonial reproduction. you can not buy a decent wood grip because they're just made from lumber and can be heavy. maybe, you could use the eva you like but cut out a section. you could glue a wood ring or suction to it about the length of a thread spool then push the halved eva grip on the the rod from either side and affix them as usual. you would have comfort, yet, direct connection to the rod vibrations them selves. you can drill thru a wood spool without the bit getting off track, it will track the hole, and you can easily turn the spool to size with a hand drill. tjt
  11. grip and reel seat

    as you wish. I , myself, have no issue.
  12. grip and reel seat

    mike, a medium sized wood lathe from grizzle or harbor freight is enough for grips. you also need to be able to hold the mandrel you turn the grip on or if you turn the grip on the rod, a hole thru the head stock large enough to fit the rod thru. for a long time I would lay my drill press on it's side in a cradle and turned the cork rings on the rod using a steady rest to hold the long end of the rod. I have seen cork grips shaped with a hand drill. another set of hands helps. you do not have to use flora grade cork. I have seen grips formed from wine corks, cork rings cut from champagne corks or cork stoppers bought at the hardware store. cork is natures best dampening material. it does deaden the feel. I have fished with a lot of wood grips as have others. functionally, I have not experienced any of the possible disadvantages I had anticipated prior to having used wood for grips. timothy
  13. grip and reel seat

    the wood was persimmon. as it turned out it is a difficult material to turn, but it had a beautiful aroma. you pin pointed the problem with cork, the good cork, it is pricey. I have made grips from various materials, diferent barks as well as cork: pine, oak, walnut. sme of them had a finish and some were bare. truthfully, I think the cork get slicker with a dunking. I think the trick to wood grips is to get the right shape. the suprising advantage to a wood grip is increased sensitivity. if you are a nympher, you can fell ever tic tic tic as it strikes the rocks. I haven't found wood to be too heavy or notable weight-wise, in the hand. but then, I am not putting 10" grips out of stabilized wood. I've put them on smaller rods. I have never run across a second source for eva or korkalan. if I do I will share that information. timothy
  14. grip and reel seat

    one more
  15. grip and reel seat

    oops! here ya go