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Mark P

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    Fly Fishing, Professional Fly Tyer

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  1. Hello Rich. I recall when we met at One More Cast. I believe there was a small group of tyers there in the evening tying up some different patterns. I also remember showing you how to furl some fat chenille because you wanted to fish a chenille worm. I hope things have been going well for you and the group.
  2. I realized that I should have posted this in this section and not the member’s submission section... so...Its been a while since I’ve posted here as I have had my attention focused on other areas of fly tying and fly fishing. In addition to having my fly tying work inducted into the Master’s Collection at the Catskill Fly Tying Museum and also being selected as a ProStaff or ProTyer for some very well known U.S. and European fly tying/fishing companies, I have been looking into a number of European fly tying material and tools companies who don’t have a presence in the U.S. market (yet). There are a couple in particular that I would like to tell you about. The first manufactures it’s own line of fly tying scissors. The scissors are at least equal to those manufactured by companies like Dr. Slick with some of the design aspects being even better. The costs are a fraction of those offered by Dr. Slick and they also offer laser engraving of your name or logo (or whatever you want) on the scissors for no additional cost. (Think $5.00 vs. $18.00). Here is their website - www.sharpedgeinst.com Additionally, I’ve been talking with an inventor named Didier Samie, from France, who has developed and has been granted a U.S. patent for a bobbin holder. The bobbin holder includes a set of retractable hooks used for creating dubbing loops and has an adjustable spool tensioner included in its design. Didier has also developed a CDC/Hackle folding tool that works extremely well and is simple in it’s design. It’s one of those tools where you ask yourself, why didn’t I think of that. Didiers website is www.hookbobbin.com if you are interested in looking into these tools further. Finally, I wanted to ensure that I stated that I am not receiving any form of compensation for helping these two organizations, but I am a member of their ProTeam. My motives are simple, I”m trying to help my fly tying colleagues by informing them about some less costly alternatives, as well as some unique offerings. We all know that fly tying is an expensive pursuit, and if this helps those on a budget or those just starting out, well I’m all for that.
  3. Its been a while since I’ve posted here as I have had my attention focused on other areas of fly tying and fly fishing. In addition to having my fly tying work inducted into the Master’s Collection at the Catskill Fly Tying Museum and also being selected as a ProStaff or ProTyer for some very well known U.S. and European fly tying/fishing companies, I have been looking into a number of European fly tying material and tools companies who don’t have a presence in the U.S. market (yet). There are a couple in particular that I would like to tell you about. The first manufactures it’s own line of fly tying scissors. The scissors are at least equal to those manufactured by companies like Dr. Slick with some of the design aspects being even better. The costs are a fraction of those offered by Dr. Slick and they also offer laser engraving of your name or logo (or whatever you want) on the scissors for no additional cost. (Think $5.00 vs. $18.00). Here is their website - www.sharpedgeinst.com Additionally, I’ve been talking with an inventor named Didier Samie, from France, who has developed and has been granted a U.S. patent for a bobbin holder. The bobbin holder includes a set of retractable hooks used for creating dubbing loops and has an adjustable spool tensioner included in its design. Didier has also developed a CDC/Hackle folding tool that works extremely well and is simple in it’s design. It’s one of those tools where you ask yourself, why didn’t I think of that. Didiers website is www.hookbobbin.com if you are interested in looking into these tools further. Finally, I wanted to ensure that I stated that I am not receiving any form of compensation for helping these two organizations, but I am a member of their ProTeam. My motives are simple, I”m trying to help my fly tying colleagues by informing them about some less costly alternatives, as well as some unique offerings. We all know that fly tying is an expensive pursuit, and if this helps those on a budget or those just starting out, well I’m all for that.
  4. I have both the Rio Clouser and sink tip lines. The Clouser casts like a rocket. I don't own the SA Streamer Express developed by Kelly Galloup as its so new. Either one is great but the sink tip will get you down much deeper. You could also opt for the Clouser line with a sink tip made from Deep Water Express. I have made about a dozen sink tips ranging from 3' to 10' with Cortland loops on both ends that way I'm covered for all conditions.
  5. I ordered about 20 dispensers on line from a retailer that sells close outs for hygiene products. Keep in mind, they go dull really quick and you'll need alot of blades if you sping alot of hair.
  6. Mark P

    Clear Cure

    What are you tying that requires an epoxy head?
  7. Mark P

    Best leader knots

    Triple Surgeon's knot for leader connections and 16/20 knot at fly. That's all you need. I've landed hundreds of salmon and steelhead with these know and have yet to break off.
  8. Its got the right colors and size to be a good Pike fly.
  9. Looks like a decent tie. Sort of a 1/2 of an EP style minnow pattern. Is the back 1/2 articulated?
  10. Mark P

    Poster Child

    I'd say Brownie Gal but she isn't holding a Brown, it's a Bow.
  11. The 3 streamers shown at the bottom are excellent ties and don't appear to be hybrids of any pattern I've come across. Might be a good idea to submit them to some of the manufacturers to see if you get a "bite".
  12. FFO.com is a decent site but the finished quality of the flies in the videos leave a bit to be desired but is a good place to start for new tyers.
  13. Unfortunately it will float like a cork but whoever tied it is has mad skills. The patterning along the sides at the various color transitions is incredible. Kudos! Mark
  14. It a synthetic "hackle" I have this material in several colors and sizes from (I believe) Wapsi. Its sold by hackle length, i.e. 1/2", 3/4", 1 1/2", etc... You're right, it looks great on buggers and for collar hackle on Steelhead flies.
  15. Mark: I've seen your work. Yours are just as good.
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