Monday, December 9, 2013
I wanted to share a video from a local legend, Brad Bohen. Brad is conducting a seminar at Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop in mid-January - I am stoked.
Brad's flies look very complicated, but after you watch the videos a few times you realize things aren't that bad. My first few were not great, but like anything else I'll get it it time.
Brad uses the Gamakatsu B10S hook in 2/0. I found the hooks on Amazon here for a great price. They are labeled as "Gamakatsu Black Stinger Fly Hook, 100 Pack", but when I got my order the box was labeled B10S. Great hooks! Brad is a fantastic fly tyer.
Here is a link to Brad's website.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
My fly tying/reloading bench is famous for being cluttered with all kinds of materials, especially little floating hair clumps and feather bits. If I go on a deer hair packing binge....forget sitting at the bench with anything other than overalls....a real friggin' mess!
My last organizing session led me to look for a dedicated vacuum that can suck up my fur and feather bits, lead pellets and spent primers from my reloading press. The old Dust Buster just didn't cut it, the motor was too wimpy.
A quick internet search revealed an interesting machine, the Fuller Mini-Maid. The rave reviews prompted me to bite, so I ordered one up on Amazon. I'm glad I did...
The Mini-Maid is one of the smallest and lightest vacuums I have ever used. The horsepower of this little unit is impressive. Lead pellets, spent primers, dust bunnies, shotgun powder flakes....all of it was gone in the flip of a switch. My bench is spotless now!
No little bags to fuss with either!
If you want to keep your bench tidy I highly recommend this vacuum. The attachments will also be helpful when detailing the cars. The little dusting attachments will get into every nook and cranny and the motor will suck up anything I can fit in the hose.