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The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.

Archive for March, 2016

The Bee’s Knees!

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The feather benders home grown and hand crafted fly tyers wax scull’s.

It’s not that long ago that pre-waxed tying thread was not readily available, and tyers, especially of the more classic stile patterns resorted to various types of wax to make tying more easy and the natural threads such as cotton and silk more durable. Because the majority of tying threads available today are pre-waxed, the practice of waxing your own tying thread has been somewhat neglected or almost forgotten for most fly tyers.

Apart from the obvious advantages as mentioned above, waxing your own thread makes easy work of applying and attaching materials to the hook, creating better friction between thread and material and anchoring them in place with only a couple of wraps of thread. Its also extremely useful when dubbing, if a little is applied to the thread before spinning your dubbing it will render the thread ‘Tacky’ and make the adhering of the dubbing material easier.

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After recently starting keeping bees, primarily for honey production, I have also a surplus of natural bee’s wax which when mixed with three other totally natural ingredients is the recipe for my own exclusive tyers wax. A limited amount of sculls will be available for next to no cost, so if you are interested in obtaining one of these hand made tyers waxes, please contact me on, barrycl@online.no

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Woods Torrt Sweden

From April 29th until 1st May I will be tying at Markus Hoffman’s Wood Torrt Fly Tying weekend, ‘Mayflies from Nymph to Spent spinner’ I will be demonstrating techniques with deer and moose hair.

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Moose mane mayfly nymph

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Mayfly emerger.

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Revers deer hair Dun.

If you do get chance to do one of these shows, don’t miss it!


Glasgow Angling Centre

I will be tying on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March, at the GAC Open Weekend, a great event at the fishing mega store. Check out the website for opening hours, special events and offers.

https://www.fishingmegastore.com/feature-openweekend.html

 

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I will be tying from 08:00 until 17:30 each day and answering questions on dry fly patterns so please pop in for a chat, you’ll find me on the fly tyers row.