The Rats Nest

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Current State Of Affairs

Well to say things are high and muddy is an understatement. Most if not all of the areas that one would normally wade on the Farmington are under a few if not several feet of water. Can you catch fish in high water? Sure. But under these circumstances I would advise not going.
Give it some time and things will be back to normal. I will post on the main site when things are better, I.e.; a bit lower and not muddy. Until then tie flies!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Jury Is Out, MP Bobbin Is Money!

Being a gadget junky, and a guy who likes handy tools for tying, I figured I would give the MP Bobbin Holder a try.  A steep price tag of $60 will probably deter most people at the onset of purchasing one of these neat little gadgets, but I will forewarn the thrifty, give this nifty item a fair shake before you put your wallet back in your pocket, it quite possibly is the nicest and most innovative tying tool since the onset of the tying vise.  Now, I know I know, you're probably like whatever I highly doubt it pal, that is a pretty boastful claim.  I stand by my word on this, as a person who ties a lot of flies each year anything that can speed up the process is a necessity.  The simple ease of changing a thread or other spooled material from this bobbin holder, is a split second task now.  I can tell you this, sell your old bobbins and get a couple of these as you will never want to tie with anything but this gem. 

Tying with this bobbin for the better part of 3 weeks, and well over 10 dozen flies, I can honestly say this particular tool is fantastic.  The bobbin threads very easily with a small channel to run the thread down, held in place by a small hardened wire clip, then you just pull the thread around this ring at the tip and voila, your tying.  What is even nicer is the dubbing loop feature that allows the tier to make a dubbing loop and leave it open to add material then drop the bobbin and spin the material in one fell swoop.  This feature makes dubbing loops so quick and easy allowing for efficient tying.  The construction is solid and just feels good in the hand.  Equipped with a spring thread tensioner in the center and you have a very versatile tying tool.  The only thing that I would suggest to anyone buying one of these gems, would be to add a little oil to the circular metal rings that hold the spool of thread as they will squeak a bit.  Other than that no issues.  Highly worth it, and a two thumbs up in my book.  

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Epoxy Prayers Are Finally Answered......

I don't know about you, but when it comes to mixing two-part epoxy for saltwater flies, nymph wing-cases and shell-backs, streamer heads etc., I just about get sick to my stomach thinking about the mess, the waste of material and the awful smells that ensue.   Well, those ailments are a thing of the past, as I recently got my hands on this new product called Liquid Fusion.  The magic mix comes in a 2.5 ounce squeezable bottle with a pointed applicator, similar to that found on your standard sleeve of silicone caulking, only with the hole already  cut.  This solution is a clear urethane based waterproof glue that requires no mixing, dries quickly and is 100% waterproof.  I have already tried some on the wing-cases of my Shimmer Stones and I am very, very pleased with the outcome, an even more durable pattern with a quick 2 second step.  This stuff gets a two thumbs up in my book, and should be on every fly-tiers bench. 

**April 5, 2010 Update**
So I have been playing around extensively with this glue now and have found some interesting things.  First and foremost, this is solely the best coating for nymph wing-cases in my personal opinion.  For that alone, this product is superior.  Where things get a bit dicey is when you enter into the saltwater department and are looking to substitute this material for a hardened epoxy head on your streamers.  Unfortunately, this stuff won't answer your prayers as it dries flexible almost like a pliable silicone.  If you are looking to construct a semi-rigid head for your flies, then no problem, but if you are looking for a hard as a rock finish, you will be disappointed.  Just wanted to add this in there for those of you who were wondering or on the fence about buying this stuff.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shimmer Stone Strikes Again.

Familiar face and repeat customer Bill Glass had a great morning.  5 fish, 4 browns and a bow all were over 16 inches with two touching the magic 20 inch mark.  The Shimmer Stone has been working overtime, taking all but one of the fish landed today, and both bigger fish.  Smiles all around, looks like spring is a knocking at the door.  Nice weather out there despite some gusts of wind and the fish are starting spread out a bit as well.  Starting to look like we may have a great spring here for fishing in Connecticut, I guess we will have to wait and see. 
Check out this shot, you think these guys wanted that stone?   Stand by for round two more to follow tomorrow.

Well, well to say today was a totally different day is putting it mildly.  After dropping a few this morning, and having some snafu's, it was looking like the day might be a wash.  Then Bill came through like I knew he would.  He managed to stick this fish that stretched the tape to 20-1/2 inches, and quite fat to say the least.  It's safe to say that the Shimmer Stone is making a name for itself, as this shovelhead couldn't resist.  Good times.......  More to follow in the days to come.

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