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I would not be able to do what I do without the assistance that my suppliers and sponsors provide me. These are the tools, materials, and brands I use and I hope you do to. Please show these vendors some support when you can.
I would not say I abuse fly tying vices but I work them hard. The few that have stood up to this abuse are my Dyna-King Indexer, my Renzetti Traveler, and my Renzetti Master Vice. I would never consider tying on anything else. Each of these vices excel at different things so I use them all. The Dyna-King is my work horse and what I use for all my big fly work. My Renzetti's get called up whenever there are small flies.
These are the finest scissors I have ever used. I have tried every brand you can think of. German Ice Scissors, Anvil, Dr. Slick, Anadromous, Kopter, I think the Renomed USA scissor is just better than the rest. They stay sharper longer and the tips are truly fine points.
I use many brands of thread. It depends on what I am tying really. There is one thread that I want people to be aware of and that is Nano Silk by Semperfli. It is fantastic stuff. The 18/0 is amazingly strong, never comes off the spool poorly, and is perfect for the Whitlock Sheep Minnows and the Zap-A-Gap weed guard.
I think the Flymen Fishing Company's Fish Masks are the best way to get a great looking Lefty's Deceiver. I use them on all of my Deceivers and would not consider using anything else. They are durable, gin clear, and help make my flies look fishy. Check them out here.
I have nine different adhesives in my fly tying room. There are three that I could not tie flies without. Tuffleye is just perfect for me. It replaces Epoxy when I want to create a durable head finish. It dries crystal clear and is hard as a rock. Here is a link to Tuffleye's Website for you.
I have nine different adhesives in my fly tying room. There are three that I could not tie flies without. Dave's Flexament is critical to creating durable flies. This stuff is irreplaceable. It bonds materials all the way down to the hook shank. If it is a soft flexible material, this soft flexible adhesive is what I reach for. Make sure you are using the real deal, the original. Here is a link to Rainy's.
I have nine different adhesives in my fly tying room. There are three that I could not tie flies without. Brush on Zap-A-Gap has been a game changer for me. When Dave Whitlock first introduced me to it I did not believe in the product. After tying thousands of flies with it, fishing the flies, and seeing how well they hold up, I am convinced. This stuff is amazingly versatile. Check out Dave's DVD on all the different things you can do with it.
I love fly rods that you can feel when you cast. Stiff rods just do not have a place in my arsenal. These manufacturers make fly rods that I feel make me a better caster.
American Made and some of the most pleasurable casting rods I have ever picked up. Check them out here.
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Whenever I teach a class on casting I find peoples rods to be poorly matched with their fly lines. The owners and I can barely feel the rods load properly and we both struggle to get what we need out of the rod. The Wulff Triangle Taper is what I turn to in this situation. Nine times out of ten, I can watch the student fall in love with the combo of this line with their old rod. Here is a link.
What can I say about this company that you have not heard before. They are simply the best. I really like the Titan Fly lines series. I like to pound the banks with topwater bugs and streamers with it, and it is fantastic around the mangroves in Florida and Mexico. Here is a link.
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