Month: October 2016

On The Vise Q & A- “How to Wrap a Polish Quill with Troubleshooting Tips”

With these quills You can tie a variety of sizes, and depending on what you’re tying you can usually go as big as a size 12, but that will vary on your fly tying style (such as; is that size 12 or 10 going to have a hackle in front to take up the slack where the quill ends? Are you using a bead? Ect)

It’s also is based on the size and thickness of each quill that comes in a package.For the most part they are uniform, but they aren’t synthetic, which is why there will be a tiny variation between them.
Some flies you tie may require a solid body with very minimal segmentation. If that’s the case then just tie them in the “wrong” way.

It’s all up to you and what you’re wishing to achieve. But I use the term “wrong” very loosely; since your right- may be someones wrong. Which is why I am making this tutorial to help you reach the results that you are looking for, when it comes to tying with polish quills. *I receive a lot of questions about this technique, at shows and online; and some people are telling me that no matter how they do it it still comes out wrong.

So here’s my advice: if you tie this in as per the first few steps and it still isn’t working to your liking/cant figure out why its still wrapping upside down- then scroll down and see my troubleshooting tip. This is why, depending on your style of tying -are you an “over the material” or “to the side of the material” wrapper- it’s not set in stone on how to do this. (This may seem confusing but It will make more sense when you see this step-by-step as it was also demonstrated here -when working with turkey biots.)

Idle Hands: “Weighed Fly Tying Scrap Bags”

When you get tired of constantly having to drag the garbage can over at home and making a mess at tying shows, you break out that sewing machine and sew some weighted scrap bins! I will have these for sale online and at shows…

On my vise: “The Usual”

This fly was developed by Fran Betters, floats like a cork and only uses two materials. One of those two materials being thread. It’s a great fly to fish over fast water, it has worked well for me.

Book Review: “Free Men”

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve heard from enough people and have been in enough book clubs, that I know readers who think a book isn’t as good if there isn’t some kind of an ending that makes you say “oh my god that was crazy…

Idle Hands: “A Springtime Lap Quilt”

Fall is here! And while I have been sewing different Halloween and autumn things, I just came across the photos of the lap quilt that I made in the spring.

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