Much of the next 20 years was, tragically, lacking in both casting and tying flies. Mrs. FA recently signed herself up for a refresher class and invited me to join her. Said class took place this past Tuesday night. The focus was not on creating a specific pattern, but rather some basic skills: starting, wrapping, and simple finishing. With no specific plan in mind, here's what I managed to produce.
|Welcome to Minnesota. Skol, Vikings!|
We have another class next week. I'm looking forward to it! I think this will be an excellent pursuit while passing non-fishing time on camping trips. So now I want to solicit some input on equipment. I'm developing some grand plans for a portable kit that I can haul out on a picnic table, perhaps like this, from Guys, Flies, and Pies:
|How cool is this? I've got some 75+ year old rough oak boards drying|
out in my barn right now
But it all starts with a vise. They range in price from $12 to over $500. Confusing. So I'll start with some basic questions:
- I find myself attracted to a vise with weighted base, rather than a c-clamp. Seems like this would be quicker and easier to use across multiple locations and surfaces, and I don't anticipate having a dedicated "tying bench" or desk anytime soon. Thoughts?
- What 5 tools does a beginner who wants to tie soft hackle flies absolutely need?
- Mrs. FA and I stumbled across HMH vices on the Internet (OF COURSE the make a pink-accented model to benefit Casting for Recovery...) I'm infatuated by the Spartan model. Please tell me it's pure insanity (and also entirely unnecessary) for a rookie to covet a $200 vice. (And is it even a good one?)