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alchemist

Member Since 24 Jan 2015
Offline Last Active Jun 11 2019 03:01 PM
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In Topic: Red Drummond

07 June 2019 - 06:23 PM

Nice!  I like the taper on your hackle.


In Topic: How do you store loose GP crests?

02 May 2019 - 03:11 PM

It turns out you can't really sort them all that finely.  How do you measure; with rachis flattened?  With  whatever arc you have put in the rachis?  The "length" will vary if you measure with arc applied, but different arcs will yield different lengths from the same overall rachis length.  So,  a range of rachis lengths in five or six compartments works pretty well.  I then sort some for marked rachis curve and some with a shallow curve in different lengths.  Most of the feathers in my larger compartment are those that I played with the rachis curve, then decided not to use at the time I made the modification.

 

Another thing to consider is whether you intend to use the entire length of the feather right down to the quill end or if a feather that is apparently too long will work better than a full length feather when shortened some.  It is pretty much impossible to sort for this consideration.

 

Thanks, Jim!  I finally decided to do more or less what you've done.  I have sorted my crests into 4 boxes with a wide gradation in each.  


In Topic: How do you store loose GP crests?

26 April 2019 - 04:47 PM

Thanks George & Arkle!  I have about 30 odd heads that need plucking, washing and sorting.  Storing by hook size doesn't really work for me since a 3/0 Jock Scott is much shorter than a 3/0 Playfair Limerick.  Do you think storing crests with 1 cm gradatation - ie, 3 cm, 4cm, 5cm etc necessary instead of 3-4 cm, 4-5 cm, etc.   

 

Mark


In Topic: Mardi Gras Highlander

03 March 2019 - 08:35 PM

Beautifully proportioned fly!  I like the size and shape of the wing and how it mirrors the hook.  The head shape and size is also perfect!


In Topic: Black boy

05 February 2019 - 04:55 PM

Nice body work.  The tinsel placement is spot on!