It was a great time at the symposium this past weekend. Spoke with a lot of friends and caught up with some of the tyers from other parts of the country and world. I tied dozens of flies and gave away all but a half dozen or so, and my seminars were well-attended. I also didn't buy a single thing, in fact, I didn't even look at any of the stuff vendors were selling as I really don't need anything after all these years.
But that didn't stop me from coming home with something new. The guys from Regal finally got me to try their stainless vise on Sunday, which I have been reluctant to do after tying on my HMH vise for 30+ years. I tied on it all day Sunday, and then was asked/told to take it home and try it out for a while. So I did. The jury is still out, but I do like the fact that it doesn't need to be adjusted, the jaws open and close with a simple squeeze, and it holds a hook very well. I'm still tying with my HMH and alternating between the two. Old habits die hard...........
In an upcoming post I'll fill you in on my friend Bill Ninke, who stopped by at the show and let me know (and demonstrated) that I dub my thread all wrong. Yes, I dub wrong.....who knew?! He also showed me how to tie the perfect nail knot. That will have to wait though, as I couldn't explain it in words if I tried, but it does work. Maybe we'll see a video of his technique in the future.
All I know is that I always learn something new from Bill every time see him...and now I know I dub my thread wrong. I'll explain when I'm not so tired, so I'll end in telling you Bill does make an interesting point, and now every time I dub my thread, I think about the error of my ways. Thanks, Bill. : )
That's it for me tonight.
Sharpen your hooks.