BobPop

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  1. It was my pleasure. It’s great to sit at a tying table and just tie FLEYES and have the chance to talk to everyone.
  2. Hello all! It’s been a long time, I know. I managed to reach Tim to re-do password stuff and now I can join in again. Having dinner now but I promise to return.
  3. This is a fleye where you can utilize ALL those feathers you keep preening through and never seem to use. Its all feathers...... very similar to a Semper Fleye but uses feathers of multiple sizes or lengths to construct the streamer. Palmered hackle spreader at the hook bend (instead of bucktail) and slender saddles spaced around the shank with the last saddle flat on top. Then a few palmerede turns of a webby saddle, and another set of saddles of a shorter length than before. More turns of webby saddle and two saddles on the underside and one flat on top. Webby saddle again and very short saddles on the underside and top till the shank is completed. Finish with very short saddles on top(they are "shingled" toward the hook eye) and a JC eye or tab eye. The top of the fleye looks like the head of a bird with its tapered feathers. Neat looking ! It is as if you are sculpting a fly with feathers. As in the Bucktail Deceiver or Hollow Fleye, you are creating the taper, but this time, with feathers instead of bucktail. The movement in the water is awesome to say the least. All those tips pulsate and give added life to the design. Try it and let your imagination go wild. BobPop
  4. What I was told many years ago was they were tied that way to allow enough room to snell the leader to the shank. BobPop
  5. Mike, we WILL get together some day! I love your passion for the surf! BobPop
  6. From the album MERRY CHRISTMAS

  7. I am constantly asked where do I get my long BT's. I simply keep looking around fly shops wherever I go and often some long ones appear! Right off the rack. Rare, but it does happen. Brad Buzzy has a bunch usually, and you just never know when a good one shows up. When it does, GET IT! Even if you do not need it. Another trick is to go through many of your older tails. The ones you stopped using because the remaining hair is too wild to tie with. These fibers are usually at the bottom of the tail. BUT, this is where most of the longest hair is. If you only use smaller amounts of fibers, remove ALL the short hairs, the remaining fibers tie down rather easily. You only need a few fibers to establish the fleyes length. Maybe takes two ties from same tail to achieve a gradual taper from step to step, but sometimes only one. Then you go up the tail or get another tail to complete the BTD. The collar is achieved with the last three ties. These fibers are just normal SW size. I do not have the pictures on my computer but I will follow up with a post from my phone so you can see the pics here. I posted on Facebook but I think some of you do not use Facebook. The pix show a couple BTs. One ratty looking one that possessed ridiculously long fibers. 8" to be EXACT! I was able to get 13 BTDs from the base hairs in the picture(longest fibers). The white fibers were used only for the wing and the collars were from other tails. Here is my point: Many of you have some long fibers at home already. Search them out. The fibers, even though they come from the bottom of the tail, can be easily controlled with the correct preparation of the fibers. DO NOT WASTE any long hairs either. They are very hard to come by. Use the very judiciously. Good luck.
  8. Jaytee, :):):) BobPop
  9. Lifetime warranty on the TFO surf rods also! Raffle one off at the Mini Christmas Fling on the 14th. of December.. Shady Rest Restaurant in Bayville. BobPop
  10. YES! Thank you very much. Try something like this one Captain. You can use lead wire instead also. Keep it sparse and a little lead and you should be good to go! BobPop
  11. There is a picture of a Hollow Fleye on SOL but I don't know how to find it. Someone please help. It has a bead in between the last ties. Very open and sparse. That'll get the job done for you Captain. Old post around 2001 or 2. BobPop
  12. ALL the acrylics work fine. The real difference is the light source. One is Blue, and ALL the rest are UV. TUFFLEYE is blue light. WEAR EYE PROTECTION! FLEYE FOILS are highly reflective. I've used them all and Tuffleye is what I prefer. The FLEX is my favorite. You guys can use whatever you want. But just use it safely. Remember that UV is cumulative. It builds with the more exposure you get. If you wear sunglasses while tying or other protective eyewear, you can eliminate that from happening. Think also of the young kids standing around your tying table watching you tie with UV. Get them away from that light source till you are finished. Even wear protective gloves if you can. UV is dangerous stuff, you hear about it from time to time on the news. Proof enough. AND............. EPOXY still works fine! Open a window and have at it! BobPop
  13. Just received a new stripping basket from Sea Level and I suggest you guys give it a look next time you are shopping for a new basket. It is light, comfortable and nicely sized. I am glad that finally this style stripping basket is available, especially for us East Coasters. BobPop
  14. Local66, Lol. You should have seen me before I found Photo-Flo. Only used saliva. When I got working too fast, I got silicone in my mouth. Take it from me, it does not taste good. And difficult to get rid of that taste. Lots of fun during that time for me however. When I first saw a POPLIP swim, it was very exciting. Lots has happened since then. Everything evolves.