Essentials to Get Started Fly Tying

Friday, September 12 2014 3:00 pm - for Fly Tying
    Similar to purchasing the tools for fly tying, trying to decipher what the essential materials are can put a beginning tier into a head spin. Many of the materials available are not absolutely necessary for the beginner, but rather are used sparingly on nontraditional patterns. In fact, most first-rate fly tiers are capable of producing high quality flies created with a minimum of equipment. Using quality materials from the start has advantages for the beginner tier. Flies will be better simply because the quality of the materials used (more durable), but also tying with materials that are produced…
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    When you need a super-bright, far-reaching light, a spotlight works best. Navigating a boat at night, viewing wildlife after dark, varmint hunting, frog hunting and emergency signaling are all tasks for which a spotlight is well suited. Before buying a spotlight, however, study these facts that will help you choose a product best suiting your needs. Power Options Power options are important considerations when selecting a spotlight. Some spotlights, like the Brinkmann Q-Beam Blue Max Spotlight and Bass Pro Shops' 3.5 Million Candlepower 12V Corded Spotlight, work only off 12-volt systems, with a plug adaptor for hookup in…
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    Geese, both Canadas and Snows, are big, tough birds built to take the harshest weather conditions Mother Nature can dish out. To hunt them successfully, you need a shotgun as tough as your quarry. While smaller guns, with the correct loads, can take geese down at 20 yards, add a few yards with less than favorable shot angles and a strong wind and the little guns will not fly. So what exactly is the right gun for goose hunting? There are several factors to consider. What to Consider When Looking 1. Adjustability — Foul-weather goose hunting requires heavy clothing…
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Headlamps are basically flashlights that provide the convenience of hands-free operation. Strapped on the head or clipped on a hat brim, they are excellent to use when performing tasks such as driving tent stakes in the dark, following a trail to your deer stand before dawn, reading a book in your sleeping bag or tying knots when night fishing. The ability to keep both hands free while directing light with your head also has real advantages when facing an unexpected challenge such as a nighttime medical emergency, a power outage, a broken-down vehicle or getting caught in the backcountry after…
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Selecting the right weapon for bear hunting is important, and knowing how to skillfully use it is even more important.   Black bears often weigh 300 pounds or more; so using the right weapon for hunting may make the difference in a wounding or killing shot when a trophy finally makes an appearance. When hunting with a rifle, most experts recommend .30 caliber or larger. A .30-06 or 7mm Remington Magnum will do the job, but for more killing power, it may be best to use larger cartridges like the .300 Winchester Magnum or the .338 Winchester Magnum. Remember, too,…
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Did you ever wonder how the flashlight got its name? Early models were powered by energy-inefficient carbon-filament bulbs that "rested" periodically for short intervals. They could be used only in brief flashes, and thus were called flashlights.   The flashlight's inventor was David Misell of Great Britain. In 1899, he patented the first — just a paper tube containing "D" batteries, with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. The devices didn't gain popularity, however, until 1904 when the development of improved batteries and the more efficient tungsten-filament bulb made flashlights more useful and popular. Today's…
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Angling tactics are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Not surprisingly, hooks are becoming more refined to keep up with these presentation innovations. The following is a sampling of popular specialty hooks. Specialty Hooks Drop-shot Hooks Drop-shot hooks are designed to be tied onto the line with a Palomar knot. They sit out at a 90-degree angle from the line, which has a sinker below the line and are rigged with finesse plastics. Weedless Hooks Weedless hooks feature plastic or wire guards that stand out in front of the hook point. They help keep weeds from snagging the point, letting you fish…
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Matching each rod to the technique for which it's best suited will make throwing baits and fighting fish much more efficient. Below are some rod suggestions for some of the most widely used bass fishing tactics.     Flipping and Pitching Most manufacturers have a flipping stick in their lineup. It is easily recognizable as it telescopes out to its full length. The added length will allow you to pitch and flip more easily, as well as winch fish in from heavy cover. Length — 7'6" Action — Fast Power — Heavy Style — Casting Buzzbaits & Spinnerbaits A 7-foot baitcast rod is…
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Once you've made all the purchases to complete your bow, you'll need to consider all the other accessories to go along with your new purchase. RedHead carries a selection of bow cases featuring easy-to-carry padded straps. Bow Case You made an investment in your bow, it's only right to protect that investment. Numerous bow cases are available, ranging from simple bow cases like the Plano Protector Compact Bow Case to the fancier SKB bow cases. Either way, having your bow stored in a case will better protect it from the hardships of travel or simply storing it in the basement.…
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    Caribou inhabit some of the most deceptively rugged country in North America. From a distance, the tundra looks flat and featureless, but as soon as you set foot on it you quickly realize that there is hardly a flat spot on it. Every step is rough and uneven and will challenge you. Boots Waterproof boots, like the RedHead Trekker III boots, are important for rugged country hunts. Tough, waterproof leather or rubber-leather combination boots with good ankle support are a must, and make sure they are well broken in. Unless you are planning a November hunt, these features…
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