Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tinsel Time

Visited my local Target store last evening.  Picked up four packages of Christmas tinsel (icicles) for 50% off or $0.50 per package.  Five-hundred icicles per package.  Colors include gold, silver, green, magenta, and blue.  Its design is similar to holographic tinsel.

Here are closeups of two jigs tied with the tinsel yesterday evening.  Used 1/8-ounce ball heads with #2 hooks.

A useful material that may be discounted at many other stores during Christmas clearance sales.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tips for Tyers

Here are a few that keep me tying smoothly:
  • I use acetone nail polish remover to thin clear nail polish as it ages.  This reduces its thickness and the "spider webs" created when brushing it onto thread. 
  • Keep a lint roller handy on your table or bench.  Fur and feathers often wind up on your clothing.  The roller makes for a quick and easy cleanup before you leave your work area.  Sometimes, I'll even use it to quickly clean off my table top.
  • Save soda cans.  These are perfect platforms for mixing two-part epoxy.  Use the bottom of a can for mixing the resin and hardener.  Be sure to remove its pop-top to ensure that it stands level.  Dispose of the can properly after use.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

White Bass Jigs

Tied several jigs for white bass fishing.  I plan to try these out at my local reservoir.  I've found that walleye seem to like them too, especially the all-silver ones.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Inside the Bat Cave...

Here's where I keep my tying tools and materials...'s where I keep my testing tools for the finished products.  ;)