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Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly
I’ve been using the new Loon Outdoors Ergo All Purpose 4″ Scissors for well over three months now and have tied over 300 flies with them.
I normally use a pair of all purpose scissors to do the bulk of my cutting at the vise. It has been mainly a pair of Dr. Slick 4″ scissors in the past. Plus, I have a pair of very sharp Deer Creek razor scissors that I treat like a baby and love.
I set my pair of Dr. Slicks aside to try the Loon scissors a few months ago. Loon has improved their fly tying tool offerings this year and it really shows. This pair of scissors has worked as my go to scissors extremely well. I have tied quite a few flies in the last few months and they are still going strong. They are holding up just as well as the Dr. Slicks. They have stayed sharp and I’ve cut everything from fur and feathers to synthetics. I have even been cutting wire with these and they are still holding up. I don’t recommend cutting wire all of the time with your go to scissors, but I have done it with these several times.
As far as comfort, they are comfortable. I actually prefer the painted handles compared to the metal style finish on the Dr. Slicks. They feel better in my hands and fingers.
So if you are looking for a new pair of scissors to do a variety of tasks at the tying bench, I would highly recommend trying the new Loon Outdoors All Purpose Scissors.
Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana
As the weather cooled in SW Montana, we headed south to Tampa, Florida to visit relatives (Apollo Beach to be exact) for Thanksgiving. Of course, I wasn’t going to travel that far south to one of the most varied Gulf Coast fishing destinations without a flyrod. November in the Tampa Bay region is a time of transition and finding fish can sometimes be a challenge. I had heard good reports of Pompano along the beaches, so that’s what I really prepared for, but the opportunity to fish with a friend for a couple of days found me in Tampa Bay’s backwaters as well.
Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here
You are showing your age if you remember the song by Carly Simon “Anticipation”. The lyrics begin with
“We can never know about the days to come but we think about them anyway”.
These words only give a small hint at the forethought that goes into a fly-fishing trip. For me, aside from studying hatch charts, tying flies, buying new gear that I think will be needed and perhaps going to the extent of building a new fly rod for the occasion, the day dreaming is the most fun. It gets bad enough that I am nearly useless to my employer for about 2 weeks prior to departure, but please don’t tell him. In my day dream I am standing in my favorite stream in Alberta casting to a rising Rainbow Trout that is about 18” long. The walls of the river valley are fairly steep on either side of the river, there is high Cirrus cloud in the blue sky, a cool breeze wafts down the valley and the water is incredibly cold making me shiver just a little in spite of waders and a fleece liner. I’ve put a #16 Adams on the end of a long 15’ leader and tippet; the casting is going well, no tailing loops and thus no wind knots. The water flowing around my knees is so clear you can see every detail on the pebbles at my feet and there is the sound of riffled water just behind me. I wonder if I should be carrying some kind of Bear protection because a sow with a couple of cubs was spotted in this area a week ago. I talked with a Fish and Wildlife officer this morning and they were concerned about fishermen……… wait a minute this is just a day dream. You see I can get carried away. It is often true that the anticipation and preparation for a trip can be just about as much fun as the actual trip itself. Sometimes the trip doesn’t come up to expectations but as often as not it does. more…