Copper Wire

Standard 0.2mm Wire

Using copper wire to your patterns as a rib not only gives your flies segmented bodies but also adds strength to them and increases their longevity. I have sourced a super quality soft copper wire in a wide range of colours for your patterns. This standard wire comes in 0.2mm and is supplied in a ‘soft’ state this means that it is easy to used and is very strong. As wire is worked it becomes harder, as we know by twisting a wire round and round it becomes brittle and breaks off, breaking your wire off like this rather than cutting it does not leave an exposed end on your finished pattern.

The image below shows the range of colours available:

From left to right: Silver, Dark Copper, Dark Green, Claret, Red, Copper, Black, Gold and Green.

All if the wire are coated for corrosion resistance, copper will tarnish if it is not coated with a material that protects it from the elements.

Extra Fine Wires

I have now available finer wires for use with dries, this is the same high quality wire but drawn down to 0.15 and 0.1mm. It is still supplied in the soft condition for strength and ease of use. but only available in silver, gold and copper.

Patterns

The Gold Ribbed Hairsear pattern is the classic pattern where the copper wire rib is an essential element of the fly, but ribs on Pheasant tail nymphs are as important.  Obviously the GRH uses gold, but the PTN can use a variety of rib colours – to add a target or make a change in the pattern.

Another classic still water pattern the Diawl Bach can be ribbed with coloured wire rather than holographic material to give a more subtle pattern that can be what is wanted on some days.

There are also those essential river flies where the body is made just using copper wire with a peacock or dubbed thorax, again colour can add impact to these.

Dubbing Brushes

Because the wire we supply is soft and string it can be used to create a dubbing brush.  Tie in a loop of copper wire to create a dubbing loop and using your favourite dubbing create the dubbing brush for your thorax.  When wet the wire can be seen through the dubbing and adds that extra dimension to your fly.

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New for the season

I have had a very busy couple of weeks since the BFFI – it was a hectic run up to the event and just as hectic getting back – but cannot complain about being busy!

I am just about sorted stocks of the Scottie vice which has been selling very well and still working on a new rotary vice – but these are  projects for the future. I have a couple of new products available now.

The Scottie Camera Mount

This handy device allows you to take a photo of your latest creations or even make a video.

Light yet robust allows you to attach any camera with a 1/4″ Whitworth thread to your vice and position at just the right distance.

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Fly tying lights

I have sourced a couple of LED lights – one with a handy magnetic base that attaches to the Scottie vice and the other that can be screwed to you tying bench.

Magnetic lamp

Bench Lamp

Scottie Buzzer Coat Lite

We have been supplying the Buzzer Coat UV varnish for some time, but for light use it is rather too thick. I can now supply a much less viscous UV varnish that sets to a glass hard finish using a standard 365nm UV light.

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I have also had a spring clean of my hooks and these are also available along with some new fly tying materials.

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Bahamas Trip

flatsJust got back to from the Bahamas after a week fishing for Bonefish – all I can say is Wow!    For those who have not fished for Bones – this is where you fish- the flats.

There very large areas of flats around the Crooked Islands where we were based – literally tens of square miles of fishable water.

I caught my very first bonefish on the first day and finished up with five for day 1. 1stfish

Had an excellent week despite the low pressure moving in on Wednesday making it windy with increasing cloud cover giving challenging conditions.

Oh Well – back to work now!

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New Products and Christmas Present Ideas

Christmas Lines

This time of year we are all thinking of what we can buy for a really useful Christmas present – either for yourself or someone else.

We have all the usual lines – but to help you out we will be offering discount on some of our lines – particularly useful for those little stocking fillers.

New Products

Fritz Bobbins – These are reallybob3 handy for using and storing fritz and chenille materials while keeping them tidy, clean and organized.  We have them in two sizes, the standard/small size that can even be used for thread or flosses and the large that will handle those thicker plush chenilles

 

section-2Hook Pallet – This is a small hook pallet that will prevent you loosing hooks on your bench.  All tyers have different solutions to the common problems, do you put your hooks straight on the bench or take them out of their box or package one at a time?  Why not try this handy little hook pallet?

 The Tourbon Fly Patch – These 4have been selling well and really popular with those of us who are fishing barb-less flies. The fleece inner holds the flies well, but by closing the flap over them you can ensure that they stay in place

 

Old Favorites

The Scottie Hardwood Tool Rack – These have beenTool_holder one of our most popular lines, but unfortunately when current stock has gone we will be discontinuing this  item as we cannot find the recycled timber we use.

The Scottie Tool Caddie – This handycaddy 5tool caddie has a small footprint and holds a good number of tools as well as your varnish pot.

Scottie Vices – There are of course all  of our Scottie vices available for Christmas Delivery.

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Fly Patches and Pouch

We all have our own solutions to that problem of where do you put that fly when you have used it?   We see them stuck in hats, on open patches and there are some clever boxes that are also driers.

Since I have been using barbless flies for catch and release this has become more of a problem as without a barb the fly will not stick in your hat or stay in your patch – unlike the barbed flies that once stuck you cannot remove without pulling another thread on your hat or straightening the hook.

So when I had the opportunity to buy some Tourbon products made for the US market I thought they were worth a try.  They are very traditional patterns that seem to have disappeared from the UK market – a leather folding fly patch and a canvas fly wallet.

3The leather fly patch fold over to secure your flies while drying and allows a free flow of air.  The clip can secure the patch on any part of your clothing without needing a D ring.

 

I have several old fly wallets – they were all the wallet 3rage a few years back – I have one that was given to all Benson and Hedges competitors one year.  But just because they are old does not mean they do not still do the job.

With all the plastic and foam fly boxes on the market this old faithful design has been all but forgotten – but it fits the pocket  well, the breathable materials allows flies to dry  and once a fly is in their it stays there.

Both of these are on offer for June.

 

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The Scottie Gallows Tool

Gallows ToolAfter a year of thinking about making a gallows tool for over a year and having experimented with a couple of designs I watched a demonstration of tying a paraloop fly and finally came up with a flexible design for a gallows tool.

The tool can be used for tying clink-hammer, paraloop and detached body flies, it can also be use as a bobbin holder. The design sets the tool away from the vice to minimize it’s interference while tying it is also very rigid and the horizontal bar can be used with other accessories. Gallows 2

These photos are of the prototype – the retail version will be in our usual black powder coating.

 
 
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Softened Bees Wax

Scottie 2We now have in stock Softened Bees Wax for fly tying.  This product is available in two formulas -the standard formula provides an easy to use product for treating tying thread at room temperature. It is also available in a super soft formula that is tacky at room temperature and can be used in colder environments.

Standard Formula

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Super Soft

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New To PWW Designs – The Hot Tip Fly Tying Tool

We have just received a shipment of a new tz_andtipHot Tip Fly Tying tool. Base on electronic scalpels used in surgery today this tool has a fine hot wire to trim any unwanted threads or hackle fibres from your fly.  It can also remover materials encroaching over the eye of the hook.

Each unit requires 2 AAA batteries (not supplied) and has a free spare  burning wire neatly stored in the battery cover.

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This little tool can really help achieve that  high quality finish that you want for your flies.

£12.00 Add to cart

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The MKll Scottie Fly tying Vice

MKll_scottieFor 2016 we have revised the pedestal base model of  the Scottie fly tying vice, this is now supplied with a robust single piece base to give a much more rigid table top vice.

The stem has drillings to accommodate accessories including a tool rack, white screen and bobbin holder.

The pedestal is also available separately and as backwards compatible with any Scottie vice.

 

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Fly Tying Scissors

I have finally tracked down some surgical spring scissors at a reasonable price. I have been using spring scissors for several years and find them really easy to use.

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The surgical steel keeps a good edge and the action is good, giving control and long lasting cut.

The blades are fine enough – but not too fine, fly tyers are naturally obsessed with scissors, this is understandable, and looking after scissors should ensure a long life.  One of the ‘old wives tails’ I still remember is my mother telling me that with small embroidery scissors you can sharpen them by cutting some kitchen foil – I have tried this and it does seem to work.  This advice is given with no guarantee and of course it will not undo the damage to fine scissors caused by cutting wire or kevlar, but is not the worst advice I ever got from mum.

£8.50 Add to cart

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