||FILLING UP THE BOXES
It's that time of
year when we should be thinking about fly tying and replacing all those
“did not work patterns”, replenishing the ones we ran out of, and
copying the killer pattern sample you “borrowed” from a friend. When we
set out to do some “production work” our Norvise really comes into its
own. Take a few minutes to review the Norvise video on how to get set up.
There will be some really great ideas that will be most helpful in
improving both precision and productivity when we get into some serious
fly tying. The results will be full boxes of dozens of perfect patterns.
FLY FISHING SHOWS AND SNOW STORMS
Norm demonstrating at the Sportsman's Show in Anchorage, Alaska.
It's that time of year when we are sort of “wishing instead of fishing”, so we go to the Fly Fishing Shows to check out all the new stuff, places to go and how to do it. Norvise
will be participating at some of these events and I look forward to
this opportunity to meet with you in person. It is a great opportunity
to pass on some new techniques and ideas for getting even more out of
the best fly tying system in the world. Go to our Show Schedule to see when we will be in your area.
NORM'S NEW BOAT
Norm in his shop working on his new fly fishing boat.
During the show season
things slow down a bit with the construction of Norm's new fly fishing
boat. He has made some progress. As you can see from the photo, Norm has
moved on to the construction of the full-size boat. At this time, both
sides are in place and the bottom has been secured. Now the finishing
details and multiple coats of clear varnish. Norm hopes that he'll have
things finished and "fishing-ready" by May. Stay tuned and we'll let you
know about his first outing on his favorite lake.
FLY TYING NIGHTS
the fun things to get involved with during these winter months is fly
tying with others. This can be a lot of fun and also an excellent
opportunity to learn something new as well as make some new friends. In
many areas fly fishing clubs will get together on a regular basis, maybe
at a public building or a members home. In some cases the local fly
shop will provide a place to do this in their shop. It is amazing how
often we pick up on something significant that has a very profound
effect on our fly tying. New patterns, techniques, materials as well as
fishing. Shown below is a group that gets together at Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage Alaska every week. Interesting that most of them are using a Norvise. These guys know what they are doing!
NORVISE REVIEW FROM AUSTRALIA
Hey guys! Here's a great review of the Norvise from a
Norvise owner "down under" in Australia. We might be a little biased but
we couldn't agree more with their assessment and a "5 out of 5"
Product Review: The Norvise Fly Tying System
Not long after I started fly fishing I took the leap to tying my own
flies. My first vise was a cheap nasty deal that I bought from a local
sports store which clamped onto the side of a desk. This was quickly
replaced by a slightly more expensive (but still cheap) tying kit that
came in a nice wooden box. This vise was made from brass, and if nothing
else, it looked the part, and it served me well for a good fifteen
years or so. Then I stumbled across a review in an Australian fly
fishing magazine of a new product that had come onto the market. The
article spoke of how this system – called a Norvise –
revolutionised fly trying through the use of both a spring-loaded
bobbin that applies tension on the tying thread, as well as the vise
itself, which allows the tier to spin the fly effortlessly around its
axis. Think of it kind of like a lathe, and your on the right track.
Another feature of this newsletter will be to develop a forum for Norvise users to communicate with each other as well as myself. It may not be possible to answer all your letters personally but this does provide great input for the future.