Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Chef, Feb 15, 2011.
Anyone ever use Still Water Solution material? Thoughts?
Site sponsor Jim Wheeler (Spring Creek Prams) sells it so I'd pick his brain.
If trying to copy Chan and Rowley patterns exactly, otherwise you can find similar products and materials that are less expensive. They have interesting color names. Especially like Summer Duck. Who does not like a duck? But would not eat duck myself.
I use some of their dubbing for dubbing kicker and also a few of their feathers. Really cool colors for stillwater bugs.
As I've become more of a lake specialist I've started using a lot of Stillwater Solutions and Jay Fair tying materials. Chan, Rowley, Fair, and Rickards know their stuff and I like the materials they market. Sure, you can probably tie something just as effective with generic materials but when the EXACT feather/color is available I can't pass it up. As already pointed out, the colors they offer are really what sets them apart. In general, Jay Fair feathers are the best I've found for lake tying.
Cool stuff but very expensive considering you can get the same stuff under different names alot cheaper, most places I've found it at charge about twice what I would consider it to be really worth, but the summer duck color snatch it up the fish love it.
Stillwater Solutions provide a valuable product line for NW fly tiers. In my mind it says a lot about the fly shop if they are local and choose not to stock it.
For example, say you are tying damsel or scud patterns for the coming season. Most generic product lines might carry maribou in olive (dark and light) and tan. Here are my choices from Stillwater-
I like the extra color selection. I like the fact the products are designed to work together (callibaetis dyed patridge to go with the maribou).
I've purchased both from Jim and PFF. Highly recommend!
Synthetic wise, their products are great. However, I find their 'Natural' material selection to be a bit low-quality.
I have a bunch of the dubbing. It is colors that just can't be found anywhere else and I love them. I also have a bunch of the Midge Stretch Floss. Again because of the wonderful colors. Quality stuff. And the BEADS are "WHITE" not pearl.
White not Pearl, this is very true and other than painting black beads with white nail polish almost impossible to find especially in tungsten.
I stock up when ever the stillwater supplies are there. Looks like the Idaho Falls Fly Tying Expo.
For white tungsten beads, I found a very good source from some guys in my fly club. Check out Ripped lips. Rick
For tungsten beads, I order the majority of my beads from the Canadian Llama company. They're a pleasure to deal with, affordable prices, readily available, and most importantly, they work (and are actually the size/color they are supposed to be!).
Here is a link.
Is the white beads really white or pearl?
I was at PPF on saturday and bought 12 pkgs of the midge Flex. great stuff. I paint my own tungsten beads sizes to 3/32 with Krylon paint.
There are White and Pearl.
Tried to paint some, but it chips off very easy. I am sure baking on has something to do with it. I know there is a powder for lures that you have to bake on, that might be an option.
Blue , I have found that cleaning them first with acetone works wonders.
pro-tec is a popular brand for the paint you are talking about. very durable and thick finish
That is the stuff! Thanks