presentation mounting of flies

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Randy Diefert, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Dave Westburg

    Dave Westburg Active Member

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    When you buy the kit they include the glass rods. I had to have some friends drill the glass rods so I don't know what sort of drill they used.

    I would strongly recommend using the soft 1/8 diameter silicon tubes to hold the flies (see the corkboard plate). They are much easier to work with than glass and they attach easily to the background with a bit of superglue.

    For what it's work, I was in a card shop yesterday day and found a deep frame which would be suitable for mounting flies for about $20. Put it on my Christmas list.

    I've mounted some classic atlantic salmon flies and some spey flies. Am working on plates for hairwing steelhead flies, Roderick Haig-Brown flies, Harry Lemire flies and maybe a plate of Ken Sawada tube and waddington shank flies.
     
  2. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Dave
    Are you sure they are glass and not pexiglass. Drilling a glass rod that small would be difficult, not to mention the need for specialy designed glass drill bits, very specific bit speed and lots of proper lubricant.
    Plexiglass, lexan or similar rod is much easier to drill and as you use solid rod (not tube) and as long as you mechanically polish or flame polish the cut ends looks very similar.
     
  3. sean

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    Also check out Michael Radenichs book 'Tying The Classic Salmon Fly: A Modern Approach To Traditional Techniques'. He has a whole chapter about mounting your flies and what materials you need. You can pick up everyting you would need at Michaels Craft shop. A littel elbow grease and you can make your own display quality boxes.

    -sean
     
  4. Dave Westburg

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    Tim, you are right. They are plexiglass.
     
  5. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    Thanks Tim , Got any ideas where to get that smaller diameter plexiglass rod? I looked at both Micheals and JoAnn's and haven't found it as of yet. I was thinking of using a small diameter dowel and tried it but, it doesn't look too good. Then I thought of using a tooth pick but, it casts a shadow when you look at it in a lighted room.
    Randy
     
  6. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Randy, I checked with VEE and she doesn't remember where she found those rods. I'm thinking it was a lighting store, but it's been a long time.

    REE
     
  7. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Get it right here http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=147
    6ft of 1/6" for $6.25 Thats a lot of fly mounts for a little money.
    They have a store in Seattle and a store in Bellevue. They do retail.
    They will ship via UPS if you don't want to visit the store.

    As Sean pointed out take a look at Michael Radenichs book. You won't find a better tutorial. Don't forget to polish the cut ends.

    TC
     
  8. Randy Diefert

    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    excellent, Thanks TC :thumb:
     
  9. Hiouchibear

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    My “significant other” and I are both avid flyfishers and were friends of Bob Quigley, renowned fly fisher and fly tier (Quigley Cripple etc). Prior to his death, he gave us a collection of personally tied trout flies. We had a local shop try to put them in a display for us and they managed to smash the flies in the process. We are having to redo the mounts again. We’ll have to steam the flies in order to get them back into their original condition. I like the idea of the plastic rod mounts so any specific direction on doing this would be appreciated. The flies are of great sentimental value to us and I’d like to have it done right. Right now, I’m a little upset that they crushed the flies.
    Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Barry
     
  10. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Hey Barry, It's been a while since we mounted any flies for display. As it would happen we are cleaning out our tying room because we are planning a move out of state and my eye sight is failing so I can't tie any more. If we run across any of the remaining plastic rods, your welcome to them.
     
  11. Norm Frechette

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    clear bugle beads make excellent standoff for mounting flies

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  12. Hiouchibear

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    Thanks!! Let me know.
    Barry
    the flies i’m Mounting are very small trout flies (size 14 through 26 ie really small). I’ve mounted larger flies in a variety of ways but never flies so small. I’ve thought of small sewing needles pushed into the mounting board and then super glue the hooks into the eyes of the needles. I could paint the needles flat black maybe. It’s a real challenge for me.
    Thank you for the response and suggestion.
     
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    Can someone post a picture of what one of these shadow boxes looks like with using these plastic dowels for standoff on the flies? Thanks in advance!
     
  14. Buzzy

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    I had a suggestion that now doesn't make any sense since your flies are so small. Please do keep this thread alive when you get it figured out and done. I would love to see a the final presentation but please; use a large file photo so I can zoom in as I can't see a size 20 let alone 26 fly.
     
  15. Hiouchibear

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    I can’t see flies that small either...at least not very well. For all I know, I could be mounting little balls of lint and my friend who gave us the flies is just laughing at us right now <G>
     
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