MISCELLANEOUS COOL STUFF

J​​ust a collection of cool fly fishing related items such as books, rods, reels, overstock/oddball flies and msicellaneous finds.
I will be adding to this page as items become available so check back often because I'm always adding cool stuff.
Flies, flies, flies coming soon to the Miscellaneous page!!!

Hare's Mask Selection

  This is a selection of four(4) unused Hare's Masks in natural, dun, brown and olive which are part of an overzealous purchase I made last year.The brown mask is from Hareline and the others are from Wapsi.
   These retail for $3.50 and up. The set can be yous for $12.00.​ There is only one set at this price!

​Spey Plumes

   This is a group of seven (7) unused Spey Plumes  in red, pink, purple and black. These were part of an overzealous purchase made when I was tying full-dress Atlantic Salmon flies. Each package contains ten (10) mini ostrich herl plumes.
   These retail for $3.50 per package, get them off my shelf for  $15.00. ​There is only one set at this price!

Chuckar Partridge Skin

This well preserved skin includes everything except the tail. The bulk of the feathers on an adut chuckar patrtidge are excellent for use on soft hackle flies.
$24
​I only have one at this price.

Pheasant Body Skin

This is a full body skin from a cock ringneck pheasant. It does not have the wings, tail or head/neck. These feathers are great for a variety of uses including soft hackles, spey and dee flies.
$10
​I only have one at this price.

Grey Fox Skin

This is a full grey fox skin including the tail. The hair/fur on this skin and tail has many applications including dubbing, tails, hair hackles and many others. The mottled color makes for some seriously interesting flies. Don't miss out this is the only one I have and you will likely never see another at this price. It is fully taxidermy tanned!
​$20

Beaver Mask

I have 2 sections of beaver pelt. The one pictured is the mask (head) of a mature beaver and the other is the left hind quarter from the same skin. The skin is professionally tanned by a taxidermist. The guard hair and fur is used in many classic and moder fly patterns.
Each piece is ​$7.

​Beaver Mask                                  Beaver Quarter

Gudebrod Fly Cement

   I was fortunate enough to run across a good quantity of my favorite water-based head cement made by the now defunct Gudebrod Company. I use this head cement for most of my fly tying because of its superior qualities. It is especially desirable when tying stripped hackle quill-bodied flies as it can be applied immediately with no worries about the moisture in the quill reacting with the finish as is a problem with lacquer-based head cements. It is also very desirable for tying soft hackles and other flies where deep penetration and superior adhesion are desired without bulky residue.

   The formula is water/alcohol-based and is completely compatible with isopropyl alcohol unlike other alcohol-based head cements which require the use of denatured alcohol. By thinning it slightly with common household rubbing alcohol it gives better penetration into the fly and dries faster without leaving a build-up like lacquer-based head cements.

   This formula is the gold standard in water-based head cement and rod winding color preserver but was unfortunately lost when the Gudebrod Company was closed in 2010 then subsequently divided and sold to other companies. When the Gudebrod first reopened, prior to being divided I contacted them hoping to replenish my supply but was informed the original formula was lost in the original liquidation due to patent ownership. I was informed by the chemist who had worked for both iterations of the company they manufactured the original formula in three viscosities which were marketed for different uses: Fly & Jig Head Cement, Color Preserver and Rod Varnish.
   Prior to acquiring this last batch of Color Preserver and Rod Varnish I was able to track down individual bottles of each which have kept me in decent supply. I have used both by thinning with isopropyl alcohol and have been as thrilled with the results as with the original Fly & Jig Head Cement.

   In my opinion this formula is far superior to any other milky-white, water-based head cements currently available.

   This latest acquisition is more than I will ever use and want to pass my good fortune along. Yes I am keeping a few for myself but it likely won’t last until I could use it all up although I will say it has a better shelf life than anything I have ever seen.