I tied on an HMH Pro for a couple years and I still do use it for my largest and smallest flies. The interchangeable jaws for for the large and small flies just can’t be beat. If it wasn’t for the Griffin Montana Mongoose, I’d still be tying on it everyday. HMH has just posted up a video on how to properly set up your new HMH. I wish it was around when I first started tying with one. It would have sped up the learning curve.
I received a brand new starling skin in the mail a couple weeks back (Thanks Kerry, I owe you), but I’ve yet to find a quiet moment to start experimenting. I did find a nice blog with a good selection of starling hackled flies. So it looks like I’ll be breaking into that skin and the Golden Plover I managed to grab off my buddy AL. The boxes from last year are all still looking quite empty, ad these would fit the bill for a few spaces at least. We have about 20 of these introduced European Starling calling my backyard home at the moment, and I’ve seen some impressive flocks of at least 1,000 birds occupying the fields around here. If the flies start working well, they ad better be on guard.
Check out the offerings tied up at The Fly Fisherman’s Cafe
I found this Ron Alcott Childers up for auction on eBay. Right now the bidding is at a mere 31 bucks. It would make a nice piece for any collection.