Metal Machine…fly tying tools!

For a minute there I forgot this was a fly tying blog, not a review of L.Reed´s classic. I am really a very priviliged person. I know a lot of very creative people. I have mentioned one of them before, Kjell Karlsen, in my previous posts. He is as mentioned before a highly skilled metal worker besides being an avid fly fisherman. He has the advantage of being able to create his own tying tools when he finds something needs to be improved. He sent these photos today which is the results of his latest ideas. These are unique tools, they´re not in any way mass produced. The small white trays is made of teflon. It is put to good use when using UV-resin. Sometimes it´s better to apply the resin with a needle. These trays  is a “safe-spot” for resin and they are easy to clean afterwards. Makes sense, doesn´t it? You know, sheets or pieces of paper with glue on it, hairs, feathers, cdc, marabou and deer hair… The epoxy-era is gone and besides, these looks very nice and clean. This makes “the others” think you´re a very organized person.  I feel the fly tyer is often like a knight in the service of chaos, so every gadget that can give an impression of order and structure is a plus. Well, some of us do…I will post a picture of my tying bench soon, then you´ll understand what I mean.

The dubbing needles are sharp but has a flat point. This makes it much easier to split any kind of thread when making dubbing loops. Anyway I think they look very nice and most of all are practical tools. The dubing twister is simple, but it it has a good grip. It is made with a strong and durable spring and with enough weight to spin properly.

Remember, Kjell does this in his spare time and runs no kind of shop. He might produce and sell some  But if any of you wants to contact him, contact me.

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