Thursday, December 27, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
*** I will be adding a review of the Bug Bond torch soon. It is currently in the mail! 4/25/14***
Loon Outdoors UV Power Light (added 6/23/13)
Sells for $34-39.99 online. The light is slim, measuring approximately 4" long x .75"diameter & is slightly longer than the palm of my hand. I've emailed the company to request specs. The light houses a single bulb. The light comes with a cordura & velcro case that can attach to a belt. It also comes with a removable lanyard. The on/off button nearly fills the lamp's base and the lanyard attaches near the base. The light takes 1 standard (included) or rechargeable AA battery. UV Mini Lamp: It comes on a key chain, is well constructed, & takes 4 AG3 batteries (included). Due to the decreased intensity of the bulb itself, of course it takes longer to cure LCRs. Because it is only 2 inches long, it is easy to carry in a vest or wader pocket, along with a small tube of a Loon LCR, to quickly repair tears in waders, boat punctures, etc. I started out curing LCR on my flies with this little lamp. The largest con to the light is the battery type required for its use. To locally purchase batteries costs at least as much as my lamp's $15.33 purchase price. I bought batteries through Amazon more affordably but took a gamble that the batteries would arrive appropriately charged.
Pro Curing Light from Clear Cure Goo
Curing Rates - Please note that I used Loon Outdoors UV Clear Fly Finish adhesive with these lights. I can’t report how other adhesive brands would cure with these lights & many manufacturers recommend their light, claiming it is made to cure within the specific wavelength of their product. When in doubt, use your product's light. If not possible, first cure your flies with a light then place outside on sunny day to ensure a full cure. My first impression was that the Spirit River light cured as quickly as the CCG product and maybe a hair faster. However, after adding eyes, curing, & then building up the heads, it seemed the CCG light cured a bit more effectively. The CCG light simply has more LED’s and a broader beam of light. The differences were slight.
Loon UV Power Light update 6/23/13: The Loon light cured the LCR on my musky fly head quite similarly to the CCG light without any obvious differences in cure rate or amount of tackiness on the cured surface. I used a freshly charged AA battery in the light.
Loon UV Power Light review added 6/23/13: I felt I was able to comfortably use the Loon light in my hand, although the CCG light likely was the most comfortable. The on/off button was also placed in the same position as the CCG light & had similar ergonomic ease of use. The Loon light appears well-made, appearing to have the best quality construction of the 3 lights. The Loon light, with a nice heft, is composed primarily of metal parts with metal threads attaching the the cap of the battery compartment.
Summary - While my review is far from scientific, I feel both lights did their intended job. If cost is one’s main concern, perhaps the Spirit River Lightsaber would be a good choice. Overall, I felt the CCG light cured slightly faster, was more comfortable in the hand, and was more user-friendly. I would take great care to avoid dropping either light. ~Twitch, 11/30/12
Loon update 6/23/13: As expected, the Loon light was effective in curing its own LCR product on small and large flies. Overall, the Loon light appeared to be constructed better & came with accessories that have a practical use. It's cost is comparable to the CCG light.
A single bulb allows one to concentrate the light source over the area being cured & decrease curing time, whereas multiple, less-intense bulbs may produce similar overall light output but in a more diffuse area. During the latter, more UV light spills onto the user's hands and the tying area. On the flip side, if one of those weaker bulbs burns out, the light remains usable. If the single-bulb light burns out, one best hope it's a sunny day so the fly can be finished!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Come join us to tie flies, drink coffee, or whatever floats your boat. All are welcome. Sorry, no musicians this time. ~Twitch
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hitting the water with Musky Country Outfitter's head guide & friend Brad Bohen. The water to be fished, as yet, is a mystery but I have faith Brad will get us the best opps for tail-walking toothiness!
I tied up a new Musky fly. It's current name is: Prototype... as that is exactly what I think it will turn out to be when it hits the water! However, you put a little passion, a decent amount of thought, and a late night into something and it just needs to find some Esox water to truly discover its swimming potential.
I have two months of work-free weekends.... just so I can drop most anything for a chance to hit the Musky trail. Bring on that fall feedbag!!!!!!! Let's hit the Musky Trail. Yeah baby!!!!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
We'll be tying flies this Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Java Java, located at 836 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA. Tying will start at 9:15-ish and last until at least 11 or noon. As many know, part of the road is closed. A detour is posted and the city has placed signs directing customers to the coffee shop. The detour route I take adds under 3 minutes to my usual drive. Directions are posted below as well. Don't forget that the Farmer's Market is also going on!
Local musician, Joe Nobiling, was kind enough to approach shop co-owner, Daron, about playing a benefit for them. As folks can guess, the at least 2 month (so far) road closure has slowed business at the cafe. I think I'm not the only one who is a repeat customer d/t not only great drinks and food but also because of the very personable folks who create those drinks. Come on out & learn to tie a fly... &/or listen to music provided by some great local musicians! But don't forget to at least buy a coffee or a latte!!
I still need to get confirmations on the music and will post any updates to this very post. They generally play folk/Irish tunes. A time that musicians would start arriving will also be posted.
My DETOUR DIRECTIONS: Heading from Bettendorf on East River drive, right on Bridge Ave, continue uphill & follow detour sign, left on East 10th St. Then, I go left on Oneida down the hill and take a right on the alley behind Wonder Bread just past Charlotte St. At the end of the alley, cross the street and keep going straight into the next alley. Go left on Tremont, go down the hill and just past the light blue house is Java Java. 2 min 30 sec.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Tying at Java Java is often last-minute during this time of year as actual fishing takes precedence and then there are those dang work weekends. So, I typically post only a few days ahead of time if we'll be tying at the shop. If you ever want to attend but think you'll miss a blog post, send me your email address and I'll drop you a line for the next date and time. ~Twitch
I'll be tying flies this Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Java Java, located at 836 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA. Tying will start at 9:15-ish and last until at least 11 or noon. As many know, part of the road is closed. A detour is posted and the city has placed signs directing customers to the coffee shop. The detour route I take probably adds only 3 minutes to my usual drive. Directions are posted below as well. Don't forget that the Farmer's Market is also going on, so it's a great morning to head to Davenport.
Thanks! Come on out and tie some flies!
My DETOUR DIRECTIONS: Heading from Bettendorf on East River drive, right on Bridge Ave, continue uphill & follow detour sign, left on East 10th St. Then, I go left on Oneida down the hill and take tight right on Charlotte St, left on Kary, and then, again, right on Charlotte (brick), left on Tremont. Go down the hill and just past the light blue house is Java Java. 2 min 55 sec.