The Trout Fly Dresser's Cabinet of Devices; Or, How to Tie Flies for Trout and Grayling ...

The Trout Fly Dresser's Cabinet of Devices; Or, How to Tie Flies for Trout and Grayling ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...Without a fire feathers may be dried perfectly in about ten minutes. My machine runs for six minutes, and at a high speed for about four. When the feathers are dry, the colander should be removed from its frame, and turned upside down in the hands. The operator should then blow round the side, so as to cause the feathers to fall loosely into the perforated lid, whence they can be easily removed to their proper destination. It is no easy matter to remove small feathers from the colander while they are wet, so that in many ways my invention will be found a great saving of time and labour. The common method of drying feathers is to shake them up in a band-box in front of the fire. A single hackle may be quickly dried by stroking its fibres alternately backwards and forwards. For vessels in which to use the soda, dye, and alum, I generally employ common 21b. jam pots, partially immersed in a saucepan of boiling water. A few folds of paper should be placed beneath the jam pot, to guard against the possibility of its cracking, by preventing the heat from passing directly to it from the bottom of the saucepan, and steam from collecting beneath it, should its bottom not be perfectly flat. The colander of my centrifugal machine is of such dimensions as to fit loosely into the jam pot. For a stirring rod, a piece of stick will do, but I find a large pair of watchmaker's tweezers about as handy a thing as one could use for this purpose. With them a pinch of dye of the correct amount can be easily taken from the bottle and stirred into the bath, and a hackle can at any time be readily removed from the colander to be examined. The simplest way to dissolve any of the substances used in dyeing in their various baths is to place them in the...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236837371
  • 9781236837370