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folstaff hack

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For Judy (and me in fast pocket water) a wading staff is an absolute for safety, and recently I picked up a folding staff for Judy so we can take in on airline flights, without having to deal with oversized baggage.

But there was one feature desired, adding a mounting point for a GoPro camera. So here is my hack to adding a 1/4-20 thread insert into the top of the staff.

Remove the top 2.5cm (1″) cork, with a dozuki (stiff, fine tooth blade) and clean. Note that the top of the shaft, the manufacturer uses epoxy to secure the shock cord inplace.

folstaff top.jpgIn a standard chuck in a lathe, using an acrylic round, drill in the holes for the threaded insert and to fit the staff shaft. (2 different diameters and drilled to depth of each joint),

Continue with the standard chuck, shape the base with a slight concave, so as when you press to fit the top onto the cord, you will provide mild compression of the cork to handle any “un-even” cutting of the cork.

Using a Beall Collet, secure the round to shape the outer diameter and turn to shape – in this case the diameter of the cork and break the edges at the top and bottom.

Using micro-mesh, finish wet sand (15000).

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Secure with an epoxy paste and clamp clean with a mild compression.  Please note orientation, as I do not want any excess flow to go where I am going to put the threaded insert.

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After some fooling around, I decided to epoxy in a brass 1/4-20 insert with exterior thread versus a press fit.  The press fit is cleaner, but the bond was not as strong.


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One more step, not shown, using a syringe, going into the well below the threaded insert, put in some warm low fluid epoxy, so the bottom thread is capture in epoxy. Set upright.

If you get some “splash” onto the thread, use a 1/4-20 tap to clean out the thread.

Most tripod heads are female, as is this solution, so you will need to use a 1/4″ thread bar to make the final connection.


  • 1/4-20 Brass Threaded Insert
  • 1/4-20 Rod
  • 1 1/2″Round – it will get wet, so think of your finish
  • Epoxy Paste
  • Epoxy


  • Lathe with Chuck and Centre / Drill Chuck
  • Drill Bits for shaft and threaded insert
  • Turning Tools – Used a parting tool and Skew.
  • Beall Collet
  • Finishing Paper or Mesh
  • As it was Acrylic, no varnish required.
  • Bar-Pipe Clamp – 6′ or longer
  • Epoxy Mixing and Cleaning Materials (inc Spatula)
  • Syringe
  • 1/4-20 tap

… anyway, incase, you want to do a similar hack, this gives a good start for any handy person.

Written by raspberryfisher

2016/10/14 at 00:31

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Ruffed Grouse – Close-Up

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Yesterday, a Ruffed Grouse flew hard into the window yesterday, and though sad, the death was quick, and we harvest the breast (nice off the barbeque) and features for future fishing flies. It was a beautiful bird and here are some close ups of the feathers.



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2016/10/01 at 20:25

Red Maple

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We all have our personal signs for the seasons and a significant one for me, is the red-orange maple. So yesterday, saw the first red maple leaf on our property.



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2016/09/11 at 20:54

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James Green 7wt 10′ DH Update

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An update on my setup with James Green DH 7wt 10′ setup. In the last few months, I have moved over to OPST Commando Heads. With a Snap T Spey Cast and the short aggressive head it is allowing me to get the fly, with the trees on my back.

You need a relaxed cast, and I still amazed at how light the rod is, so it is fun rod for small crowded rivers.


Right now I have a 350 gr line + MOW Medium Tips, but I am looking to order and try a heavier line (I have tried lighter lines, but the 350 is the best fit of the lines I do have on hand).

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2016/09/10 at 05:22

End of Summer Flowers

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From day to day the changes in the sunlight is noticeable, and though still intense in the day, the length of the solar day is quickly disappearing as we approach autumn.

So what remains is the last blooms of the summer.



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I am truly been impressed with the Phlox this year, and I guess it shows how nice they can be, when the deer do not eat them.


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2016/09/09 at 19:27

Posted in Life in the back


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One of the disappointments in North America Fly Tying supplies is Coq De Leon feathers for dry flies. These feathers are famous for tails on dry flies for their “stiff spring” and color-markings.

Yesterday, I receive the best (and good) Coq De Leon feathers from Troutline.ro and with a brief handling, would definitely would order more.

If there was any issue with the order process, was trying to translate the Spanish Hen names to the actual colour-markings.  As such, I order probably more than I needed and for others, post pictures of what I received (still in the package, so the colours are muted with the reflective ziplock bag covering the fly).

From left to right:

  • Tostado
  • Corzuno Oscuro – Nice for dark tails
  • Flor de Escoba – Yes, Sulphurs
  • Aconchado – Yes, for Adams
  • Corzuno Rojito – Yes, for March Browns

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Closer in


Closer in with Corzuno Oscuro on the left and flor de escoba on the right.


and on the far right Corzuno Rojito.

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Oh yes, their hand tied flies are excellent too and much better than most volume tied flies available today in the fly fishing shop.

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I would be more than happy to use their flies exclusively for the few times, I do nymph.

The only reason to tie, for to enable an infinite variety, but they offer a fine selection to start a trout fisherman out with.





Written by raspberryfisher

2016/09/09 at 19:10

Posted in Dry Flies, Fly-Tying, Nymphs

Root Beer Gotacha s

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Over the past 3 months, tied over 200 flies for Judy and I, in preparation for our trip to the Bahamas this December; and it is time to stop.  We have enough, and ideally, what we have will work, but I doubt tying more will make us any better fisher-people or improve the fishing.

I have  mixture of light and heavy, from small to large, in many colours.

In general bonefish flies are the simplest to tie.  You do not need many different threads, but Danville 6/0 thread is excellent.

The old standard hooks from Mustad (34007) are dull, but with a good Japanese Feather Edge Saw File, you can make this hooks sharp!  I got my files from Lee Valley, which I will state are better than any hook sharpening file you are going to get at a fishing store.  Otherwise, I would suggest Daiichi 2546 hook (in silver) or Gamakatsu SL45 (black).  For long shank hooks, I still have not made my mind up what is best for the salt.

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Since, I took a picture of these flies, I completed tying brown gotachas and light olive spawning shrimp – EP style.

So, time to work on some other endeavors.





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2016/08/14 at 23:37