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D.H. Thompson

D.H. Thompson

The old D.H. Thompson manufacturing facility was located in Elgin, Illinois, 335 Walnut Avenue, to be more precise. No zip code was required then – there were none. The catalog featured the book ‘Fly-Tying’ by William Bayard Sturgis. A mere $3.50 could have landed you one of the classics in fly-tying literature.

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Over a Century of History

Over a Century of History

Enjoy a few snippets from a D.H. Thompson catalog used in the late 40’s and early 50’s. We’ve even included those early day prices! The D.H. Thompson Catalog circa late 40’s early 50’s The old D.H. Thompson manufacturing facility was located in Elgin, Illinois, 335 Walnut Avenue, to be more precise. No zip code was required then – there were none. The catalog featured the book ‘Fly-Tying’ by William Bayard Sturgis. A mere $3.50 could have landed you one of…

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How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Materials

How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Materials

Article by Steve Schweitzer Quality of the Materials Like your tools, the quality and choice of materials is of utmost importance. Buy a cheap $8 hen’s neck for dry flies and the webby feathers will absorb water, sinking your dry fly. On the other-hand, that same neck may make for great streamer feathers. All materials are useful to the fly-tyer, but each is best suited for specific situations. Again, get to understand the material you want to buy and get…

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How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Tools

How to Select and Buy Fly Tying Tools

Article by Steve Schweitzer Discussion of Quality First and foremost, youíll find a gamut of quality in fly tying tools and materials. As with any sport or hobby, the range of quality is from “unacceptably poor” to “over-priced for what you get”. With any luck, this discussion will lead you down the straight and narrow. In no way, shape or form can this article begin to train you on how to look for quality material, youíll just have to go…

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Canyon Pocket Water

Canyon Pocket Water

Article by Jason Akl Some of our favorite trout streams across America that are suppose to be a sure bet for catching trophy trout are not always able to live up to all the expectations placed on them. Especially during the hot summer months these special rivers see hundreds or even thousands of anglers that drift endless amounts of dries, nymphs and streamers in every possible color and pattern. The fish in these so-called hotspots become wise to anglers; and…

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The Undertaker Fly Pattern

The Undertaker Fly Pattern

Article by Jason Akl The air is a little cooler and the daylight seems to last only a few short hours. Leaves everywhere seem to have suddenly turned from subtle earthy greens to brilliant reds and yellows. Fall has once again crept up and taken hold of the landscape and at the same time brought about changes in the river. The low water conditions of the hot summer are now nearly forgotten and thoughts of hooking big lake-run fish are…

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Organization is the Key

Organization is the Key

Article by Jason Akl There are many fly-tying pitfalls that a newly christened fly tier can fall into but one of the worst is not being organized. Can you ever remember getting to one of the last steps in finishing your favorite fly pattern and with one hand being held in place you reach out to grab hold of the scissors but can seem to find them under all the clutter at your tying bench? Or similarly getting the hackle…

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Small Stream Fishing

Small Stream Fishing

Article by Jason Akl The clock rang, six AM, it seemed as if I had just closed my eyes for a minute and now the sun was rising fast, burning the crisp morning fog off the fields. I was tired and disgruntled at my lack of rest. However, I did not hesitate to get up; for today is Monday, and that means a day of stream fishing out on my favorite waters. Scrambling to get into the car, I make…

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Tool Kits

Tool Kits

Pro Tool Kit Our Pro Tool Kit is the perfect all-in-one tool kit for any level tyer. In addition to a varitey of World Class Tying Tools and a reusable case this convenient kit also includes our famous PRO Vise, which is guaranteed for life.     World Class Tool Kit Essential tools for any fly tyer in a sturdy, reusable carrying case. Does not include vise.       Regency Fly Tying Kit Absolutely the finest fly tying kit…

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World Class Tools 2

World Class Tools 2

Interested in a D.H. Thompson catalog? Let us know!   Looking for the perfect gift for the tyer in your family? Check out our renowned instructional video – a must for any tyer! Hackle Gauge A. This sturdy Hackle Gague is machined of aluminum with highly visible measurements and can be attached to all Thompson and most other shank vises. Bobbin Threader B. Our Bobbin Threader makes threading any bobbin a snap. Simply run the threader down the bobbin tube,…

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World Class Tools

World Class Tools

Hair Stackers Hair Stackers are an excellent tool for simplifying the evening and aligning of hair. Ours will perfectly align hair tips with ease.   Supreme Scissors Our Supreme Scissors top the list in excellence for fly tying. Often copied but never duplicated, fly tyers agree that these fine scissors are the ultimate.   Hackle Guard Set This is the very best way to keep forward set wings and hackle out of the way while finishing the head of the…

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Welcome to a New Era in Fly Tying

Welcome to a New Era in Fly Tying

Welcome to a New Era in Fly Tying. Never before has a vise so functional and so stunning been available on the market. From its warm,earth tone, light absorbing finish to its 11 spherical hole pattern accessory bays, the Thompson Cobra Vise proudly takes its place within the long tradition of industry changing vises, tools, and accessories that D.H. Thompson is known for. Experience the New Era of Fly Tying as form and function combine in one powerful tool no…

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