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Thanks for the note. Actually, I think it is more due to the salt air. The vise jaws in the pictures are not my tying vise. Those belong to a new vise I was trying. It is much more affected with oxidation/rust. I don't think the metallurgy is good on that vise.
Sorry I didn't see this in time before you sent the box on to me but I really don't know what I "need" just will be fun to look through it all.
As for the damsel nymph. The extended body does move some but I have thought to change the monofilament loop for a loop of olive floss maybe. The way I did it on those flies was to thread 4 beads on a threader then pull a loop of mono thru the beads and out the end, then put the butts of a small clump of maribou into the mono loop then pull the ends of the mono so as to pull the butts into the fisrt bead or so then slight drop of glue holds it in. Then lash down the free end of the mono loop to the back of the hook for the thorax.
There really doesn't seem to be much stress on the body.
Can't wait to see the box.