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About JSzymczyk

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  • Birthday 02/14/1969

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  1. that darn "work" bs has been getting in the way of my fly tying and all sorts of other important things for the last 30-some years.
  2. about a hundred years ago, I made a frame that attaches to my vise stem out of fairly heavy mild steel wire, I put a small trash bag in it, hold it in place with four magnets, and job done. Clippings and cut offs fall directly into the bag. Only really messy operations such as trimming deer hair bugs get out of control. Easy, clean, convenient. I'll try to remember to take a pic tomorrow.
  3. Just moved house. Again. I do remember when all my tying equipment and materials fit into an 18x18x18 cardboard box, and all my possessions including tackle, a 12ga shotgun, a 22 rifle, and my mountain bike fit under the tonneau cover of my pickup truck. 30 some years and 14 moves later, I'm hoping to settle for a while. I'm unpacking stuff and trying to set up "my" room, fly tying, workbench for stuff, computer desk, work comp for teleworking during covid which sucks horribly, etc etc. I'm amazed at how much tackle I have, and surprised at how much fly tying materials-- and wonder how it is possible that there is always something I seem to need that I don't have....
  4. Wondering why someone would pay that much for a ripoff copy of the mysterious coveted LAW vise.
  5. to me the top left looks like opossum, and center right looks like gray fox. Call the Discovery Channel and tell them you have some chupacabra and sasquatch hair. They'll make a TV show out of you.
  6. when I lived in northern Maine and Alaska, with very long winters, I used to carefully wrap my fly lines off the reels onto 5 gal buckets, after cleaning them, to store for the winter. I have absolutely no evidence that it made the slightest difference.
  7. I have a 50's era Phillipson glass rod which was my Dad's. It is rated "HDH" which loosely translates to a 6 weight DT. It casts well with both a 5wt DT and a 6wtDT. I disagree with the above that DT are only good for short range. I'm not any sort of expert caster, but do just fine with a DT. Old glass rods cast differently than contemporary carbon rods, but they still cast. I took it out on a local creek one day this past summer for the first time in many years. I just don't want to risk breaking it, but I know the old man would rather it be used than it be stored away in a tube inside a closet. I also learned as a kid with a level line, on that very rod. I guess we weren't smart enough to know how terrible it was, so we just learned to cast, learned to fish, and caught loads and loads of fish.
  8. fish more, ride my bike more. Same as all the other years. Same as all the other years this thing called "work" gets in the way. Having never been less than full-time employed for the last 34 years, obviously I'm too dumb to figure out how to make it happen. Just bought a house less than a mile from the "famous" Letort Spring Run, so I'll need to work on my super-smart holier-than-thou trouts skills. Moving house AGAIN right now, getting settled, trying to get a deck built so I can use my grill, hopefully to grill some trout I catch.... Thanks to one of my kayak fishing buddies who got back into fly fishing in a big way in 2020, I was back at it quite a bit last year. I got a 20+ lb Musky on my five weight while fishing for bass, so that was a bucket list fish I won't likely repeat. Honestly my FF GOAL for the upcoming year is to get on a bunch of good sized bluegills or crappies and have enough for a fish fry. It's been a few years since I was able to do that. This year I am hoping to get a springtime trip up to lake erie, and again in the fall. It's not looking good.
  9. right there is the other edge of the sword I guess. I'm a weirdo (in more ways than one) in that I've never bought flies, never seriously considered selling flies although I have come up with some super effective patterns, and never refrained from sharing. If I had a brain cell that worked like a businessman's maybe it would be different. I suppose there are people who have had their patterns "poached" by another tyer and commercialized. That would tend to chap one's nads.
  10. Love it. That is, in my opinion, a pattern that suggests so many food sources for so many species of fish, that you could use it successfully almost anywhere.
  11. I agree. $29 is a good price. I just took a leap and bought a #2 Metz saddle (black) from JStockard. I've written before about how the Metz #2 saddles from the late 80's and 90's were the absolute pinnacle of palmering hackle for wets (woolly buggers, woolly worms, other wets applications) and I still have some of it. I received the saddle and it is, simply, not the same. It's good hackle, but "it ain't what it used to be"... Our (G)overnor and his girlfriend "Rachel" are a comedy show. at the same time, the reported covid numbers are worse than what they were in the spring. More testing, better testing ?? I'm not smart enough to know. All I know is I just closed on a new house which is less than a mile from the Letort Spring Run, I got a killer interest rate because I'm not a total moron, and I need to learn to catch little wild browns which have apparently spent more years in school than I have. Screw it, I'll continue to work, which I've done for my entire life uninterrupted, continue to pay my taxes, and continue to try to go fishing. Try being the operative word.
  12. you guys waste no time, and every one of the flies posted are kick-ass. The talent on display here is amazing and humbling.
  13. Looks good !! Good equipment takes care of you as long as you take care of it.
  14. It was the first fly I was told to tie as a kid, and mastery of it holds several foundational principles used throughout the world of fly tying. Very VERY effective in many environments as well. It seems like a "simple" fly but the best ones always are. I wouldn't even step out the door to go fly fishing without some WWs, and Black with Grizzly is the #1 go-to color combo. I disagree with your history of the style though. The origins of this style pre-date any fly tyer ever setting foot in the Ozarks. It was widely in use in the East before the 50's. Also it is a generalist- it suggests a wide range of things which look edible and doesn't "imitate" anything other than perhaps a small fuzzy caterpillar (woolly worm...) which might fall into the water.
  15. A couple weeks ago I was searching for black saddle hackle, went to the Hook and Hackle website to look for--- HACKLE.... found none. Didn't even try to search for hooks. Got bored and left.
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