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wanderinwalker

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  1. How's the cleanup down there Squirrel? Up here the smaller streams are dropping to fishable levels. Of course, all of the trout that were stocked are now in Connecticut somewhere... At least it wasn't as bad here in Cheshire County as last October. (Though it sounds like the rest of the state is in shambles.) We almost lost the bridge at the base of the hill in Oct., two dams on the Ashuelot River were bypassed by the river and 5 or 6 people ended up dead. What a mess. The Cold River looks unreal; haven't fished it yet. Good luck all, ~Nate
  2. My vote is going to be brookies on my 4-weight. A good, thick brookie with some room to move will keep my hands full for bit. I very rarely have them stop flopping until they're unhooked and back in the water. No opinion on others. Of course, my idea of heaven is a small mountain stream filled with 8-12" native brookies, so I may not care what everybody else thinks!
  3. Glad you guys liked it! I have to admit, it is a little strange seeing something I wrote posted up here. Haven't been around much lately as my two other time-consuming summer hobbies have also just started up: motorcycling and Highpower competition (rifle). Take care all, ~Nathan
  4. LOL about the "Shaggy" tests!! I am assuming the fight test involves having some line, maybe the rod, and let Shaggy have at it? Do you think we could replicate these tests with a Jack Russell Terror? Perhaps Ali is more representative of fighting a steelhead or bonefish when she runs off with her treat. You definitely struck a cord on what you get for money spent. I have an Okuma Sierra 4/5 that I fished with a little last year. Worked great. Took on some sizeable fish and didn't falter. Impressed me enough I decided to pick up a Cabela's Prestige for my new 6-weight. For $30, if I catch a few fish and it goes down, oh well. Still shaking my head over the torture testing. It's definitely creative. Maybe we should make an award for best use of household pets in fishing activities?
  5. Student here. Currently a sophomore working on a Journalism major. Not sure what I am going to do with it, but it should be interesting, and it was way more interesting than getting an English degree and becoming a teacher, though that is just MO! And on the weekends and breaks I've been known to pretend to be an employee at a local sporting goods store.
  6. Awesome story, great, great, great! It strikes something, very touching. Makes me appreciate motorcycling with my father more. He doesn't fish much, except if I beg him to come along with as the second in the canoe. But ride we do, many, many miles together. Last summer we did crank off a 400+ mile day together through the Whites. Take care all, ~Nate
  7. If they can feel pain, they sure don't seem to learn much from it! How many here have caught and released the same fish several times? Over the course of a week? A day? Just an hour or two? Though maybe. PETA reminds of my English professor from last semester, who kept trying to say humans should not hunt and fish because we are not a part of nature. I had to restrain myself from asking, "Then where DID we come from?" After all, I did have to deal with the class at 8 in the morning!
  8. Quite frankly, that is rotten! Hope the doggie comes through and the law gets the guy. Anybody goes around shooting dogs that aren't bothering deserves to get in trouble with the law. (My feelings are different if a dog attacks somebody, but your mutt doesn't look like much of an attack dog.) Best of luck to you and yours.
  9. And yes, I know that all y'all is the correct plural of that! Any rate, I was wondering what everybody here finds to be the most effective bugs for bass (large and smallmouth). So far I have thought up: 1) Big Hoppers 2) Muddlers 3) Clousers 4) Woolly Buggers My friend suggests Deer Hair mice as being very effective on bucket mouths as well as being good over big trout later in the evening. What else should I add to the collection? And where is my best bet to find instructions on how to tie these things? Thanks all, ~Nate
  10. Interesting topic indeed. One of my mentors happens to be a die-hard wet-fly fisherman. To quote him (roughly) "You catch more fish that way!" Honestly, if I'm uncertain of what the fish are feeding on and there isn't much activity, I have a tendancy to either fish a Coachman (wet) or drown a Royal Coachman or Trude dry fly. I know that a drowned dry-fly isn't as pretty and maybe not quite as effective, but on my waters with my fish, it helps limit the number of flies I carry to a small box or two and it seems to work reasonably well. Down-and-across seems to be my most effective method. And yes, I would love to learn how to tie classic wet-fly patterns, AFTER I am finished learning how to make rods!
  11. Location: East Coast US, New Hampshire, Old New England.
  12. Top three dries? Hmmm, tough to call, really. Tops is either a Hopper (my tie: dubbed body in the same shade as a Light Cahill, red bucktail tail, short palmer of ginger hackle [optional], slip of turkey wing, spun deer-hair head), an Adams or a Light Cahill. Second could be either a Tan Deer Hair Caddis (works well, though I knowest not why) or a Dark Cahill. Third is probably a Royal Wolff, Leadwing Royal Coachman or my Irresistable Bastard (sorry Mods, I apologize) tied with ginger hackle, white hair-wings or grizzled hackle-tips, black bucktail tail and the spun body, somewhat mangy-style. None of the above have ever failed to produce! But my favorites are probably the Hopper, Deer Hair Caddis and the Cahills (note that all are relatively easy to tie ).
  13. Ah yes, today is the official start of dreaming of spring for me. Southern New Hampshire has a few inches of slushy guck on the ground. (Not much, but enough to keep me home instead of going to classes.) As I scraped it out of the driveway where my dad and I park, I noticed that the lab had found a nice puddle to swim in! (Where I park my car.) Great. Blah! My 7' 4-weight trout bomber is ready, waiting silently for the first fish of the year. And what's this? A new 866 blank waiting to be build into a bucket-mouth chaser? Yes there is plenty to get ready. Eventually I'll stop by the fabric store and pick up enough material for some rod socks and reel bags. Shouldn't take too much unless the collection mysteriously grows again... Oh yeah, lots of stuff to do. Like tie more flies. But I should get some more hooks, cause honestly, how many size 10 Wooly Buggers does one angler need? Or size 12 and 14 Catskill flies, and a smattering of smaller nymph and wet patterns. Unfortunately I need a couple of new rooster necks to tie with, say in Dun and Grizzly. Bummer... Spring is coming right around the corner. The fish better appreciate what rest they're getting now, cause when April hits it will all be a distant memory! Take care all and enjoy the last few weeks of winter's grasp.
  14. What do I listen to when I tie? Oh man, am I going to get it for answering this honestly... I currently have on tap in the CD player: Queen, U-2, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Our Lady Peace and the Armageddon soundtrack. Additionally variations include System of a Down, Phil Collins, Evanesence, Three Doors Down and others. Of course there is always whatever radio station floats my fancy too, subject to change without notice.
  15. Lessee if I can remember what I wrote for English today: "Oh how do I begin to write a song About the flavor that I most desire? At first it swims in rivers, swift and strong, It lies in wait in place without fire. Fish on! Fish on! Excitement, jump and sway, The fight is brief, and what? It gets away."
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