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Ten Bears

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  • Birthday 12/28/1966

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    Missoula, MT
  1. These were taken January 5th, 2008 from the Washington state side on SH-14. The other side is Oregon. If you look closely you can see vehicles driving on I-84 just above the water line on the Oregon side (well you can in the original resolution). Also, in the distance you can see snow on the mountains.
  2. Most proportions on a fly are done in divisions of shank length. Depending on the specific measurement it could be made in units of eye diameter, divisions of the shank itself or by linear comparatives of the tying materials to the hook. An example of eye measurement would be tying the head of a fly. Most recipes call for a fly head to be the size of one eye length from the eye itself going towards the bend. An example of shank divisions would be mounting wings. A recipe may call for the wings to be mounted one quarter of the shank from the eye. An example of linear comparatives would be sizing a wing. The recipe may state that a wing should be the same as the total length which is distance from the eye to bend. As for sizing hackles, I find that a nice hackle gauge is money well spent. The little plastic one by Griffin will get the job done and will set you back about $5 or $6. I recommend the Whiting Hackle Gauge which will run about $17 to $22. A couple of reasons I feel the price is justified is durability and ease of use. Durable because they are made from anodized aluminum. Easy to use because they are printed so that you always have a contrast line whether the hackle is dark, light or in between. When your 40, those fine hackle barbs get a little harder to see.
  3. What kind of cotinga was it? There are a lot of varieties. There's the blue cotinga, spangled cotinga, turquoise cotinga, pompador cotinga, swallow-tailed cotinga, banded cotinga, chestnut crowned cotinga, black-necked red cotinga, red-crested cotinga, snowy cotinga, black and gold cotinga, bay-vented cotinga, plum-throated cotinga and the white-cheeked cotinga.
  4. I got some new fishing gear. My son got me a pair of Simms L2 Wading Boots and a pair of sun gloves. My daughter got me a new pair of Cabela's Dry-Plus Breathable Stockingfoot Waders. Not a bad haul if you ask me.
  5. These are excerpts from the UNI website: UNI-Cord (7/0 and 12/0) is an extremely strong ( for the same diameter it is twice as strong as Kevlar) fly-tying thread manufactured of continuous fibers of gel-spun polyethylene (GSP). It is considerably more expensive than other threads and so is reserved for unusual situations where a fine but very strong thread is required. 8/0 UNI-Thread is the favorite fine fly-tying thread of fly tiers all over the world. Noted for being exceedingly strong for its diameter. It is used and recommended by many noted fly-tiers/authors such as Jack Dennis, Bob Lindquist, Dick Talleur and Paul Marriner. 8/0 UNI-Thread is made of continuous polyester filaments, slightly bonded, which ties flat on the hook and comes wax or unwaxed in 23 « hatch-matching » colours. Spools wound with either 50 or 200 yards of thread are available. 6/0 UNI-Thread is a general fly-tying thread of continuous polyester filaments. The wide range of twenty-five colours meets virtually all fly-tying needs.
  6. Could have been worse, they could have spelled it "tires"
  7. Ditto... What? Even a dry fly purist drops a nymph now and then...
  8. I tied my first fly when I was ten years old. I didn't have a proper vise or very many supplies but I was determined. I continued to tie flies up until I joined the Army in 1984 and hadn't tied one until June of this year. That's a pretty long hiatus but after a few days it all started to come back to me. Now I feel like I didn't stop at all.
  9. Thanks! The check will be in the mail tomorrow.
  10. Wool yarns from Maine since 1821: Bartlettyarns If you want organic and chemical free: Marr Haven Merino - Rambouillet Wool Yarn
  11. For dry fly fishing the following are excellent in Colorado (and most other places as well): Blue Winged Olive Dun Quill Body #16 - 24 Blue Winged Emerger Quill Body #16 - 24 BWO Dun Quill Parachute #16 - 24 BWO Dun Quill Spinner #16 - 24 Frying Pan Pale Morning Dun #16 - 22 Frying Pan Pale Morning Dun Parachute #16 - 22 Frying Pan Pale Morning Dun Spinner #16 - 22 Pale Morning Dun Barr Emerger #16 - 20 Red Quill Dun #12 - 20 Red Quill Parachute #12 - 16 Red Quill Spinner #14 - 20 Royal Wulff #12 - 20 Royal Wulff Parachute #14 - 16 Frying Pan Green Drake #12 Frying Pan Biot Drake #12 Biot Green Drake Parachute #12 Brown Drake Emerger #10 Brown Drake #10 Brown Drake Spinner #10 St Vrain Caddis #12 - 20 St Vrain Caddis Dark #12 - 20 Elk Hair Caddis #12 - 20 Elk Hair Caddis Light #12 - 20 Dave's Hopper #6 - 10 Black Foam Beetle #8 - 12 Black Foam Ant #12 - 16 Red Foam Ant #12 - 16 This should get you through most dry situations in Colorado.
  12. I won't even attempt to count all of the hooks I have at home but I will tell you that for my travel kit (which sees lots more use than anything at home) I keep anywhere from 25 to 50 of each type of hook I carry in my bag. I keep about 21 different hooks so that comes to somewhere between 300 to 600 hooks at any given time. I only classify hooks by type and size for my travel bag. I keep Standard dry fly hooks in sizes 10 through 24; standard wet fly hooks in sizes 12 through 18; scud hooks 12 through 18; streamer hooks in sizes 6,8 and 10. All of these fit nicely into two 12 compartment boxes made for hooks (zero tolerance between lid and compartment walls to prevent hook movement). The hook boxes are top center of photo.
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