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About twohearted

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  • Birthday 07/27/1972

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  1. I usually listen to my iPod in some form whether on the docking station or iTunes; most often music but also tune into podcasts. When listening to podcasts I tune into Flyfishing Internet Radio and when listening to music I prefer Bluegrass (Frostbitten Grass, a good old U.P. Band), David Crowder, Todd Agnew, Jack Johnson, and Dave Matthews Band (Live stuff only).
  2. Good comments guys. That is what I love about the forum, what a wealth of knowledge. Champagne, this might be the most difficult aspect of fly tying to learn. All the points made are very helpfull with emphasis placed on tying in at the butt end. If I could put two cents in I would say always be consistant and be mindful of what yoy are doing from fly to fly. That way when you do make an adjustment and the fly turns out great you know what to do to repeat your success. One thing I found very helpful is to make sure when tying in the butt end that I place the concave - bottom, non-shiny side - of the feather toward me and then wrap the hackle "Away and over the top." It is good to get in the habbit of going "Away and over the top." I have tied with some guys - God love'em - that either didn't go "Away and over the top" or could not recall which way they wrapped their materials. Tying was not easy for them until they made the change. Whatever you do, once you find what works stay consistant. In addition, the comment made regarding hackle pliers is right on. Their are a couple different styles, if you have the money try one of each - like three types - they are one of the cheaper tools to buy. I found the rotary type suit me but make sure you get a pair that hold tight. Some slip easily, the hackle unwinds, and well....add nausium. I also agree most with the comment regarding the quality of hackle. Capes and saddles are fun to look at but can get really pricey. This is a shameless plug, but I prefer Whiting 100's - enough for 100 flies - as each feather is specifically sized and you get well over 100 flies per pack. As a means of saving a buck or two I often find someone to split with so we can buy multiple colors and sizes. I also cheat and use the size I purchase to tie the size up and the size down, killing three birds with one stone....or is that one bird with three stones? Anyway, best of luck with tying dries. I found them the hardest to learn but for me they are the most satisfying. Be diligent, patient, and you will soon be an artist. Two Hearted
  3. Ditto on all the above. I use Danville 006. It is spooled as a thread is so I might have some severe coils when using for a tippet. But I bet it works good none the less. Mono is a great ribbing material. I say keep a spool in your kit. It is cheap and can be used most any time. Be careful when spinning and stacking, it tends to cut through hair pretty easily sometimes as it does not lay flat.
  4. OK. I think Kelly would agree though; he is just another fly fisherman. Enjoy sitting next to him.
  5. Same here Hat. On the adverse, I'm not trying to sink'em either. Love the boat, not the service. Perhaps the key to our dichotomy is the concept of "out here." Out of sight out of mind. You are in the heart of Daves territory. It wouldn't serve him (no pun intended) to have poor local service. Out here, across the country, we (I) don't recieve service commensurate to yours. It is sad because I could sell a few boats for him. I have voiced my feelings to Dave and Larry when purchasing my boat at which time I was strung along for six months. If it is not good business it is bad business and that is all I have to say about this. Kindly, Two Hearted
  6. Wow. Not much love for KG. He is after all just another fly fisherman.
  7. Voodoo, Scadden makes a good boat but struggles with customer service. They may seem lightweight if you have never had the chance to sling another brand around. Truthfully, they are slothfully girthy and heavy compared to some others. On a positive note, the quality and durability of the frame is unbeatable. Often with durability comes weight, as is the case here. Another toon really worth looking at is the Dry Fly made in Irons, MI. I have used one many times and they are incredibly light. They ride real high and extra accessories can be purchsed at a reasonable price. These are not an assembly line production item and do not rely heavily on outsourced manufacturers to deliver in a timely manner (Scadden). You could mount it on top of an SUV by yourself. Check'em out http://www.dryflyfloatboats.com/ Regards, twohearted
  8. This show was great! If you did not attend make sure it is on your calendar for next year. I am awed and honored to have tied with such a superb corp of fly tiers you are all masters of the trade. I am now a tying show addict; shamelessly of course. You can bet I will be at any and all shows within a reasonable distance (which may be further than my better half will gladly allow). Being on the other side of the table was very different and enjoyable, but next time I will spend a little more time making my rounds and meeting others. I was simply overwhelmed at the number of people interested in the little I had to offer. I have always felt that I enjoyed teaching anything that I could to another who was interested, but never felt I had much to contribute; just a way to give back to the sport/art I cherish so much. I was literally heaped with questions and suggestions from those in attendance and now feel quite a bit more helpful. Hope to see you all at the next event. Rob Bonifas Two Hearted
  9. Nice site and cool products. But I must say, I got some of your bleached peacock hurl from the swap box. Real nice stuff for tying new patterns. Kudos. Rob
  10. Day5, Riderboss, and myself cut up our own last year with a zonker tool that Riderboss concocted. It workpretty good, perhaps one of them will post pics or directions for making a cutter. We did not use a stretching frame but I would strongly recomend using one. Two guys holding and one cutting barely did the trick. RB
  11. Welcome. Nice fly. Can't wait to see the boat. You'll have to post some pics when it's finished.
  12. Ditto. I don't fish for the ones that do elementary mathematics.
  13. Ahhh...That must be derived from Hemingway's Big Two Hearted River. We studied that story back in grade school. It is one of the few times the teach had my undivided attention for a coupleof days. Ah yes. And a fine brew it is. My favorite by far. Brewed and consumed locally. All of Bells Ale's are real good, but none as good as this.
  14. Real nice fly. Very reminiscent of a slimy sculpin. Lots of mottled materials goin' on there. Very nice.
  15. Talk about resourceful. I know now that I do not put near enough effort and creativity into my fly tying. LOL On a serious note very nice nymphs. Czech nymphing is my goto method. Still the most deadly method I have ever seen by far. As far as orientation goes I would bet that a barb up presentation is irrelevant as the drift will present food items at random orientation. I sometimes eat my burger upside down. Tastes the same. Also, I had a chance to observe a batch of gammarus in a tank environment. They scoot about right-side and upside down. I would not concern myself with barb orientation. Also, czech nymphing is so quickly paced - if done so in rapid water - the whole point is to not give the fish time to think but rather react out of instinct. Just a theory. RB
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