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    1949 Plymouth sedan, flathead six. Three on the tree. Slept eight people.... Ha!
  2. Each winter I tie several “experimental” patterns for hatches I’ll encounter in the upcoming season. That isn’t what bugs me. During the season I fish the experimental patterns and find one to be very effective. That isn’t what bugs me. With this newfound success I return to the vise to tie some more, and after some evaluation decide the pattern might be more effective if I change this or that. That isn’t what bugs me. The next season I eagerly tie the new pattern to my leader - to find not a single trout is interested in the fly. THAT is what bugs me!!!!
  3. fbhenry, don't give up on those old Metz capes, unless the feathers have all been damaged by the moths. If you're finding the stems are becoming brittle and breaking as you begin wrapping them on a fly, the feathers are still serviceable if you first hydrate the stems. I have quite a few old Metz necks and for specific flies still acquire one now and then. Jeff
  4. Welcome Thomas, please help us understand how you prepare your flies for trout conditions in Germany. Jeff


    For fly photography I use the macro setting on my camera, and mount my camera on a tripod. A felt backdrop minimizes reflection from the background. For lighting (I shoot in a nearly dark room) I mount an LED video light around ten inches behind and slightly above my camera so the light shines just over the top of the camera. I made an adjustable bracket to hold the light out of an aluminum yardstick. My LED light has adjustable brightness and temperature. Since the light stays on (not activated by the camera) my camera is set up to keep the shutter open for 0.5 to 1.5 seconds. This creates as much depth-of-field as possible. I don’t have my notes in front of me so can’t tell you the camera and light settings I use - but you’d have to learn what works best for you anyway. Google “LED video light” to see what’s out there.
  6. I thought I’d heard high winds Sunday downed some power lines, causing brush to ignite. Regardless of cause, citizens are suffering terribly. The area will be impacted negatively for a long time.
  7. Don’t live there, but my wife and I are in the process of unraveling an October 28 house rental near Glen Ellen.
  8. A good reason to consider using the natural materials mentioned above, hackle barbs and CDL, is that natural materials will spring back into shape if you steam your used flies. Tails can be bent out of shape from use, or when stored in a crowded fly box. Synthetic materials, including microfibbets, generally won't spring back into shape when steamed. Same principle applies to parachute style flies. Posts made from natural materials will respond to steaming by springing back into their upright position. Poly materials won't.
  9. This may not be the type of answer you're looking for, but I'd research the stream for the timeframe you'll be there. I'd be looking for Mayfly and Caddis species that might be active during that time. Then, decide on imitations to match a couple of their lifecycle stages.
  10. At our local TU chapter fly tying program I suggest: when dubbing a dry fly "use half as much dubbing as you think you need, then you'll only be using twice as much dubbing as you really need".
  11. Visit wellerfish.me for lots of information about fly fishing colorado. Dave is a good friend and former Pennsylvanian who transplanted around 1990. Everything you need to know about stream fishing in Colorado is located on his site.
  12. Consider that line weight designations for fly rods generally (there is no industry standard) indicate line weight that loads the rod properly with thirty feet of line plus your leader past the fly rod tip top. If you’re going to fish consistently below thirty feet, the short length of three weight line beyond your tip top may not load your rod adequately. Before you purchase the three weight line, borrow a four weight line from a friend and give it a try on stream.
  13. PENZZZ

    Slate Drake

    Not Black Quill which has three tails. A unique characteristic of the Black Quill is that the center tail is shorter than the outer two. Jeff
  14. Excellent Grannom, would fish very well on Central Pennsylvania streams.
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