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Wildnative

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  1. I have read in several periodical publications and in several fly fishing books, that a trout will eat 80 to 90 percent of its food subsurface (nymphs, emergers). Do you feel this is really true on all waters, or are there waters where trout feed on the surface more? And, if trout do eat such a high percentage subsurface, why are we able to catch them on the surface even when a hatch isn't happening?
  2. Sorry to hear about your dog. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I'm an early morning jogger and I always have dogs come after me. Some are dogs that get loose during the night, others are just dogs out taking a bathroom break and the owner is watching. It's pretty scary to have some of these dogs come charging out, growling and barking. In my neighborhood, dogs are suppose to be on a leash if they are out of a fenced yard. I don't like to do it but I have to carry pepper spray just in case. I haven't had to use it yet. When a dog comes charging, I have been able to get them to stop by yelling so loud all the neighbors wake up or the owner who let the dog out calls it off. So many times the owner tells me the dog wouldn't have bit me, it's such a sweet dog, but most of them don't sound so sweet when they are chasing, growling and barking at you at the crack of dawn. I would never shoot a dog, but if one attacks me while jogging, I'm prepared to hit it with some pepper spray. Maybe the laws are different for dogs in rural areas. Maybe they can just roam wherever they want?
  3. Boba. . . please reread the article. I know your reply is probably tongue-in-cheek, but Al gives Grethen her due. He says an article never goes out without her looking it over. He states that they tie and fish together. They travel to conclaves together. He gives her her rightly earned kudos. I bet she looked over the answers he provided in the interview too! Al and gretchen are very nice people and well deserving of the respect they have in the fly fishing corners.
  4. So far, the replies have been interesting. My question is actually myself trying to understand my own inner desire to write. I have been fly fishing for 30+ years. I started as a young teen. I never felt the desire to write about fly fishing or fly tying. I did, however, have my interest in writing surface in a general english course in college. The professor assigned us a final class research paper. I struggled with what to write. He asked me what I was interested in. I said, "fly fishing." He said, "Why don't you write about it?" So my final paper was on fly fishing. When he gave my paper back, he told me that I wrote well and that I should consider trying to write for publication, even if it was as a hobby or for small added income. That sparked my interest in writing. Still the desire was not to just write fly fishing or tying pieces, but to write anything. The professor did tell me to write about the things I'm interested in, so I do. Boy, that was 20 years ago! Maybe I have answered my own question in a way. Maybe fly fishers and fly tyers write about fly fishing and fly tying because that is what they know and what they are passionate about? I can see where some will write to promote or advertise. Sometimes the thing they are advertising or promoting is themselves and their ideas. Are you sure most writing is not ego based? If I tell someone where to get a good cup of coffee, yes, I'm sharing something with them. But, if I take the time to write an article about the place and the coffee and demand that I'm given a by-line for my efforts, that's totally different.
  5. Nice fly. Take a look at the "Ocassion" tied by LaFontaine. You can find it in his book "Trout Flies, Proven Patterns." While the materials are different the basic tying is the same and it is made to float similar to your tie. LaFontaine states, "The Ocassion is a hanging style of dry fly. The hook on this pattern sinks below the surface film, suspended by the circle of hackle at the head." Two hackle tips are used for the wing on his pattern.
  6. The interview with Al Beatty is interesting. I appreciate his openess and insights. It got me thinking and pondering about fly fishing writers. I have admired the fly fishing and tying writers over the years. I have wondered if they were writers first and fly fishers/tyers second or fishers/tyers turned writer? I can understand a writer who loves the outdoors and fly fishing and decides to write about it, but I'm not sure I understand what drives a fly fisher to start writing? My personal observation is that those who were writers first and fly fishers second, as opposed to fly fishers first and writers second, have historically produced the best prose. Most writing is ego based: the writer wants to be recognized and have a by-line. There are exceptions to this of course. I think there is a little something in all of us that says, "Hey, look at me!" Is fly fishing and tying writing just a way to share or does it have a deeper side to it?
  7. Very nice discussion. So many fly tiers around now days. Back in grandpa's day, there wasn't as many of us and a good fly tier was looked upon with some awe and respect. Today, fly tiers are a dime a dozen and some of the "worship" sentiment is lost. Lets face it, tying a fly isn't that hard once you learn a few basic techniques. I know children that are producing some great flies. New materials will continue to be developed. These materials will be used with the standard tying techniques. Sometimes you will find a way to mix and match old and new techniques with old and new materials to enhance a few patterns. That is the creative fun with fly tying. Everyone wants to be recognized for his/her talents, but most times you will always find someone else who can do it better, prettier or faster than you can. I don't know where the idea of putting ones name on a fly came from. Most of the historical flies were given names that didn't include the name of the tier (with a few exception). I have followed the history of early Montana tiers and find that they gave their flies names like: Sandy Mite, Fizzle, Bunyan Bug, Black Creeper and Rock Worm. Most of the current "noticed" tiers are only noticed because they are getting published in the magazines and books. I bet if Paul MaClean (Norman's brother) was around today and saw all the articles and shuffling for fly tying and fishing prominence he would likely say, "I'd like to get that guy out on the Big Blackfoot with a bet on the side!"
  8. Kim Jensen in Utah has been tying a pattern similar to that for a few years. I think he used Larva Lace for the body. Looks good!
  9. Traditional flies should land with the hook down as has been mentioned. I wonder if fish sometimes just view the exposed hook as a trailing shuck?
  10. Hi everyone. I'm Wildnative. I've been fly fishing for exactly 34 years and fly tying for about 20 years. I just love places where wild native trout reside, thus the handle. Glad to find this site and learn from you all. I believe there is really no such thing as a fly fishing or fly tying master because we are always learning. Thanks for letting me share in your excitement of fly fishing and tying.
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