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About CaddisCowboy

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  1. Thanks everyone for the input. I found the solution! Apparently, the rabbit-strip wing is supposed to be tied securely to the trailing "stinger" hook as well as the lead hook. After hooking a few fish, the thread wraps had slipped or frayed and caused the wing to seperate. In turn, the hook hung underneath the fly (supposedly causing missed strikes.) All I had to do was re-attach the wing to the trailing hook......simple fix. Below is a "before-and-after" photo to help you all understand the problem and the repair. Is this a common problem with articulated streamers tied like this? ~Evan
  2. Alright, I've got myself an assignment and frankly I'm not sure where to begin so I'd love some suggestions. My boss at the fly shop (after he continually heard me brag about my tying ) brought me 8 streamers that he'd like me to alter for him. All 8 streamers are the Sculpzilla pattern from Solitude Fly Company. He indicated that he was missing hook-ups and would like the articulated hook to be drawn closer to the body of the fly. My question is, how can I do that without disassembling the fly entirely? There's a short bit of exposed shank (an eye's length) on the lead hook where I might be able to shorten things up and thread wrap over the top, but I'm not sure what kind of pressure that limited space will withstand. I'm definately puzzled...... but I would love to get it right and score a few brownie points with the new boss. Ideas?!?!?!? :help: ~Evan
  3. Thanks for the suggestion.....indeed, orange/black variegated chenille would definately give the effect I'd like to imitate. This one's just a prototype, there's a ton of color combos that I think could be successful though. Black/orange and golden/brown are on the list of things to try (but I've gotta buck up and buy some materials!!! :crying: ). I'll post some pictures when I get around to playing with the colors. ~Evan
  4. I've been tooling around with a few different stonefly ideas and I've come up with the fly above. It's sorta a Bitch Creek/Rubberlegs/Halfback combo and I really like the looks of it. I'd like to sub some Hot Orange Ultrawire for the ribbing to serve as a Salmonfly "trigger" but I didn't have any on hand. I put in an order with Stockard though, so I'll add some pictures once I give it a try. Thanks in advance for your comments, ~Evan
  5. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by CaddisCowboy: Hunk 'O Meat
  6. This is an outstaning idea and seeing the amount of responses, it looks like it will be very successful. I'm in! ~Evan
  7. Hey James, Welcome to the site! There are a ton of talented tiers on this forum, and it's great to see another veteran. As to your club, you might consider checking with the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) for some items. I founded a Fly Fishing Club at my college, and we've really benefited from their Equipment Loan Program. They'll loan vices and materials for your members free of charge (shipping not included). Here's a link: Equipment Loan Program Hope that helps! ~Evan
  8. Well tied! Sorta has the looks of an Autumn Splendor. Great color combo for big aggressive pre-spawn browns in the fall. I dig it! ~Evan
  9. I've got a set of the "BIC Mark-It Color Collection" and I'm very satisfied with them. With 24 different colors, there's more options than I would ever need in a practical sense, but I like having the options. They were fairly cheap too, and the colors are bright and durable. I haven't had any issues with bleeding whatsoever. If you're interested, here's a link: BIC Mark-It Color Collection ~Evan
  10. That sure is unfortunate, Mike. A big part of a guide's job requirement is to serve as an example of ethical behavior and sportsmanship. I'd be tempted to "loosen a few teeth" if I ever witnessed that sort of lousy behavior on one of my local rivers! ~Evan
  11. Just tied a few of these up for a swap and thought I should share the recipe. Can't wait 'till the highcountry lakes open up and I can put these suckers to use. ~Evan
  12. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by CaddisCowboy: Bi-Colored Chironomid
  13. I've never seen these, but it looks like a sweet design. I guess my only concern would be floatation with all of that hook to float? I'd love to see a fly tied on one when you get around to it. ~Evan
  14. Hey, I don't mean to sound like a granola-crunching "save the world" hippy telling other people what's right and what's wrong. If your fishery can support you taking your legal limit of fish on occasion, go for it. And do it with a clear conscience. As BDH point out, it's your privelage as a sportsman. Along with my passion for fly fishing, I'm an avid hunter and I try to approach that sport with same sense of ethics and respect for wildlife that I do when fishing. I hunt elk each fall, and I can't say I have ever shed a tear when I drop one because I know that the elk population in Colorado is stronger now than it historically has ever been. I'm not trying to bash people who keep a few fish, as I've already clarified: I'm one of them. I'm just pointing out that it really sucks that stocking has become a neccessity on some waters with the amount of catch-and-keep pressure. Knowing that, I think you have to approach "limits" with a certain sense of ethical responsiblility. I think Steve hit the nail on the head earlier in this thread: You've gotta be able to justify the ammount of fish you keep in relation to your local population because the regulations set by natural resource managers are generally fairly broad and unspecific. Again, I don't mean to preach or piss anyone off. I just like to share and compare my values with others. No matter where your opinions stand on C&R or put-and-take fisheries we all have one thing in common................. we love to fish! ~Evan
  15. I'd like to see a whole lot more water designated as C&R Wild Trout waters that don't depend on stocking programs. That designation doesn't take away from fishing success whatsoever. To the contrary, it benefits the fishing experience by way of substantially larger wild fish with all of their instinctual tendencies (not to argue that that behavior isn't learned by hatchery trout). For example, on a local tailwater river that I guide the first 3/4 mile section of the river has C&R regulations in place. The remaining 21 miles downstream are supported by stocking programs and given the standard 4 trout bag limit / 8 trout possession limit. The C&R is nationally renowned for its unusually large fish. I can guarantee that you've seen one of it's massive rainbows gracing the cover of your favorite fishing magazine at one point or another. Eight-pound trout aren't uncommon and fish up to seventeen pounds have been reported........ all on flies/lures, and all released. Nonetheless, if you walk downriver 100 yards to the unprotected water a 16" fish is a trophy. It's the same river. It's just as rich in nutrients and able to support fish, but the protection isn't there and for the most part, neither are the big healthy fish. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the wild trout fishery is far more successful than the manged one. I'm not saying there's no place for artificial fisheries, I just think there ought to be less of them. ~Evan
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