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    E. WA/ N ID
  1. My season is winter: spring creeks Spring: Lakes Summer: N.ID and W. MT streams Fall: steelhead Looking on at trout in streams, I love soft hackles and often use them as a dropper. Some other favorites: x-caddis and elk hair caddis, sparkle emerger, purple haze, parachute adams, stimulator, Clark's stonefly, pheasant tail parachute, rylee's caddis, hares ear parachute
  2. The length for the measurement depends on the type of spey line. Here is a good reference: http://www.affta.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/spey_line_weights.pdf There is an excellent forum dedicated to spey where all of your questions can be answered by a very friendly group.
  3. Geez, used and not used I have too many to count. I have an box full of boxes I do not use anymore. Always looking for a better way to carry my flys. As far as what I am using now: Trout: two boxes I take everywhere. Has the stages for the major groups. I also carry different boxes depending on where I am at. Summer trout streams in my home waters of N.ID and W.MT - three boxes, spring creek I fish in winter - 1 box, lakes - 3 or 4 more boxes. Steelhead: I could get away with putting a few extra flys on my hat and be just fine, but I like tying for steelhead, so carry two boxes. I will put one of those away at dusk and grab of third box of skating flys to use at dusk.
  4. I posted earlier in this thread that I had not pulled the trigger yet, well I did. Great vise!
  5. vicrider hit it on the head. We all have different tastes and priorities. There was a thread on another forum that went 10+ pages, and the discussion was over the $50 Abel nippers! It seems whenever there is a post on a pricey item it brings out the people who say it is not worth the money and they start pointing out all of the alternatives that cost much less. It can be the $50 nippers, the Ekich bobbin, or this vise (or the LAW or JVice). I think this vise is pretty cool looking, and to those who buy one, more power to them. It's how much the vise is worth to the buyer that matters.
  6. +1 on Anvils. I had a hard time with other brands but bent the open handles on Anvils and it worked just fine. Plus they are very good scissors.
  7. That is a great looking vise! Someone on another forum posted pics after they had bought theirs. Michael said it best, and more power to those who buy them. There is definitely a market out there for high quality equipment, just take a look at some of the custom reels and rods you can buy these days.
  8. Now that is a gorgeous base for a very nice vise!
  9. I have looked into them using the link posted above. Also, Wasatch Custom Tools offers them with their own base. You can google them and see the price and options. I have also been drooling over this vice for some time but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
  10. Turk's tarantula is a great attract pattern. I fish those and stimulators in the riffles any time of day. x-caddis work well in addition to elk hair patterns, and sparkle or iris caddis are deadly before the evening caddis hatch. The purple haze and hares ear parachutes work well in addition to the parachute adams. I do not use nymphs very often because it is such great dry fly water, but soft hackles are my go to when things slow down and they work very well. A great resource for our area is Fly tying: the anglers art. It is a local show that runs on the pbs stations. You can get some of the older episodes here: http://www.kwsu.org/Offers/FlyTying.aspx.
  11. I decided to try kool aid and mixing lemon lime and orange looks like a good olive. The bummer was that all three stores I went to did not have the lemon lime.
  12. Check out the classicflytying forum in the index; there are some real artists there and you can see some of the different types including spey and dee flies. It is something I have slowly been getting into because I have tied enough to meet my fishing needs for a few years but I still want to tie. I live within 30 minutes of great steelhead water on the Clearwater and Snake and many of the classics do very well on steelhead. C- hit it on the head; some of the materials are mucho pricey. A jungle cock cape can go over $100.
  13. I usually do not use anything on my trout flies, but just commercial stuff like Loon when I do. I use Sally's on my steelhead flies.
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