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  1. Not sure about the vise. I really like your fly though.
  2. By the way................the trout is "life size" if you accept 20-21 inches as life size for a trout.............
  3. Good one! I think Jason does the drawings, etc. in his father's books. At least over the last several years anyway.
  4. Hi, I am really excited. Just received a watercolor I asked Jason Borger to do for me. He is the fellow who did the casting for Brad Pitt in the movie "A River Runs Through It". Jason is a famous fly caster/tier and a very accomplished artist. To keep it about flies, I included a little BWO I did this morning............... Hope you like the painting! Byron
  5. Lucky gal. Looks like you have great lighting too!
  6. Just go lead free - no worries. And, you're helping the wildlife!
  7. I have been fishing there for many years and have never been checked. However, when they do check, they are thorough. They look at your fly to check for a barb, check your license, etc. Just carry a pincher to pinch the barb and remember to use it. In all the excitement of fishing, one can forget to check........
  8. Caddis flies should be pretty strong as well as PMD's at that time. Check with Blue Ribbon Flies for the latest information on hatches. You will need a Park Fishing License. You can get it at any of the shops in West yellowstone: Blue Ribbon Flies Arricks Jim's Bud Lilly's Bob Jacklin's Madison River Outfitters Good luck and have fun!!!!!!!
  9. So you also think that fishing should be reserved for those people who can fish on a weekly basis, only? And maybe these trout streams should be restricted to local anglers only? I'm not trying to specifically pick on you, but your posts are really implying that you have problems with a lot of other fishermen if they don't fish the way you do or as much as you do. Where does this anger come from? I'm not angry. And, I don't challenge the motives of those who post beliefs that do not conform to mine. The thread turned to the health of our rivers and trout population. I believe that over fishing is one of the reasons our rivers are no longer as prolific as they were years ago. I believe that one reason that is the case on a river I love is due to all the commercial guides. In fact, in some extreme situations, the local DNR has closed some stretches of river to boats..........
  10. I agree with the last couple of posts. I think one of the problems in our most popular waters are the number of guides that are allowed to float once-a-year fishers down the rivers. You look at the parking lots at the two main fly shops in Last Chance, Idaho on the banks of the Henry's Fork in the morning during fishing season. They are full of the guides' trucks and drift boats ready to take the once-a-year fishers down the river. This puts too much pressure on the fish population.
  11. Very intelligent fellow!! you are right of course! Byron
  12. I only said I didn't want to invite him to have dinner and drinks with us to discuss the day's hatches, fishing conditions, etc............... I wonder.........I doubt there are many "traditional fly fishers" who go to bassmaster venues...........
  13. I only said I didn't want to invite him to have dinner and drinks with us to discuss the day's hatches, fishing conditions, etc............... I wonder.........I doubt there are many "traditional fly fishers" who go to bassmaster venues...........
  14. Not sure what you mean about "...NOT wing tip" Here is my original post: "is so that tail tip, hook bottom, and hackle tips touched the water simultaneously." And in a summary post I say "hackled wing" meaning the hackle tips.
  15. Hi, I was fly fishing on the Henry's Fork last summer. It was myself and another older gentleman. We were having a great time offering spinners to a few fish. Beautiful quiet evening. Then, a pickup with a camper shell pulled up. Out jumps this fellow. He grabs his spinning rod and runs down to the river bank. He flings what appeared to be a panther martin or some such lure 3/4 of the way across the stream. He reeled in like crazy and got a hit. He gave it one of those bass master yanks and actually yanked a decent sized trout out of the water and about 10 ft through the air towards him. Given the slack, the trout escaped and he's on the bank yelling to his wife: "I had one! I had one!!". Anyway, I wasn't impressed...........................and didn't invite him for a drink over dinner to discuss the hatches and flies that evening.
  16. Hi, Here's what I have never understood: Why do those who use terminal tackle which could more properly be called lures than flies care so much what those of us who eschew such tackle think? It is almost like they are looking for acceptance. If you are happy with your beliefs/actions, you should not care what others think, should you? Thanks
  17. I am sure that it is due to the "float line" of the standard catskill patterns. The line could be drawn from the point of the tail to the bottom of the hook to the points of the hackled wing. If you read the old "standards" of the traditional dry fly proportions, you will find they usually mention the tail as being 1.0 to 1.5 times the length of the body. Now, the "body" of the fly is not the length of the hook shank. It is the distance from the bend of the hook to the end of the abdomen - just before the thorax area. That means at MOST the length of the tail would be just a little beyond the length of the hook shank. And, again, it was set as such to promote floatability of the catskill type of dry fly.
  18. Hi, The catskill patterns were tied to specific dimensions (tail length, abdomen length, thorax length, and wing height). This was done (I believe) in order to maintain the "float line" of the fly - so that tail tip, hook bottom, and hackle tips touched the water simultaneously. Yet, the tails of real insects are much longer and often tied as such. An example are the extended body flies, etc. Often, I think we restrict the tail size because of the old Catskill reasons. I think most would think the tails on this rusty spinner are too long, but if you look at a photo of a real spinner, their tails are quite long.......It doesn't apply only to the spinner stage either. Many mayfly duns have quite long tails. What do you think? Thanks, Byron
  19. I would try an attractor dry fly. I am really in the minority on this issue. I got into fly fishing for the sport of it about 35 yrs ago. I grew up with a cane pole and a grasshopper. I then took up a spinning rod. In my mid-20's I tried fly fishing and have been hooked ever since. Fly fishing is probably not the most efficient way to catch fish. It is, I believe, the most exciting and enjoyable. So, it is not so much about catching fish as it is about fishing for them. I always "catch and release", so it's not like I want or need the fish to eat. It is just a wonderfully enjoyable experience and catching fish is a bonus - a wonderful bonus. My point is that I won't/don't need to go to any length in trying to catch a trout. It is much more rewarding to catch a trout using a fly I have tied rather than some partially manufactured lure. It is just my personal opinion though, and I could care less if someone is that desperate to catch a fish - it's up to them.
  20. Very good - especially for your first fly!!!!!!!! Keep it up
  21. This is interesting. I posted a couple weeks ago about using a lead substitute and there are a great many folks on this forum who discount the danger of using lead!!! You can easily get lead substitute - even in a wire form for weighting nymphs, etc. Just do a google search for "non-lead fly tying wire" Congratulations for acting in a safe, responsible manner regarding the potential dangers of lead.
  22. Fine Tie Hans!!!! Happy New Year from Kauai
  23. For some reason, I don't think my last response worked..........
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