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  1. here is my area the family refers to it as the dungeon. I have roughly one third of the basement taken up with tying area and fly fishing gear storage.
  2. here is a few of what I have been tying
  3. Here is one I use a lot. I had always thought it was a peeking caddis.
  4. AK they work excellent for nymph bodies. if you make the body taper with thread or lead then wrap over it they make some sweet slim body mayfly nymphs. I put a very lite coat of Loon flow UV epoxy over the quill to protect it. Up until now I have always used turkey biot or striped quills for bodies on these flies. i like the simplicity of the synthetic quill not prep work.
  5. tied up some BOSS ( bunch of shiny stuff) bugger:
  6. Bo, nice read, no stone flies? from my Lake O experience once winter sets in they become an important food source as they have multi year life cycle and are in the rivers most all the time. If they fail me I always revert to some type of sucker spawn if close enough to spawning time. The biggest part of winter steel heading is finding an active fish if you can do that they will usually take just about any well presented fly. FlyTire, they are not that far away Steve
  7. I fish in New England Pheasant tail hares ear ( nat., olive, black) Riffle stone deep sparkle pupa green rock worm SBF hendrickson nymph Elk hair caddis rusty spinner ( 12-24 parachute BWO ( 18-24) Hair wing dun in Hendrickson, red quill, sulfur, March brown Parachute light cahill compara dun ( BWO, sulfur, red quill, steve
  8. Jokey, the first fly is a cased caddis made with antron worm body soft hackle antenna and the body is brown, black grizzly saddle hackle wound and trimmed. Steve
  9. Vicrider, I am actually on the east coast picked up spey casting back in mid 1990's on the Miramachi river in NB Canada thanks to kindly Gentlemen from England staying at the lodge. I was using the traditional 9'6" 9 wt and mid week got a flair up of arthritis in my casting hand. he lent me a 14' spey rod and a few quick lesson I manage to get enough line out to hook a few salmon the rest of the week. I was hooked but did not take plunge until a few years later right before another trip up there. In 2000 I started to steelhead fish on the lake Ontario tribs, tried the big big rod a few time but liked hooking more fish than the tug so it sat idle. I then picked up 11' 7 wt, 11'6" 6wt then 12 ' 7wt . I use the 11' 7 to fish nymphs, sucker spawn and eggs later in our 10 day trip when my hand has gotten too sore from the 10' 7 wt single hand rod. the others are for assorted other big river / big fish situations. Steve
  10. VCrider, with my 12' 7 wt Hardy I use a 450 grain 20' skagit head I will leave the head/tip an about 1 foot of running line out of the rod tip with 10' head = about 31'. this is just enough for the line to dig in and create the all powerful rat tail. remember with this type of line it is one motion. start the cast accelerate thru to the D loop and cast without stopping. When I first learned i found the snap T was the easiest to get consistent with. good luck
  11. L.B. you said one thing that would that makes me think you should reconsider-fun tying as a business is not fun. your not going to be tying one or two flies or even 6 or 7 think in terms of dozens if the quality is there. If you truly want to reach out to the local fly shop see if you can do fill in orders for a couple of easy patterns to see if you actually like it. here are a few other things to consider 1) how fast you can tie a quality clean fly - if you can only tie say 1/2 dozen an hour of a simple pattern your basically working for less than minimum wage 2) as was stated above - you need consistent quality 1st fly should look exactly like the 50th 3) material costs - if your buying your materials at retail your base cost ( cost of materials to tie the fly) will be too high-see #1 4) not mind fishing cast offs and seconds as your not going to have time to tie flies for yourself 5) the inevitable need to some day be legit and pay the 10% excise tax to uncle sam if you still are interested sit down at your vice pick pattern and ties as many as you can in a set amount of time as an experiment to see how many you can make and if you like the drudgery of tying the same pattern over and over. I guide and tie part time for the shop I guide for an a few fellow guides - it pays for gear and a fishing trip each year but I also have to work a real job to feed my family. best of luck Steve
  12. this is what i have been tying - in anticipation of some NY trib steelhead. steve
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