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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
  13. VCrider, the ambush should work fine for the 12'2" one thing to remember for skagit is the 3X you want the head, tip to be roughly 3X the length of the rod. also with normal skagit casts your actually pushing the line with top hand and rotating toward your belt with lower hand as a control. Check out some of the older skagit master videos on you tube with Ed ward he explains it very well. I was frustrated with that style of casting for a while until I bought the original skagit master DVD in 2010. helped almost instantly. steve
  14. Jack, with one of the RIO or Airflo switch lines in the proper grain weight a switch rod is actually a very good tool for over hand casting given you have enough room behind you for a back cast. RexW traditional spey and scandi casting do not use the water to load the rod like a skagit cast does ( thus the term rat tail) traditional spey casting is a touch and go cast and scandi is kind of in between. To make a proper "spey" cast only the leader should actually be in the water vast majority of the fly line is arialized into the D loop thus the need for 13'6" to 15' rods. two handed casting is really not all that technical a lot of the students that have gone through our classes are better casters with two handers that single hand rods. Steve
  15. Lucian, Yes I use them as an anchor fly when I am Czech nymphing instead of a Vladi worm. I find I actually will catch more on these than on the pink worms. The Copper johns in the box are also ties on a jig hook gets down really fast in deeper / faster water. Steve
  16. Rocco, once you have used it a bit please let us know what you think. Steve
  17. Heavy nets, as FK said try the RIO trout heads, I have a 10' 7 wt. that I got one of these heads for and it works great. Piker 20, totally different type of casting, Skagit and scandi lines are actually a head that you attach to a running line and nothing like an actual spey line. I have an older Scott 14' 9 wt. that I still throw a long belly 64' on and it is very efficient to cast ( don't have to strip the head back in like skagit / scandi line) but takes some skill to cast correctly. I do find that there are more and more people showing up on the local waters with two handed rods in 2-3 wt swinging for our stockers if you like that kind of casting go for it. me I will use my two handers on big water for big fish, I like to feel the trout pull a bit. Steve
  18. For me it is the fly I am catching trout, Steelhead or salmon on at that time. Too many flies to just have one favorite. I do have a couple that I saved one is a pink woolly bugger my youngest daughter tied and I put it on a clients leader for giggles at the end of the day and he got a 28" brood-stock salmon on it. The other is a tattered crystal meth that I caught the steelhead pictured on.
  19. I met and talked at length with lefty Kreh at two different shows. He was working the TFO booth both times first time our Rep introduced us and we talked about casting. the second time ( a year later ) stopped to talk to TFO guys and he was there, I guess he remembered my unique casting styles as he smiled and told Rick pope that's the guy who casts weird ( don't know if that is good or bad). I also met A.K. Best at Hunters fly shop way back in the 90's. I also got to spend some time with Charles Jardine from the UK a few years ago at a Hardy event very cool guy. steve
  20. fshng2, Mcfly is correct I use Loon thin resin over the body. steve
  21. BT308, as was said above the river does change. I don't know where you are located. I fish many of the old wets, the gray hackle yellow is a great imitation of a early pale evening dun, the require a specific type of substrate to live in, if the river has changed ( silt issues, anchor ice or any number of other things) they may not be there like they once were. steve
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