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  1. Countless flies and lures when wading (especially after high water here in Montana). Oars, nets, a fishing vest. Dug a 35mm camera and mucho fishing gear out for some folks who dumped their rent-a-boat. Got the boat out that was pinned to an underwater stump and was able to return it to the fly shop. One guy busted an arm. One time while floating, an old 35mm film canister bobbed by full of weed.
  2. I haven't tried 18/0 but the 12/0 is really good and exceptionally strong........and really expensive. I bought it to make small hair dries like comparaduns and use it on a limited basis. Veevus GSP 50 denier gel spun is a good option as it is very strong and has a small diameter. I see they also make 30 denier. I think it only comes in black and white but takes a marker nicely. When using these threads, make sure to not trap any fibers when threading your bobbin as it is easy to ruin a spool.
  3. Excellent work. I fished for years with humpies in small fast creeks. I can't see the traditional colored ones very well anymore (never could really). Sometimes white wings are even difficult to see in the fast bubbly stuff. As much as I don't like them, I find myself fishing a #10 amber bodied chubby a lot. Usually with a heavy weight prince hung below. They just get it done. For more picky creek fish, I go to a bright pink posted adams parachute in various sizes. I'm gonna give your humpy ideas a go and I'm sure it'll kill them. I love tying and fishing humpies. Thanks for the great research.
  4. If they don't hit standard trout dry flies, always give a black color a try. Simple Black Gnats have caught a lot of grayling for me. On lakes with grayling, even more so.
  5. I hope all goes well with your eye Norm. Always look forward to and really enjoy your stuff.
  6. Love the Hares Ear Hedgehog. The grouse in front really caps it. Thanks
  7. I fished with a friend who used a fly just like the Teacher years ago. He called it an Uncle Ed as his uncle tied it and it was the only fly Ed used. I was using a humpy same size and he out fished me two to one. Simple effective pattern. Flytire, thanks for giving my old brain a jump start to take me back to a fond old memory.
  8. Thanks- Used it today to cut a ton of foam body's for Chubbies and Hippy Stompers using your sites gape widths and transfering to the cutter. Saved me time and allowed me to use precise measurements.
  9. Journey through the past - I think this was an awesome "project" and it sounded like a blast.
  10. Perfect. I just ran out of reading material. Thanks
  11. Great to see the Potts flies utyer. My father and I used the Sandy Mite and the Lady Mite pretty much exclusively on the Big Hole River and Rock Creek back in the sixties. Very popular fly here in Montana. We swung them and sometimes added lead if we had to. They came from a time when durability was premium. Delicate flies didn't cut it with my dad. As I recall, Potts used chinese boar hair - not elk - and they would really last. I tied some years ago, but they take a lot of time to do them the way Potts did them. I can't tell you how many fish they accounted for. A friend of mine bought all of the chinese boar hair from a Butte Montana shop some years ago as it became impossible to get the right stuff. When we didn't have enough money to buy them ( I think they were 45 cents), we would buy a knock off fly called the Black Bear Brown and the Brown Bear Black. These woven flies worked too, but I never fished them as confidently. They were 10 to 25 cents. Sometimes I could dig a dime out of the couch. I still have a couple that I tied, but I won't fish them.
  12. Keep us updated on how these flies perform - I'm liking them.
  13. Thanks for the awesome story as well as the steps to tying. Really enjoyed that.
  14. Bimini15- I've found that stretching closed cell foam really kills it's floatation properties. I stretch as little as possible.
  15. Al Troth used to drill a short board and glue empty .22 casings in the holes (seems like 12 casings). He could stack hair for about a dozen of his elk hair caddis' in a couple taps. He was a production tyer but it is a pretty neat trick if you are tieing dries.
  16. This movie absolutely changed my life and my fly fishing ............. forever. I'm a SW Montana native and have fly fished for over 50 years. "The Movie" immediately brought throngs of fly fishers to the area and they have never left. I'd like to drill Robert Redford right between the lugs. Am I selfish? Yes I am but who the hell ain't.
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