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Ben

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  • Birthday 12/04/1974

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    Fairbanks, AK
  1. Razor foam. Comes with two 1/4 sheets of 1mm and two 1/4 sheets fo 0.5mm. Cool stuff. Foam wing Foam head Caddis
  2. Dec 11th is my oldest daughters birthday. Kids change you. It took four of them for me to realize that. Congrats and enjoy!
  3. Its trips like this that kept me and my dad very close. Some of your greatest moments with your son will be forged in fishing trips!
  4. Sorry to duplicate Brian's link. I missed his post when I was reading.
  5. Try this... http://furledleaders.proboards.com/index.cgi You have to create an account to gain access to the message board. Once inside you'll notice a section titled Leader Tapering and Peg Positioning Calculator. The first thread in that section has an MS Excel file that allows you to easily plan a properly constructed leader. I've been furling for a couple of years now. I also prefer the mono leaders to thread. Mostly due to the cost. Uni-thread is expensive! I use 1,2, and 4lb mono mostly. Ice fishing line usually goes on clearance after the winter, so you can pick some up for a dollar or two per spool. I can get two full leaders out of one 110yd spool, but I'm going to adjust my peg board and try some new wrapping patterns this year to squeeze out one more. Ice fishing lines come in some cool colors too! Red, royal blue, and silver are a few colors that I have in my collection. The clear mono sewing thread you find in craft stores like Michael's or Jo-Anne's is about 1lb test and its, (wait for it) CHEAP. (I'm a cheap guy, what can I say?) It comes in clear and smoke gray. You can mix and match this stuff with the ice fishing lines to make a two-tone leader or keep it all one color. Once you get your rhythm down, you can make a leader in about 10 mins. Just as fast, if not faster, than knotted leaders.
  6. Anvil Atlas. Disregard the messy desk.
  7. Upper Chena River north of Fairbanks. Elk hair caddis, Hare's Ear Nymphs, small brown or olive clouser minnows and maybe some mosquitoes. PM me.
  8. Ben

    Chain Stone

    that's one of the most inivative ties I've ever seen! How about extending the chain, dubbing a little between the beads, for a hellgrammite pattern? Just a thought.
  9. Go throw that pattern around some willow trees in Cave Run. See what toothy critters might be waiting around for a small crappie to stray away from the school.
  10. That looks like a small crappie. There's some small rivers with muskie that I would love to through that pattern in.
  11. I prefer no cement. When I did use it, I used Flexament. Before that, I tied a lot of bass flies and loved regular old superglue. On nymphs and dries, I don't bother. A couple of good whip finishes and into the box.
  12. I like'em full Flytyer! One way we fish dries for grayling is to dead drift as long as possible. Then, at the end of the drift, allow the current to swing and skate the fly on top of the water. You get a nice V-wake created by the fly. The grayling attack these flies! Its an amazing take. The fullnes of the hackle allows me to keep the fly up and skating.
  13. Getting ready for grayling. Playing around with some moose hair I was given a couple of years ago. Moose and Grizzly #18 Moose caddis w/Razor Foam 0.5mm underwing #20 Moose, Razor Foam and Grizzly caddis #16 curved 200R type hook
  14. Me too! Grayling here will attack a fly skating on the surface. They come clear out of the water and take the fly on their way back down. Amazing to see.
  15. Please submit this to the database so we can bookmark it. Great caddis variation! I'm sure the grayling in my local river will love it.
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