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  1. My favourite is a stimulator in one of its many guises. Top producing is a little different.
  2. I don't fish streamers much but muddler minnows, tie down minnows, and floating minnows (Ian Forbes version) I fish with success, however since I started tying I haven't tied any up. Honestly don't like clousers. IN my opinion they don't have enough movement, and they don't imitate anything really well.
  3. Making up a bunch of streamers. Here's some bow river bugger variants. All I've done is put a bucktail wing. Now I need to start some fry patterns.
  4. I'm constantly dropping things only the floor, including hooks. Due to poor lighting things that the floor arent usually found. You don't want to walk around my fly bench barefoot!
  5. I use a vest most of the time when I know where I'm fishing and I'm fishing seriously. When I'm going to being hiking a bit and not spending alot of time on specific water I use a back pack. When I'm lazy and I just want to put a few casts down the back pockets works fine.
  6. Last summer I seriously began to fish a local river becuase hey, there's no school, I've got no job and I love to fish. At the time I had fly gear but it didn't see much use becuase spin casting was for effective. Anyways I picked things up real fast and learned the little secrets and before I knew it me and every fish in that river over 14 inches knew eachother on a first named basis. And that's when things stopped being fun I knew the rivers secrets, and there really wasn't a larger fish to chase. I had snorkelled the river and the largest fish I saw I had already cuaght. (it's important to remember most rivers where I live have under 50 fish a mile, so I'm not faking it) anyways that fly gear in the back of my fishing locker started to look real good and promised 'a more challenging fishery' so I started fly fishing. The first day I fished I cuaght 8 fish by swinging wet flys. It was much more fun then spin casting. Anyways before I knew it I was fishing drys and having the time of my life. I would wake up at 11am eat lunch, hit the water by 1 and fish till 7 with nothing but my rod, a fly box, shorts and a t shirt. I explored the river further, learned of secret little holes where you could find fish by hovering the fly just above the water surface. Some of the coolest things ive seen came from that summer to, one remarable time a 18" cutthroat decided the little rainbow on my fly looked really delicious. The experiences I had made this laidback fishing the most fun I've had and it quickly became the thing I lived for. I can't wait till this summer so I could do it all over.
  7. Has anyone ordered online from this place? I'm thinking about getting an ordering from them, since they seem fairly reputable but I want to see if anyone's had any problems with them before I put my order in. Thanks
  8. I don't see how they could ever ban a fly pattern. Even the slightest change in tying and suddenly it's different and legal. Where would you draw the line between this is the illegal patterned and this isn't. Understanably the fly could be banned if it used certain materials. I know many rivers in the maritimes don't allow weighted flys. If I remember correctly synthetics are considered lures and are banned in fly fishing only streams, so I can't use rubber legged flys in many streams.
  9. Depending on the species salmon will take flys. I'm pretty sure the Great Lakes only have coho and chinook? I know coho are still a clean fish for the first bit in the river and remain extremely active and will go as far as chasing down streamers. As for chinooks I'm not sure how they act in the lakes but on the west coast by the time they get to the rivers there just black boots that you don't want to deal with. Just fill your boxes with egg patterns, bright and guady streamers. And you should be set. Don't forget e verything should be weighted including your line to get the fly in front of there noses.
  10. Could you make a SBS for those stoneflys? They have been just he'll for me but I need them becuase that's what trout eat. I assume you using a dubbing loop for the legs?
  11. I keep all my materials in the bags they came in then tack them to a big cork board. This works becuase all you have to do is look at it to see what you have, however larger items don't always fit and to fit alot of material you need a huge cork board. As for hooks all the bags and boxes go into a drawer where most of the time they will never be found again.
  12. In my experience on the west coast of bc we never get a really bad red tide. We have strong tidal currents so it never really builds up. There was one time where after a huge storm on of the sounds filled with freshwater and created something similar to red tide. The fish went of the bite, but they where still there, sitting down deep below it all.
  13. I'm not a good nymph fisher, so it dosent really matter but I do use foam corkeys as indicators when fishing the larger pools. The rest of the time I just highstick with tons of weight. As for how many flys, I stuck with just 1. B.C. Fishing regulations don't permit droppers, which sucks cuase I'd love to fish with a 3 nymph set up.
  14. Detached body mayflys where the most technical flys I've tied but I tied them with ease. Latley stonefly nymphs have cuased much frustration. I know the technique and how to tie them but for the life of me I can't get proportions right.
  15. Most anglers fly's, when placed with a natrual insect will have to big of a body, particularly around the abdomen I've noticed. that said often times it can to small too. A lot of the beetle imitations, and hoppers using a dubbing thorax will have to small of an abdomen. the answer for if you tying to big or small is go to your local stream and find some of the insects you imitating and compare to your fly. Just remember insects of the same species can vary in size and shape from one stream to another, so an exact imitation in one place may be to large somewhere else.
  16. Ok, I'm surprised no one has mentioned it, but the adams calls for one grizzly, and one ginger hackle, making a 1:1 ratio of hackle. Using this hackle ratio, the wing tips are almost not visible. If I, an intelligent human with 20:20 vision, can not see the wings, then the trout with the brain the size of a grain of rice surely has no hope of spotting the wings. If you change to a 2:1 ratio of ginger to grizzly, the wings are more prominent and the wings are probably more important. In patterns like the humpy, those big calf hair wings are very prominant and probably important to the trout. My point is that wings on the adams are barley visible, especially from below, so there importance is close to nil.
  17. Here's a stonefly with a biot case I tried, and the uber simple bitch creek stonefly.
  18. Started experimenting with stonefly dries after i discovered my local river is full of stoneflys. Tied up a stimulator, a birds stonefly variant, and moose hair black stone.
  19. The hackle tips are meant to imitate wings of a mayfly. I tye mine with just all hackle and catch fish so it's fine leave them out. Some fish used to feeding on mayflys may pass your fly however.
  20. Recently I've been spending more time online looking at fly patterns and I've noticed something that's been catching my attention. This all started when looking at stonefly nymphs. For one species of stonefly some patterns have 8 legs, some have 6, some have none, "becuase trout cant count". but Some have thick bodys, some have small, and the hook size can differ by 4 sizes. But In one day all these patterns will be eaten by trout assuming they where stonefly nymphs. But if toke a big black bass streamer and threw it in the river it's likely to be unsuccessful. That said we've all had experiences where flys that shouldn't work did. So what am I getting at? Where does the fish draw the line between food and fraud? How can it tell? What is an accurate respersentation and what isn't? Sorry if a thread like this already exsists.
  21. I started flyfishing and tying at about the same time. I got a fly tying kit and my own 7 weight rod the same Christmas. Guided by dad I learned to put a line out ( cuase it definitely wasn't casting) but I never caught much so stuck to spin casting for the next 2 years till I lerned of the dry fly. As for tying It was difficult but I was more presistent but still didnt regularly tie. so when I finnaly started flyfishing I at least had basics and had a cheap supply of flys to feed to the rocks.
  22. right now these would would probably be the bomb in my local waters right now, with the salmon hatch beginning.
  23. I doubt your lake is anything like our lakes here on the west coast of Canada, but our lakes are also drop of fast and are extremely deep, some so deep the bottom has never been found. The primary method of catching is trolling deep, much like piker said. As for fly guys they tend to stay away from the fiord lakes sticking to lower elevation puddle lakes, However some of the funnest summertime dry fly action I've ever had is at creek mouths. There are different types of creek mouths, some will hold fish, some wont. The first thing you want to find is if water runs year round, if it does good. Next thing is does the lake drop of quick, the best drop off drops to 15 feet within 10 feet of the shore. Next thing is the shoreline. The shoreline should not be marshy. The best shoreline is where the creek flows out onto a gravel beach then into the lake. Resovoir lakes generally don't have good creek mouths becuase the drop off gets submerged and the lake moves up into valley creating a slow gradual drop off. One of the best things about creek mouths is in summer the surface warms and the trout move deep, except near the creek mouths where the cold water flowing in keeps the trout on the surface. As for fly patterns, nymphs fish under an indicator in the current would be productive. Leech patterns would be good genral attractors, the egg sucking leech is a local favourite where I live. As for the summer drys get real fun. Any attractor dry flys like Adams or humpys will work. Black ants can be extremely productive when they hatch. Put your flys right up the creek and start your drift into the lake, even if the creek is only ankle deep. Once I was exploring a beach where a creek flowed I caught a small horse fly that tried to bite me. I placed it in the small creek and watched it drift down the creek towards the lake. Much to my surprise a large rainbow came straight out of the lake into the small creek just to get the tiny fly. Just shows trout will do anything to get food when hungry.
  24. Needle, it's much cheaper then a tool and if you leave a tag you can still get the proper curve.
  25. I use whiting capes for my dry flies. I am not framiliar with what a "hack neck" is, although you hackle seems similar to some hackle I have. I have a wapsi Indian neck I got a while back that came with a starter kit. This hackle was absolute junk having all the problems your having. The only solution for me was to put this neck to rest and buy a higher quality neck such as whiting.
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