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Everything posted by jamieofthenorth

  1. Stimulator, size 10. Flared the tails a bit, but otherwise, I'm pretty happy with them.
  2. Excellent! That's what it's all about right there.
  3. That looks beyond amazing. I love music, but suck at creating it. My older brother inherited all of the music genes and I guess there were none leftover, ha ha. Have total respect for musicians though as a result. Looks like a very comfortable set-up and great you can watch over the kids as well.
  4. Thanks guys. Good point about more wing.
  5. Similar scenario for the more popular spots here in Maine. The few minor breeches in etiquette I've encountered are vastly overshadowed by numerous instances of mutual respect and civility as you described, both subtle and profound. Maybe it's because we're all Red Sox fans? 🙂 Just a few weeks ago, a good buddy and I traveled to a pretty well known spot. Surprisingly, no one else was at what most consider the best stretch of water. Another fellow showed up a few minutes later and we were glad he did. We respected distance, had a lot of fun chatting with this guy, and all shared in one another's fun when we caught trout (and there were many that day). It enhanced the experience. It was great fishing with this new friend and if he hadn't have shown up, the day would have missed something.
  6. Kimo is a hard act to follow... 🙂 Black Ghost, size 6.
  7. I recently inherited my late uncle's fly fishing equipment and library. Made a fun discovery the other day when I opened the front cover to this book:
  8. Same direction. If it's not looking right when doing so, I'm wondering if it's more technique or placement that is the cause. Good luck.
  9. I'm lucky enough to have a copy of the aforementioned Benchside Reference, and it is a must have eventually, but I wouldn't recommend it for a starter book. It will likely discourage somebody just starting out since it's geared towards those with at least some experience. I recommend one specifically geared for beginners that won't go over your head. : https://www.orvis.com/p/the-orvis-guide-to-beginning-fly-tying/8G1T?item_code=8G1T0000&adv=127748&cm_mmc=plas-_-FlyFishing-_-8G1T-_-127748&gclid=Cj0KCQjwgo_5BRDuARIsADDEntTitYSQ_lO4hcGmSASnuMud1RuVD4-HfiQDndT3-lC4wR8X5KZWPkcaAncDEALw_wcB Best wishes and have fun. Books combined with instructional videos on YouTube can be a great combination for learning. -Jamie
  10. Just have a good coat and you're all set. 🙂 Thank you everyone!
  11. A few years ago I acquired an old desk that has local significance from a neighbor. It was built at the now defunct Paul Bunyan Furniture Company (building is now home to the Airline Brewing Company) not far from my house here in Amherst, Maine. All of their furniture was made from wood harvested in my area, which adds to the history. I finally got around to sanding it down, staining it, and lacquering it and it is now my new fly tying bench. While I am not the best at carpentry and related work, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Not ruining something is always a good thing.
  12. Not bad at all, I personally like the time lapse approach. However, somebody tying the fly for the first time might need more. I echo the suggestions with including voiceover. If you're not confident with that, the script suggestion can help. You might also want to consider recording the voice over afterwards and editing it in, whether it is your own voice or a friends. Regardless, it can feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the more you'll be comfortable with it. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself. Give it some more personality... that's what will keep people hooked. Be you in your videos. I like Davie McPhail's channel not just for the videos, but his accent and humble tone is somewhat destressing. Tightline Productions does a great job with their post-production voice overs and the occasional subtle joke he adds gives it a bit of flair (and causes my wife's eye to roll). Find your own niche and have fun with it. If your genuine enjoyment of it comes through, I bet you'll hook more people. Like with writing and most other creative pursuits, do it because you love it first and foremost and that greatly increases your chances of success. Regular content is also crucial, as others have said. When someone subscribes, they will have the notification of a new video and be more likely to watch. Slow channels just sit there and can be forgotten. Also, promote it big time, which is easier said than done when first starting out. Post your videos here (nerve racking I know, this can be a tough audience) and/or on other fly fishing forums, FB groups, etc. If you live in a small town, perhaps even getting a local TV channel or newspaper to do a story on your channel once you get a few more subscribers and also considerably more content put up. Good luck and keep it going. Remember, it's supposed to be fun. Don't lose that aspect of it.
  13. Ha ha, no. In reference to I actually grew up in Florida but now live further north.
  14. Hello all. I've posted a few times but just noticed this section. I have been tying for about ten or so years now and I don't take or granted that we can do something fun and creative at home that greatly assists and enhances our river time. I'm a high school teacher and reside in the downeast region. Lot's of great streams and rivers that have native brookies and landlocked salmon in my area which of course is great.
  15. I use both. I perhaps use books a bit more than the internet now though. YouTube videos were extremely helpful to me when I was getting started, but now that I have a lot of the basic techniques down, photos suffice just fine and hence I turn to books more often. To each their own.
  16. I think Mark here gave great, constructive advice. The local, young entrepreneur angle is a solid selling point. I just hope you don't take some of the blunt comments on here as overly harsh or mean, though the posters likely mean well. Keep at it and have fun with it.
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