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  1. I used to work with tile setters from Germany building Aldi store for a few months a year.They really did not fish much at home because of all the hoops.They did fish some when working here.Good guys, 2 had already purchased property in FL to retire.They were allowed to work here 3 months out of the year and just loved it here.
  2. When i used to sell a few rods and other stuff online this craziness happened more often than it should.Sending something from my midwest state to one next door would go to the west coast east coast Florida once and on and on.Mostly USPS ,rods sent via UPS often got beat up even in heavy tubes.I try to sell locally these days,less money but less stress .Paying extra for premium shipping never mattered.All things arrived eventually and 99.9 intact.
  3. I still can't go back one page on this site.So i can't even see anything except pages 1-4 or the current one for any post .The flies are the reason i come here.
  4. I have seen some big ones in public water and the fact there are some big pike in them is even more baffling.I see koi in a prak pond i take the grand sons fishing.Some have to be over 10 lbs but they don.t eat flies or the bait the kids toss to them.When i was a kid growing up in Chicago we would take the bus to a golf course in a nearby suburb.There was a pond full of big fancy goldfish.We would sneak in and catch them on bread.We would keep most.Haul them back to the bus in buckets and sell them to a local petshop.They all surprisingly made the trip without dying.
  5. Thanks SC.I see commercially tied flies that barely resemble the originals but are still calling by the original name.I realize that many flies come from overseas and are nicely tied but not quite right from what i see in the old books or older videos.Our caddis flies are black and so are our stone flies so black flies outfish others.Black foam spiders and black foam chubby ant type flies catch a lot species especially in creeks.AGs Hippy Stomper has been a good bass fly for me at times.I got a 5lb plus laregemouth on a 3wt rod chasing bluegills a couple years ago on sz 12 HS .I have now tied them up to sz 6 for pond large mouths and creek small mouths usually in all black except for the wing..Had a few gar attack them too.I think the bass will still eat the same type of stuff they did as juveniles.The walleye bite will stop up north when the mayflies hatch as the walleyes and most other fish gorge themselves on the nymphs in the shallows.Frustrating serious walleye anglers as the fish can be too shallow for their boats and what to use for bait at this time.Have had some great days catching crappies on almost any brown nymph in the spring when they are shallow.No trout streams here but am sure the same bug species exist in the surrounding states that do.
  6. Very nice ties and glad you are able to make a few bucks tying.Have had that happen with all different brands of CV glue my self.I don't understand how the factory sealed bottles go bad but they do.If it has shelf life it should say so IMO.
  7. There are excellent flies posted nearly daily.
  8. Excellent.Nobody in my family or circle of friends fly fishes .I made a few years ago but i was the only one impressed with them.
  9. Very sad,he took the time to talk to me at a show in Chicago in the mid 90s when i was just starting to tie,Bought one of his books he signed.The show was a dud .He tied a fly and gave it to my young daughter.Just got an email from his website and was looking at his wonderful art work that i wish i could afford.He really inspired me as a warm water fly fisher and tyer.Kind of crazy that the flyfishing community basically ignores 95% of anglers who do not flyfish for trout.I Know Mr Whitlock fished everywhere for everything but he was a warmwater guy at heart.God Bless Mr Whitlock
  10. Not getting the not looking at ties that are on barbed hooks.Just tie it it on a barbless hook maybe?I do not fish for trout except spring and fall stocked trout in still water.I use barbless on fish that tend to swallow the fly.I am under no regulations to do so.I do it for the fish so they can be easily and quickly released.I do hook myself now and then but not near as much as trying to unhook a large fish from a crankbait .I really don't see any issue with what a person uses to fish with as long as it is legal where they are.I fished in Canada years ago,caught literally 100s of fish.When we came home the border guards searched the truck our belongings etc.We kept 0 fish and they did not believe us.
  11. Most of my bluegill bugs are tied on light wire barbless.The eyes are too a little to small but the ease to remove even a swallowed fly is so worth the it and i have found a place to buy them in bulk so not nearly as expensive as buying repackaged from the middleman .I do not mask barbs on certain flies for certain fish as i lose to many and a pliers easily removes the hooks.
  12. My first assignment in metal shop was to make a hammer head using files,the old guy who taught us was like a wise grandfather..Patient strict and really wanted us to be prepared.You only filed in one direction obviously and the stroke had to be perfect.I still have that little hammer somewhere,It looks perfect to me .I got a C on it.I would have no problem making a special tool by hand if i could not find an existing tool to repurpose.I am a tinkerer by nature and i tie very few flies that are not of my own design.Of course all my bugs are made using techniques and styles i did not invent.That would be true for 99.9% of all flies and tyers.I am surprised how many modern flies have are not new at all,just materials that were not around when some one came up with them.And when i do find a pattern i like and use i tie it as close to the originators as possible.If i give such a fly to someone i always give them the name of the fly and the person who came up with it.Since flies and their recipes are pretty much freely shared there is a lot of plagiarism on the commercial side of this sport/hobby.The lure companies are always suing each other over infringements.Road Runner jigs is a case study in this and is quite interesting.
  13. I really enjoy stuff like this.Folks in previous eras had a much better understanding of the written word and drawings.We all,even those of us who are older and learned to tie,fix our cars etc with books and manuals.Now if i get stuck on something,a fly pattern brake job home repair i can just google it and watch a detailed video or several sometimes.I think taking a file and cutting those shaped grooves in a cheap pair of pliers would be doable.There are members here,you know who you are,that have advanced metal working skills.Pretty obvious that fly tyers have always taken some complicated processes to fool a fish.
  14. having lived in several beat up old hoses with drafty windows and radiant heat i just go old school and keep a pot simmering.I usually ad some cinnamon as i like the smell.The old windows swell and get some ice around the edges sealing them tight.It gets so much more comfortable in the house and radiant heat no hot air blowing around.My new house has great new windows and great furnace/ac system.First hous i ever lived in with central air.I still will get a pot of water simmering when it gets super cold.
  15. Acetate floss?The type you soak with acetone and it becomes plastic like?Still have some i used years ago to make ants and some other crude bugs.The fumes alone made these unpleasant to to tie.
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