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About wschmitt3

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  1. I like it best in a split thread dubbing loop.
  2. Here are a few I'm playing around with. Ill also be tying up some poppers for salmon, gurglers for Dolly Varden, mice for rainbows, and insect imitations for greyling
  3. I got a little bit of a start already BCT. but Im only about 20 flies in. I plan on tying a couple dozen of each of a bunch of flies making an order right now actually. Ill post pictures as tying moves along.
  4. forgive my ignorance... why would I want to be spending lots and lots of hard earned dollars on a guide who learned to fish for the target species only six days before I arrived? I can learn as much in one day as most people can in six days. I don't get it. I've done a lot of stuff in my life, and exactly none of it took only six days to become an expert. If I were ever to book a guide I'd expect them to be an expert at whatever situation was at hand. Congratulations, but damn... hope it worked out for you. Jszymczyk, It worked out great, I had very happy clients and lots of fish were caught by all. Your question is a valid one though. Guiding well, I think and most seem to agree, is equal parts fishing ability, waterway knowledge, teaching ability, hospitality, companionship and safety. The fishery I worked at this summer and will return to next summer is an amazing fishery and I got lucky enough to land my first guiding job during a huge run of highly aggressive fish so putting people on fish was pretty easy most days. Because of this my main concern was safe boat operation, casting/fishing skill instruction, rigging and hospitality and being a good tour guide and photographer and keeping my fly boxes stocked. My clients, unless they insisted, never had to rig their rods or change flies, use their own flies, land or net a fish and I processed and packaged their catch for them at the end of the day. You never know J maybe I am a super human like you and I can learn as much in 1 day as most can in 6 that would have given me the equivalent of 36 days worth of experience in 6 days. Even though I am not I did get a pretty thorough schooling on how to fish for salmon and how to navigate the river from some amazing guides and that combined with my already pretty well honed fishing skills I did as good as any other first year guide. It was an amazing experience and thanks all for the encouragement and congratulations. Below are My first Coho, a couple client fish on the stringer and a pretty good one I got on my 7 weight
  5. Thanks all, I'm crazy excited. It's all about being outside every day for me Mike. I actually really enjoy helping others catch fish. Honestly probably as much as catching fish my self. Plus getting paid to spend a month in remote Alaska is a pretty good incentive.
  6. I was hired by Good News River Lodge in Alaska yesterday! I am very fortunate to have been hired by such a top rate outfit and I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity.I am heading to Boston early this morning to catch an afternoon flight to anchorage. This time Friday I'll be there learning how to fish for silver salmon. Next Thursday I'll be taking my first clients out! If any one is thinking about perusing a career in fly fishing I highly recommend going to Sweet Water Guide school. It was an awesome learning experience and attending was instrumental in getting this job. Now back to packing.
  7. that looks like a pretty good day of fishing Mike.
  8. Tide water did you tie all of those? If so well done sir. Those foam hoppers, bombers and mice are sick!
  9. That's a good point. I didn't think about the DO, there is so many things that can kill fish, it is amazing to me some times that there are any for us to catch.
  10. Did I draw it? I don't get it Mike. It was super blurry because there wasn't much light. It was a killer fish though probably 13-14" and it had to be 6" from the center of the very fat belly to its spine, I have no idea how much it weighed though. You broke your fly rod? How did that happen?
  11. You are correct it will wash down stream, I don't know about faster than soil though and humus does lower pH but (bear in mind this is purely theoretical thinking) when I have wet ash in a fire pit or seen wood stove ash piles get wet I have found that it makes a dense sticky paste and I think it would be more persistent than soil and would fill nooks and crannies in the stream bottom and effect pH for at least a little while. I am thinking of worst case scenario here, like a total burn right down to the roots over a large area in a head water mountain stream not a higher order river. In addition to the pH effecting osmoregulation and oxygen/carbon exchange in the fishes gills ash clogs up the gills and chokes them out I would think that this would happen very quickly. Also a very high pH like +11-12 I think will kill fish very very quickly. I don't know though I'm just spit balling here, I would think you would be the expert, I only have taken a a couple semesters worth of classes towards my environmental science degree, you spent 3 decades as an environmental scientist.
  12. Ash from burnt trees and grass in water makes a caustic or alkaline solution.
  13. Hog. Nuff said. Well one more thing. Terrible picture, sorry.
  14. Not volcanic ash silver, from forest fires, I believe that wood ash will make the water alkaline.
  15. I second what artimus001 says. I do this so I dont have to pull the nail knot and possibly, depending on the rod, a loop though the first guide.
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