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wschmitt3

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  1. Brag away Noah! Catching fish should always be celebrated. I also find taking fish pictures inconvenient and some times irresponsible in hot weather. Welcome to the forum. This is a great place to find knowledge. -Will
  2. Had some fantastic dry fly fishing on the Ammonoosuc River in New Hampshire today. Many rainbows with sore mouths. The place I fished was a section of river I pass over every time I fish the Ammonoosuc and it is just loaded with fish.
  3. Scottk and vicrider, I am pretty sure that the olive and natural Hungarian partridge skins I have, while expensive, were the best purchase I have made for tying flies. I use them for all the time they make great legs, soft hackles and even tails. You get a really good range of sizes a good number of each size, the best part is the ease of finding different size feathers. The first partridge I purchased was in the little bags and I was so disappointed, there was almost no usable feathers, it was a total waste of money.
  4. My materials list is as follows- Thread -Black Danville 6/0 Tail-Natural Pheasant tail Wire-Small Copper Brown Body-Tail fibers wrapped forward with wire counter wrapped Thorax-Peacock Herl Soft hackle-Hungarian Partridge Natural
  5. I love Maine and I love brookies. I happen to be lucky enough to live near a place that has very healthy populations of naturally reproducing brookies and I don't visit often enough. Your post inspired me to go up and make a visit to the little guys soon. Nice pictures. Seems like you had a good trip. Congrats.
  6. NHmatt, I second stevester's comment. I find that the longer my casts are the harder it is to set the hook and as a result I miss more fish. I find I have the most success when I stay stealthy, make short casts and keep as little slack in the line as possible.
  7. I like to think that when I make purchases for fly fishing and tying I purchase gear that is of good quality and high functionality but not a super high price. All three of my rods are TFO because they work well and have a very reasonable price point. The one place I didn't skimp was my waders and boots. Last fall I got a pair of Patagonia Rio Gallegos waders and Simms Guide boots at a 30% discount and while the total was a tough pill to swallow I have been very very happy that I didn't skimp that purchase the fit and function is fantastic on both. Thinking about it I also don't skimp on fly lines either all of my lines are Rio or Scientific Anglers.
  8. Got my flies today. Very nice job everyone! Thanks for having me in the swap I really like seeing every one's work. -Will
  9. I second Whitlock's SLF and Spirit River Fine and dry dubbing I use a few different types of both. They are both excellent products. Edit: Whitlock's SLF is based on natural fibers which absorb water. If you use it for dry flies make sure to use floatant on the dubbing when you tie it up.
  10. Thanks for sharing. I think your youtube videos are great. I have used them as a reference since I started tying.
  11. Wow!Nice work! Just a little heads up. Tying flies is a great hobby and there is nothing more rewarding than catching a fish on a fly you made. However tying flies probably isn't going to save you any cash, on second thought at $3 a fly you might save a few bucks.
  12. Post a link to your YT videos! Welcome to the forum. -Will
  13. Couple hours fishing yesterday and the day before was kinda slow but I brought in a few.
  14. Bruce, So you prefer a straight shank hook for the stimulator? The hook I'm using is a Umpqua U203. Those were my first stimulators and have since been scrapped and the hooks recycled into new ones. I now use waspi superfine for them. I have about a dozen or so that have been fishing well but the next time I'm going to tie some up with foam. As for the nymph. I agree with the comment about the rubber legs some smaller diameter would probably work better but I am pretty sure the hook was a 3xl with a down eye. Either way I didn't have any success with it the couple times I used it.
  15. Bruce, So you prefer a straight shank hook for the stimulator? The hook I'm using is a Umpqua U203. Those were my first stimulators and have since been scrapped and the hooks recycled into new ones. I now use waspi superfine for them. I have about a dozen or so that have been fishing well but the next time I'm going to tie some up with foam. As for the nymph. I agree with the comment about the rubber legs some smaller diameter would probably work better but I am pretty sure the hook was a 3xl with a down eye. Either way I didn't have any success with it the couple times I used it.
  16. I like waspi superfine on mine but like others have said just about any dubbing or yarn will work. Try to stick with non-absorbant buoyant materials so the Fly will float well.
  17. Follow the swaps section it will email you when a new topic is started.
  18. Flies are on the way. I had originally tied up a deer hair emerger pattern and wasn't really liking them that much so I tied up some black x-caddis flies. After getting a couple hook ups fishing the deer hair emerger between a large Bead head P.T. Nymph and a stimulator during an emergence of large mayflies I decided to send out both of them. Hope you all enjoy! Thanks for Having me in this swap. -Will
  19. Received the flies today they all look really good. I'm excited to put some of them in the water. Thanks for having me in the swap! -Will
  20. All done. I was sitting down to tie for a while today and had no flies I really "needed" to tie so I figured I'd just knock 'em out.
  21. Breambuster, Put me in for a size 14 (or 16 depending on hook supply) soft hackle pheasant tail nymph. -Will
  22. Welcome to the forum! Where were you in Iraq and when? I was in Ramadi June 05-July 06. Where do you call home in the states? -Will
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