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  1. They work great for me on Georgetown Lake (SW Anaconda, MT) on the opening weekend in May. Just about anywhere you can find a weed line at 8-10’, the rainbows love em.
  2. Two Whiting Pro Grade Midge Saddles sold on Ebay in the last 24 hours for $413, $405 by novice Ebay buyers. It’s getting to be like the Tulip Mania of the 17th century
  3. Your fly will catch fish. Good Job. I am a big fan of the soft hackle style for two reasons. One, soft hackle flies are used throughout the water column to suggest aquatic insects that are in any stage of emergence. Two, the nature of the soft hackle feather—grouse, partridge, hen, etc. inevitably imparts movement of limbs and such to the fly when in the water. This movement and the wide variety of body materials that can be used to create color and contrasts makes a soft hackle style fly extremely enticing to fish. Soft hackles are not about imitations, but instead attraction and suggestion. This short You Tube video of a caddis pupa emerging demonstrates the movements and pulsations that a pupa goes through to emerge as an adult. Although this was filmed out of water. This process takes place from the bottom to the top of the water column. Caddis Hatch On the Firehole River in YNP, caddis is king in June, although BWO and PMDs are just as common. Traditional Soft Hackles swung through wide glides are killer flies replicating emerging Caddis and Mayflies. Color rarely matters because the soft hackle style does such a good job of replicating the type of movement and pulsations shown in the video.
  4. Bob, Flies in the post today. 1 dozen Glass-eyed damsel nymphs. Productive stillwater trout and panfish pattern. Glass-Eyed Damsel Nymph Hook: Firehole Stick 718 #10 Thread: UTC 140 Dark Olive Eyes: Clear Glass Beads on Mono Stalk Weight: 8-10 turns .015 Lead Free Wire Tail: Olive Marabou Body: Olive Ostrich Herl Rib: UTC BR Wire Copper Thorax: Arizona Olive Brown Diamond Dub Legs: Dark Brown Hen
  5. To bad these don't grow on trees: Whiting Gold Herbert Miner Cree Saddle
  6. A while back I wrote a post for the Jay Stockard blog entitled: Soft Hackle Essentials. A bit dated now on the hook advice but otherwise there was and still is this piece of advice—the Partridge and ANYTHING is a productive fly that is easy to tie. Whether you use thread, silk, floss, dubbing, feather fibers, herl, flash, hair or whatever, the basic soft hackle design works.These are killer flies on the Firehole in YNP and my favorite bodies are made from pheasant tail fibers or goose quill fibers because they make great segmented bodies. Another body material that has proven itself is Moose hair. Dyed moose with hair up to 3 inches long is readily available and a single hair can be wound like a quill to create a slim, segmented body. Another body technique is using a single pheasant tail fiber as ribbing over a thread body. The segmented look is enticing. Although we might call them partridge and ANYTHING other posters above have it right. Just about any type of soft hackle feather will make a productive fly. Although I tie a lot with partridge, CDL hen and simple old farmyard hen works just as well. Give them all a tie going forward.
  7. Count Me In - Although opening day in Montana was 1975
  8. One of my favorite Ant patterns is the Bead Butt Ant using a small glass bead for the abdomen. Small beads in translucent red, brown, copper or black make for a realistic ant abdomen. Tied with quality dry fly hackle and 1 mm foam for the head, these float well enough but also do a great job when they sink. Size 18 Bead Butt Ant below.
  9. Dyna King Barracuda Indexer. Had it since the late 1990s. Re the storage system. Since I have the room to myself, I really needed things organized. You accumulate a lot of stuff in 60+ years of tying.
  10. One Dozen Carey Double Red Butts in the post today Carey Double Red Butt Hook: Firehole 718 #6 Thread: UTC 140 Red Tail/Butt: Pheasant Tail Dyed Red Body: Red Flashabou First Hackle: Pheasant Back Church Window tied mid-shank Second Hackle: Pheasant Rump
  11. I've have top ten materials on the top of three different shelves. Unfortunately they tend to rotate a bit as I tie, so the top ten lists would be out of date every day or so.
  12. Not a true race car, but I did some professional motorcycle dirt track racing back in the early 1970s. Also, more practically my Air Force work got me through a number of Secret Service defensive driving courses and I drove big, heavy armored Mercedes in London, Germany and Istanbul for many years.
  13. Count me in. Carey Double Double Red Butt
  14. Where do you fish? What do you fish for? And more importantly what do you want to tie ?
  15. I am a big fan of bend backs around mangrove shorelines and oyster beds. My first ever redfish was on a bend back along the southeast shoreline of Tampa Bay. There are always a few in my saltwater boxes. Been tying these Myakka Minnows bend back style on the new Umpqua bend back hooks. Just moved the weight back toward the bend as much as possible. They worked fine last trip on snook moving along mangroves my last trip to Tampa.
  16. Flash Belly Humpy A high floating, fast water, turbulent water fly Hook: Firehole 419 #8 Thread: UTC 140 Tail and Body: Moose Body Hair Dyed Belly: Polarflash or Flashabou Mirage Hackle: Saddle, heavily hackled.
  17. For someone new to the flats of the central Florida Gulf Coast, my recommendation would be to tote the kayak north to De Soto County Park on the Pinellas peninsula. There’s some decent kayak access south of Anna Marie but nothing to compare with the wading opportunities at Fort De Soto. Late March is a great time, especially for trout and snook which will be returning to the coast from their winter haunts. PM me for more details. Fish down there 3 or 4 times every year.
  18. I am trying a completely new approach to my fly boxes this year—a unique box tailored for individual waters by season. In the course of a typical SW Montana season (including YNP) —March to November, I’ll probably fish 15+ different waters. Over the years, I’ve pretty much learned what works when on individual waters. So this year instead of carrying multiple fly boxes that might have only 20% of the flies I might need, I intend to dedicate individual boxes to flies I know work when and where I am fishing. The goal being 100% of the flies in a single box will be provisioned for a specific water and season. I realize this will result in some duplication and the need for more numbers of some patterns, but what the hell, I tie a dozen flies a day when I am not fishing. My stockpile of trout flies have exploded this winter so provisioning of unique water oriented fly boxes will commence in February in anticipations of those first trips in March.
  19. I am in. Pine Squirrel Bugger #1
  20. I'll second the giving flies to deserving groups - Giving Back - MGTU 2018 EBAY is also a good alternative Only 20 a week? My obsession results in at least a dozen a day.
  21. OD on Redfish Crack Getting ready for a early April trip to Mosquito Lagoon
  22. “Once you see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer the boundaries of your environment.” ― Marshall McLuhan
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