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Lost Coast

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  1. Well done specieman! I am the owner/author of the SST Flies blog.
  2. I could get some amazing skating action from the foam in that position.
  3. WOW! I can see myself skating a few of these beauties in NORCAL.. Well done!
  4. It certainly takes a lot of practice. Once you have it down it shouldn't take any longer than a "regular" hairwing. The positive aspect is a nearly indestructible fly!
  5. Winter time is a amphipod (krill) game. The resident coho switch to baitfish around May and June so Clousers or flatwing patterns are the name of the game. If you're fishing with a short distance of a creek the Chum Fry pattern will knock it out of the park for all species when timing permits.
  6. I am way to late to the game here, but ditto on the Cowlitz. A lot of good swinging water from the hatchery down. However, expect a lot of company. The Kalama is a good bet, too! The fish are very receptive to the bug patterns. Most of the Columbia tribs (eastside of the mountains) will probably be closed If the Skykomish is open for summer runs...
  7. I was at a John Shewey demo and he was asked to demonstrate the Haas' technique, which he did. He said one advantage was that you could easily control the angle of the wing. I can see another benefit. If you just tie the wing, on top, facing forward and fold it back, you are tying over double the thickness of the hair bundle. With Haas' technique you are only tying over one thickness, making the head more compact, at least in the vertical plane. I plum forgot to include this in the article! I have burning the midnight oil recently- the fumes must have gotten to me!
  8. Greetings Piker, I cannot ascertain Haas' true intent for moving the wire, but I am sure we can all agree the main intent is trapping/locking the hair in place. However, I believe it might have been a combination of reasons. Coupled with trapping the hair, Haas being a commercial tier, might have opened the wire to speed up the process. While opening the wire involves an extra step, it does make introducing and securing the hair between the wire much easier- especially when the hair was brought back over to form the head. Additionally, instead of the hair being tied to the top or bottom of the shank, the hair is distributed evenly along the shank making a thinner and even tapered body. Finally, the head of the fly is finished conical shaped due to the hair being trapped and compressed evenly. Haas was a very intelligent man. Whether this was his intent or not, the technique simple yet pure genius!
  9. http://sstflies.blogspot.com/2015/12/ed-haas-tying-technique-weitchpec-witch.html
  10. Skunk is a wonderful substitute! I like the shorter guard hairs with some under fur left in for fullness
  11. Originally from Northern California. After 45-years in Washington I am headed home to the Lost Coast (in 55-days)... The fisheries are in such terrible state here I don't know where to begin. In addition to steelheading with the two-handers I also get a kick out of fishing for the resident miniature versions, too! Looking forward to being closer to the family and new adventures. Of course, the Rivers of the Lost Coast! I have started tying the classics again.... THOR Alec Jackson #5 Thread: 10/0 black Tail: Orange hackle fibers Body: Chinese red wool Hackle: Brown rabbit guard hairs with a wee bit of fluff (under fur) Wing: Skunk
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