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Duffin Boy

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  1. Go with the Frontier 12. I have used one all season and I also have a W.S. Commander 120 both very stable boats but the Nucanoe is best for most conditions. Tracks well, surprisingly nimble for a wide craft and so stable you can stand and jump in it. While not the fastest I had no trouble keeping up to the Commander and if I am in a big hurry I can use the Minn Kota to get where I am going. It was great to stand and pole through the flat and sight fish. Lots of room and no end to rigging ideas for any activity (there is a blind to allow you to stand and hunt.) Customer service is topnotch and responsive. My experience anyway. DuFf
  2. If anyone is interested, Brad Hodkinson of Soo North Flyshop just put a copy up for sale on Facebook. If you google Soo North Flyshop or Brad, you can get a contact. Don't know whether it is kosher to link his place here. It is the Bible of Fly tying.......anything you need to know is there DuFf
  3. Got it free with a subscription to FlyTying Journal years ago. Great reference book for anyone.
  4. Magazine arrived......thanks Will. I think it is more shiny than the last one.
  5. It's DuFf..........and it's the thought that counts Ridley. Cheers..... Eh
  6. Well, the problem is solved. Will has explained that he makes Canadians wait an extra long time for Hatches to repay us for unleashing Celine Dion, Jim Carey and Howie Mandel on an unsuspecting American Public. I humbly apologize to Americans on behalf of Canadians everywhere for this horrible misdeed. On a side note, It helps when you e-mail Will three times with no response, that you check to see if you have the right address. Thanks Will and thanks also for slipping some Swag in with the Hatches magazine, you didn't really have to do that. That Will.....what a guy. Cheers DuFf Ian.......you would eat the last Coaster Brookie?..........really? tsk tsk. If it ain't Pike..... It ain't right. eh?
  7. Be patient?............I stand in front of the Microwave and yell "Hurry Up!"
  8. Where is my Hatches Magazine? I have e-mailed Will 3 times now I ordered 1 first of Sept. (online - visa) This has happened before with the last two issues I ordered as well. Tom Bie at the Drake has a better system now.....
  9. Thanks for your time here. I have mailed flies iin Canada n a flat tin (like an old cigarette case) before but not across the border. I suppose I can send cash for thr return trip. Customs slip should say "Fishing Lures- Gift "??????? DuFf
  10. Hi Folks, I haven't dropped in for a while so forgive me if I only ask a question this time. I am in a Fly swap and have to send flies from Toronto Canada to Maine U.S. Is there any special regulations to contend with or any tips or tricks in shipping. Best way?, packaging? , labeling ?etc. I have usually sent flies by express post with a return post envelope in Canada but these will be going across the border. What about the return postage from Maine to Toronto? Should I just send cash to cover the return postage? Thanks for any help. DuFf
  11. A little late for a reply I 'm afraid, just saw the post. I just got back from Assategue and asked the same questions about shore casting ( I am a Great Lakes Trout guy so all advice is second hand) I was told orange or yellow over white and Copper, Copper, Copper, and if I was to remember one thing it was COPPER Flashaboo in clousers etc. A trip down to The Salasbury Flyshop might be worth your while. Mason Huffman, the owner knows his stuff and if he does't talk your ear off, you will leave with a mission. I found a lot of eager advice from the boys on Tidal fish board as well ( Virginia angler and fly board) Not that the boys here have not lent a hand) When I was there the winds and surf pretty much restricted me to casting hunks of bunker on a telephone pole with 6 - 1oz weights to hold bottom. A 6lb Bluefish and a small Striper were the rewards ( but wish they had been on the fly) Cheers DuFf
  12. QUOTE (nightfish @ Mar 10 2005, 08:58 PM) Great suggestions. Thanks! But what I'm looking for is more of a lesson plan...like week 1, intro to tools, materials, proportions, a couple of beginning patterns, etc. Week 2 more patterns & a new technique...things like that. The class will be for 10-20 students, so passing around a book or two wouldn't be very time efficient, although a reading list would be nice to have for them. "Fly Tying made Clear & Simple" by Skip Morris is a book that my Tying lessons were based on. The flies in the book (illustrated) are staged so that the skills you learn on each Fly can be used in the next fly and so on and so on through the book. Introduction, tools, materials are all covered plus some extra recipies are listed and pictured at the back. Skip Morris has written this as a one book course to beginning Flytying. You could copy pages as handouts. My $0.02 Good Luck Duff
  13. Disaster! I tied up a bunch of Copper John variants. (a Fly tribute to Johnny Carson called "Here's Johny") for a swap. I used a black raffia w/holigraphic strip wingcase and applied a drop of epoxy to the cases a few nights ago. ( my first time working with epoxy.) I mixed half and half according to the directions and it set up perfectly like a dome on each back. The next morning it had run into the fly and dissapeared and left a sticky mess of legs etc. Besides not hanging them upside down, why would the stuff still be sticky after over 24hrs ( mixed to instuctions) Any way to fix these or save them? Any suggestions? Thanks Duff
  14. I am saddened at the loss of my favorite " Sports writer" Another 20 yr+ fan. I wonder what kind of tribute Doonesbury will cook up for Uncle Duke.. I have learned that his request was to be cremated (done Tues.) and have his ashes shot out of a cannon on his Aspen property. "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me." Hunter S. Thompson Goodbye Dr. Gonzo Rest in Weirdness Duff I just found one of my favorite passages. This is for the fans: “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive...." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?" Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. "What the heck are you yelling about?" he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. "Never mind," I said. "It's your turn to drive." I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.” Fear and Loathing Hunter S. Thompson
  15. Nice score Frank ......beats a T-Shirt! Old Wheatley is nice and the Wallet might be older than you think. Now you need an old Boo to refinish, a fedora, an old cane creel and a flask. I don't know if we have the time for horsehair leaders and Silk fly lines in the graphite age. Hard to believe they fished with some of the old gear. Some of the old stuff is pretty interesting.( The Sportfishing Museum in Vancouver is must see for "finatics" The show was a disappointment for me as well. The fly stuff was spread out and hard to find.( I never did find the guy with the books) I did not see a place to try out rods etc. I did get to meet a few "Web Friends", nice to put a face to a name. I guess the Walton show will be a better bet. Cheers Duff
  16. Hey Nick, Try this board at FishBC FishBC They were helpful when I went out. With all the rain etc. you will want up-to-date info. If you are in Vancouver, don't miss the Canadian Sportfishing Museum on Granville Island. It is well worth the time. ( short watertaxi ride across the channel, right downtown.) besides the largest private collection of Hardy reels etc, it has drawers and drawers of flies by some pretty famous tyers and walls of rods etc. Have a good trip! Cheers Duff
  17. Well, most of the klutzy ones have been mentioned but here is a simple tip. After laying out the CDC or Maraboo for a dozen or so flies and putting on some tunes............ DON'T WHISTLE ALONG. I am still finding CDC around. Also not reccommended when putting in Contact Lenses. Cheers Duff
  18. Those could possibly be the ugliest flies I have ever seen! Realistic is one thing, these flies ooze ... Nice work! Duff
  19. I got The Benchside "Bible" with the 5yr subscription and the Magazine is worth it as well. Lots of tips in the articals and lots of patterns to tie. Next to Flytyer , it may be my favorite Mag now. Cheers Duff
  20. Well a package arrived last night from Cabelas. My Wife has bought me the Cabelas Stretchable Gortex Wading jacket for my Birthday. I looked at the Simms jackets at BPS and this one looks comparable to the Simms Guide Model. New XCR Stretchable Gortex panels in the arms and back Wow! Storm flaps, sealed zippers, large chest pockets for flyboxes , zippered access to inside pockets and shirt, neo- cuffs to stop water and velcro adjustment straps on the sleeves Sealed Zipper under the arms for venting, D-rings, peaked hood. I know my Gortex garments and this one is a beaut! $249 US vs the Simms $500 (Can.) this one looks like a no-brainer for anyone in the market. Cheers Duff
  21. This is a product on the market, but the plastic ties should be attached through the bottom slats of the basket and point up like the cones in this basket. On second thought, Cabelas sell one for $20 I think, maybe an option. Cheers Duff
  22. Get a plastic basket Like a smaller laundry basket and get some Plastic ties like electricians use to keep wires together. Attach them in the bottom ribs so the straight ends poke up like spikes in the bottom of the basket. They will keep the line coils separate and untangled until you cast again. If you get the right basket, you can feed a belt through the top and wear it around your waist like a more expensive stripping basket. Cheers Duff Hey Sean.... Strongbad don't Nap!!!!!!
  23. Duffin Boy

    Which Tube

    I posted this below but maybe this is a better place for the question. Well, yesterday was my Birthday (after my 50th I have ignored them) and lo and behold what was in the two boxes my Wife presented me with? One was a catalog printout of the Cabelas Goretex Stretchable Wading Jacket ( on the way she says, ) AND a picture of a Float Tube! Pick One Out !, she said!!!!! I think she is trying to make up for the Exercise Bike she bought for me at Christmas. ( I guess I didn't look all that excited Christmas morning, hey who can blame me , if you can't fish with it.................) Anyway, now I have to "Pick out a float tube." Any Recommendations????? I weigh about 230 lbs ( hence the Exercise Bike) and would want to be able to carry the tube for moderate distances to water. Also be able to pack in the back of the 4x4 on trips South in a reasonable space. I am leaning toward a Fat Cat but open to suggestions from those who "Float". Also I am in S. Ontario so availability is an issue. Thanks For your help Duff "Older and Wider"
  24. QUOTE (fishyfranky @ Jan 11 2005, 01:28 PM) Happy Bday Duff! You not only older, but wider as well! Hey, if you and Steve head out for staging bows this winter let me know so I can take a picture of the Laurel and Hardy's Okay... good luck in your quest Oh Sure! "Another fine mess you've got me into Stanley" Hey Steves in the market for a "toon", maybe his old Tube is available, We could be The Three Stooges Knuk Knuk........Wise Guy! Cheers Duff "Older and Wider"
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