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  • Birthday 12/30/1965

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    Charlton MA

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  1. According to Eric Austin the PMD No Hackle Dun is "the most difficult fly to tie correctly, bar none." I can't say I've ever tied one so I don't know. His video is below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Hpt4kMt4o
  2. Guys It's amazing to me that after 20 years of fly fishing and watching hundreds of you tube videos of others fly fishing that was the first time I saw this technique of wrapping shot.
  3. Speaking of shot, I was watching "Trout Bitten" on you tube. He gives a great tip regarding the problem of shot slipping on the leader. After placing the tippet in the slot wrap the tippet around the slot once before very lightly clamping. I've been doing this, the shot can't move and you really only need to squeeze it on with the lightest force so it's easy to remove. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td6HHVXSmVs
  4. All this brought back a memory of when I went to see George Carlin in the 1980's. Part of his act that night was defining what a sport was. I remember he said something like "Activities and hobbies are fine but don't call them sports. If it can't cause injury or make you bleed it's not a sport". "And golf isn't a sport, you know why? Because there's no potential for violence, auto racing- now that's a sport"! I always think of fly fishing as more of an art or a craft but apparently it's a "sport". 😆 Trouttramp those Gordons look great!
  5. What a blessing Grandchildren are! Your a lucky man Darrell!
  6. Guys- magnets are your friend, so are barbless hooks. My tying desk is located in a corner of my wife's home office with the agreement that I keep it neat, clean and that every single hook is accounted for. She spends 8-10 hours most days in the office with our pups for company so losing a hook can't happen ever. To that end I have a extension handle mechanics magnet which is very powerful and I have never not recovered a dropped hook. Directly under the jaws of my vise I have a magnetic mechanics small parts tray. If I plan on tying 4 flies, then 4 hooks and only 4 hooks are placed in the tray. It also has a very strong magnet and does a great job of catching hooks or flies that get away from me when placing or removing them from the vise. Still this Saturday I had a #14 caddis emerger buried in my middle finger right up to the bend- Yipe! I was fishing a 2 fly rig, with a #18 nymph on the point and the emerger 18" above on the dropper. I caught a decent sized fall fish on the dropper, unhooked it and dropped it back into the river. On it's way down it hit the nymph and the weight of the fish pulled the emerger straight down and right into my finger. Fortunately these days I strictly fish barbless. 15 years ago I probably would have ended up in the ER as this one went in really deep, well past the barb. There some wincing involved but I was able to pull it out and continue fishing.
  7. STONE FLY NYMPH HOOK: #10 2XL NYMPH THREAD: BLACK 6/0 UNDER BODY: .20 WIRE TAIL: TURKEY BIOTS ABDOMEN/BODY: UTC VINYL RIB- OLIVE WING CASE: TURKEY BIOTS THORAX: 50/50 MIX OF BROWN AND OLIVE DUBBING LEGS: GOOSE BIOTS
  8. Our rivers are still high and flowing fast from last weeks rain. I had use large shot to get the flies down and ended up losing quite a few to the bottom #16 Ray Charles nymph and a #16 Olive CDC bead head were the producers-
  9. Good for you Steve- be safe and enjoy!
  10. Wow, exceptional work Norm! I love these Rick, what is the "high float fibers" material your using for the wing?
  11. Our Gills are the same here. In the warm months they are super aggressive and on most days will take any fly you throw at them. Once hooked they usually put up a great fight, especially the big ones. Here in Massachusetts they can are found in any warm water from lakes to rivers and I've spent many happy hours catching them. The Cichlids and Oscar are beautiful!
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