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Charlie P. (NY)

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About Charlie P. (NY)

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    Upstate NY

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  1. You beat me with that. DON'T but materials just because they "look good". I learned to shop for specific flies and keep ALL the materials in a pouch or zip-lock baggie for that specific pattern. Except threads and hooks. Before doing this I had accumulated six .50 Cal ammo cans, two cat litter lidded pails, and two suitcases full of odd material I may never use. I still have two backpacks and two tackle boxes (one to hold multiple 3700 Plano boxes) of the "currently useful" materials that I keep in a hall closet. I set up like a gypsy on a folding table to tie. Someday my ideal is a desk just for fly tying.
  2. Metz has some #3, but Whiting at $145 is the way to go. If you want to go that way. The trout won't likely notice. 😉
  3. Agree the first one is an ice-fishing "bumper" lead so you can find the depth (pull the line and remove but then you know you're just over the bottom when you put the line back in). Second image is an arm? Red barberry berries under a green condom? I really can't make out the image.
  4. That's what I do. Bend a hackle under the hook and see how the fibers are in relation to the hook tip. If 1/3 of the fiber is pat the point you're golden . . . mean. ;-)
  5. For wading the little blue lines I have a very old bent wood net that I replaced the old course cotton netting with a Tenkara fine mesh. Traditional yet trout friendly. In my kayak I keep a 20" Surehold.
  6. I have a pair of Orvis Ultralight convertible & breathable (with the boots - I have relatively small feet for being 6'2" and there is always way more stocking foot than I need in sock-foot waders). I now keep a medium UV glue tube and light in the SUV but have had good luck keeping them water-tight. In the summer I wet wade with old sneakers.
  7. My opinions: 1. Muskrat nymph in sizes 6 - 10. I don't mimic adults. 2. Perhaps. Fish a streamer to catch the big ones if small fry are present. 3. I like hoppers but fish them right up against the bank. No reason for a hopper to be out "in the middle". 4. 5 wt is fine. My smallest trout/smallmouth/panfish rod is a 6 wt and my large lure bass & pike rod is a 9 wt. It's about the size of the lure. Not the size of the fish.
  8. NY Smallmouth don't have a tendency to short strike or nibble. I never found a trailer hook necessary. In fact, I use 34007 or 2X shank hooks often and lots of material behind them.
  9. There were at least a #3, #5 and #7. Mid 1940's to mis 1950's (?)
  10. Because I care . . Slightly out of focus. Background makes it appear the fly is half as wide as a 18" +/- chair back. Natural lighting (window) is behind the fly instead of behind the photographer.
  11. If it is weighted at one end the material end will always follow the head because of drag in the water if there is any motion up or down going on. I don't think the fish will care of the leech isn't exactly parallel to the surface. Ever watch a leech swim? https://youtu.be/MY3E_Cnq-8s
  12. I learned to do it decades ago with two fingers. I practiced at work for HOURS on my lunch breaks. Eric Leiser drew it up in The Complete Book of Fly Tying that I about wore out from the local library but eventually bought a copy off a used book store. I do use a whip finisher tool for smaller flies.
  13. Wo . . .! That's some serious ground tackle! Not your first rodeo, though (trip set-up with the cable ties and bottom shackle).
  14. I have to say 90% of my fly tying is in March or evenings during the winter. Other things doing the rest of the year. ;-)
  15. No. Maybe 60 hours of fly tying annually.
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