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  1. Thats too bad, may he rest in peace. The first book of patterns I ever owned was one of his, it helped me to discover a whole new world of fishing. He will be missed.
  2. Another vote for Stevie Ray Vaughn, with Hendrix running a close second.
  3. I'd also like to wish all our American friends a Happy Thanksgiving! Drive safely and get stuffed!
  4. Red Green built a whole lodge out of them!
  5. Personally, I'm partial to the renzetti traveler for smaller 'trout' sized hooks and, for the larger pike and bass flies, I have to agree with Sean Juan, the Regal is an excellent and very servicable vice. Although not 'sexy' it is a sound design that works with less damaging 'cam pressure' than many collar types of vices which can alter a hooks structural integrity and make it weak at the bend. Good advice to take a large hook with you when you go shopping. Put the hook in and give 'er a good torque. Good luck.
  6. Hey Daryn, how are you folks making out in the east? Do you have any power yet? I saw the fottage of the toppled hydro tower on the weather network, that's gotta be a big job for the power co. to fix! Hope all is well. Stay warm man.
  7. I have to agree with Mark on this one. I've been tying for about 27 years now, but I still have my fair share of trouble, and when I look at the flies others have tied, I have to say 'WOW, wish I could do that!' On the other hand, I can sit down and whip out a pretty decent irrisistable or humpy in no time flat. It's a good question, but a little subjective. Considering how humble the crowd is here, no one is likely to qualify themselves as a professional tyer, even though some, no doubt, are in fact just that. There's always more to learn, that's the beauty of it. 0.02
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    Roll Call

    Walker. T. - Barrie, ont. Nottawassaga river, Beaver river, Bighead river, Simcoe(lake) and any trickle with a speckle in it.
  9. If you buy a hair-brush with the beads on the end you can cut them off and size them(length) according to the fly. Tied on one at a time. You can get them in different sizes and colors too, no weight. Good luck.
  10. Welcome aboard Andy, and greetings from freezing Ontario (Canada). Sounds like the real critic, the fish, thought your first fly was just fine. My first flies were tied with feathers from the slowest chickens and thread from my moms sewing kit. My vice was a surveyers pen with a C-clamp to hold it to my desk! Not very pretty, but worked well enough to fool a few creek chub and speckled trout with poor vision, and it got me hooked on this great past time. All the best, stay warm.
  11. That was a good article. I also carry a rod in my work van for just such an occasion. Good advice, seems like you always see the best water when you don't have a rod handy.
  12. It's remembrance day here in Canada today, but I can't help but to also be thankful for the actions of our dear and couragous friends to the south, who continue to protect all of our freedoms and aspirations with thier supreme scarifices. None of it goes un-noticed or unappreciated. To those who have been lost, or lost their own, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and all you fight for!
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    long road back

    Thanks for the kind words guys. I was one of the lucky ones, only missing 4 months work, and then back in the saddle. have a good one.
  14. Walker

    long road back

    About the first week in July I discovered that I was having some trouble tying. My left hand wasn't responding very well, and I was dropping stuff (more than usual). On the second week of july, while on a canoe trip with my son, I lost all the control of the whole left side of my body, from my feet to my mouth. I was diagnosed, a week later, with MS. It's been a hell of a trip back, folks, and I really miss fly fishing and tying. Today is my second day back at work- so things are looking up! In a little while I'll be able to try my hand at some basic wets and streamers and hopefully, by the winter, I'll be able to do some steelhead casting in some of our lovely Ontario tribs. My only reason for posting this is to warn any youngsters to pay attention to your body and take care of yourself. If something doesn't feel right, don't shrug and carry on, get to the doctor and get checked out. All the best people.
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    I tried using the patch, but I couldn't keep it lit.
  16. I just got mine too, thanks again James. Look out trout!
  17. Fish can't get through the broken part of the dam, besides there are already fish above the dam. What worries me is the silt that will be released if the dam breaks down. That will destroy the hatches and the future spawning, if that even happens.
  18. Thanks for your time and effort James. It was fun to be a part of it.
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    Carpin with OSD

    Thats hilarious!
  20. The dam has definitely been breached and is in jeopardy of now breaking up. The downstream portion may be in serious trouble as well as the holding area directly above the dam. I wonder how this is going to affect lower river hatches? It's not good folks, not good at all. Look like Nick and Pauly dog made it out of there just in time!
  21. By the way Nick, I didn't get your PM, try an email instead.
  22. Walker

    New Guy

    Welcome Mike, you'll find a great bunch of folks here, all very helpful and they even put up with me. Great lookin' family by the way.
  23. Hey Nick, I seem to recall you were headed up there for some speckles and lakers? It sucks when you have guys backing out at the last minute, especially after you've booked holidays off! My brother had to cancel also, but he had a very good reason. It's just my teenage son and I this trip. I think next year we're going a LOT farther, possibly the missinaibi(sp?) river system in the farther north. If you have a hard time getting a solid group together then let me know, maybe we could work something out. Be forwarned, when it comes to canoe trips we can be pretty hard-core sometimes, but it's always fun and the fishing can be out of this world if you get far enough from the crowd. I'll talk to you soon Nick, maybe see you at the grand next friday.
  24. Hey Nick, email me with your campsite info and cell#, if you have it. I'm off for a week starting the 15th too! My son and I are headed up near algonquin for 5 days of laker action first, but the friday or so I could catch up with you for a days brown fishing on the grand, yes...I do believe it's just what the doctor ordered!
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