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About Jim2Flies

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  • Birthday 01/18/1968

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  1. Carp are the fresh water bonefish. On a fly I have caught 28" bows on a dry fly in WYO, 11 lbs bucketmouths in KS, but nothing but a carp has taken me into my backing 2-3 times. Broken hooks, broken leaders... Gimmee those golden fresh water bones anyday! When you want to catch them they are as finicky and skitish as any trout. Zug bugs with big "wet" fly collars, cottonwood seed imitations, small crayfish. Now that I am in Arkansas it seems to be tough to find them. KS was the best for sand pits, ponds and lakes with the golden bones
  2. Last Thanksgiving, I floated a river with a Frenchman. Only advice I can offer is - Make sure that your canoeing partner knows that when you start yelling "LEFT! LEFT! GO LEFT!" like a madman that he knows you want him to direct the boat LEFT and NOT row on the Left side." Other than than, I love the red bandanna backpack shown above.
  3. You touched the water with your left foot first didn't you? Always, always dip your right toe into the water then the left! A lesson that I learned a loooooong time ago... But I am not superstitious unless Stevie is playin.
  4. Don't recognize the vise, but I say enjoy it.
  5. I would defer to the rod builders, but I think everybody has multiple casting styles. Depends on what you are throwing, how far, how hard the wind is blowing, etc. back in the early 90's I had a Sage 4 piece 4 wt. Hated it. Would have been a great 6 wt rod, but I didnt want a 6wt. One of my favorites was the 8'6" 4 wt Sage LL for lazy days and the XP was definitley a winner. My all around favorite rod is an old T&T HS 9' 6wt. For Bass, Phil Castleman used to sell a 3 piece 9'6" 8 wt (use a 9wt line) that is a winner. Great rod for $120. Love the Orvis far and fine series for a short rod. For me it depends on what you want. If you want a good all around rod you need to cast several different types to see what you prefer. Fast, med-fast, medium, slow. Or you could be looking for a specific style or species = Bass, steelhead, saltwater, bass. I have to contact Steve. I have been jonesing for one of the 5 piece winston's every since casting one the first year they came out. Just can't get myself to pull the trigger with that high $$ price tag. Enjoy your search! Del
  6. Great for scuds as well. Mono base, lead (sub) wraps for weight, tie in your favorite shell back, dub and then pull shell back down and use mono for ribbing and tie off.
  7. Heron also makes for great legs on these.
  8. Jute is a good thing. You can buy a softball size roll of it at any hardware store for 1.99. It can be used on smaller flies if you dub it (spin) on the thread.
  9. Nothing great this year, but about 10 years ago my wife called Phil Castleman and bought a Chatterer skin for me. He sent her two skins and told her to send back the one that I didn't want. Good wives are hard to come [email protected]!
  10. I did try google... No go. It was 2 or 3 diff colors of marabou and then woven or braided. I just can't find it now!~~~ I figured if anyone, it would be someone here that either wrote it or is familiar with it. Thanks.
  11. I saw a pattern tutorial somewhere not long ago... it used diff colored marabou and was woven. I believe it was a damsel or dragon nymph. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Can you point me to it? Thanks Jim2flies
  12. More than likely the material is packaged as "the Kelson Collection" and not actual materials from George. I have several packages myself. They have been around for years and may have, at one time, had George's stuff, but... Nonetheless, they are good materials geared towards the tier and not the collector. Hope this helps. Jimbo
  13. Yup... I actually spent the weekend with Igor Sikorsky III at lake Munsungen in Northern Maine in 1999 or 2000. Bradford Camps. The II was there as well. It was an avaiation weekend. Me and my boss, the VP of Customer service Bombardier/Learjet, went up there to bask in the tales of history from the horses mouth. Actually rode in on a 172 floatplane. One highlight was the Caravan on floats. Got to see and hear the family history first hand. Igor III said it was such a success that he was going to do it annually. Been doin the aircraft thing for almost 18 years now. Met lotsa fly fishing folk from around the world. They go hand in hand.
  14. Actually that is my boeing fly. the Lear fly has a T tail and quills for the engines. The tail is two feathers back to back and bent. The RH vertical is folde to make up the LH horizontal.
  15. Here are a couple. A friend (non fly tier or fisher) and I came up with this fly 5 yrs ago in a meeting at Learjet. I happened to have some feathers in my daytimer and everyone was late. I did a T tail (learjet style) also out of Mallard wings. Pretty cool when someone that has no idea on fly tying or has never done it helps you in a creative way. His name is R. Puetz, pronounced "Pitts." So... the fly is aptly named the Puetz Special. Merry Christmas to all you thread winders and hackle dunkers. 2Flies
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