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  1. i think a store environment is more a reflection of the owner/staff than the brand name it is affiliated with. i say this because the nearest store to me is an Orvis store and i go there every saturday and hang out for at least an hour and chat for last 3 months since i started tying my own. Clothing is downstairs and fishing/tying supplies upstairs. The owner and staff are avid flyfising people. i suppose if they werent, it would be more about the clothes, but fortunatley for me they are. i learn alot from them. long story shortrened: A few weeks ago i wanted a 9wt. and it was topic of conversation between me and staff member. the rod they had in stock was out of my price range so we flipped through the catalog and i decided on the next step down and they were going to order it for me. the owner was downstairs and heard the conversation. He came upstairs, said "youve been here every saturday for last couple months and have been a good customer. i'll take $150 off the rod on the rack" i did not turn away his generosity.i was more than greatful and my hands were shaking a bit i was so excited. They have also recommended another fly shop for me to go stop by because they have "alot of neat stuff" for me to check out. A big thank you to Panorama Outfitters where the people make my experince enjoyable and not the name on the door
  2. in the top right corner of the page there are a couple of flags..click on the UK flag for english version
  3. Thank you. Of the major pitfalls to someone new to this craft i think i have finally gotten past crowding the eye of the hook and too many thread wraps, however i do still have to work on the amount of material i use. i am going to tie one up in a few following your suggestion. gotta do my taxes first. been kind of in a pickle. i have been tying for 3 and a half months but have yet to actually get any of my flies wet. that all comes to an end this weekend though since i am opening the cottage friday. Will probably spend every free moment on the end of the dock casting my flies to see how they swim. doubt i'll catch anything cuz the water is still way cold, but at least i'll be able to see where i stand. Troutbum you need to come up further north than N.C. so i can get some "over the shoulder" time.
  4. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Twofingerz: Twos' Sparkle Minnow
  5. neccesity is the mother of invention i wanted to get close to another pattern but didnt have what it needed. and in the processi just came up with this method by mistake.
  6. first time I ever saw a bowfin iwas snokeling. I must have gotten to near nest cuz the thing came after me. scared the hell out of me. I didn't know what it was. I had to go look it up. it was all kinds of cool neon colors, big, and mean looking. I got outta there quick. it definatly was not afraid of me and I was in no mood to get bit.
  7. a number short sections of mylar tubing of various colors. i tie them in the middle of the section and then fray out both the front and back portions. how to: slide the tubing over the hook, tie it in the middle of the section, wrap the thread forward, pull front strands back and wrap just in front of them so they bend back. then just work my way forward with a new section until the i reach the head. then trim for profile. closely resembles techniques used when spinning deer hair, just dont spin it. that fly has about 8 seperate pieces of mylar tubing tied on p.s. i did wind up trimming that one down more
  8. thank you got some chartreuse and fuschia marabou today so been playing around a little.
  9. http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/cree.html
  10. looks like VERN-O is selling on there. PM him
  11. trying something new and its a bit of a work in progress. to me the body on this looks a little too fat. i have trimmed it down some but am wondering if i should go further. opinions please on whether or not i should trim this body down more and give it a slimmer profile.
  12. my sister just called it a "mini toilet brush" i think i will stick with the original name
  13. man if that were done in frog colors with big open mouth painted white inside. I think you going to have to make sure your feet are strapped down cuz the fish are going to slam that thing. However i am not a very good caster and would probably need a 20wt to cast that parachute. LOL
  14. Twofingerz

    wader sizes

    i am guessing this must not be an option, but i would go to a store and try some out. See what size fits, then head back to ebay.
  15. while i was gluing the eyes on a dropped one. i swear i heard it hit the carpet. i looked down and didnt see it so got down on my hands and knees and still couldnt find it. well i know i dropped it. i check all the cuffs and folds and wrinkles on my pant legs. nothing. i check the bottom of my socks. nothing. move the chair, move the table. nothing. ok i am done looking i grab another one, put a dab of CA on it and finish the fly. Now jump ahead 4 hours. I am in bed reading the latest American Angler and after getting about halfway through i decide to call it a night. Close the magazine, reach over to turn out the light, and BANG, there is the missing eye. glued to the plam of my hand. :hyst: i never saw it and never felt it but it must have been there the entire time. when i had gotten down on my hands and knees to look for it i must have put my hand on it first thing :dunno: i never had a chance
  16. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Twofingerz: Bleeding Frog
  17. i for one am happy with the simple split between warmater and coldwater species. my .02
  18. never a dull moment out there is there?
  19. i work 2nd shift during the week and dont usually go to bed until 3am or later so on weekends i keep the same schedule. YES you can catch them at that time. i fish very late at night/early morning every weekend in the summer and have no problem catching fish. i do think it is a little more dependant on the moon cycle however as some nights can be pretty slow. it can be tough though sometimes. in my experience fish will turn on and off throughout the course of an overnight, however i think that sometimes an "off" is probably triggered by a passing pike, so be ready. There have been nights when i have given up on the fish and after turning on the boathouse light i see a nice pike hanging by the dock. they usually get annoyed after awhile of me teasing them with my fly and swim away, then i go to bed.
  20. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Twofingerz: Oreo Rabbit
  21. thank you iwas trying a hair technique that I think is called Stirring. take two different colors of deer hair in stacker at same time, stir them up with bodkin and wind up with mottled stack of hair. the tail portion of that fly is a recycle. I had stripped the front half of an existing fly off and just tied in the deer hair.
  22. burns gotta be the worst.had one so bad literally had ice on it 24 hours for 3 days straight. if hand came off the ice while i was asleep or when the ice melted i would wake up and have to get more ice
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