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Hey there. I started tying about a year ago, mainly steelhead flies for fishing Salmon River in New York. Now I live back in Maine, where I'm from originally, and I tie a lot of trout, striper and bass flies. My favorite species to fish for is trout. I want to catch a steelhead on the swing this fall. I'm currently learning how to tie smaller flies — mostly midges and little dries. Always looking for tips on tying better flies, more efficiently. Anyone in Maine? Would love to meet up to tie.
Hi everyone! I just returned from two weeks in Maine to visit my folks and I brought my rod and fly tying supplies with me. Was an awesome trip and although I did no fly fishing I did practice casting in the wind just about every day and had some marathon fly tying sessions (all nighters)! My parents were so happy to see my "creations" and my Dad was so happy to get some "Mike Specials" to show his friends. While I was up in Freeport with my folks I did the obligatory "outlet mall" trips up and down route 1 to Jittery and back. On the way home I found an INCREDIBLE Fly shop in Cape Neddick!!!!! We passed it by and quickly did a U-turn to pull in. No one was in the parking lot and I thought it was closed. A nice gentleman was watering the garden in front. My wife and I went inside and was amazed at the selection of fly tying supplies, rods, DVDs, clothing, nets, etc....this place rocked!!! We spent about 45 minutes talking to Jim (the gentleman watering out front) and he is simple a wonderful person!!! The name of the fly shop is ELDREDGE BROTHERS FLY SHOP If anyone is up on the coast of Maine you HAVE to stop in there! Jim stated they run ads in the Drake magazine but I am ashamed to say I never paid much attention to the ads. I make a point of stopping in any local shop and spend some funds each time. Local fly shops are a wealth of information and are typically run by great folks that genuinely have a passion for anything fly fishing related. As a former small business person I understand just how hard it is in a niche market and trying to make ends meet with all the online stores. Mind you, I do Anton of shopping online but try to spread the wealth. We just returned home a few hours ago and I am getting ready to tie up a few till I pass out from exhaustion. I am proudly wearing one of their shirts and will be displaying one of their stickers on my jeep!!! Good to be home and back on the forum here!!! Mike