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"My Trout Box Needs Help" Swap

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Scott, I find Starling to make a nice soft hackle but I just can't work with it as nice as good Partridge right off the skin. I have a starling skin and have good feathers but it just doesn't behave as well in hand and on the hook as Partridge. I like a fly called double legs that is basically a wet fly version of the renegade. I like to use Partridge in the front and Starling as the back hackle. Makes a nice combo and the pond fish seem to like it. 'Course they seem to like anything. 'Gills, crappie, sand bass and bass give a nice variety in the ponds. I also have a couple of nice skins for hen soft hackle feathers and again, they make great flies but just not as easy for me to work with as Partridge. The flies for the "What's in a name swap use the hen and and it's a running struggle for me to get good, consistent hackling.

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Yeah I agree vicrider, they don't behave as well as the partridge! I'm still no pro by any means with soft hackles, but I'm going to buy a partridge skin, should make life a bit easier ...and I need all the practice I can get. Those soft hackle hen capes like something i should try also!

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Guess I need to update progress eh? ... I've finished the flies, but I need address. I thought I had it, but I don't. I leave for a week's vacation tomorrow about 7:30 am; if you can get me an address by then I'll put them in the mail tomorrow morning, otherwise it'll be Sep 13 or 15 (I have to get back by noon on Sat, but I might not have enough leeway to make it to Post Office until Sep 15).

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I forgot to list the pattern with my last post. So here it is:

Grey Fox Variant
Hook: Standard Dry Fly size 16 to 12
Thread: Light Yellow
Tail: Ginger Hackle Barbules
Body: Red Fox fur dubbing
Hackle: Grizzly and Ginger wound together

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Good luck, Jimboha. Send pictures.

 

 

 

Here's one: a 17+ inch tiger trout taken on a Hoppicator (Hopper Indicator) pattern from a swap I hosted a couple months back! Caught about 6 in this size range - VERY tasty (I only ate 1)! You can see the brown hopper hooked to its upper lip!

 

[sorry, can't seem to get it attached. Dang it.]

[i uded to be able to add to My Media, but now there is no option. How do I get it back???]

 

I also pulled a half dozen little brookies out from under a fallen tree with my 6.5 foot Wright & McGill feather light with Martin M3 reel: no pictures of the fish but very handy to get in those tight paces and light enough to pack 25 miles without even noticing it was there!

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Never mind...got my swaps mixed up. Still waiting on this one.

One of the early signs of swapitis! I recommend Bourbon therapy. smile.png

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Shoebop, if you'd ever been with me back in the days I used to drink you wouldn't make that recommendation to me. I'm one of those who has woken up in a farmer's entrance field in another state and when he blew the horn at me to move I didn't even know what direction to turn on the road in front of me. You are right tho, swapitis is a serious and possibly non-curable disease best handled by ordering a full Cree cape and 5 different half capes. Only one of the ways to fight it. I also started a run of the Adams family and have the classic from 12-20, 2 each, and the parachute Adams 12-20, 2 each. I was starting on the Delaware Adams but ran out of hackle for it so I ordered a fresh supply of capes and will do the Delaware and the female Adams to have a complete side of one small box with nothing but the Adams family.

 

Anyone ready to start trading a full fly box at a time? I will be doing a lot of donating as I sort flies and make sure they're all something I'd be proud to have someone put on their line.

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I am very happy to report the arrival of two more great sets of flies! We have clousers from DJtrout and we have a set of Howell's Trip Savers from ScottK. These are both really sweet sets of flies, and both contained several extras for me which is great! Thanks guys for sharing some extras. I can sure use them. DJ, would you be willing to divulge the secret of making those great looking heads? What did you use for head cement and is it just one chemical or did you use more than one thing? Specifically what products did you use and how did you do it? Those are great looking heads. And Scott, what can you tell us about the Trip Saver? I've never heard of it, but I like it. And I am often in need of something to save the day for me to keep me from going home empty handed.

 

Take care

 

BB

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Breambuster, I just thought that I would check in and let you know that I haven't forgotten about the swap. I have had my flies tied for weeks now but I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to get to the post office. I am taking the time Saturday morning and will get them headed your way.

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Cool! i always look forward to seeing your stuff. You have always done a terrific job in the swaps I have hosted. I know about being busy, though. This past Tuesday, especially, was tough for me. And I'm still working tonight even though I've been at it since early this morning. We both need to slow down, a bit.

 

BB

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BB, I had never heard of it either, I was just looking around for something that would fit in this swap and saw this one at http://www.rockyrivertu.org/nymph-patterns.html . I had to make a couple of material substitutions for what I had available, hopefully I didn't butcher it too bad. If one of em actually happens to catch a fish let me know! :)

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Breambuster, the flies are headed in your direction. I threw in a few extra dries and nymphs that were on my desk. They could be ones that I have been experimenting with but I can't really remember what they are. I hope that I put in a few more on another piece of foam. They are the ones with impala hair and wildebeest hair and I really hope that I included them because I don't see them on my desk anywhere. My mom and sister talked me into tying at a local quilt and craft show last week and since then my flies and materials are a bit unorganized. I have been so busy for the last few weeks that I am a bit unorganized too. I think that I am almost caught up with everything pertaining to work and I could go chase a trout or two now but I am going to hope that the weather is decent tomorrow because I am going to catch up on some well needed snoring in a few minutes.

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