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A Mickey Finn for Finnatics
Nice ! I learned to tie mine years ago from the Orvis Index of Fly Patterns book. In their version it has a little short red tail and I've always tied mine with that tag/tail on there made from red an
where were you on 9/11/2001...
...when you heard about the news of the attack?     i was heading home from a fly fishing trip in maine and stopped in mike holt's fly fishing only shop in fairfield maine. they were listeni
Arctic Fox Supplier?
Thierault Flies out of Maine. Buy the whole tail
Tube Fly Materials
Dave, Got a book on single handed spey casting last christmas - read it, but haven't tried it.  But I will take your advice I gotta tell you I went to Maine two weeks ago with my old 8-1/2 ft
This guy is correct and when I've done it the incorrect way I've had it untie on me. I also use 5 wraps on a clinch knot for decades. I will say we just got back from Maine yesterday and on this trip
Flipped my boat trailer!
Bummer. Not sure how that happens and stays attached to the tow vehicle but not cool at any rate. We leave tomorrow for Maine ( 6-1/2 hour trip if all goes well) towing our 16-1/2 ft fish and ski, goo
Getting back into tying and A K Best
I tied a lot from about 1970 to 1980 and then put everything away (carefully). I recently got everything out again and I'm in the process of sorting thru it all and tying again.   I tied commerci
Au Sable vacation 2018
That really sucks about the boat. Nice smallies though !   You reminded me to check my outboards lower unit oil before we leave for Maine next month.
Favorite Brookie Patterns
No idea how these would work in your area. For small stream brookies in Maine I like soft hackles and small muddlers first ( those are my first two picks and one or the other will usually do it). A fa
Nymph Fishing Rods
Adapt, one rod four different spools for the reel and 4 different lines just in case. I did that for years and a second rod for narrow streams with one line. We used to make week long trips to Maine t
Best Tyer Ever?
While we are inserting names, Selene Dumaine. She is a tier from Maine who ties Rangley style streamers. Works of art.
Maine Woods
Hey all.   I'm from Maine. Some of my favorite and oldest memories are of fishing. I love taking my boys fishing - there's nothing like seeing their face when they have a fish on and then when it
The Amazing Dry Fly Bite!
Reminds me of some of the creeks in Maine and NH to some extent. You had a great day there, be looking forward to more footage when the park opens back up ! And I like how that 3 wt seems to cast too,
Peacock herl?
I've had reasonable luck with Wapsi strung peacock herl but it isn't the quality you are speaking of.. I had a big bag of some like that and I left it in Maine on a trip up there a couple of years ago
Old style wet fly fishing - cast of three flies - need help!
Hey - I certainly do appreciate all of the provided input here.  What a wealth of information and experience!    I've used the New Zealand for a number of years (usually a streamer firs
Back on the river today
The suckers spawning in Maine display a lot of red in the side, almost blood red. The ones we have here on the cape get bigger though but are kind of tan looking by comparison ( in the water)... 
Casting with tippet rings/swivels
  Are the rings any kind of improvement for this set up?   No.     for years, decades,  I used loop-to-loop connection for my tippet to the leader.   I stil
Yearly trips
Me and my DD gonna fish Peacocks/exotics DelRay Beach April 20 then head to BigPineKey beach house and three days of BahaiHonda, 7MileBridge, etc. chasing tarpon,etc. Been doing lotta prep can't wa
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
Bryon the upper Connecticut River system (NH) can fish well in August and western Maine depending on rain (rivers) still fair trout fishing in the ponds and lakes. I would bring a few rods. 
Stoping by to say hi
Not really new here just haven't been on in a few years. just stopping by to say hi and whats up.  Hi from Athens Ga, Soon to be Augusta Maine.  My name is Colin,   And I have a questio
9ft 9wt 4pc IM8 custom
Side question on IM8 rods: How good would a 10ft 8wt IM8 be for two handed casting? (Thinking beaches where there is no practical room for back cast) I think the problem here might be finding a 10
It's not just a Gulf thing or just salt even, salmon in the fresh waters of Maine like a little pink in the fly too. Rainbows here on Cape Cod in the ponds at times like pink marabou. Out west a pink
Hook Size for false albie flies
hey every one!   I am looking for some help, i have never fished for false albies, but i am heading to the gulf to fish for them the first week of march, and i am tying flies like crazy for them,
my kind of PT Variants
Nice flies, should work in Maine in a caddis hatch.
Trolling Flies
Probably 15 years ago I asked some older-timers about trolling for landlocks here in the Finger Lakes of NY, they said a fly rod/reel, spooled with mono, with a split shot in front of the fly to get
Bunny Leech Light
Yours looks a bit nicer than my version I've been tying for 20 years, I think I will switch mine up to your way. Those streamers in small sizes are good in some Maine rivers where young salmon hold, f
Need to blow off steam
Looks like a couple of trips I made down the Saco River in Maine. At least through the foggy eyes I was working with.   Michael
Polarized Eye Glasses - need help in buying a new pair
guys,   I'm looking to buy really good quality glasses not fancy and not cheap ones.  These days you will find a lot of polarized glasses,  even those 3-5dollars are good. But
Crystal Bugger
My stepson swears by these as on of his staple flies for salmon fishing in Maine. He doesn't use the wire though, so palmers the feather forward from the rear. He's been fishing those for going on 20
skagit for spring creeks / small trout streams?
If you can roll cast 30ft you got it knocked on small streams, that is true enough. But Spey casting hits it's own on medium and large rivers with back cover IMO. I've never been able to roll cast my
A few patterns for my striped bass friends
Hey folks!   Here is one of the  patterns that I use a lot on my home waters in southern Maine.  The chartreuse is my go to spring fly.
Maine Striper guide
Good morning all!   thanks for letting me join this forum, i do appreciate it!  I am an avid fly fisherman for stripers on the rocky coast of Maine.  I look forward to the saltwater pos
How many fly fishermen ARE NOT fly tiers?
I still buy the little chartreuse panfish poppers for smallie fishing, though I tie some foam ones too. Everything else I tie or else I don't fish with it. My latest thing being tube fly streamers. &#
Lake Mead anyone?
If I ever get back out west my target water will be the Truckee river between Donner Pass California and Reno Nevada I believe. And probably Pyramid lake.. You can get 7-8lb trout out that way in abou
Just got a skiff!
Congratulations on your money pit. I have a fish and ski money pit, it's a pretty common lakes style boat for the larger lakes in Maine and bigger ponds around here. Having not figured out how to
Went nuts and ordered an HMH Tube spinner vise
I know, I'm terrible about posting fly photos since I dumped the hosting site I was using that auto sized for web viewing.   Anyway, don't know if I will tie any better with this but I'll enjoy i
Fishing Private Land on the San Juan!
We take a canoe down a river in Maine about 1-1/2 miles or so. We fish either from the canoe or wade, then power back up to the put in with a small gas engine. In/on another river we do the opposite,
9' 3wt shx build
Well for the record here is my thought on thinned lacquer as preserver.. It wets the thread and darkens like epoxy till it dries. When it dries the thread returns to it's normal color, in fact it gets
Source for marabou, especially that bleed less color
Hi, my first post here.  A renewed interest in fly tying (I started when a teen in the 1950's....still use a Thompson A vice, with inserts for midges) led me to marabou streamers.  Great fea
Soft Hackle Wet Flies
I tie them for spring time rainbows and use them in one or two ponds locally. I tie a different one for Maine streams brookie fishing. Sometimes these are the flies that will get fish when nothing els
Whole Rabbit Skins?
Try Thierault flies in Maine. You'll have to google and call. They raise a lot of their own stuff. Peterjay, member on here, recommended them. Fine folks. Only deal by phone.
New to tying and here
I am looking forward to hopefully learning more about tying flies from this forum.  I spent 20 years in a high stress work environment and was forced to retire.  My doctor strongly suggested
The value of the roll cast
So, in Sept we are going back to Maine. In one river section there is this awesome and often productive pool to fish and not a lot of back cast room and at the tail of the pool basically 0 back cast r
Feedback on Micro skagit heads / commando please
Use the chart on the OPST web site as a guide: I've been asking around about these new lines (OPST is not the only game in town) and supposedly you do not
Easy Sculpin - And Effective!
There are sculpins in Maine, they are not brightly colored but more of motor oil olive/ brown. I had some zonker strips pretty close in color but the fish prefer purple. Go Figure !
Prestine mountain lake and lots of trout
I love the scenery out that way LOL ! And the storms coming in from no where remind me of Maine in the summer, always have our escape routes planned.
Great day at the pond
Here it's the humidity, basically 90 but with 75deg dew point. My grandson called me up earlier in the week to go fishing  and I told him we would towards the end of the week. Well it's supposed
Started shopping at new shop
Last time I was in there ( Bears Den) they had some tempting hackle, unfortunately I wasn't there for that but for tube fly stuff. Metz, Whiting and Keough all looked good. But you better call before
Ninth Annual Casting for Recovery Project
I sent mine off yesterday afternoon. I got a late start since we went on vacation to the Boothbay area of Maine for a little over a week right after I joined  .    Regards,    
First dry flies I have tied in about 10 years
I believe I want to get a 7' 2 or 3 weight. I was set on getting a 6'-6" 2 weight, but think if I get an open spot it will be miserable to cast. My reel that I currently us is a 3/4 so it makes sens
An outstanding trip!
Awesome stuff Steve !   We are headed to Maine the first week in July. Should be good too. One of these times we will hit the drake hatches again up there, maybe this is the year LOL !
What is your favorite fly pattern?
I guess my favorite eye candy fly is the traditional Royal Coachman, both wet and dry, and I like tying them too..Completely useless where I live but a great brook trout fly for Northern Maine.  
Remebering George Croonenbergs
Not really too much off topic, so here's another story about a different person that had a part in that movie, that died back in late 2010. He was the guy that played the elder Norman Maclean at the v
June Flies from the Vise
i found the mansfield on this website and in the book "forgotter flies" for the recipe   another fersion from the rangely fly sho
Finally , Hello everyone
Well then welcome and also thank you for your service !   I was out in the Catskills last year for a wedding, no time to fish as it turned out. But we did check out some waters while there, sort
American wages
What area in Maine are you talking about?   Mike
Broke My Sage Method!
I've never had a problem with Sage as a company. I still have a rod that is under lifetime warranty, course they do get you for a handling fee. The most a repair has cost is $50 and I've heard of $70.
Boat trailer failed. Wheels came off.
Willie, I think it's pretty common knowledge that HF stuff isn't exactly top tier. Some things are a very good value, some so so and some junk. I have a wood lathe from there that produces well for me
Blown out in VA
Maybe you needed to just try the "junk flies" the others were using who got fish . It sounds like they had the recipe to success for that high murky water.   Then again sometimes it just isn't im
Carpet Beetles... Enemy to Tiers.
This subject comes up from time to time; I don't know anything about the beetles, but I did lose my materials to moths years ago. Protecting your stuff with plastic bags and keeping the scraps cleaned
ice out brookies help
Maine Lakes are on a longitude ( more so latitude) not so far off from you and where I frequent up there ice is just now going out, brookies will generally be found not far off shore then. Even here f
No Lifeguards on Duty
Yep, there wasn't a lot of swimming going on about this time. I was doing a show up in Maine a few years ago, when a guy came into my booth, took one look, and asked me "Man, does bad weather follow y
Going home
I don't know the nature of your bypass or what doctors orders are etc, but most people I know who have had it done live active lives, sometimes more active than before the surgery. The head pastor of
Fly caught salty fish pictures
Here are a few pics from my last three DIY trips. My personal best redfish from the marshes of Louisiana on a frosty February morning. My first taste of fishing for pollack along the Maine coast. Alth
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