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Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
It is apparent that I chose a very poor title for this post. I accept responsibility for that very poor choice.   Hero photos are a minor part of the editorial. The editorial is really about the
Western NC help
You are correct phg I left out the very important time frame. May 14-21st with two or three days in Ashville area then heading over to the Franklin area where we will staying about four more days with
April Flies From The Vise
April is kicked off with some great stuff. A few parachute blue wings and a klink style to match my local hatch. And to replace a few from yesterday's outing on the South Platte.
White River out of Beaver Lake
More on RRSP   might be of interest (this has flood stage pictures)
Yearly trips
CaloosaB, here's a site might help finding bank fishing ops! Shore envy youse SouthFla guys!!!
Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 11-18 March
The weather was tough this past week - but finally got right at the end of the week.  We started out with a night trip in Biscayne Bay and small tarpon were the targets with visiting angler Reggi
Hello from Fort Worth
  Welcome from south Fla.  Those are some interesting patterns.  I'm curious if that frog floats with the point up?  Thanks for sharing and I'll be looking forward to more.  &
RIP Lefty Kreh
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Lefty in the spring of 1972 by a young man named John Emery...  At that time Lefty was the outdoor writer for the Miami Herald (this was a few years before
de-barbing pliers
I teach classes out there, south of Stockton.  I don't remember exactly where I was, but maybe the upper Stanislaus River?   Oh, I just checked online ... it WAS the Stanislaus ...   "T
Gamakatsu SL12S Big Game Wide Gap Fly Hooks 6/0
i'll bet theres an equivalent hook that you can get to south africa Unfortunately there is no hook equivalent to the Gama's that is available in bulk ie. 100 per box in South Africa. I can get the
House of Hardy Documentary
My wife is from London so I have some family connections there... Back in the eighties, my last visit across, I made a point of visiting Hardy's.  I had hoped to make a connection or two there si
Southern Pink Moth Pattern
[ The rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) is a fairly common and small eastern silk moth (Saturnid) with the bright pink and yellow coloration--  again never present in any great numbers. 
Hey Bimini or anyone else in that area!
It's that time of year again where I get twitchy because can just taste fishing The Alley.  That would be Alligator Alley aka I-75 in South Florida for folks not from the area.  How is the w
March Flies From The Vise
These are some bass size mop flies I've been paying with.   These two are intended for salt water.   My attempt at a Cinder Worm.  We have a decent hatch on the South Jersey shore.
Eleven Mile Canyon - Snow!
McFly, You should have dropped me a note. 11 mile is about 1,30 from home. I know it like the back of my hand. It's a beautiful, productive fishery. A red tungsten bead size 22/24 rainbow warrior is d
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
I've fished south central Vermont, Ludlow  and Plymouth(birthplace of Calvin Coolidge) area for many years during the late spring and through the summer.   I've caught trout in July and
Oh boy here we go!
I call this fake spring. It warms up just enough where you want to uncover the boat and fire it up but then march comes in all angry and messes things up again. I'm not falling for it this year. I'm
I have a couple of pink and white clousers that I pull out for salt water.  It's one of the go to flies up here for weakfish, sea trout for those of you south of the Mason-Dixon line.  I alw
Hook Size for false albie flies
Have you checked with a fly shop in the area you'll be fishing?  The "gulf" is a big area and the patterns may vary from Florida to Texas.   I would imagine that you could use the same
Connecticut Fly Fisherman Association Expo
Small one day expo, I have always enjoyed it, good group, if you are local to CT and have nothing planned for Saturday.       Saturday, February 3 CFFA Expo & Banquet featuring Jen
February Flies from the Vise
Cream, you certainly have my attention!  Have you fished it? Does it keel right side up?  I'm assuming (and you know what they say about that) it is an articulated pattern?  Inquiring m
Animas River Fishing in January
  First the San Juan now the Animas, stop, just stop. Hahahaah Any other rivers close to me fishable this year? If so, Ill gladly fish them... haha   Piedra, Pinos? I'm hitting the South Pl
International Fly Tying Symposium 2018
Thanks, cphubert.   Good info to know.   I'm going have to check with my club and see if it costs them anything to have a table at either show.  For several years we've sold r
Wading boot studs
Several states did ban felt soles because of an article by Max Bothwell, a research scientist for Environment Canada, who wrote an influential article that linked angler's felt soled boots to dyd
Crap or Crop?
Crop-e is is how it's pronounced in these parts. I have noticed that the further South you go those that don't call them specks will pronounce it crap-e. So maybe a regional thing?
Driving around Richmond, VA
Literally, I drove AROUND Richmond.  I started at the airport (East side) and headed north to Ashland.  There I met with PowerShooter (Bo Hamby) and visited with him for about 4 minutes.
Need to blow off steam
Chell,it's the south man.Theres always a Wal-Mart within spitting distance
Question about hens and rosters.
I was at the South Florida fair this weekend and walked through the poultry tent where I saw some gorgeous birds. And that got me thinking about hackle... Are specific breeds selected for genetic hack
Polarized Eye Glasses - need help in buying a new pair
I've always really liked Smiths, a good product and pretty good customer service. I figured their ski goggles were good, and there's way more glare when you're skiing, so they must make good sunglasse
the fly fishing show
Striperknight, after I posted I realized I left the club name out.   South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers.   We're usually next to the CFR table.
Wade fishing awareness cautionary tale
Poopdeck, It was  not about adrenaline rush at all, it was just an observation on the hazards of living. Driving to the fishing hole is dangerous, a few drivers die each day on the way to somewhe
Brrrrr...! How low can you go?
Well, went out to fish this morning and my whole pond was frozen over. In SOUTH GEORGIA!!! This is insane.
Summer land Key
Just got back from Key Largo and spent some time fishing. I go down there 4 to 5 times per year. Fishing has been good since the storm. The mackeral bite has been hot. Snapper is good. Redfish an
January Flies from the Vise
TheCream,  Looks like a killer pattern.  Outstanding photo which helps define fly's size and color.  Did you flatten the body on these flies?   I don't flatten them.  The
Using google earth to scout wading areas
It's going to be pretty tough to put me off, however some of it is sinking in. You'll be able to spot the rookie, I'm the one wearing waders and boots to the beach.  I've got several secret spo
best time of year to fish South FL
My brother and I are going to try to visit my sister in South FL next year to see her and her husband but more importantly fish for things we can't catch in northern CA. I have always wanted to go aft
Fly Fishing on Anna Maria Island, Florida
If the water is clean the beach may hold a variety of fish like snook, trout, pompano. To the south may be good at the pass depending on tides. I've only been there in summer and don't have any advice
South Ben Oren-O-Matic
I agree, somewhat, with tjm.  Bamboo rods were generally a couple line weights heavier than what we use today.  It wasn't really needed, though.  I build a lot of 4wt bamboo rods, and
Howdy from Deep East Texas, Sam Rayburn Lake country
Hey again Mike,   I lived on the south side where the Arlington River confluence with the St. John. I fished up in the Arlington as much or more as I did in the St. John. I can remember that the
Tye v Tie
You Yankees may not understand, but it isn't your fault. Down south we talk about pecans and pecans.  "Peecans" are a cheap nut that sells in lower grocery stores like Walmart for about two dolla
TGIF-Need a great Bloody Mary recipe
Did the Clamato folks once have a spicy peppery drink in their product line, too? Maybe Maxi- Tom or similar name? Liked both just fine so they go on list. Visitor got me Bloody Mary at dining spo
December flies from the Vise
    I'm in production mode. I've been tying flies for Christmas presents. I am also replenishing my stocks to sell flies at the FFS in January and the WEST TU Fly Tying Clinic in Feb. I'm
hello all from ohio
Welcome from South Florida. You are in good company here.
How many fly fishermen ARE NOT fly tiers?
Most of the people I know that fly fish tie at least some of their flies.  My niece and her husband fly fish and don't tie their own flies. They've sent me some materials over the last couple of
Crappie fly fishing
also forgot to mention that I used to fish a pond in the stinking armpit of the south,  which was turbid at best, and plain old muddy after a rain but held some very nice crappies- 14" to 15" ran
We need to wake the hell up, gents   If this gets me banned, well then so be it, but we're living with our heads in the tar sand.
Destin, FL and environs in December/January?
I hear you, Mike -- North Florida was my mom's idea (this has been proposed as a family Christmas gathering). According to Weather Underground it only gets up into the 60's for the daytime highs in De
Is it a better time now to host a swap?
Actually Vicrider. The Styx river is a beautiful trout river that runs through some world heritage euaclypt forest in south western Tasmania. The waters are high with snow melt this time of year, but
November Flies from the Vise
Holy moly !!!  Those hemostats !!!   I've seen people at the dentist with teeth like that (Usually when I'm in "The South"), but never a Hemostat.   Sure makes a good looking tail on th
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
Thanks a bunch Peter for the SBSs ! They're great. How do you think those flies would work on the Stripers on the Cape ?   Just Phine... and on some DAZE, GangBusters...! the Broad Spectrum S
Everglades backcountry, 21-23 October
In general the waters in that area are still quite high (the hurricane, more than a month ago now left so much water on the ground that it's still draining back down toward the south..).  Once co
4 wt Monocore fly line
I have a floating WF 4wt monocore fly line that at a guess is between 10-15 yrs old.  I believe it is a RIO product.  It is a stiff super slick line that does extremely well here in South Fl
Are shrimp eyes a necessity
I'm sure there are times that fish care and times they don't.  A fish that is hungry is just looking for an excuse, it'll grab anything that is close.  Lock jaw is lock jaw.  I think it
Need a source for TMC212 hooks
Well, I heard back from Hans from Dakota Anglers.  It seems that he may be able to get the smaller sized TMC212Y hooks in packs of 100.   We'll see.
Spray for neoprene waders to make them easier to put on?
I used to wear Hodgman breathables when wading inshore, paired with felt boots. I have not done that for a while now, but... If I recall correctly, air squeezed out of the wader as I was getting in th
29th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous - A Gathering of Tyers
29th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous    Co-Sponsored by the Gulf Coast and Texas Councils - FFI                         &
Any snake ID out there?
I used to live in South Carolina.  I encountered more Moccasins there than I have here in Florida.  I had a similar situation on the Santee River.  Moccasin came at the boat from the sh
What flies to start with?
Initially, I thought that's a big area, but throw traffic into the mix, maybe as far north as Princeton, east to the shore, south to near Millville.  Lots of lakes and streams to fish.  By "
Need some info on this Sage rod
Funny how, depending on where you fish, what exactly you're going to be needing in the fly department.  That 7wt is actually the lightest  fly rod I own.  To say it's been to the wars i
DO NOT absentmindedly.....
I've been a garage operator for some years now (after me and all my materials got chased out of the house...).  My tying desk is right next to the side door of my  two car garage (and my gar
tiny fly questions
Small flies, San Juan river, South Platte River too. We commonly fish 22,24 and 26's. If I could find smaller hooks I'd tie on them also. For dries I use TMC 100's. I think even though they're small t
New Guy From Florida But Moving
Welcome from another south Floridian. I love the smokies, and the wife would love to live there.  But I don't think I could trade the fishing capital of the world for a trout stream. That's just
Mop Fly Variant
The things we do to our pets.  That's a nice color.  An interesting fly.  Let us know how it works.  I've been toying with the idea of mating mop pieces with a foam popper head. &#
Stay Safe
A quick update.... a buddy was over at Everglades City (the far northwest end of Everglades National Park - about 30 miles east of Naples) two days ago and he reported that the place was just stinking
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