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Need help blending yellow and rust Antron to be rusty yellow
I've been tying Lafountaine DSPs and ESPs since the book came out in the 80's.  They are great caddis patterns, sometimes the only thing that works with any consistency during a caddis emergence.
Dubbing Drubbing
My dry fly tying is abhorrent.  For dubbing I've tried numerous methods (dubbing wax, dubbing loops, less material, over wraps with bare thread, etc).  Every time I dub a body it looks like
Free Beginner's Guide to Flytying
The Southern Wisconsin Chapter of TU is giving a free beginner's course in fly tying. The course guide is an excellent free guide for beginners with a pattern list of basic flies. They also have a lis
Stocker trout
Back to the beginning here, but I have seen hatchery fish with obvious genetic malformations from using the same strain of fish for many years. In Oregon we had a lake where they stocked landlocked At
Small Hopper Pattern Wanted
I'd not worry too much or get too technical. Something like a bullethead caddis with a yellow body and some rubber legs thrown on should suffice. Put a little foam under the body if you want a bit mor
LARGE sulpher?
In my area of Wisconsin the hatch is over. But I have seen thousands of these insects.   It is Hexagenia Limbata spinner (imago)       Hex Dun (subimago)     http://www
Info for fishing Wisconsin
Wisconsin DNR has county maps showing streams with trout populations, broken down by those with wild fish and those augmented with stocking.  I'm not sure if the base would be included, but it wo
I'm Back !!!!!
Flats roamer I don't believe we've met but it is nice to meet you.  I primarily fish for trout in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. I am going to Wisconsin in early september to see my sis
Making Sampling Nets to collect aquatic and flying insects
I was having a PM with a member and and I sent instructions I had written for making a sampling nets. If you are interested, I use two different sampling nets.   I explain how on to mak
Moving from beginner's vise to a rotary vise
I would say that the #1 vise used by demonstration fly tyers at the Badger Fly Fishers Spring Conclave and the Wisconsin State TU Banquet are Renzettis. Most will have a Renzetti Traveller which is wh
An outstanding trip!
Looks like a good trip, and sounds like you're getting the hang of casting the two hander. Many of those fish look wild, that's promising to me. I'll be spending two months this fall in Wisconsin, an
How long to get "proficient" at tying?
Jake, I started as a teenager 40 years ago with an Orvis pattern book.  The frustration for me was technique and understanding and following the material list. With time it got easier and the fli
What's for lunch Today
A pair of Nathans hot dogs slathered in chilli and  Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese and a cold glass of Luzianne iced tea. Almost forgot the onions
Bluegill hunter swap
Srry for holding this up  as you all know I have just recently moved and I live in the BFE of Wisconsin I'm just now getting to  the post office on Monday  I apologize for this.. Heck I
Hello again..
Well the move went great !! The drive from Washington to Wisconsin was awesome !!! It took us 4 days and from Idaho till Spring Valley was a blurr do to the drugs my wife gave me !! lol  .. I do
Last post for a little while...
This will be my last post for a few days as my wife and I take on a new adventure in life .. We are moving to Wisconsin and becoming  empty nesters for the first time in 30 yrs of marriage .. 
March Flies From The Vise
Old School - Muskrat's Regret, sz 10, Daiichi 1510   Popular Wisconsin wet fly pattern.  
Silver Creek Tack Free Fast Cure UV Fly Tying Resins
PM me your private email and I will send you information on how to order. Or email me directly using picaboo(at)charter(dot)net Substitute @ for (at) and . for (dot) and put resin in the UV subject li
Florida Keys Recommendations
I'm going to be heading to the Keys over spring break (week of March 13th) to get out of this frigid Wisconsin weather and I'm hoping for a little guidance. I'm going to be with my wife and two daught
test, no need to respond
You know it's winter when .....   The Official Wisconsin Temperature Conversion Chart   50° Fahrenheit (10° C)   • New Yorkers try to turn on the heat. • Wisco
Compton's Cinnamon Toast Baetis
It is on the Timber Coulee in Wisconsin. Sorry, that is all I am at liberty to say at this time. ;)
Your Best 12 Trout Flies?
Most of my trout fishing is in the Driftless Area in Wisconsin. This is what I have in my flybox.   1) Adams 2) BWO 3) Sulfar 4) Elk Hair Caddis (tan) 5) Partridge and Orange 6) Partridge and Gre
Save the Drama
John Gribb of Wisconsin has a similar pattern for the spring creeks of the Wisconsin Driftless Area. The pattern was featured in Trout Magazine, Fall 2012 Issue.   The article is available on lin
Tying Parachute Flies - How Do You Do It?
John Gribb of Wisconsin ties a similar fly but with a modified hook and a post from seat belt fibers. See size 22 trico below tied by John and a Trout Unlimited Magazine article, Fall 2012 featuring J
Figured I should introduce myself
We only have tiger Muskie in Colorado, I travel a bit for the real guys( Wisconsin, Ontario, Sascatchawan)I stick mostly with pike in Colorado!
Bennett Springs
Ah that brings back memories. The first salmon runs in Michigan UP streams. The closes holes to Duluth in spring steelhead runs. The walleye fishing at some of the hotspots in MN on opener. It was rat
10wt Eternity2 Musky rod
As the client and soon-to-be-recipient on this work of art, I can say mikechell, by the time I scrolled to the last picture this afternoon, it was too late for a cold shower... :-)   I conta
Mystery fly
John Gribb has been tying a similar fly for well over 10 years. He is well know to those of us that demo tie for the Annual Badger Fly Fishers Spring Opener Conclave in Madison, Wisconsin.   Trou
Here is an impressive fish from Wisconsins Opening weekend
Don't know the guy who caught it but this is a beatiful 17" Tiger trout.   [attachment=55191:Tiger_zpsjkdy7swz.jpg]   Here is a link to the original posts.    http://www.driftlesst
Cant figure out the egg fly...
Pompoms and glue is all I have ever used. But for the last couple of years, I've switched over the trout beads. Because you rig the hook a few inches below the bead, the fish NEVER swallow the hooks,
Those are pretty small. I thought most scuds I've seen or read about tendied toward a 1/2" or a 12-14 hook size.16 is normally the smallest most shops stock I've had the pleasure to wander around in.
too much stuff
Most people I have fished with seem to have either the odd numbers or even.  They go 3, 5, 7 not 4, 5, 6.   Me I have everything form 2 through 9 and multiples of some.  What do I use t
My Son and I will be tying at this show in Appleton Wisconsin. Hope some of you can make it.
what needs to change in fly
The average flyfisher in the USA and especially that author does not know how good they have it. Try fly fishing in Europe. Much more exclusive and expensive than in the USA. Try it in Japan. Same thi
Hare Line Bulid Your own Custom Dubbin Kit
I have wool cards.   They are used to prepare shorn and clean wool for spinning yarn. The wool is carded so the fibers are lined up into "rovings" which are then spun with a spinning wheel into y
October Flies from the Bench
Man, Kimo, I love this series you have done, beautiful and spectacular.   You live in Wisconsin, don't you?  The reason I am asking is I would love to get you to some of our big tying shows,
2 piece vs 4 piece rods.
I carry my 4 pc. rods strung up and broken down into 2 pieces. The fly is hooked to the tip top guide.   I use a double 2 pc rod and reel case so I can carry two 9 ft rods with attached reels in
Rod action - fast / mod-fast
One of my old fishing buddies when I started out said your rod should match your personality,! If your hyper and want to bail out the whole fly line get a fast rod, if you like to pin point your cas
Yeah denduke, I really like those old pics of a cig hanging from a guys mouth with smoke drifting up into his eyes so he has to squint for the camera. LOL   Tim, I'm with several others on catchi
Brook Trout Favorites Swap
My flies will be out tomorrow AM. I was up in the North woods of Wisconsin all week last week.
First time purchase - GC3761BL - Wet Fly Nymph, 1XL, 2X Heavy, Sprou
GC3761BL - Wet Fly Nymph, 1XL, 2X Heavy, Sprout bend, BarblessFirst time purchaseI saw the GCO hooks on sale and decided to try them! Ordering was simple, shipping was quick and I have already tied
Deadly fly for muddy waters
I can't remember the exact name of this fly; some type of marabou clouser. I went back up north to SW Wisconsin to trout fish grant county. This was right after all that hail and rain hit the area. Ne
Hello from S. Wisconsin
I would rather be in Wisconsin!   Welcome to the best website on the net.   You will find this site has the most information and the best people around!!
Small world!?!
Used to happen to me a lot when I lived outside of Chicago and spent a lot of time going up to Wisconsin to fish various areas. Wasn't to uncommon to run into either people you knew or got to talking
Drift less Wisconsin Scud
Tied up some different pattern of scuds for a SW Wisconsin trip and the olive pattern worked the best.
Classic TU Video - The Way of A Trout
Over 45 years ago in 1969, 3M/Scientific Anglers and Trout Unlimited produce the classic conservation film, [u]The Way of A Trout[/u]. It was filmed in northern Wisconsin at Seven Pines Lodge.  
Sawyer's Killer Bugs
I had never seen a card of Chadwick-477 until I was tying at the Badger Fly Fisher's Spring Opener 2 in February. I sat next to Phil Anderson from the Wisconsin Fly Fishing Forum and he had a card of
Suggestions, plz: Easy & efective fly patterns
I am in Wisconsin. We went from near record lows to near record highs. Gary mentions the crazy weather in his lastest blog entry. He features the fur bug, a fly that would work for a fly tying beginne
Last Year Flies
The popper was interesting and will have to show in a video. I used pond foam (insulator foam) for the popper. The body was hollow at the end of the tie, then I took a can of the foam and filled it. A
Stupid "rotary" vise question...
Hello, This is my first post....figure I'd start out with a really dumb one! I've tied since I was 15 years old. Started out using needle nose vise grips. Then my dad crafted a more formal vise using
New Wisconsinite
I actually created a profile on the site a few years back and just never found enough time to post much.  I receive e-mail notifications from the site and love to look at all the great patterns o
Feather Emporium; Honest?? Anybody Using Them?
If you Google Feather Emporium Site Review you will find many complaints.    In 2014 there were 3 complaints filed with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Greetings from Milwaukee.  Beer and cheese are not all that made Milwaukee famous.  Wisconsin has incredible diversity when it comes to fishing.  I've been out of tying and fishing for
Pike/Musky Leaders
  ... put a #20 spiderwire and #20 mono side by side and that mono will always outlast any braid. Not to hijack the thread but ... what ??? I've got braid on bait-caster reels that is close
Hiya from Cheeseville
Righto.... I made the same assumption.  If you are from Wisconsin, let me be the first to console you over the drubbing of the Packers yesterday.  and the second to welcome you to the fly pl
Winter Trout Fishing
Hey Everyone,   I am from the Midwest and have been fishing our streams in NE Iowa and SE Minnesota. I currently been having some amazing luck with Zebra Midges, and a bit with Pink Squirrels.
If you want to tie at a fly tying event, check here.......
We have people from Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas (my home), Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas (of course), Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, and others I can't remember at the moment, and th
Hello from Stone Bank, Wisconsin
CSB here from up in Wisconsin. I have been involved in this hobby for over 50 years, being retired I now can devote more time to it. Looking forward to meeting new people involved in the hobby. 
How did you get into fly fishing?
I've fished since I was a youngster. Our family would go to the ocean along the New Jersey shore, and my dad would fish, or we would go crabbing along the sloughs. When I was about I got my first rod
So, I havent posted much lately; been finishing up my master's, working, and well, figuring out where in the world I was going.   Originally, it looked like Wisconsin. That didn't go. That's ok.
New Construction method for nymphs
Here are a few fly fishing regulations. Acceptable Yellowstone flies have include bead head nymphs with painted bead heads and lead free underwire and epoxy. I may be wrong but I think if yo
the early show
the only Illinois fly show is this sunday 11/910am -5pm.  hosted by the Illinois smallmouth alliance and drift.   held at the Mayslake Peabody Estate  1717 west 31st st oakbrook 60
Tying Waste
Silver, do you happen to remember what the deceiver sold for?   I can't recall. It was framed and signed. I think it went for over $500. I seem to recall that Lefty wrote something on the back
Hatches Blog Post - Hatches Theater – Mayflies and Climates
Some amazing mayfly footage and a the story of climate impact in Wisconsin[url=]View the full article[/url]
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