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Val Schmaus

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  • Birthday 10/02/1957

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  1. Winter caught tanned mink and muskrat furs.Whole skins nicely tanned.Looking to trade for tying hooks.nymph,wet,or dry.
  2. Can be used for nymphs,wets,spyder's as well as hackle tip wings such as the Adams.May want to consider investing in a partridge skin if you tie mostly nymphs and spyder's.
  3. Is that a Black Widow in the corner?What are the specs.
  4. About the length of the hook shank .
  5. Fran Betters.Had the pleasure of sitting with him for a couple hours a few years before his passing.He was tying his famous Ausable Wulff's.While he was tying he was talking about the river, the fish and flytying.What was so amazing was he tied over 4 dozen Wulff's while I watched and listened.Two years later I was tying commercially.
  6. Just got back from that area a week ago.Fished the Little River inside the park.Stop in at Little River Outfitters as Chugbug said.The shop is at the south entrance of the Great Smokey Mt. National Park.Most fish I caught were on Golden Stonefly nymphs,Yellow Humpies.Ausable Wulffs.Joe at Little River Outfitters also told me to have some Green Weenies,didn't try those though.Also got a few on Prince Nymphs.We mostly caught small wild rainbows,a few wild browns,and farther up river some native brookies.The park water is is where you need to go.Some of the most beautiful water you will ever fish.
  7. Kelly Galloup has about a half hour video on YouTube explaining everything you are asking.
  8. Also check out Sidling Hill Hackle from Pa.He has some of the Collins breeding in his birds.I have both and they are very similar.If you like the Catskill style dry fly you cant beat Charlie Collins capes.
  9. I take my waders with me to the local fly shop and try them on.Guess if your using a mail order that's not possible.My latest pair are Korkers and are one size larger than my normal shoe size.Waders are Frogg Toggs with neoprene on the foot.Good Luck and Good Fishing.
  10. Hi Primefly,Was thinking 50 hooks for the trade.Could also use some size 16 dry fly hooks.Pretty flexible on the hook styles.Let me know what you have.Val

  11. Turbo Dubbing Tool.Got mine several years ago from Flyfishers Paradise in State College Pa.
  12. Jeramiah Johnson "Watch that and I'll git ya' another".
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