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  1. That's a sweet set of flies and I am also very happy we support the outside organizations. Nice work St. Nick🎅
  2. No one thinks being an elf is easy😁 I'm also sure everyone will be happy with what Santa sends. Those are all very nice boxes.
  3. Shrimp Larve Hook- Mustad 3407-DT 6 or 8's Thread- clear mono Body- white sparse hair polar bear or goat, 2 strands of purple flash, black bead chain eye's, sparse crystal dubbing color to match (pink, green, orange and polar white) They fish like a small Clouser, white perch runs coming soon.
  4. George, you should be pleased that is one wonderfully tied fly
  5. It is not what it once was, other than Cape Brenton most of the other rivers are down for the count. Catch and release, single barbless hooks, most fish are grilse. I am a life member of the Connecticut River Salmon Association and watched our efforts to restore the king of fish die a slow and disappointing death, I hope Maine can keep some runs alive in the US, time will tell, the Miramachi is having issues the abundance of stripers doesn't help. I have heard of promising runs up the Labrador coast, hard to reach not for me anymore.
  6. I fished Nova Scotia for two reasons 1st, my grandfather used to take me and the first salmon I caught was on the Cheticamp River I fell in love with the Cheticamp area and the rivers around it. The Margaree (the crown jewel of NS) Cheticamp, North, Middle and Baddeck rivers. Additionally, you have sea run trout in the Bras D'or Lake (saltwater lake) and if the fishing is off you can catch the ferry in Sidney and head to Newfoundland (guides are required but affordable) the trip just to watch the salmon jumping the big falls on the Humber River at Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park is worth it (my opinion). 2nd, I am of average income Nova Scotia gives me the best opportunity for the money. New Brunswick is too expensive for me to fish anything except trout, a person has to keep within their budget. Quebec, Gaspe are great choices also but lack the ferry ride to NF if the runs are off. NS does not require a guide as of yet, but I would recommend one anyway until you are familiar with the area and waters, Robert Chiasson is the guide you should contact, honest and he literally grew up on the Cheticamp River and knows all the rivers and waters of Cape Brenton, he is a fishing machine. I also fish PEI, very affordable but it lacks the salmon runs of the other Maritimes but at this point of life and the way the salmon have been in decline I am happy fishing sea runs, white perch, stripers (now widely available to eat salmon smolts) Members of the Aesculapius Club made it popular
  7. Welcome back Kevin happy to see people come back Chris
  8. This is a little history of what I know of the Carter Bug from Bryant Freeman. I met Bryant through chance in the mid 90's while traveling thru NB on my way to NS, this became a regular stop and visit on my way thru town to quench my addiction for Salmo Salar and the rivers of Nova Scotia. Bryant was a generous man with a great sense of humor, freely sharing information - I learned to dye materials, pick good substitutes for traditional salmon flies as he was a wonderful fly dresser that could tie traditional for display and hair wings that I did not want to get wet. In the 60's Bill Carter developed the fly on the Big Salmon River, St. Martins, NB and it developed a following. In 1991 Bill sold out and Bryant bought his stock and had to reverse engineer the bug for his shop (Eskape Anglers) while he could have asked Bill his pride and being a fly tyer stopped him. Bill used a Mustad 94833 or 94840 #4. Light wire hooks where thought to be important so the bug does not cause a shock ring when it hits the water. The ideal hook length was thought to be 22mm with a 9mm gap. Tie the tail while holding the hair do not let it spin as pictured by Rick Alain's post. to build the body place a clump of hair on top of the hook and hit it with the thread hold the hair until you come 3/4 of the way around let go and the hair will spin out, make one turn towards the bend then three towards the eye. repeat until you fill the hook usually 4 times, do not pack or overtighten the wraps the design is to be loose and ugly. Trim the bottom flat first important for the hook gap. trimming the sides and top are done with a three-cut process up from the eye over the top and down towards the tail as posted don't over trim the fly it is not a bomber. the hackles are usually 3.5" to4" long you do not need to use your best saddles. Fishing the fly is like dry fly fishing your cast should be stopped in air and allow the fly and line to flutter on the surface in a soft landing. most of the fish take within 5-10 seconds of the fly landing softly on the water. The bugs design, lightness in hook and hair helps it make that soft landing. Bryant used to say the salmon will keep the carter bug in their mouth after sucking it in, bombers are too hard, and the fish will spit it as fast as it can. It has served me well I carry a few bombers and surface stoneflies, mostly carter bugs for the top for me.
  9. Norm's post is a very good instruction not packed as tight or as pretty as a bomber, I learned from Bryant Freeman (passed last year) of Eskape Anglers NB. fast tie and a very effective pattern, just remember to trim the bottom flat. The Rivers Course blog has a picture of a proper carters bug The River's Course (theriverscourse.blogspot.com) they look like a very poorly tied fly but fishes well.
  10. Thank you got to get out the vacuum and clean the bench Beautifully tied as always Norm what's next.
  11. Good sensible perspective. I've never owned Simms my current waders are Orvis silver label, similar duty usage, not high end, going on 3 years with aqua seal repairs no large rips yet will have to look at it more economically when I go to replace them. I had a pair of Cabela's neoprene's that actually lasted a very long time for extreme cold-water use, to warm in them in the summer. I still believe what you said about care cleaning and storage is the key to any wader longevity.
  12. Bomber it's been a while I started fishing the Carter Bug or surface stoneflies instead of bombers. had to tie two first one, I used a bugger hackle that was too webby. Hook- Saber 7060 size 10 Thread- olive monocord Body- Calf tail, tail and reversed wing, spun deer hair clipped with furnace hackle. Next up your choice of any traditional quill winged wet fly
  13. Nice job Greg I like the yellow/olive color myself looks great.
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