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  1. All flies are in! Just received some nice looking flies from nick and two_nymph_rig. I will get them sorted over the weekend and they will be in the mail on Monday! Thank you everyone for making this a great swap, we've got a bunch of good looking flies and everything went smoothly!
  2. Fletchfishes, atxdiscgolfer, fishingbobnelson....your flies are in! Came home last night to a stack of envolopes full of great looking flies! Probably the best part about being the swap master is the excitement of finding flies at your door step!
  3. Singletrack, your flies are in! Great job on the Irresistibles!...those deer hair bodies can be difficult to tie.
  4. Fletchfishes, I'll be expecting them!
  5. Received another fantastic set of flies from netabrookie!
  6. I like your choice of colors. Bet it would make a great pike fly in larger sizes.
  7. I bought a brodin ghost boat net last summer. It is a nicely made net. The bag is very durable and has netted many trout and carp without any issues. I like that hooks don't catch in the rubber nets. They say it is easier on the fish, but I don't have any way to really test that, but I can at least speak for its durability. I have heard that you can re-net a frame with the ghost net, but the net material has less 'give' than mesh so the frame needs to be pretty stout and some wooden frames that were designed to use a mesh bag might be too flimsy to accommodate the ghost net. The frame on my boat net is pretty rigid. I guess it depends on what frame you are wanting to re-net.
  8. troutguy, Could you share your source for this? Not trying to stir the pot, what you're saying makes sense, but I have found sources that claim both and would like to clarify.
  9. mikechell, They do in fact pair up, and the male releases milt directly onto the eggs. So it is intentional fertilization, not a mass spawning as in some species such as white bass. Nests are not necessarily closely located to one another, especially if populations are low, so the chances of random brown trout milt drifting downstream and coming into contact with brook trout eggs is possible, but not as likely as intentional fertilization of eggs by the male. A local bucket biologist is always a possibility (always mucking things up), but knowing both the lake in which they are stocked and the tiny stream in which this fish was caught, I wouldn't think that anyone would go through the trouble....but stranger things have happened. Pike are present in several Black Hills lakes without ever being officially stocked by game and fish thanks to bucket biologists. Here are a couple of studies which document wild tiger trout and interbreeding between brown and brook trout if anyone is interested. Sorry, I couldn't find the full articles, but the abstracts sum them up. Do native brown trout and non-native brook trout interact reproductively? http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00114-008-0370-3 Reproductive interactions between sympatric brook and brown trout in a small Minnesota stream. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/f95-787?journalCode=cjfas#.UvGynfldVIE The second study makes an interesting observation.....according to the study, brown trout may sometimes take over and spawn on a redd that was already made by a male brook trout. This may account for some cases of wild tiger trout production without intentional interbreeding....if brook trout eggs have been laid but not fertilized, they could be inadvertently fertilized by a male brown that has pushed the brookies out of the redd.
  10. Just received sniperfreak223's flies in the mail....these are some very fine little flies! The top secret midge looks like a killer!
  11. I agree with Piker20. If the fish are pressured and everyone is throwing smaller and smaller flies, sometimes it pays to throw something bigger that they don't see as often. I think trout have a certain amount of curiosity (or maybe they're just opportunistic?) and you might get a few trout to take a larger fly. On a local tailwater where small is the rule, I fished over a nice brown for over an hour trying my smallest patterns without so much as a sideways glance. More out of frustration and irony than strategy, I tied on a #14 stimulator and wouldn't you know it, that's what he hit. Unfortunately I missed him entirely because I don't think I was really expecting something so 'out of the box' to work.
  12. Hey all, I'm gonna add to the discussion of hybridization between brook and brown trout in the wild, it's a very interesting topic! I am convinced that brook and brown trout can and do hybridize in the wild under certain circumstances. Both have similar spawning requirements, both spawn in the same places and both spawn in the fall. So the question is, there are lots of streams that contain both brook and brown trout, so why do people rarely see tiger trout where they aren't stocked? Here's the kicker.....cross breeding has a higher chance of happening if a population of one or both species is very low or the populations are very high. Low populations limit the number of available spawning partners and high populations increase the number of run-ins between browns and brooks. In a healthy stream with good populations, trout stick with their own species, but the urge to spawn is so strong that in absence of suitable spawning partners, a brook or brown will 'make due' with what is available.... a brookie might not ideally choose to spawn with a brown, but hey....it's better than nothing. Kind of like a single guy at the bar during last call, Bertha might not be his first choice, but by this point, he'll take what he can get. Here's a pic of a friend of mine who caught a tiger trout on a stream in the Black Hills that runs through an old mining town. Because of pollution from mining runoff, it is a Federal Superfund site. There is however, a good population of brown trout in the section below town and very few brook trout.....a person might only catch one or two all year. My friend works with a former fisheries biologist and after showing him the photo, was told that tiger trout are not stocked in that creek and only stocked in one lake in the Black Hills about an hour away. In fact, streams in the Northern Hills haven't been stocked since the '70s, and since tiger trout are sterile, this fish would have to be the result of interbreeding between wild fish. The same behavior has been seen in sunfish species in farm ponds which regularly interbreed and produce hybrids and the same reason that it is nearly impossible to find pure Yellowstone Cutthroats that don't contain some rainbow trout genes.
  13. I mean c'mon! It'd be hard not to!.....But I'm sure from her point of view it gets pretty old haha
  14. Wow! You guys have been busy! I'm anxious to start seeing these flies show up!
  15. I haven't caught pike on the fly yet, but got an 8wt Beulah rod and a one man pontoon this winter, tied a bunch of flies and now I'm just waiting for ice out. I debated over using a stiff mono or wire for the bite tippet but after doing some research, ultimately had to go with wire for the reasons mentioned by Piker20. I have heard that stiff 30-60;b mono will work, but the owner of the local fly shop told me of a trip to Wisconsin when the largest pike of the trip sliced clean through 50lb mono with a head shake. His guide switched them over to wire bite tippet for the rest of the day. IMO, I would rather not take the chance of losing a large fish due to bite tippet. You can buy the 49 strand wire that Piker20 was talking about in 30ft spools at craft stores. Much cheaper than buying Tyger wire which is virtually the same thing. It's called Beadalon. I've messed with both this winter and find the Beadolon to be very comparable with a lower price tag. If you havn't yet, you should check out Barry Reynolds book, Pike on the Fly.
  16. singletrack- I will PM you the address.
  17. atxdiscgolfer, flyfishingbobnelson.....good to have you on board. Glad to see you're still on the forum Bob....been a while! Would anyone object to adding one more tyer? singletrack- I've made a spot for you....I don't think anyone would object to tying one more fly. Welcome to the swap! That's it.....we're now FULL! Let's get tying!
  18. Netabrookie and two_nymph_rig....thanks for joining! This is going to be a good swap!
  19. Sniperfreak223 and Fletchfishes, you guys are in! Fletchfishes, by all means tie as small as you dare to go! The key to this swap is to tie your favorite tiny tailwater flies. Anything #16 and under goes. I admire the micro flies...smallest I've tied is #26....just a simple thread and wire midge. I don't think I could get more complicated than that at those sizes!
  20. SWAP IS FULL! Hey all, UPDATE: Because of the interest in this swap and it filling up so quickly, I've made room for singletrack to join, so everyone will now be tying 8 flies each! I'm sure no one minds tying one more fly! Been a loooong time since I've been on the forum, but anxious to get back in the game. What better way than to start a swap! This will be a favorite tailwater trout flies swap. Let's keep it to sizes 16 or smaller nymphs or dry flies. I've got room for 7 tyers, not including myself, so each person will be tying 7 flies. This swap is open to international tyers. I'm adding my fishing buddy Nick as the 1st to sign up and this will be his first swap! - Deadline for receiving flies will be March 5th , but I will send back flies if I receive all of them earlier than the deadline. I apologize for the short deadline, but I will be leaving the following week for some fishing on the North Platte and would like to put all of your flies to use - Remember to include toe tags with your username! Let's get rollin'! 1. boynabubble- skinny nelson var. #18, mercury midge #20- done 2. nick bentele- heathen emerger #18 received 3. sniperfreak223- #22 parachute bwo, #22 top secret midge- received 4. Fletchfishes- #28 cdc midge emerger, #24 parachute adams, #20 rainbow warrior - received 5. netabrookie- yellow unnamed fly- received 6. two_nymph_rig- double wire brassie- received 7. atxdiscgolfer- griffith's gnat, johnny flash midge - received 8. flyfishingbobnelson- Sierra bright dots- received 9. singletrack- #16 adams- received
  21. Received a FANTASTIC set of flies in the mail today! Thanks Horseshoes for hosting such a great swap.
  22. I let Horseshoes know that my flies were sent on Sept. 8th, but forgot to post it on the thread....going on 3 weeks now....hope they arrive soon.
  23. Got my dubbing in the mail today. I will play around with it this evening and let you know which pattern I'll be tying.
  24. My first invite isn't able to join us for this swap. I've sent out another and hopefully will have better results.
  25. As tiers we try to come up with new and exciting flies to get the 'edge' over the trout or other anglers, but if we take a step back and tie on a 50 year old nymph like the pheasant tail it usually catches fish as well as anything else!
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