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  • Birthday 11/09/1973

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  1. The exact thing happened to me. Add to that several moves that took me away from decent fishing and a divorce, left me with little taste for fishing and tying. Now I am starting to get the bug again but there is a lot to relearn. I tried to tie some flies for the Hendrickson hatch and they completely sucked compared to my stuff of five years ago. My style is slowly coming back thanks in part to this forum and all the excellent tiers here, some true artist for sure. Now I have to slowly start to learn a new fishery. CT is a whole lot different from my native Texas.
  2. Cool. I would like to see that and now that I am in CT I can!
  3. Sounds like you got a great set up. I like the lighter weights for smaller trout streams and a 4wt is perfect. On pocket water, shorten your leader and throw big flies, on smooth water lengthen your leader and throw small flies. Perfect! As far as the length, you won't find much shorter than an 8' rid. You made a great decision, now the price....wow! When I go creeking, I use a 7ft 3wt fiberglass rod because that is what I have. A 4wt would be a better choice because the 3wt is a bit of a pain on windy days. I bought it for bluegill though, had I bought it for trout it would have been a 4wt. I like 7'6" amd 8' rods, they are on the shorter side for really long cast but that will come with enough practice. Some people like longer rods for nothing more than mending line, it is easier with a longer rod. I like the shorter rods because of the tight places I like to fish. Good luck!
  4. Man Gill, your improvement from the first to the third is incredible. That last fly looks fantastic!
  5. Super nice tie. Your body work looks fantastic.
  6. I would love to be able to tell you but the truth of the matter is I went fishing only once this summer and all I caught was a shark. Big streamer. Since I have moved to San Diego I haven't found the gind of bass fishing I prefer. It's all boats around here, the only running water comes out of the faucet. Until I can turn on the water and fill the sink and have there be a bass in it....there will be no fishing for me.
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    Nice, I really like the classic 1950's style flies. Grab an old fiberglass rod and hit a small stream, my style of fishing!
  8. 7wt

    Flat Face

    Thanks for all the kind words guys. It was fun to tie. I will fish it one of these days!
  9. Nice job, I love tube flies. They are so versital. I made a tube craw out of some rug yarn. It looked horrible, like a carpet threw up on it but it did catch a nice bass hanging out at the bottom of a riffle.
  10. I will buy hooks and other stuff online but hackles and deer hair I have to see! The only exception is buying deer hair from Chris Helm, that is a guy you can trust. He will habd pick out something that fits your needs. I don't even like buying hackle I know pretty well such as Hoffman or Miner. It is a matter of color, texture and other things that is hard to explain.
  11. I don't even consider the cost. Since I live in an area that doesn't allow me to fish how I want to fish, I end up chucking most of what I do anyway. I know it sounds weird but I just like tying. I always wanted a fully loaded nicely organized box with everything I need in it. Trouble is I don't need anything right now. This will change when I move but as it stands now I only tie for the practice.
  12. Wow, those look great. I really like the bee.
  13. Dan, That fly looks very nice. The long wings make it look very elegant. I know the floss isn't the best choice of body but it gives it a certain look that is very pretty. Your hackle work is great. My only criticism is the wings should be parted a little more. Hard for me to say that because a real mayfly sits on the water with it's wings married. Keep up the good work.
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