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  1. Time to tie up Eric Leiser's Woodchuck Caddis patterns. I tie them without the hackle, more like an EHC. Since Woodchuck hair is solid, the hair does not flair when tied and the pattern has a more realistic flat tent wing of a caddis. Imagine the pattern below without the palmered hackle.
  2. Dry Fly patterns float. Wooly Buggers are not dry flies.
  3. Hackles are feathers from birds, either domestic or wild. There are stiff hackles also called dry fly hackles that are from roosters specifically bred over decades for fly tying. These are also called "genetic" hackles. The major brands are Whiting, Whiting Miner, and Metz. Dry flies are designed to float on TOP of the water. https://www.fieldandstream.com/perfect-feathers-for-fly-tiers/ "Soft hackles" are used for "wet flies" that are fished BELOW the surface. The above brands also breed for "soft hackles" which come from the hens. Whiting has the Brahma line of "Chickabou" soft hackle feathers. Since the hackles are "soft" they move in the current and usually imitate the bugs that are in the process of "hatching" which are also called "emergers" OR they can be taken as small aquatic life forms. Game birds skins from grouse, quail, partridge, pheasant, etc., are also used for soft hackle flies. "Hackle" is also a generic term for spiky material that is wound around a fly to float it. Hence there are hair hackles that are formed from deer or elk hair that is formed into "hackle" using a dubbing loop. http://www.garyborger.com/2012/05/28/cranefly-adult-skater/
  4. "Oops!" is never said in an OR. We say "There!" as if we intended it.
  5. SilverCreek

    Black Ice

    I think you mean the inside wheels in a turn rotate SLOWER and the OUTSIDE wheels rotate faster. The outside wheels are further from the center of the turn so they must travel further. Subaru has multiple AWD systems.
  6. Here is a graphic of the emergence sequence. I think I it is from Dave Whitlock and show how the subaquatic nymph emerges into an adult mayfly and the patterns that imitate those stages.
  7. I make my wing a it shorter because I do not believe that the trout take a parachute fly as a fully emerged adult mayfly. The water surface or "film" separates what is emerging from what has emerged. Emerging insects are making the transition from the underwater world to the above water world and the film is what separates those two worlds. Where is the supporting hackle of a parachute fly? It is ABOVE the fly's body. Therefore, the body of a parachute fly does not sit ON the film. It sits IN and sometimes under the the film. The paracure fly is NOT a dry fly, it is an emerger. The post of a parachute fly does NOT represent the "wing" of the adult mayfly. It represents the body of the emerging mayfly which is above the film while the nymphal body/shuck is in the film. The parachute fly is a "suspender" pattern just like the Klinkhammer with the above body hackle "suspending" or supporting the body which below the hackle lying in or on film, This is what the parachute fly represents: Way back in the 1980's on the [email protected] mailing list, there were discussions about the fact that the parachute fly is not an adult mayfly pattern. The horizontally wound parachute hackle is also different from the palmered hackle of the Catskill dry fly. Dry fly hackle is NOT straight. It has curve. There is a concave side and a convex side. One must decide whether to wind the hackle with the concave or convex side facing down. If the concave side faces down, the hackle tips curve down TOWARDS the water and the fly will ride higher than if the convex side faces down. I want my parachute flies to ride lower in the film and imitate an earlier or trapped in the film emerger so I wind the hackle convex side down so the hackle tips curve up and away from the water. I have discussed this in detail in this previous post from from 2018.
  8. SilverCreek

    Black Ice

    I have a Mercedes E class with active drive assist. One winter, I was getting off of the interstate. The exit ramp was a progressively increasing radius right hand loop. The left side of the ramp was iced up and I started to drift to the left off of the exit ramp and the car took over . The car hit the brake on only the right rear wheel and that cause the car to swing more to the right and back on to the middle of the exit ramp.
  9. "Do not forget your toe tags, SASE and swap box with at least your screen name on it." I assume a "toe tag" is a label of what the fly is attached to the fly. SASE is "self addressed stamped envelope" to get the swap flies back to us. I assume a swp box is the box the box the we sent to you with the flies we tied. And it gets used to send the other swappers flies back to us. Corrections?
  10. The Yellowstone Guide had bear spray and not a firearm. The bear was also destroyed.
  11. When I fished in Alaska at a fly in lodge, every guide carried a 12 gauge pump shotgun loaded with slugs. My guide had his head on a swivel the whole day. Fortunately, we were never approached by a bear.
  12. SilverCreek

    Black Ice

    If the bridge had been "sanded" (sand spread on the surface) that would not have happened. Bridges are notorious for being the first to ice up because they are metal and they get colder much faster than the pavement laid on the ground. Much of the problem in southern states is the due to the lack of equipment as well as no sand or salt supplies to treat the roads.
  13. What are the 4 most important things in "matching" the hatch. 1. Size - seeing 1/4th the detail of humans still permits trout to evaluate size. 2. Color - trout can see the same colors we can and they see a bit more into the red end. 3. Shape - trout can see shapes even though they cannot see the detail we can. 4. Motion - Again, not seeing the same detail as us still allows trout to see motion = behavior of the natural vs the fly. Read this thread which is a more detailed discussion of trout vision. http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=82200&&p=639910&page=2
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