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  1. I guess I'm going to have to tie up a couple pink soft hackles for the Poconos next week and see if they'll catch a few crappie for the frying pan.
  2. Like Mike, not much new here in SE PA, at least the 5 county Philadelphia area. The one place I do enjoy finding new waters to fish is Vermont. My sister's owned a house up there for close to 40 years. Most of the time around the Ludlow/Plymouth area.. She just brought a new one in Waitsfield two years ago to be near my niece and her granddaughter. Now I have to start over and learn a whole area. I'll do the same thing I did when she had the house in central Vermont. Pull out my Vermont Gazetteer and look for streams in the area and dirt roads to drive on and find them. The most memorable happen years ago, when I found Somerset Reservoir on the map, and discovered that it had smallmouth bass in it. So I got out the Gazetteer, found some dirt roads that cut off some of the distance. Drove over a couple of streams. I had go through Wilmington, which is sort of a tourist town. It was a pain. When I get there the road ended before the dam, decided to fish below the dam. The tailwater turned out to be "trophy brook trout" area. I didn't catch any trophies, I did catch a couple of 12 inch fish. When I was leaving I ran into a couple of locals and they didn't understand why I wanted to fish for smallmouth, but they gave directions that would take me to the lake. Next time, I was up I followed them. Followed the same basic route, as I neared the turn-off that would get me to the lake. I saw what at a distance looked like a big cow, standing in the field next to the road. As I got closer it was young moose standing by the fence. That was the closest as I had been to one. I make the turn-off onto the dirt road and after a couple of miles there's a big open space with this huge obelisk standing in the middle of the clearing. I pull over and walked to the obelisk where the plaque told me that in 1840 Daniel Webster and spoke before 10,000 people. OK, I didn't think there that were that many people in the whole of New England back then, but who can argue with a historical plaque. Back to fishing. I slowed down as I approached the turn that would take me to the reservoir I saw a beaver pond. I could cast to it from the side of the road. So I got out my 5 wgt tied on a CDC and Elk and started to cast. First cast a nice 6 inch brook trout, for the next two or so hours I kept catching brook trout, from finger size to 12 inches. I never did make it to the reservoir. I only fished it that one time. I wonder if it's still there.
  3. We have weakfish up here, a cousin of the spotted sea trout. I've caught a few small ones on the fly rod. The big ones are called "tiderunners". They've been hard to come by the last few years. I caught one about 6 pounds live lining a finger mullet years ago. Those prawns are nice looking. They would make a decent crayfish pattern, not sure that adding claws would be necessary,
  4. You did a good job skinning it. We don't do much hunting these day. All the pheasants, grouse, quail, dove, rabbits that went into the pot and the skins and feathers went into the trash. I didn't get into fly fishing till several years later. Some of the guys did ground hog hunting. I didn't have the appropriate rifle so when I went with them I acted as a spotter when they were shooting so they could adjust their aim. Still do some squirrel hunting, but not the last couple of years. Hopefully we'll get out in the fall and if we get any I'll try and preserve the skins and tails.
  5. I do that when I want longer pieces to use as streamers. It can be a pain getting them out. I have a narrow nail driven into my tying desk. Just loop it over the nail and twist it back into a long mop piece. If I want a thicker mop piece, I'll put two strands over the nail, and twist them together. I'll do this for bass streamers. I've also been playing with the mop chenille, but it's not quite the same as a mop piece. Still it's easy to make a light weight streamer that's five or six inches long.
  6. I had the same inspiration a couple of years ago. Picked up a pack at the $1 Store and tied up a couple of flies. Didn't have any luck with them. I used the yellow and the green ones. They're stiffer than mop pieces and don't have the same movement as a similar size mop piece. Still they've got nice segmentation, Coloring them black or olive with permanent markers would make a nice leech pattern, I'll have to really stretch them and see if I can get more length and more movement from the longer pieces
  7. Philly

    Zippered boots

    denduke, I have a pair of Orvis zippered wading boots. They're probably about 5 years old. They have rubber soles with cleats. You might check out the Orvis site. They weren't cheap, cost me, I think, $150 when I brought them.
  8. I didn't go out. It was to cold in the morning and the wind picked up in the afternoon to about 25 mph with higher gusts. Not ideal conditions for fly fishing. In PA the trout season is pretty much open all year except for six weeks before opening day on the stocked trout streams. I'm fortunate that there is a wild trout stream within about a 30 minute drive from my house. It's open to fly fishing and using lures, no bait. Catch and release only. The story behind it is in the mid-1980's the state stopped stocking the stream because of PCB contamination from a Super Fund site and the trout already in the stream went about their business and today it has a good population of healthy wild brown trout. Not and easy place to fish. The trout are spooky and well educated. If you're lucky you can catch something like this.
  9. Some crayfish patterns I've been working on. I didn't take pictures of the all white one with pink eyes or the black and purple one. I used the colors of the soft plastic crayfish bodies in the catalogs as models. Hook: Eagle Claw Aberdeen Crappie hook, 3/0. Otherwise whatever hook or size you want to use, the hooks are 3XL Thread: Match the color of the fly Weight: medium lead dumbbell eyes. If you're tying a smaller pattern then small dumbbell eyes Body: Ice or sparkle chenille, or estaz depending on the size of the fly, and two saddle hackles or schlappen twisted together Eyes: Artificial flower stamens. You can get them in craft stores. They come in different colors or you could make your own for smaller patterns Claws: Zonker strips
  10. Sure. They might be a bit large for carp. I haven't decided if I'm going to tie some smaller ones Hook: Eagle Claw Aberdeen Crappie hook, 3/0. Otherwise whatever hook or size you want to use, the hooks are 3XL Weight: medium lead dumbbell eyes. If you're tying a smaller pattern then small dumbbell eyes Body: Ice or sparkle chenille, or estaz depending on the size of the fly, two saddle hackles or schlappen. You could probably use soft hackle on smaller ones Eyes: Artificial flower stamens. You can get them in craft stores. They come in different colors or you could make your own for smaller patterns Claws: Zonker strips Tying steps. 1. Tie dumbbell eyes on top of the hook shank. I tie mine 10 mm behind the eyes. Leaves space to tie off the body material 2. tie in the eyes on the bottom of the hook shank at the bend of the hook 3. Tie in the claws just behind the eyes on the side of the hook shank 4. Tie in the chenille behind the claws. Make a wrap between the eyes and then one in front of the claws, then one behind the claws, tie it down so it's sitting on top of the shank 5. Tie in a hackle feathers by the end on the side of the hook. One on each side. Depending on the feather it should give you a tapered body. 6. Twist the hackle and chenille together and wrap it to the dumbbell eyes, I try and stroke the barbules forward after each wrap, so they're facing forward. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. 7. Tie off in front of the dumbbell eyes. Trim what's left of the feathers from chenille/feather twist, then wrap the chenille over and under the eyes and one in front. Tie down and cut the chenille. Build a small thread head. Calcasieu Pig Boat The Calcasieu Pig Boat was introduce in 1951. Tied by a guy named Tom Nixon. It was designed to imitate a Hawaiian Wiggler, the hot bass lure at that time. You can google it, and get the tying instructions and what the original looked like. I updated it by using spinner bait skirts rather than rubber strands and instead of a body of chenille with the hackle wrapped on it, I use the twisted feather and chenille. Basically my Pig Boat body is the crayfish pattern without the eyes, claws and weight. I tie it unweighted. I use either my 6 wgt or 8 wgt when fishing it. I haven't tried it on smallmouth yet, but the largemouth like it and so do the chain pickerel. Here's a couple of pictures.
  11. No vodka was required to tie these. I've never found a crayfish pattern I really liked. These are based on the body of the Calcasieu Pig Boats I tie up. They may intimidate the bass but they should work. As far as colors go, I just thumbed through the catalogs I get and tried to imitate the colors of the soft plastic crayfish I saw in them. I didn't take a picture of the white one with pink eyes or the black and purple one I tied up. These are the other "flies" A continuation of the flies with props and blades from the Fly Tying Board Road Runners A in-line spinner and a spinner bait. Now it's time for a wee bit of vodka.
  12. Tony would have appreciated that, Rick.
  13. I known/know a few women fly fishers. Our salt water club has a few, mainly picked up through our work with Casting for Recovery. I'm not sure how many have taken up fly tying. The old [email protected] list had few women on it. There's three or four that belong to my other fly fishing club. There's a women's fly fishing club in SE PA. Still most of the fly fishing boards and other fishing boards are dominated by men. Why? I have no idea. Might be a comfort level thing. As far as cussing goes, the F bomb has lost it's shock value. It's become the "You know" of curse words. I find it drifting into my conversations without thought though I'm careful, in certain circles, to keep it under control.
  14. Is that one of Tony's patterns, Rick? He must have come up with after he retired, packed up and left New Jersey for the White River. Never did get down to the Sow Bug Roundup.
  15. I fished Reelfoot a lot when I was in college in NW Tennessee, never ran into any chain pickerel, a few gar now and then. Still remember the locals with their coolers full of slab crappie and their cane poles leaning against the bait shop wall where we rented our boat.
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