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Rocco

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  1. Steve, The reel on the rod with the nice smallmouth above looks a lot like an Orvis Hydra large arbor reel. I just found that my size III in that model perfectly matches the 10' 3wt you built for me.
  2. Magnifiers will help but really small flies and finest tippets are still a challenge. And hand wobble is a factor -- especially when they are rising all around you and that second morning coffee kicks in.
  3. Don't fish them around pickerel w/o a bite tip! They will shear through most mono/fluoro easily.
  4. Glad to se e1 June coming! The May Flies heading has irked -- not irritated -- me for a month. Mayflies again!
  5. Rocco

    Bunny feet

    Ouch, $10.00 per foot! Add that to what they get for the tanned hide and that makes those snow shoes cash machines. And no really bright colors. Now if you know a trapper in their range or can hunt there yourself...
  6. Back when I was 'belly boating' in the local lake, I had several big ones stick their prehistoric heads out of the water and hiss at me. No charge, just a territorial warning or a courting gesture -- never knew which.
  7. You got a nicer pelt than you would have from a ground hog shot with a high velocity varmint round.
  8. A light coat of hardened Loon clear finish protects my soft hackle tying thread bodies from teeth and fading, and does not yellow over time. Non- traditional to be sure but the trout don't see to mind at all.
  9. I'm curious. Why not here? There are other salt water flies on display. I was not aware that there is fresh, cold, water only criteria.
  10. SBPATT, That Michigan Jingler is the first fly pattern that ever took my fancy @ 65 years ago in Griswolds, a Detroit sporting goods store. It was tied with a thicker body, shorter hook, and even more heavily hackled but the rest identical. I can still see it to this day. It was billed a "Michigan Caddis" for night brown trout fishing.
  11. Neat concept. Has a lot of prospects in Atlantic salmon. steelhead dry fly situations. Did you tie the wing in first and leave it leaning to the front. Then tie in your tail, body material, and trude-style wing before sweeping the guard hair hackles back and propping them up?
  12. If passion justifies rough talk, it should be noted that the only legit passions showed here are for our sport, and not much else. There is not much room for emotional outbursts with colorful language. Anything else is by definition off topic and if passionate likely to cause problems and get removed. It's an oasis that I think most of us enjoy this way and would self edit even if other forms of expression were permitted. But it is far from the norm in our society and those norms are slipping daily. Bad taste usually wins out and the current examples of shabby 'free expression' in public by 'educated' women are at the cutting edge. Its a losing game.
  13. Its funny how the fish that humiliate you get engraved on your memory more than the ones you actually land.... I have three indelible videos available for looped reruns in my brain. -- A 7-8 lb LM Bass hooked about 20' down coming straight up and jumping 2-3' clear of the water like a Polaris missile and spitting my lure back at me. ( Last time I used a gutless rod on bass.) -- A hot Pere Marquette steelhead out of Lake Michigan that grabbed my Mickey Finn and decided to take it to Wisconsin, I chased that fish who took off throwing a wake like a torpedo with a bent fin, He finally bended and then spooled me. All this was highly entertaining for my 'buddies' who retell it w/o much need for prompting or exaggeration. -- A streamer fly that snagged an apparently free drifting log on the Potomac and then turned casually upstream, ran deep into my backing and went into a dogged heat shake that broke me off. Mammoth Cat or Musky? -- I'll never know,
  14. OK, tonite I dug deep in one of my hackle storage bins and came across a bunch of this Whiting hackle in a variety of colors and sizes. I don't remember buying it and haven't a clue why I did. It is basically a very fine, delicate, long fiber, hackle meant for salmon steelhead and trout spey patterns I think. Appreciate any tips on specific uses. Thanks
  15. Sandan, That's a neat dry design. Floats on the dry hackle and gets surface movement from the longer, softer. Hungarian tips. Should be a real killer on 'soft' waters.
  16. Give some flies to a local kid new to the sport and not yet into tying his own along with a little tutoring on how to rig and fish them. Could kick start his appreciation for the sport.
  17. Take a piece of velcro to the dubbing to thin it out a bit and make it even more scraggly. That done, it will trap some small air bubbles and provide some movement that will help sell it to the fish -- if not to the fly tying hall of fame. I have an emerger pattern that like that and it has duped trout for years. The more I use it, the more ratty and effective it is.
  18. robow7, Are you refering to the Ambush lines or the TT lines?
  19. They would lend themselves nicely to some mini trout spey patterns.
  20. Fuzzy fiber is often used as a sculpin head material in a dubbing loop that will shape well and not retain water. It adds bulk to head of a fly w/o impeding casting/sinking. To me, its kinky character does not recommend it as a movement wing material in streamers.,
  21. Sally Hansen... Did I date her?
  22. I'm all for it as long as catch and release is not part of the picture.
  23. Can't imagine wanting a short vise. I hate bending over a vise -- or a vice for that matter. Long tying sessions looking down on my work really screw up my neck/back muscles. So I too want the device set at eye level. Back in the cave dwelling days, they used to sell a simple round extension device for a few bucks that was about 2" high with a large flat head screw in the bottom and hollowed out center for your vise shaft with a set screw tensioner. You made your own base out of wood and layered pieces at one end to mount the extension tube at any height you wanted with the original vise shaft. 50 years later I'm still using it.
  24. If you speak of the entire range of classic, traditional, Atlantic salmon patterns within which you find the Spey and Dee flies, you probably should also mention similar but distinct styles and patterns from Irish, Scandinavian, and other European and even North American salmon fisheries. Like the Spey and Dee styles I would guess there are river specific patterns and variants in those regions.
  25. Spey flies typically are works of art as well as reliable attractor patterns that are mostly used on salmon and migratory trout. They imitate nothing in nature and rely on color blends often using exotic materials, hints of flash, and sparse, balanced, construction designed to move through and cross currents as if alive. They are mostly delivered on two handed rods and swung down and across. Done right, tying them is time consuming; often expensive -- as only the finest and often hard to find materials pass muster; demanding in the use of materials; and a serious test of anyone's mastery of tying techniques. They are not to be confused with fully functional salmon or steelhead flies that you can knock out assembly line style by the dozen in an evening .
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