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Chase Creek

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  1. Great! Chris is a true gentleman. He's a local boy. Had the pleasure of assisting him teach flyfishing to about 50 Boy Scouts. Looking forward to this one. Thanks
  2. Very nice. We tie our skeeters on a 1/0 hook around here. One tried to kill me with a rock last summer.
  3. Am working on a pattern using squirrel tail. Now I'm going to call it Rocky.
  4. Now I'm gonna have to sleep with the lights on! Thanks a lot !
  5. Do I detect snow in those pics? All of ours is gone, so went to annoy a couple of 'Gills at the local State Park pond. caught a cuple of nice ones, and except for a couple of deer, I was all alone. Pleasant way to start the season.
  6. My wife is 6-0 tall, with a helluva reach. Yes Dear!
  7. Welcome J.R. I think you'll enjoy this site. Lots of information buzzing around. I always find something new here. Pull up a chair.
  8. Hi Fishmastr, welcome to the site. This is a great place to get started. Lots of experienced folks, and lots of folks like you just starting out. Don't be shy about asking questions, we all started at the same point as you.
  9. Shoot, that's nothing new. I've been doin' that for years with my float tube.
  10. Wow. That brought a tear to my eye. Not only did you receive something tangable, you received a treasured piece of your Grandfather's life to care for.
  11. I find a wine with a fruity bouquet and a hint of impertinence goes very well with deer hair (natural). Elk hair is a different matter.
  12. All of the above. Less is best, especially with most dry fly bodies. If you spin too much dubbing on the thread, when you wind it on the hook, it comes out looking like a rope. If you want a fuzzier body, wax the thread and take a clump of dubbing and just touch it to the thread. Fibers will stick to the thread, and when you wind it, you'll get a fuzzier body. By the way, the waxed thread that you buy isn't really waxed to accept dubbing, but rather to help keep the strands of thread from unraveling. Just start tying, practice, and before too long those bodies will look better and better. Check the tutorials on this site, too. :thumbsup:
  13. Ive always used knotless tapered cuz of the weed/water crud factor. I cut off about 2 ft from the tippet and add replace it with 2 ft of spool tippet (same size). When i get back to the knot, I add another pc of tippet. Fast and easy.
  14. Welcome Mike. You're right up in my stomping grounds. I go NE of Manton in the state forest and do my best to annoy the brookies in the Morrissy, Golden, Chase Creeks, amoung others. Usually stay at the abandoned Chase Creek campground or the Baxter Bridge campground. Might run into you one of these days.
  15. CONGRATULATIONS! I'll smoke a cigar here. I Have a friend in Lansing who kept trying for a boy. He quit trying after 7 (that's seven) girls. That included two sets of twins. He never ran out of Sally Hanson's Hard as Nails, though.
  16. P.S.-If you can't find drinkong straws, you may substitute drinkIng straws.
  17. Most folks are familliar with the drinkong straw hackle guard. Slip it over the neck of your bobbin, and when you're ready to finish the head, slide it up the thread and over the hook to push the hackle out of the way. I've been doing that for years, but about 50% of the time, I would forget to put it back on the bobbin neck before starting the next fly. AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH. Cut the straw lengthwise. Now you can put it on the thread anytime during the tying process, and You won't end up using those "helping words", as my wife calls them.
  18. I think everyone has seen the tip on using a 1/4" long pc of drinking straw slipped over the bobbin neck, then pushed over the hook, trapping the hackle. I've done this for years, but about 50% of the time i would forget to slip the straw back on the bobbin before starting the next fly. I cut the straw length-wise. This allows the straw to be put on the thread at any time. When not using it, I slip it over the end of the rod holding my backing plate. No more "helping words".
  19. HFT, nice looking vise. Is that a true rotary? How much does the pedastal weigh, and does it come with a carrying case??
  20. Clockwise (over the top) cuz THAT'S THE WAY I'VE ALWAYS DONE IT! I'm at the age now where change is confusing.
  21. Oh, yeah. I'd pick up 2 of Randall Kauffman's books : "Tying Nymphs" and "Tying Dry Flies". Both are very good. They start with simple patterns and work on up to the fancy stuff. Each new pattern is chosen to introduce you to a new method.
  22. Couldn't agree more. Tie every day. When you sit down to tie, tie 4 or 5 of the same pattern. After a couple of flies, you'll see improvement. Don't think the finished fly has to look EXACTLY like the one in the book or video. They never do. It will catch fish. If you don't have the very same exact material the pattern calls for, wing it. I get a kick out of using everyday or odd materials like candy bar wrappers, my dogs hair, etc. REPEAT - tie every day. It's just like learning to ride a unicycle, only less painfull. It takes practice.
  23. No particular brand. If the herl comes wrapped around a card, it will be matted down some. Try unrolling some and steaming it over a tea pot. That will fluff it up a bit. As said before, try using more strands to help build it up.
  24. mb82, that gives me an idea! I'm going to apply for that job as a coat check person at a local fancy eatin' place. Pay may not be very good, but the perks could be fantastic.
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