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Chase Creek

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  1. That all makes sense to me, BB. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into the swap; I know it takes lots of both.
  2. Certainly, the purpose of a swap is to help improve, not intimidate anyone. It's that first step that's the killer. After you take the plunge, it gets a lot easier. I agree, I've never seen anyone ridiculed or put down over flies sent in to swap. I think every swap I've been in (over 60 now) I've learned something from others flies I received. Pelhament - I do the same thing. The first few tied don't usually make it into the swap pile. Consistency comes with practice.
  3. Fisherboy, I know, but unfortunately, there are folks out there who really think that way about vises, cars, golf clubs, etc.
  4. "Good nymphs cannot be tied on anything other than a LAW." ?????????
  5. A timeless pattern. These guys REALLY work. The trick is finding the Balso dowells. Great job!
  6. Got mine yesterday. Great job on everyone's part. Thanks for hosting, jd.
  7. Wow! I have seen one similar here in Toledo, OH, a few years back.We are are on the shores of Lake Erie. Store owners had to use snow shovels to clear the walks in front of their stores, and you couldn't use the ATM's cuz the mayflies covered the keypads, and plugged the card slots. Interesting. Thanks for the pictures.
  8. I'm with vicrider. cupla days isn't going to destroy my faith in mankind.
  9. When I tell others that I've been tossing flies for 40+ years, and never hooked myself, they have a hard time believing me. I was hooked once; by my 5 yr old grandgirl who took off running while I was holding her hook and she tripped on the line. Deep enough that I had to go to an emergency clinic to get it removed. Doc said he'd never seen one that deep. It was a barbed hook. Since then I ALWAYS debarb my flies, except those tied for swaps. Then it's up to the swap recipient.
  10. Hi switch10. Your post was far from useless. It was a pretty good explanation of the difference between a rotary and a true rotary. Thanks for your comment. Didn't mean to get anyone riled up with my observations, I just didn't think anyone addressed the basic question. I just went back and re-read it, and still think so. MUCH better day today!
  11. Thanks, BB. I came up with this pattern when I found I had a few of those "swimmy" hooks laying around. Seems to do a pretty good job of annoying 'gills, smallies, and trout. It's not weighted, but I suppose one could wrap some lead or substitute around the shank, or even add a bead. Can be fished as a nymph or emerger, or in that time in between. The hen hackle moves nicely in the water. Looking forward to seeing all the ties, thanks for taking the time to host this.
  12. Wow! Looks like everyone (except utyer) missed the question posed in this thread! He's not looking for vise (American spelling) recommendations, nor is he interested in what vise you spent your money on and want to brag about. Go back and read the question. Sorry, very bad day so far.
  13. Some of the small streams that I frequent sport a hard clay bottom in spots. We call it a marrow bottom. I know I'll probably get some flack for this, but the only time I have ever taken a dunking is when I sat on a log that had fallen across the stream to change flies, and fell over backwards. I have, though, on a few occasions, done th Charlie Chaplin dance down the stream to keep my balance.
  14. Chase Creek


    Backpacking, photography, Boy Scouts (although I wouldn't call that a "hobby")
  15. I quite regularly drop one or two hooks as I'm tying. I have a very small earth magnet glued to the end of a 1/4" dia wood dowel for rounding up the hooks. artimus001 has a good method for sorting the mess out. I am a natural klutz, so I don't keep my hooks in the type of container that this could happen to. I keep my hooks in small plastic zip-loc's tucked in the pockets of baseball card collector's sheets in a 3-ring binder. I find I can put 2-300 hooks in one zip-loc. No chance of spilling all at once.
  16. utyer - "Cortland also makes braided loop connectors you can slip on the end of a fly line." I've used these for years with absolutely no problems. I HATE having to tie knots, and I'm a Scout Leader!
  17. There hasn't been any problems with the guys actually tying these patterns, it's just that 50 minutes to tie 2 flies from knowing zero about tying to completion of the flies is not much time, and we're trying to make the process a little more time efficient. The boys get a chance to use the flies on Thursday evenings when they go off-site to a DNR Research area. They've been pretty successful, and are quite delighted when they catch a fish on a fly they tied. Great to watch.
  18. Correct, there is no time limit on the merit badge itself, but the guys are at camp for 5 full days, and there are other requirements for the fly fishing merit badge that must be taught (knots, ethics, etc), plus there are many other merit badges and activities offered. The merit badge classes are one 50 minute session every day to cover all the requirements. It's a pretty tight schedule. The merit badge program is intended to introduce the boys to many areas, not make them experts, or even proficient at it. If they want to pursue that particular thing, that's up to them. There are merit badges for welding, hiking, robotics; just about anything you can think of. Well over 100 available. So there is little time for much except teaching the very basics. Thus the reason for the choice of flies and materials. Simplicity. I really appreciate all the responses, and will take all the comments into consideration when we set this up for next year;s camp.
  19. I'm teaching tying as part of the Fly Fishing Boy Scout Merit Badge. They must tie 2 flies as one of the requirements. The two flies I decided on are the Wooly Bugger and Mickey Fin. My question is this - We only have 50 minutes to tie both flies, and that's starting with the real basics; how to attach the thread to the hook, etc., so to streamline the tying process, I have put the components for one fly (hook, materials) in a small zip-loc bag (from JoAnne's Fabric Store). The Wooly Bugger is not a problem.But how would you package the calf tail material without it getting all mixed up? All the material is cut to length, and the calf tail is divided into the necessary sized bunches for one fly. It can't be an involved process, cuz I need to assemble over 100 packages for each pattern. Any suggestions?
  20. Color variations, of course. Have also laid a tinsel or copper wire rib on the body, and used a palmered hackle on the body with a soft hackle collar. All have worked just fine. The wooly bugger is the first fly I teach Boy Scouts cuz they can run out and catch fish with it.
  21. I fish small, brushy streams in N Michigan for Brookies. Some real "bushwhacking". I use either a 5' 6 3wt or a 7'6 3wt, both lined with a wf4f. Guess I favor the 5'6.
  22. William makes Clarks spinning blocks for sale. Here's his web page - http://www.williamsfavorite.com/ Meant more for thread / silk core brushes, but no reason it couldn't be used to make wire core brushes.
  23. The camp has 3 lakes, full of 'gills and Bass. One of the requirements for the merit badge is that the Scout catch at least 2 species on a fly. We do have them fish their own flies, and it's quite a kick to see them catch a fish on it, and a real confidence booster for the boys. We also go to a DNR research area with several lakes to fish, with special permission from the Ohio DNR. I personally think it's one of the best programs in our camp, but I might be a little biased. As a side note, one of the requirements for both the fly fishing merit badge and the fishing merit badge is that the boys clean and cook at least one of their catch. There is a group of us that are trying to get the merit badge folks at BSA National to change that one to reflect catch and release, as part of the outdoor ethics trend we are working very hard to instil with the Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly programs. We're not there yet, but gaining.
  24. Agreed. Our Troop doesn't allow electronics on weekend campouts or summer camp, even cell phones. Adult leaders can have cell phones, for obvious reasons. We have around 350-400 Scouts each week of summer camp, which lasts 7 weeks. That's a LOT of Scouts.
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