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  1. Thanks guys! I've been having a lot of luck with mice patterns. I'll be fishing some dries, and not getting any big ones so I skitter a mouse from bank to bank, and get very aggressive rises from the larger trout, giving up their positions. I've never hooked larger than a 12 inch brown on a mouse, but they're effective at giving up the position of the bug guys so I don't have to narrow down their positions. Helps me learn "advanced" water reading, too! *I've heard a TON about the Moorish Mouse, apparently most AK guides swear by that pattern and some even use it exclusively. After reading a 4-page article about it, I'm convinced its a good tie!
  2. Hey all - I've been trying to target those giant browns, and a local guide suggested skating a mouse. I've tied a few "mice", just a ton of spun deer hair on streamer hooks. What is your favorite mouse pattern?
  3. Hey guys, so with some help from a local guide I've finally started catching some trout. Anyway I've heard a little about tying caddis adults a certain way: Tie it like an Elk hair, only use deer hair and tie it reversed so the tips are tied in, not the base. I only tied one, and the trout in these Adirondack rivers loved it! I think I might know why - When you pull the fly under at the end of a drift, it bobs right back up, possibly imitating a hatching bug surfacing. I caught two respectable browns (for me) with it, then lost it in a tree. I tied on a regular elk hair caddis, and fished it with no avail for fifteen minutes amidst plenty of rises. I'm a newbie, so is there anything valid in my hypothesis that the trout like how the (nearly unsinkable) reverse deer hair floated back to the surface? In any case, the deer hair makes this one amazing fly. It is durable, floats like a cork, and is actually easier to tie. It's my new favorite dry!
  4. Nope. Just running, pushups, and getting yelled at. Might sound odd, but I can't wait!
  5. Better make that Christian-flytying-highschool-flyfishing-homeschooler! Gotta love Matthew 4:19, hence the username "FisherOfMen". Although I'll only be in the homeschool category until Thursday. Then I'm free! (till college) -Shipping to Ft. Benning, Georgia on August 14 for Infantry OSUT. Then 16 weeks of no fishing
  6. Books are very good references, but don't forget you're in the 21st century! I learned most of what I know from the internet, and it is an invaluable resource. Books usually go more in depth, but the net has endless chains of links to navigate. This is especially useful if there's things you don't understand - just go to youtube and find a video of it! This is exactly what I did with spinning deer hair.
  7. Good tie there, Hans. And a mark of the true Samurai - 12/0 thread!
  8. Thanks! I've finished an adult green sedge and it took close to an hour! I couldn't get the legs right so I finally ended up just having four, not six! I was using moss green 50lb braided fishing line and I didn't leave enough room
  9. There's no real need to go through any high-tech preservation in my opinion, but my opinion doesn't matter much. A very good portion of my tying supplies comes from my winter entertainment: hunting. Deer, grouse, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hair, gray squirrel, red squirrel, you name it, I've used it for fly tying. For every (small) animal I skin it and nail the skin to a piece of plywood, stretching it as I go along. I let it sit for usually a week or a little less if I'm feeling impatient. The result is a pliable but very dry parchment skin. I have never had problems with decay or bugs, keeping them in cardboard boxes. For birds, like grouse, just keep the flesh side-up when drying. Grouse are thin skinned and they're usually partly dry by the time I'm done nailing them to the board, but I give it a good couple days before doing anything just to be sure. But, like I said about my opinion...
  10. I have heard from expert tyers to stick with a Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear in 10-16 and Pheasant Tail in 14-20. I would agree that this is pobably one of the best selections for simplicity and effectiveness. Don't be afraid to add your own variations onto these two flies, either. Doing so will expand your arsenal without much effort.
  11. Hey guys I'm Nick Downey up here in the Adirondacks of NY. I'm from Star Lake, and live right on the lake with the 300 acres of fun about 100 ft from my front door. I've been fishing most of my life, with no real instruction or passion, but two years ago my uncle gave me his old boat and I've been on the water every free minute I had since then. I hit the bass real hard the first year, and last year started for those rainbows. I really love trolling deep for those guys because its so exciting - you never know what's on the other end of the line. Late last year I got into fly fishing. I was just getting into it when fall arrived, and winter has left me itching to catch some trout. I'm focusing mostly on the rivers and streams around here, not really interested in fly fishing all that much stillwater, except for certain circumstances. Now I'm compltely obsessed with fly fishing and am anxious for my first real season of flyfishing to start in 5 days on April 1! Here's a picture I snapped a minute ago showing the view from the upstairs office where I do my schoolwork(homeschooled). You can probably guess why I get my schoolwork done a lot faster in the summer! -Don't let the sunshine fool you - it's 23F degrees outside! That's my boat, a 12 ft. aluminum clunker from the 60's... But she floats! Motor is a Briggs 5hp and runs "most" of the time;) This boat was my great-grandfather's so it's been in the family for awhile. So I'm a newbie Fly Fisherman & Tyer. Got the passion, lack the experience!
  12. Lookin' good! What kind of hackle is that?
  13. I agree with the previous posts. Using less and less dubbing will get you that finely tapered body that I struggled to master for as long as I've been tying. I still have to remind myself to go easy on the dubbing, especially when using non-synthetics that tend to clump more when you roll it on the thread.
  14. I like the looks of the middle one in the first picture. Hopefully it's as effective as it is an eye-pleaser.
  15. I just read a book on fly tying I got from the library, "Mastering the Art of Fly Tying", can't remember who it was by, but it touched on the subject of hookset angle being determined by eye angle coupled with hook point angle. You're on the right track anyway. The only reason I use straight eye hooks is to keep my head neater on some flies. Don't ask me how this helps, that is probably something in my head!
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