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  1. Saw my wife off to work at 6:45 this morning. It was -14. I got to work at 10:00 and it had reached a balmy -9. I'm thinking casting a line is a bit out of the question from this corner of the country.

     

    Michael from Maine


  2. I just tried this, and it surpasses anything I have done with duck so far. It comes from Traeger Smokers receipt of the week.

     

    Enjoy,

     

     

    TRAEGER DUCK BALL POPPERS

     

     

    INGREDIENTS
    • (2) 4 ounce duck or chicken breasts
    • 12 pieces thin cut bacon
    • --Cheese Mixture--
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons onion powder
    • 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced small
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • --Dipping Sauce--
    • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 16 oz package of cream cheese

    PREPARATION

    Starting with a piece of plastic wrap, cover the duck and pound it out to a ¼ inch thin piece, then cut it length wise into 3 pieces.

    Place 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture in each strip of duck and roll them up. Wrap each duck ball with one bacon strip, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    When ready to cook start the Traeger on smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4-5 minutes). Set the temperature to 325 degrees and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

    Place the duck poppers on the grill, cook them for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked. Serve them hot with the dipping sauce on the side.

    Fair warning: If you are sensitive to salt, cut this is half or more. I found with the bacon and the salt in the cheese mix to be too much. Second batch was incredible.

    Michael

    p.s. I suspect this would be fantastic with most game meet. My next try is going to be with moose possibly turkey.


  3. Mine is a bit different, I was 17.

    Mom was trying a new stuffing receipt with a wine base to it. Early Thursday morning I was waken to a large boom. I ran into the kitchen to find my Mom and Dad cleaning the floor and wall in front of the open oven door. There was stuffing three feet up the wall.

    OR

    The next year Mom decided she wanted to raise a turkey. It became more of a pet than food. She told me that it was time to "take care of Peepers". Yes that was the name of the bird. I grabbed the ax and headed out to the pen. Mom comes into the pen and picks up the turkey. She cuddled and pet and talked to the bird.. She looks at me with doe eyes and says, it's all yours.and walks away. What do you do at that point?

     

    Michael


  4. Retrocarp,

     

    I feel your pain. I too have done this and everything else that has been posted. When I tie to replace my own, I am not as picky. However I was asked to tie a couple dozen flies and make them into earrings, I know I tied no less than 5 of each fly to get them "right". It had more to do with proportions but sometimes it was material not cooperating.

     

    I'm not sure how many others are in my waters, I only tie 5 to 6 times a year. Usually for 4 to 5 days at a time.

     

    Michael


  5. I'd recommend experimenting with any of the feathers. As it has been said, use both sides of the wing feathers. Older wet fly patterns call for duck wing quite often.

     

    I am an avid duck hunter and have more feathers than I could ever tie with. i am always trying something different with then.

     

    To add to SILKHDH: don't forget Hen mallards and black duck feathers. Great coloring on them.

     

    Lastly, if your buddy has it in his heart, ask for the hole bird and slow roast the bacon wrapped breast with some basil and garlic powder.

     

    Michael


  6. Eide,

     

    First I want to chime in with everyone else... Amazing. You seem to have an eye for balance and symmetry that is closer to art than a utilitarian fly that some of us tie. I have only been doing this for 38 years. I figure if I am still tying in another 40 years I might be able to see flies the way you do. That is If I can still see to tie.

     

    Please keep up the work you do so the rest of us have a benchmark to strive for.

     

    Michael


  7. I can't find it. I was looking for a cartoon that has two fish, looking at a fly line in the water. One says to the other, "Wanna see a fly fisherman go nuts? Keep hitting the knot."

    Instead, I found these two.

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    Mikechell,

     

    The tree would be the funniest comic I have seen in my life... If it weren't so Friggin' true!!!

     

    MIchael


  8. OK, I've just betters the duck pizza,

     

    Almost the same, however make the onions caramelized and change the duck for some ground venison and bacon.

     

    I just stuffed myself foolish for lunch and all I want to do is take a nap.

     

    Michael


  9. Great question. I am always curious what others like to do.

    For me, I like being outdoors with my daughters. Paddling flat water and some whitewater. We get to waterski a couple times a year. Mostly I chase ducks and geese. Oh yes, building canoes and kayaks.

     

    Michael


  10. Long car ride last weekend with my Girls. The subject of breathing in Helium and the effects on the vocal cords was discussed. This lead me to ask the question, "if you breath in too much Helium and ingest some of the gas, when you fart will it come out as a squeek?"

    My wife had a look of disdain on her face while my daughters were trying not to cry with laughter.

     

    Just the way my mind works on long rides.

     

    Michael


  11. Good morning to everyone,

     

    This is a great thread and is a subject I enjoy. Unlike some, that will remain named (Mikechell), I have taken great enjoyment teaching my daughters what I know about the outdoors.

    Just a coulpe of things that have been a large learning curve for me, first I am not the one fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking...What ever it is that we are doing together. I find it more enjoyable to watch them discover than I do to be doing it myself. Last year we went stripper fishing in R.I. I never told then how to real in a larger fish, but they took to it like it was something they had always done. I asked how they knew what to do and their responce, "I remember it from those shows we watch at Grandpa's.

    Second and the biggest one I learned was to watch their time. When they get board or cold it is time to pack it in and head home. Not with out first stopping to get something like hot chocolate or ice cream.

    One last thing, lets not forget all the amazing women that have taught us about this sport. My biggest influance in tying and fishing was a woman that I am proud to call my friend now. The first time I went fishing with her and her husband, I saw her standing in the front of a 17' canoe casting 90 plus feet of line.. To boot it was done with a glass fenwick rod. That was an amazing sight to see.

     

    Michael

     

    p.s. Thanks for having a great sense of humor Mikechell.


  12. Good afternoon Matt.

    Great idea for a trout rod in those back country streams. I agree with everyone on the stze. 2-3wt 7 to 7 1/2 foot is perfect. I had been wanting/looking for one a couple years back. I ended up finding a TFO Finesse. I have a new found love for fishing small beaver ponds in the back woods of western Maine.

     

    Michael


  13. add147,

     

    Just my two cents but I would suggest Danville 3/0 monocord waxed. This would be much heavier than you are tying now, however It will help the problems you are having. You will just end up with a larger head than you do now. I doubt the Crappie or Bass would care one way or another. I also like their waxed 6/0 Flymaster thread. I have only had your issues when I have tied trolling streamers. Especially using floss on the bodies. I find that using an emery board on my finger tips seems to help.

     

    Now don't get any ideas that I have removed my finger prints to do illegal activities. I have a wife and two teenage daughters so emery boards are always in the house somewhere.

     

    Michael

     

    p.s. you will need to spin your bobbin clockwise to counter the tying left handed.


  14. Th simplest fly that I have cought fish on is the "Maple Syrup"

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    Materials List:

    Hook: 8 or 10

    Thread: Black

    Tail: yellow calf tail

    Body: verigated chenille Tan/beige

     

     

    Interesting. Are you fishing for trout with this?

    Preach,

    I have had great success with this fly when the heat is up and the fish are down. I find a full sink line, dredging the bottom of ponds they will hammer this fly here in Maine.

     

    Michael


  15. My all time favorite take happens to be my largest smallie to date. I was on a river and had sunfish/pumpkin seeds trying to take the back of the fly off by sipping at it. I'm not sure if the smallie was after the sunfish or my fly. It took the fly on the way up and all I just jumped out of my skin, it just happened to set the hook on the way down. It had nothing to do with being skillful at all. It was a 24" 4lb fish.

     

    So my vote is for an intoxicated person sipping at another drink while trying to place a bowling ball into a flushing toilet standing on top of the seat... take.

     

    Michael

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