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  1. Dull and dreary day.  Couple if snow flakes here and there.  Finally sat down at the vise and started to get ready for spring.  

    Started with a March Brown wet.thumbnail-65.jpeg.0c67da38472b5093150973bf5a822573.jpeg


    then realized I am out of Guides Choice Hares Ear



    Also realized I was out Hungarian Partridge so I used some Wood Cock I harvested this year.  I think it will work.



  2. I'll ad my two cents,

    I personally tie on a Peak with either standard or saltwater jaws.  This vise is more than I will ever need for the rest of my time tying.  That being said I would also take a look at the Jurassic Series that Peak makes.  One other thing about Peak is that the "C" clamp base is by far the strongest I have ever tied with.  

    The other manufacturer I would seriously look into is HMH.  Their "Standard" model with magnum jaws would be the cats a$$.  I have tied on a couple of these at shows and was extremely impressed with he fit and finish.  They are super smooth and have the feeling as if they are indestructible.  



  3. 4 hours ago, mikechell said:

    I like that, Michael.  I'll have to try one of those for Wife, once I'm all set up.


    When you are set up, give me a shout. There were a couple of interesting points that I learned while turning this.


  4. 3 hours ago, jamieofthenorth said:




    These are going to slay them on the Machias this year.  Great tie.  Dividing wing is not an easy task to master.  Doing a great job so far.


    3 hours ago, jamieofthenorth said:

    Quill Gordon, size 12. 

    Tail: Dun hackle fibers

    Body: Stripped peacock quill

    Wings: Wood duck

    Hackle: Dun

    Notes: Pretty stoked how these turned out, truth be told. Far from being able to crank these ones out quickly and I definitely took my time to get things as right as I could, but am glad that I did. Getting much better at splitting the wings; big assist from Valla's book "Tying Catskill Style Dry Flies" on that front as well as the inspiration. 


  5. 9 hours ago, DFoster said:

    This is an interesting pattern I found on line.  Orange and light brown flies, wet or dry are usually really effective in my area from September to early November. The tail and legs one this one are just a little bit too long but you'll get the idea and the fish won't care.  This was my first and only tie on Saturday.  I meant to post photos of better versions and tie a few 14's, 16's, and 18's all of which I never got to.  A Nor'easter blew in and clearing #@%& snow used up what should have been my bench time.

    Golden or Orange Nymph-

    Hook: #12 Nymph 2XL weighted with .020 wire.

    Thread: Black 6/0

    Tail: Golden Phesant

    Abodomen: Life Cycle Caddis Dubbing - Orange.

    Rib: Danville's Mylar Tinsel, Gold size 16/18

    Thorax: Black Ostrich Herl

    Wing Case: Mottled Turkey Tail

    Legs: Golden Pheasant





    This is by far my favorite nymph patter.  I have caught Brook Trout, Salmon, Yellow and White Perch, Crappy, Lake White Fish, Fall Fish, Large and Small Mouth Bass.  It has worked extremely  well for me.

    Good luck fishing it.


  6. 1 hour ago, mikechell said:

    I bugged the contractor 2 weeks ago, asking if we were still "on schedule".  The reply, at that time, was that I was 8th on the list, including the one being built.  He also said that, with one exception, all the buildings were smaller than mine.

    To top that off, when we were signing the contract, he stated from the time they drop the pieces here to the finished building will only take 2 or 3 days.  I'm hoping smaller buildings take less time.  If my best guess is correct, the 6 buildings before mine would equate to 4 to 5 weeks.  November 15th ... I hope?  1st of December in worst case scenario.

    This morning it was 19 degrees here. I don't think I would be able to wait until Nov 15th for construction to start. 

    Just saying...


  7. 1 hour ago, SBPatt said:

    I have caught many nice trout on Zebra midges; just thread and wire (and a bead, on occasion).



    1 hour ago, Mark Knapp said:

    Hi Mike, It's a wolverine, not that it matters much to your point.

    In the art world, they call what you are talking about "using a limited pallet" It is kind of thing. That's the nice thing about this endeavor, we can go in any direction we want. I'm sure it would be fun to see just what one could get away with in limitting the pallet.

    In the case with my current flies, I'm exploring the different ways to build a Blacknose Dace. The original called for all these elements ( the red tag, the body tinsel and the counter wrap tinsel, the three colors of wing, etc.) so I'm looking for different ways to build the fly using different materials for those elements.

    Certainly, the fly can be tied and successfully fished, I am sure, with fewer elements. It would be a fun experiment with that.

    Cool that I can think in the art world turns, even if I didn't know the terms. Just thought it would be interesting to go in a different direction from the masses.



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