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  1. I used to work with tile setters from Germany building Aldi store for a few months a year.They really did not fish much at home because of all the hoops.They did fish some when working here.Good guys, 2 had already purchased property in FL to retire.They were allowed to work here 3 months out of the year and just loved it here.
  2. When i used to sell a few rods and other stuff online this craziness happened more often than it should.Sending something from my midwest state to one next door would go to the west coast east coast Florida once and on and on.Mostly USPS ,rods sent via UPS often got beat up even in heavy tubes.I try to sell locally these days,less money but less stress .Paying extra for premium shipping never mattered.All things arrived eventually and 99.9 intact.
  3. I still can't go back one page on this site.So i can't even see anything except pages 1-4 or the current one for any post .The flies are the reason i come here.
  4. I have seen some big ones in public water and the fact there are some big pike in them is even more baffling.I see koi in a prak pond i take the grand sons fishing.Some have to be over 10 lbs but they don.t eat flies or the bait the kids toss to them.When i was a kid growing up in Chicago we would take the bus to a golf course in a nearby suburb.There was a pond full of big fancy goldfish.We would sneak in and catch them on bread.We would keep most.Haul them back to the bus in buckets and sell them to a local petshop.They all surprisingly made the trip without dying.
  5. Thanks SC.I see commercially tied flies that barely resemble the originals but are still calling by the original name.I realize that many flies come from overseas and are nicely tied but not quite right from what i see in the old books or older videos.Our caddis flies are black and so are our stone flies so black flies outfish others.Black foam spiders and black foam chubby ant type flies catch a lot species especially in creeks.AGs Hippy Stomper has been a good bass fly for me at times.I got a 5lb plus laregemouth on a 3wt rod chasing bluegills a couple years ago on sz 12 HS .I have now tied them up to sz 6 for pond large mouths and creek small mouths usually in all black except for the wing..Had a few gar attack them too.I think the bass will still eat the same type of stuff they did as juveniles.The walleye bite will stop up north when the mayflies hatch as the walleyes and most other fish gorge themselves on the nymphs in the shallows.Frustrating serious walleye anglers as the fish can be too shallow for their boats and what to use for bait at this time.Have had some great days catching crappies on almost any brown nymph in the spring when they are shallow.No trout streams here but am sure the same bug species exist in the surrounding states that do.
  6. Very nice ties and glad you are able to make a few bucks tying.Have had that happen with all different brands of CV glue my self.I don't understand how the factory sealed bottles go bad but they do.If it has shelf life it should say so IMO.
  7. There are excellent flies posted nearly daily.
  8. Excellent.Nobody in my family or circle of friends fly fishes .I made a few years ago but i was the only one impressed with them.
  9. Very sad,he took the time to talk to me at a show in Chicago in the mid 90s when i was just starting to tie,Bought one of his books he signed.The show was a dud .He tied a fly and gave it to my young daughter.Just got an email from his website and was looking at his wonderful art work that i wish i could afford.He really inspired me as a warm water fly fisher and tyer.Kind of crazy that the flyfishing community basically ignores 95% of anglers who do not flyfish for trout.I Know Mr Whitlock fished everywhere for everything but he was a warmwater guy at heart.God Bless Mr Whitlock
  10. Not getting the not looking at ties that are on barbed hooks.Just tie it it on a barbless hook maybe?I do not fish for trout except spring and fall stocked trout in still water.I use barbless on fish that tend to swallow the fly.I am under no regulations to do so.I do it for the fish so they can be easily and quickly released.I do hook myself now and then but not near as much as trying to unhook a large fish from a crankbait .I really don't see any issue with what a person uses to fish with as long as it is legal where they are.I fished in Canada years ago,caught literally 100s of fish.When we came home the border guards searched the truck our belongings etc.We kept 0 fish and they did not believe us.
  11. Most of my bluegill bugs are tied on light wire barbless.The eyes are too a little to small but the ease to remove even a swallowed fly is so worth the it and i have found a place to buy them in bulk so not nearly as expensive as buying repackaged from the middleman .I do not mask barbs on certain flies for certain fish as i lose to many and a pliers easily removes the hooks.
  12. My first assignment in metal shop was to make a hammer head using files,the old guy who taught us was like a wise grandfather..Patient strict and really wanted us to be prepared.You only filed in one direction obviously and the stroke had to be perfect.I still have that little hammer somewhere,It looks perfect to me .I got a C on it.I would have no problem making a special tool by hand if i could not find an existing tool to repurpose.I am a tinkerer by nature and i tie very few flies that are not of my own design.Of course all my bugs are made using techniques and styles i did not invent.That would be true for 99.9% of all flies and tyers.I am surprised how many modern flies have are not new at all,just materials that were not around when some one came up with them.And when i do find a pattern i like and use i tie it as close to the originators as possible.If i give such a fly to someone i always give them the name of the fly and the person who came up with it.Since flies and their recipes are pretty much freely shared there is a lot of plagiarism on the commercial side of this sport/hobby.The lure companies are always suing each other over infringements.Road Runner jigs is a case study in this and is quite interesting.
  13. I really enjoy stuff like this.Folks in previous eras had a much better understanding of the written word and drawings.We all,even those of us who are older and learned to tie,fix our cars etc with books and manuals.Now if i get stuck on something,a fly pattern brake job home repair i can just google it and watch a detailed video or several sometimes.I think taking a file and cutting those shaped grooves in a cheap pair of pliers would be doable.There are members here,you know who you are,that have advanced metal working skills.Pretty obvious that fly tyers have always taken some complicated processes to fool a fish.
  14. having lived in several beat up old hoses with drafty windows and radiant heat i just go old school and keep a pot simmering.I usually ad some cinnamon as i like the smell.The old windows swell and get some ice around the edges sealing them tight.It gets so much more comfortable in the house and radiant heat no hot air blowing around.My new house has great new windows and great furnace/ac system.First hous i ever lived in with central air.I still will get a pot of water simmering when it gets super cold.
  15. Acetate floss?The type you soak with acetone and it becomes plastic like?Still have some i used years ago to make ants and some other crude bugs.The fumes alone made these unpleasant to to tie.
  16. You are right,when i was kip we would go to the International Amphitheatre for the sportsman show.Hunting fishing lumberjack competitions a wrestling bear ,casting contests and more i can't remember.Thet had a fly fishing show at Navy Pier in the mid 90s after the rebuild which i worked on.It was dud for the exhibitors but was a life changer for me.I had never really flyfished and was starting to tie.It was slow to say the least.I brought my young daughter,she is now 34,We had great time as it was my first time back to the pier since ir reopened.I was fascinated and decided to REALLY learn to fly fish and tie.I met Dave Whitlock,bought a book from him .He tied a fly for my daughter Really spent some time with us.I was good angler prior having fished since a young kid and fished from N Ontario to key west.The fly fishing bug took and here i am still in the thick of it and learn something new every time i fish or tie a new pattern. We had a great little show near me at a the local high school that ended with covid.Small vendors shined and local guides and shops could afford spots.They are moving it to a convention center and am sure it will price out the little guys.The shows always were an event and helped in the late winter to get ready for spring.A walk thru the big box store just doesn't do it.
  17. Good luck Mark.Just had my neck scanned and looks good so far.For now i live life between doctor visits it seems.
  18. The internet has pretty much ruined these types of gatherings.I get bombarded with emails from online suppliers of nearly everything i have ever bought online.We used to go to all the outdoor shows to see what is new and to be around people with shared interests.Heck we barely have any bait/tackle shops left in the metro area.Maybe 3 fly shops including downtown Chicago Orvis which is described as a clothing store.Online and the big boxes have pretty much ruined the personal experience.Same as it has turned much of main street in our more rural areas into ghost towns.I am lucky as i have 2 bait/tackle shops nearby.Neither of carry fly tying supplies any more and some rods reels and line.1 flyshop in Chicago is geared for high end customers only pretty much.I think there is one in far west burbs that tons of supplies and was owned by Chris Helm at one time.I am kind of a lone wolf as i know only 1 person personally that ties and he is 60 miles away.I met a guy fishing for stocked trout at a local pond.Throwing a jig i mean euro nymph with a bobber i mean indicator.Was super windy and he was having a rough time casting.Said this rig worked well out west which i am sure it did.We were not in a drift boat and had a high bank with brush behind us.I at least hooked a couple 10 inch trout that came off.He was well heeled at least gear wise.Higher end Orvis rod and reel,chest pack etcHe bought his stuff downtown.I bought mine at the flea market.I was throwing nymphs on a 6' browning/silaflex with an eagle claw hardy clone.I was casting side armed and low ,under the wind.Making good 40-50 foot casts.We did have a good time fishing next to each other.Out of 75 people fishing that day we were the only ones with flyrods .Kind of a lonely sport in my parts.
  19. Nice Mark.Do not use any of those type of dries so only have tied a few over the years but i love the way they look.Defines a "fly" to me..My brother retired right on Lake Michigan and wants to fly fish so starting to play with some classic Michigan patterns,He has his shoulder replaced .He has never fly fished .I was like time to learn you live in western Michigan.I am still slowly getting better but not able to do my trade anymore so my life is in kind of in chaos.By spring he says he will be ready and should have things sorted out on where i go next.
  20. Blue cats are actually bigger and more common to catch than flatheads at least in Illinois.Crazy thing happened years ago,the power plant/nuke lakes which there are several started getting warmer and warmer as power demand increased.These lakes usually a few thousand acres are "perched" lakes meaning a big dike surrounds the perimeter and the water levels are much higher than the surrounding flat farm land.This is to aid in surface cooling.These lakes were fantastic fisheries when they first opened and the bass panfish walleyes stripers catfish musky etc thrived as the artificial environment made year round growth possible.I once caught dozens of catfish on a clouser minnow fishing for smallmouths.Well the party ended as the water got too hot for most fish and the fisheries declined.Shad and algae blooms took over.Someone figured out flat head and more so blue cats thrived in the warm water and roam open water gorging on shad.I know several guys who troll thes lakes with big rattle traps and other chrome colored crank baits and catch giant catfish.No one eats these fish so they just get bigger every year.Big strong fish hooked on crankbaits with big treble hooks in a wind blown choppy lake can ruin your day.A tool like this could come in handy.I have seen flatheads and blues 60 to 80 lbs landed from shore from these lakes.
  21. I favor shorter glass rods as i fish brush lined ponds quarries etc and do a lot of roll casting for mostly panfish.I also employ a few 8foot 8wts for bass bugging and carp.I have Phillipsons,Wonderod panfish specials,Browning /Silaflex glass St Croixs a bunch of Heddons and am liking cane more and more.I see the attraction of high end stuff but i have many vintage glass blue collar rods that are like new and fish well.My favorite bluegill rod is a 6foot cabelas prime 3wt 1 pc that is as smooth a rod as i have ever fished.I have landed a few 5lb plus Bass on this wispy little rod.It flexes to the cork.I have favorites for different waters ,species and situations.And they all have multiple species and rarely only catch the intended fish.
  22. Absolutely FT, or a body of after shaft with with wire i think is how he tied it.I think the dubbed body came when he started selling materials on his web siteI just meant your fly reminded me of the sparrow.Very few flies are new,at least the style they are tied is not new.His i believe special stuff or secret stuff which is an early ice dub type material is pretty cool.I bought some a few years ago and it was enough to fill a large zip lock bag for each color.I mean a lifetime supply for a ridiculously low price.I really liked the guys writings and his flies .I appreciate your renditions of historical flies.
  23. Also very similar to a Gartside sparrow which is 100% pheasamt.
  24. You guys on the east coast have a much older history,we have some sites where the French who were the first europeans to visit and settle the area in the early 1700s.My ancestry includes french and native americans.I always have been fascinated at how the natives moved north as the glaciers receded.Maybe encountering a wooly mammoth or saber toothed cat etc,Maybe it is part of my DNA ,but i have always felt more at home in the woods than in the city where i was born and raised. I had and still have relatives who still farm areas near the old french settlements and have french last names. My dad was the son of Irish immigrants. I believe in climate change as it has obviously always been changing. Many people who grew up here have no idea how young the great lakes are.I just was amazed that one of the birth places of "the bomb" was hidden in the woods and had never heard of it.
  25. Used to hike a trail in a hilly area just outside Chicago.Is hilly because of the Des Plaines river valley and Moraine valley.I did not know what a moraine was for years but it is where the glaciers that carved out the great lakes literally stopped.Not really hills just long ridges,miles long that are not solid rock but piled rock pushed by the glaciers that receded 10;000 years ago.That is correct the great lakes very young in geological time. Here is the weird part.A scenic 2 lane road runs about 8 miles along 1 of these ridges east to west.There is a 3 mile long slough on the south side and a wooded moraine ridge to the north.Looks a lot more like Pennsylvania or Kentucky than Flat assed Illinois.This is all county forest preserve land ,1000s of acres of it surrounding Chicago.At the halfway point of this scenic section of road there is a pulloff and a ravine that goes uphill along a little stream that might have minnows and crayfish but not much else.You can hike along a well worn path.There is a junction in the path at about 3/4 of a mile.A hill with a tombstone that reads OUR DOG 1890 something.One day i had my 2yo son on my shoulders on a late winter day and took the less traveled fork to the right and we climbed pretty quickly to the top of the ridge.The path opened up to a paved road with old 8 foot barbed wire fences along it. Walked the road about a block,remains of old guard house,many large building foundations .Fed Gov signage everywhere.Probably about 10 acres or more of flat ground with asphalt roads with some good sized trees growing in the pave roads,Then i saw an area with a large boulder with a paragraph engraved into it. WORLD'S FIRST NUCLEAR REACTOR WAS REBUILT AT THIS SITE IN 1943 AFTER INTIAL OPERATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO THIS REACTOR(CP-2)AND THE FIRST HEAVY WATER MODERATED REACTOR(CP-3)WERE MAJOR FACILITIES AROUND WHICH DEVELOPED THE ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY THIS SITE WAS RELEASED BY THE LABORATORY IN 1956 AND THE US ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISION THEN BURIED THE REACTORS HERE I cane across this in the mid 80s or so .I had always heard there was something in these hills. Al Capone actually had a golf course nearby.I had fished this area extensively with my dad and as a teenager we rode our bikes from the city 15 miles or so to fish some nearby lakes.A town on the Des Plaines river and the I&M canal near this area has always been a hotbed of local ghost stories and general weird happenings as well multiple dead bodies found in the trunks of cars and sunk in the river.A common Chicago Mob practice,I used to drive by this place on my way to work and always thought it was the ridge screwing with my radio in my truck.Was always a great escape from the city when i was young but always a weird vibe in the area,
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