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  1. I do like perch, I have eaten many pieces of fried battered perch that were very very good. I have not had any in quite some time though. I have eaten some very tasty rainbows and brook trout in the last few years. I try to avoid recently stocked fish but there are many two year hold over rainbows in my home river and a self propagating population of brookies upstream that are very good eating. I don't often harvest fish though. I would rather let them grow and catch them again most of the time. With that said I have had good and bad tasting fish of most species. I have had carp that tasted better than some trout I've eaten, I find that fish can be highly variable in how it tastes depending on the environment it is caught in so this is a very difficult question. My absolute favorite fish is atlantic cod fish and chips. On the topic of white sucker. There is lots of white suckers and fall fish in the Connecticut River and I have heard that in the spring when the water is still below 55 degrees they both can be really good eating. A very nice flaky white meat is what I am told but as the water warms up it starts to take on a off putting flavor.
  2. I haven't quite mastered the hand whip finish yet but where I have fount it very useful is for finishing parachutes on the post rather than behind the hook eye. I am still undecided which method I prefer for the parachute but when I decide I want to tie off on the post I use a hand whip finish. For most flies I would rather use my matarelli whip finisher or I finish the fly off with my Half Hitch Mag (by Rite Bobbin) to finish the fly when I can get the end over the eye of the hook.
  3. Good work. I hope you post the rest of the story when you finish it.
  4. Mike you can actually apply wire with out tying it in first. Just glue it to a bare hook shank . Some people tie brassies like this. But I would agree that tag of wire should be secured otherwise it will cause problems.
  5. I have never fished for perch on the fly but I used to catch tons of them out of Lake Champlain from docks in the marinas on worms, grubs, live minnows and rubber jigs with a curly tail. They are not picky eaters. But the fly to use would depend on how if you are fishing off of a dock or from a boat. They are indiscriminate eaters, anything that will fit into a perches mouth can be food. They feed on small bait fish, aquatic insects and crayfish. If I was trying to target perch on the fly rod I would suspend chironomid, dragon fly and damsel fly patterns under a strike indicator. I would also fish a small bugger on the bottom (slow retrieve like a crawdad) and higher in the water like a minnow (could also use a small hair wing streamer). I would bet that sight fishing from a dock with a dry fly could be a fun and successful method, I'd try a big (10-12) Royal Wulff or adams or panfish patterns like gurgler.
  6. I think he's using pheasant tail. That is what I think most use for wing cases. I prefer black or a strip of pearl flash (making it a flash back variation) on my natural grey and black hares ear. I think brown is more common though.
  7. A tungsten beadhead Copper J would be a good point fly to get down deep. rotary's suggestion of a brooks stone is a really good one if you have a good population of stonefly's around. Because there are lots of crayfish in my home river I like to use a small heavily weighted beadhead wooly bugger as a point fly or attach another fly to the bend of the hook.
  8. I like the third one. It reminds me of the Carey Special, a fly I use often.
  9. Put up with what Shoebop, bad grammer? Reread your post it has several flaws and a sentence that doesn't really make sense. I wont point them out because I don't really care but don't put your self up as looking down on the uneducated or ignorant when your not perfect. I don't think that I would go so far as defend people that use bad grammar (because I am a careless typist and lackadaisical about grammar in anything I'm not getting graded on) but I also wouldn't go so far as to get into making corrections to people's writing on a fly tying forum. I, like most people, get on here to talk about tying flies and get peoples advise and opinions on flies I am tying. Not for an english lesson. I now wish I hadn't said anything because this has spiraled way off but I would kindly ask, as some one who enjoy's using this forum, that we not correct each other. Who cares no one's perfect and thats not what this place is for it really takes away from the experience of FTF. Just one last thing on this conversation (I wish I was never a part of), Mike I don't think any one was making an attack on vets. I hope you are not putting down the realness of PTSD or the effect it has on many veterans with your comment "I dont understand PTSD" . That would be a really shameful thing to do as a veteran.
  10. Come on guys dont turn a fun tread like this into a grammar lesson. That's not fun.
  11. Interesting fly and very well done video.
  12. As tempting as a two foot pleco sounds Ill have to pass, thanks though. Steve - Both times I used the jungle ich treatment I didn't see any signs of the ich (the white dots) after 24-48 hours but I have heard that it can be a difficult to shake off once it gets established.
  13. I think he's referring to a calf tail royal coachman steamer. That may incorrect assumption. The original post never specified what type of flies.
  14. I use Whitlocks SLF on most of my nymphs that require dubbing. It is a mix of natural and synthetic.
  15. I like that para post wing material for parachute posts. I also use it for New Zealand style strike indicators. It floats pretty well on its own but add some floatant and it will work for a full day of fishing and float the heaviest flies.
  16. It depends. As said before extra select marabou (my preference) you peel off the fibers from the sides you can get several flies out of each feather. With strung blood quills I will usually only get one out of each feather after I clean out the fibers I don't want.
  17. I have only seen about 6" so far, its getting blown around into some bigger piles but I'm not seeing a lot of snow (in northern Vermont). Well see how much it adds up to, I never believe it until It is all said and done. The weather and news channels are all about hype and they are good at it. They make normal winter weather seem like a world ending life altering event.
  18. Welcome to the forum. Bad luck having troubles with your first purchases. Don't get too discouraged you'll work it out. I would steer clear of most kits, they tend to contain not so great quality tools and materials. The best purchase I made in the beginning was the Dr.Slick Tyer Pack Tool Set I still use all of the tools in it except the bobbin (I still use it some times I just have others I use also) almost every time I sit down to tie. I highly recommend it, it has top notch tools. I would also recommend the Dr. Slick straight point tweezers and brass dubbing twister. These tools will get you by in pretty much any situation a novice tyer will find themselves in. As for the vise that is a much more complicated situation and one that depends heavily on how much money you are willing to lay down. A good quality vise will run you some where in the range of $100-200 (or lots more) there are quite a few to choose from. As with most things you get what you pay for. One more thing. Try to steer clear of cabela's, I find that the slightly lower prices don't make up for the asinine shipping costs and their customer service sucks(my opinion). Check out Feather Craft(my favorite online retailer), JS Fly Fishing, Feather Emporium and In The Riffle (there are others I can think of that have great reputations) if you don't have a shop with knowledgeable staff nearby. If you do go talk to them and check out the vises in person. -Will
  19. Hookon - I really like your caddis pupa and royal stimulator. Nicely tied!
  20. I was making some inline spinners with buck tail on the treble hook and I stabbed myself with the hook really badly. I didn't get it up to the barb so I wasn't really hooked but it hurt like hell. No real misadventures in fly tying unless you count the occasional terrible looking fly.
  21. Thanks MIke. Yea ich sucks. Ive had two tanks I had years ago come down with it and thankfully I successfully got rid of it pretty easily and never lost a fish to it. I know its not the most recommended treatment and not peoples favorite because of staining but I have had really good luck with Jungle's ich treatment product.
  22. Substitution is a must. When I have made my purchases of hackle I intentionally tried to get hackle that would work for as many colors as possible. I just looked at Davie McPhail's video on the Kite's Imperial. If it were me I would use Dark Barred Ginger (one of my favorites) and Goose Quill (a new material to me and I like it very much for a nice segmented body) Do what ever works for you. Don't get too hung up on making it textbook perfect just get the proportions and colors as close to correct as possible.
  23. After all this conversation about the pleco I killed it.... I was doing a water change and using a small dose of hydrogen Peroxide to kill some algae on my grass and I found it dead in the corner after I drained the water down. I should have taken it out for the treatment. I considered moving it but opted not to since I was using such a small dose I thought it would be ok. I took a small sprayer bottle and sparyed the hydrogen peroxide right on the hair grass (used about 2oz in a 30 gal well inside of what I read to be safe dosing) left it for a few minutes then drained about 2/3 of the water. Once I drained off the water I found it looking really pale and stiff. I put it in a smaller tank I have to see if it was just in shock but it didn't revive after about a half hour. It sucks, I really liked this fish it was very nice and peaceful but live and learn I guess.
  24. If you don't have any other rods with your name on them you could just change your name...
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