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  1. Troutguy - I have had the same problems. Since I started using my ledged 650 waist pack I have modified my leash and magnet so I have way less swing and I can tell if it gets snagged right away.
  2. Excellent point silvercreek. I didn't take note of the amount of powder in each or compare it to the amount of powder in the Top Ride. At 1/5 the cost its definitely a big saving if you need refill powder.
  3. I much prefer the magnet. I tried a William Joseph net retractor for a while and I was not a fan went back to my magnet after a few weeks of regular use. Edit: You should post an introduction post in the introductory forum so we can get to know you. Maybe post a few pictures of your flies or caught fish.
  4. Steve- I have never fished the Mascoma I've been tempted a few times when I was at the L.L. Bean at the Power House Mall or on the rare stop at Upper Valley Outfitters in lebanon but never dipped my line. I have also never fished the Ompompanoosuc, both are on my check list for this summer though. I heard from a few people that the Ompompanoosuc was blown out really badly by Irene (not that the Waits and Wells River weren't but they are very close) and had yet to recover so I chose other spots to fish instead but I've heard that it is coming back nicely. My whole thing with trying to dry these products out is that they only cost like $8.50. Is it really worth my time or the good possibility of making a mess to even bother with? Also once the powder part of it is gone (which it nearly is in the case of my bottle of "shake and bake") the cost to refill that part of it is $7 -$8 with either the feather powder or the loon blue ribbon fly powder. Why not just get a new bottle? Im not really a fan of the throw away culture and if your into making everything a DIY project more power to you but is it really worth the time?
  5. The thread slipping toward the hook eye happens a lot when I use flat waxed thread or when my Danville flymaster flattens out. I find that if you spin your bobbin so the thread twists you can bite into the hair fibers a little better making them more secure on the first few wraps I think this allows you to make a cleaner head because it takes less wraps to lock them in. Try getting them into place with as few wraps as possible then trim off the excess, then make an open turn to the hook eye, make covering wraps back then as few as possible back to the hook eye then whip finish. This is how I typically finish off my hair wing streamers. I will say that I have yet to make a head on a hair wing streamer as nice as I would like but they keep getting better with practice. Keep trying and you will get there. BTW... The there is no substitute comment was hyperbole and there is lots of ways to make different streamers I am just partial to calf and buck tail streamers. You can also use marabou just like buck tail (prefer these for still or very slow water) and squirrel tails can make some nice streamers.
  6. There is no substitute. I love calf tail. I don't fish streamers often but most of the ones I do are calf or buck tail (or wooly buggers). I agree with Piker. It doesn't need to be stacked and you don't need a stacker to get it aligned if you want it that way. Just grab your bunch and pull the long ones and replace them in the bunch with the tips aligned with the other hairs. As for slipping... Do you mean it pulls out of the head after it is tied in or it slips around the shank as you tighten it down? These are my calf tail streamers a Mickey Finn and Black Ghost. They have their flaws (too much red not enough yellow on the Mickey Finn being the most notable) but they work just fine despite not being stacked or even aligned very well
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    Haha, very funny. I dont cook it often but I love bacon. Oddly enough I cooked some last night and had bacon and eggs for dinner and breakfast. It is pretty awesome.
  8. Welcome to the site. I agree that there are lots of good resources on youtube both for tying and fishing. Some good youtube channels are... Tim Cammisa, (a member of this forum), Davie McPhail, Tightlinevideo, Curtis Fry and Hans Weilenmann there are a few others also but these are some of my favorites for tying. For fishing techniques check out The Orvis Company's youtube channel again there are many others a sinmple search will bring up lots of results. For books I suggest Dave Hughes "Essential Trout Flies", Randall Kaufmann's "Tying Dry Flies" and "Tying Nymphs" for tying guides. These three and the Benchside Introduction to Fly tying are my go to books. Get a local hatch guide and state river and stream guide book and you'll be off to a great start.
  9. Steve I fish a lot. May-October I shoot for 3-5 days a week some times all 7 if I'm lucky even if for only an hour or two. I live walking distance to three rivers that hold trout and a short car ride to a few more. The Connecticut River and Wells River are about 150 feet from my apartment. The Ammonoosuc River in NH is about a half mile or so I fish all three as often as I can. Also being that these products absorb water and can only absorb a finite amount of water it isn't inconceivable that over two years of being in a fly fisherman's (or fly fisherperson's) pack they will draw in enough moisture to render them useless regardless of frequency of use. I don't know about you but I have used both a waist and chest pack and both got soaked regularly in both the river and rain.
  10. Very nicely tied and very well photographed.
  11. Haha, this is funny. I had them rainbow, brown and brookie at first look. Top to bottom. Browns here in Vermont rarely (at least as I've seen) have tails with the large amount of spots on them like the top fish does and it has a pinkish hue on my screen. The middle one is obviously a brown in classic colors. The bottom after taking a good look at it I can see that it is a rainbow but ill be damned if it doesn't pass for a brook trout with only a quick look with the white fin tips and orange belly. Ive never seen one with those large spots in the lateral line.
  12. I could see how you thought it was a brown trout. That was my first thought also then I noticed how heavily spotted the tail and dorsal fin were. The spots are quite large on that fish. Pretty specimens of all of them though.
  13. That rubber band trick is pretty cool. I use The loon product Top Ride I think it is called and I like it right alright. I have heard very good things about Shimaziki (sp?) and I am probably going to give it a try this summer because I think that my current desiccant shaker is pretty much spent after two seasons of use. A quick note on this type of product- I have made the mistake of attempting to dry a fly I have caught a fish on with out cleaning it off well and it has resulted in my fly being caked with the white powder from the desiccant shaker. So if you catch a fish on a fly and want to keep using it swish it around in the water. If its really slimed up which I find they often are submerge the fly and rub it between your fingers then dry it with a chamois patch then put it in your shaker.
  14. Henrik how do you brew your coffee?
  15. Haha, very weird first post.
  16. That's pretty slick. Welcome to the forum.
  17. Green Mountain Coffee "Our Blend" made in my stove top percolator. First thing I do every day. I have had coffee from many different coffee shops and all of the chain places like dunkin doughnuts and starbucks and I think the coffee I make my self is by far the best. I love the percolator also because after I have two or three cups I can top up the water and percolate it a little more and I get another fresh pot with out using more grounds. I've tried prench press, auto drip, coffee cone, and others and my favorite is by far the peculator, it takes a while to figure out how to keep the water from boiling after it starts percolating so you don't scald the coffee but once you do you'll never find a better cup (strong and flavorful) of coffee.
  18. As has already been said laying a nice smooth thread base is key as is wrapping from front to back then back up to the eye of the hook. When I tie up mickey finn's and flies that have a tinsel body I use holo-tinsel and typically wrap a wire over top to increase durability. I use Danville flymaster 6/0 for most of my flies and if you spin it and smooth it out with the flat edge (not a sharp edge) of a tool like tweezers it will lay very flat, but it's quite a bit smaller than something like Danville's flat waxed or floss. What you could do and I have done is tie in something like flat waxed or floss for laying down a thread base then cover it with the tinsel. I like to do this do this because I like to use a smaller diameter thread to tie in my calf or buck tail and don't want to spend all day making a smooth body. Also on mickey finns there is a red tag wrapped past the end of the tinsel and a black head so it seems to be logical and effecient to lay in a base with a red thread. sorry this is a terrible picture
  19. Its weird that it wont eat veggies, kinda disappointing also. I really enjoyed it when my common plecos would tear into the spinach it was quite a thing to see. They were pretty large probably 10-12 inches. They would turn the water in my 55 gallon tank green with little shreds I don't think the bundles ever even hit the bottom of the tank before the two of them would get onto it. Its super shy and I don't feel like harassing it into posing for a photo so I found a old photo from before I changed it over to a planted tank.
  20. A third recommendation for benchside tiers reference. But I suggest the Benchside Introduction to Fly tying it is my understanding that the regular benchside reference doesn't have as comprehensive technique instruction. The 365 is nice to look at but has no info on fishing techniques or written info about what the fly patterns are meant to imitate. Your better off subscribing and watching Hans Weilenmann's youtube videos I suggest Dave Hughes "Essential Trout Flies", Randall Kaufmann's "Tying Dry Flies" and "Tying Nymphs" for tying guides. These three and the Benchside Introduction to Fly tying are my go to books.
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