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  1. these vises were aimed at the salt water market and i was curious if they were catching on and if not, why not...thanks.


    Catching on? Hard to say unless you call the manufacturer.


    If you're talking about the Peak Jurassic vise, unless you're tying lots really big flies, like a commercial tyer would, the $300 + price tag is a bit much. Also, as Ben mentioned above, I don'tthink they're made any more.


    The vise made from a set of Vise Grips is a good idea. If I was tying salt flies commercially or just a lot of them, That's how I'd go.


    As an aside. I tied Stu Apte Tarpon flies and Crazy Charlies for a local shop about 25 years ago on a Dyna King professional with the heavy jaws and it worked great!


    Old School - Muskrat's Regret, sz 10, Daiichi 1510


    Popular Wisconsin wet fly pattern.



    Awesome tie. What kind of hackle is that?



    Why, thank you!


    The hackle is a Whiting "brown" hen. This particular neck is brown with a dark center stripe like a dark badger or a furnace. Not what I expected when I ordered it, but I like it.

  3. I just got back from the Madison. We didn't fish in the park. I did best near Ennis lake. I tried some streamers, but caught nothing. I have in the past on olive/brown sculpin type pattern of my own design. It was articulated and about 4" long. This year caught them on caddis nymphs, size 16 &18, copper john 16, Griffith gnat 18, stone fly nymph 12 and deer hair emerger 14. They obviously were not real picky. I think matching the size they are feeding on is more important that an a particular design or color. The hatch was nearly continous for 10AM till dark. Just get the nymphs down in the holes and channels. If you can't see bottom, you up your chances of catching something. At least that was my experience.



    That's good to know. Thanx.


    Actually, since I posted the OP, I got to thinking that a float trip for the Mrs and me might not be a bad idea.


    I'd still like more pattern recommendations, though. I've got a couple patterns of my own I'd like to try and could certainly tie some more.


    Sculpin patterns seem popular. Never fished a sculpin pattern. Any Recs there?

  4. I'll be going to Yellowstone this September with my car club (Miata). Although our schedule is fairly tight, I'd still like to get a couple hours on the Madison. If not the Madison, perhaps the Yellowstone at or above Buffalo Ford.


    I haven't fished there in over 20 years. When I was there last I did well on Yellowstone Cutts with a black Wooly Bugger. We also did well on The Madison with a Prince Nymph hackled with partridge.


    I'm wondering what kinds of wet patterns might be useful these days? I'm thinking bucktails, Buggers, and the like. Sizes? Not terribly interested in nymphing.


    Because the Miata has limited cargo capacity I'll be bringing minimal gear. Probably bank fishing and wet wading.


    I would love some suggestions.

  5. I started tying about 50 years ago. I was in the 8th grade. A few years before, my Dad had bought a fairly complete tying kit for Herters and tied for a while until failing eyesight (macular degeneration) made him give up. The kit collected dust for a while until one day I got into the box and started tying.


    I used the book Fishing Flies and Fly Tying by Wm. F. Blades as my primer. Dad bought it somewhere.


    I found I really enjoyed tying. In fact, even though I was tying decent flies, I wouldn't try fishing them for a couple years. Just the same, I was hooked.


    Interesting article, but I think it ignores the most important aspect of fishing a fly - presentation.


    We oftentimes blame the pattern for our lack of success, when it's our presentation that needs work.


    I watched a friend fishing the South Platte during a very heavy spring baetis hatch. A size 18 or 20 BWO is the preferred pattern. He caught fish after fish on a size 16 Royal Wulff. It was all presentation. The Wulff looked like food, so it was eaten.

  7. What I really hate is when I'm blasting up a delightful canyon road in my Miata, come around a corner and end up behind a big truck loaded with porta-poddies going 15mph and I can't pass. It's a total buzzkill.


    I also hate it with a top-grade Cree neck I've been saving for special occasions ends up all bug-eaten.

  8. For bass

    You probably could get away with Woolly Buggers and nothing else. Just have a good mix of colors.

    Dahlberg diver if you like to work on top.

    I've always liked a Whitlock Eelworm in purple.


    Most subsurface bass patterns will also catch Northerns, Pickerel and Walleye, too.


    For Panfish


    Bluegill,etc will hit just about anything. Back in the day I'd just get those cheap poppers they'd sell at gas stations and use them. I couldn't tie them cheaper. if 'gills are on the redds, pattern choice doesn't matter. They'll attack anything that comes through the spawning ground.

    Crappie are a bit tougher, but anything white should do.

    You would be amazed at how well light yellow deer hair, spun and clipped to the shape of a corn kernel will work.

    A buddy of mine made a fly out of yellow, orange and white spun deer hair and clipped to look like candy corn and used it as a joke for Bluegills. Worked pretty good.

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