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partsman

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  1. Hilarious ! Thanks for sharing. Mike.
  2. Good to see you doing well, keep it up! Mike.
  3. I’m not sure if Nomad Anglers still does its bugs and brews, but the Grand Rapids store isn’t a terrible drive for you. Also if you want to make the long drive saturdays at Gates lodge is fly tying for everyone, I would love to go but it’s a long drive for me. Check it out though. Mike.
  4. Thanks everyone, Gene I used hen honey dun for the tail also. If you don’t have a honey dun neck I think a pale ginger would work quite well. I found the raffia some what of a challenge as my old hands aren’t very steady anymore. Mike.
  5. Yes thanks chug, I hit my local Joann fabrics today, got the yarn for the stonefly and also some Dmc olive thread for some other patterns, and some clear beads. I could have myself in some real trouble in there, but I need to go there more often for just for the economics of some materials. Mike.
  6. Inspired by some absolutely beautiful tying on another website I had to try this pattern. While it is a simple fly like so many others for me the materials are a challenge to deal with. This fly is no exception to my rule, while it will fish I’m now absolutely committed to shoot for something better. The one material that was such a challenge was the body material which is raffia grass. It’s just a challenge for me, I also purchased a hen honey dun neck which is really very nice looking. Anyway I tied this one on size 14 dry fly hook, the thread is ephemera silk in primrose, honey dun for the tail, raffia from dettes fly shop for the body and honey dun for the hackle. thanks Mike.
  7. My last lab Chance, been gone for about 3 years. Mike.
  8. Joey, that sucks , but things happen. I’m sure Regal will make it right. I wouldnl Even screw around with it , just them the jaws. Keep us updated on on your progress. Mike.
  9. DFoster, very nice looking nymphs, I’m with ya on hoping the forecast holds it could be 50 degrees here in Mi. By Friday! Hope you get to enjoy a day of relative nice weather fishing. Mike.
  10. Welcome Nick, looking forward to some of your Michigan patterns. Great pictures, keep ‘em coming. Mike.
  11. partsman

    Holidays

    Same to you and all the great tiers here, be safe with the rough weather on its way! Mike.
  12. Yup, thanks this is very helpful, also very nice tying station! Mike.
  13. I put 10 lbs on just reading this thread! DFoster, I have a traeger but I agree with you on using a real smoker, a pizza oven is on my next to get list but maybe a smoker after that. With that said I have to get on the tread mill for a few hours now.😃 Mike.
  14. I also didn’t know Mad Duck, I read many of his post with interest. He seemed like a great guy, I hope he has found peace, and really I hope there are some nice ponds and rivers there! Mike.
  15. Your doing great Mark, keep it up! This year has been a huge challenge for me as well, as I had major prostrate surgery. But I’m doing well and fishing and trying to tie some flies! Hang in there do what the doc says and keep us updated! Mike.
  16. Same to all of you, enjoy the day. Mike.
  17. Byron that’s not bad but I shave with double edge blades and can get a 100 pack of astras from Maggard razors in Michigan for 11.99. And there are less expensive blades on there website. Mike.
  18. Old hat, those are awesome! Is there a recipe on your website? thanks for sharing, Mike.
  19. Very nice denduke, those would be productive here in Michigan for sure. I have bought some materials for these type of flies but have yet to get serious about tying them. Perhaps with the crappy weather I may need to dig the stuff out and give them a go. A local fly shop Nomad anglers has some good videos on steelhead and salmon flies. I’ve got a 7 wt. switch rod I’ve never used, got fix that. Mike.
  20. I just made a sizable order from my local fly shop, I had to replace to two lines, so I did some looking around on hooks. I did go with the majority of Daiichi dry fly and wet fly hooks, they were reasonable. I did purchase some Daiichi Alec Jackson wet fly hooks and some tiemco 102y for flymph and wet fly applications. One hook I could not find anywhere was the Daiichi 2461 #4 streamer hook, some of these supplies issues are really weird. Mike.
  21. Thank you so much, I’m going to our local Joanne’s tomorrow, the time and detail you put in your sbs are greatly appreciated. Mike.
  22. Chug, those are sweet, I like the Hughes variant best. I may have to make a run to Joann fabrics this weekend, is the yarn wool or synthetic? Thanks for sharing. Mike.
  23. Norm, I don’t know if I could come with the words to describe how beautiful I find the Jay fly. Simply awesome, thank you for sharing! Mike.
  24. Scott your work is just other worldly, thanks for sharing. Mike.
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