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partsman

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  1. I got the hair brush treatment from my mom if I even you lords name in vain. But growing up in flint Michigan you were going to hear it a lot, it was called shop talk working at GM, and was considered protected speech by the uaw. I still hate it, reducing another person, anyone to some sort of vulgar act or hateful word is just not right. We all have differences of opinion, and I know it’s pie in the sky to think that we could have some sort of dialogue and at least try and get along. As a youngster growing up in the 60,s I was taught to be respectful of others, and when I didn’t my mom had no problem using the hair brush on my bottom, that wasn’t a big deal, it was when my dad got home from work, let’s just say it got a lot more serious. Mike.
  2. Awesome sandan, I love biot and quill body flies. Mike.
  3. Nice video, and nice fish. Is the rod bamboo, and if so who is the builder? thanks, Mike.
  4. I know the feeling oh so well, for me it was many years ago winter steelheading on the Ausable river. I was fishing a 7 wt. rod I built as Michigan mother style drift rod with a Shakespeare 1810 under spin reel. My father-in-law and I fished every weekend up there after bow season ended, it had been along winter and I not even hooked a fish. One day while walking down river I came across a spot that just looked real fishy, fishing a springs wiggler it took a bit to get the right chuck and duck drift. But finally just ticking bottom I got unmistakeable light steelhead take. Setting the hook I could feel the head shakes of a good fish, and then a burning run, followed by me accidentally hitting the handle on the reel causing it to release line. This of course led to a major tangle inside the reel, I got the cover off and fumbled with mess, and then another good run and fish off. I stood there staring at the reel and then the water, the feeling of disappointment was pretty bad at the time, I never used that reel again, still have it and I like to get it out once in while just as reminder of my father-in-law and I some of the crazy outdoor adventures we shared. Mike
  5. Okay, I have over used simply awesome, Salarman , that is so cool, that’s a goal. mike.
  6. Very cool DFoster, I never thought I would live long enough to have grand kids but I’m now the grandfather of three beautiful kids! Life is good. mike.
  7. Muskyflyguy, that is awesome! I want to try down on lake st. Clair some day. mike
  8. Wonderful memories all, I really enjoy reading your recollections of fly fishing adventures close to home or far away! Please keep them coming, and hopefully with the weather turning here in Michigan I can add a story or two. Mike.
  9. mark, this brown is forever etched in my mind. It was not the biggest, nor taken on a more famous river just to the north, no hatches or spinner falls going on. On a late spring day as I worked my way upstream on this river known more for canoe trips and partying I had caught a few nice browns. As I came a bend just ahead of me I heard a huge splash. My first thought was it’s a beaver as I have seen a few here. But as I sneaked forward I saw no beaver, but there was some nice vegetation and a nice log . So I made a cast with size 14 Roberts yellow drake, nothing, another cast, the fly just sat there, and then the water erupted! I was fishing my brand new gloomis nrx lp 5 wt. I struggled to take up line and try and back pedal to get the fish away from the bank side vegetation, then the fish ran around me and had the rod wrapped right around me. I kept waiting to here the snap of the rod, but it held up well and I landed the fish and some good pics. This is one of those moments I will cherish for the rest of my life. mike.
  10. Toothy, very nice! Speaking of bent hooks have you tied on the dachii 1230 weamer hook? Looks pretty cool and I’m going to give some a try. Keep up the good work! Mike.
  11. Okay, I’m getting better with my IPhone camera and IPad. I have been very impressed with all the flies posted on here, especially toothy’s Hendricksons and upnorthtiers pike streamers. So here is a size 20 bwo cripple loosely based on Rene Harrops pattern. Hook- tiemco 100 size 20. Thread- 16/0 olive veevus Tail- mallard flank shuck- brown antron body- olive polish quill wing- natural trout hunter cdc hackle- medium blue dun Thanks for looking, Mike.
  12. toothy, your flies are inspiring, as are upnorthtiers also. Man I loved those pike streamers! I’m trying to figure out how to post some pics, I’m going take shot at it. mike.
  13. Nice ties, I think I’m with you the grizzly and brown, but I think any of them will work. Oh, by the way nice hackles also. Mike.
  14. I’ve been tying a lot of goose biot body flys the last few days, and I’ve had major frustration with my old style hackle pliers wrapping this things! The c&f pliers are on the radar for sure. I just ordered a tiemco bobbin to replace my forty something year old bobbin which has started very subtlety to cut thread. I guess I look at my buying tools as something to leave to my grandkids. Mike
  15. Tier, it’s 5 degrees up there? Geez it was minus 18 this morning here in my part of Michigan! I am in complete agreement with you on Florida right now, my grand parents had a place near weeki washi springs back in 1970s. Many parts of Florida were still small town rural and very fun to visit. The fishing was a blast, we fished the canals leading into the gulf, and you never new what you were going to catch. We also used to go out on a party boat from tarpon springs, what a blast, and 80 degrees in January was a huge plus. Oh well hang in there spring will here and then time will fly by. Mike.
  16. Toothy, your hendricksons are very nice. For that matter everyone’s work shown here is excellent! Thanks for sharing. Mike.
  17. very nice D, the desk is beautiful! Keep the pictures coming. Please forgive my errors, I’m now trying to use a new IPad. It’s pretty cool, but its all new to me. Mike.
  18. My safe space, and memories room, love to tie, I'm not very good at it even though I've been at it for nearly 55 years! My flies catch fish, so I guess that's all that matters. Mike.
  19. A nice fall brown taken on a streamer, somewhere in northern Michigan. I hope this worked not sure. Mike. Uploaded Images
  20. I tie and fish the Borchers parachute, its kind of covers all lot of the brown bugs that inhabit many of the streams in northern Michigan. Check out Tim Neals video on tying the parachute Borcher, he has series on Michigan flies. Mike.
  21. Hmm, my wife got one for a retirement gift this year, its pretty amazing what she can make. I never thought about this, but I may just have to give it a go. Thanks for the tip.
  22. Very nice Micke.H, I was at our car dealership the other day and the salesman in the next cubicle from us had pike streamers and pictures of pike and smallmouth bass hanging all over his bulletin board. I'm inspired to try some of these. I have always thought the back waters of the Ausable river at Loud dam would be perfect for stripping streamers. Mike.
  23. Very cool, I'm inspired now. Actually my wife and I went to our car dealer to trade in her lease, and the salesman in the cubicle had pike and smallmouth streamers hanging all around his desk. I think I'm to give some of these a go. Thanks, Mike.
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