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  1. I'll try that - it may take me a day or two to get it right, or at least acceptable
  2. 👍 - mine will hit the PO tomorrow.
  3. Ready to go, 2 sets with current tyers. Will hold off sending until sign up ends. Hopefully more will join in the fun. Certainly plenty of time with these easy ties.
  4. I like that version Norm I'm going to tie some of those up.
  5. I'm not sure what's better - sniffing moth poop or sniffing a moth's balls.
  6. For whatever reason, a faint mothball smell has good connotations for me.
  7. Ordered from them for the first time since change of ownership. Ordered Tuesday AM, received order Friday AM.. 3 days - Arkansas to Mass. 👍
  8. Interesting. I always thought moth balls and moth crystals were the same thing, but they're not. Moth balls active ingredient is Naphthalene, moth crystals have Paradichlorobenzene as the active ingredient. As per the National Institute of Pesticides: Target Organisms - Paradichlorobenzene vapor is toxic to insects, molds, mildews, and it acts as a deodorizer.2,3 No information was found on the precise mode of action of paradichlorobenzene on target organisms. - Naphthalene is used for the control of clothes moths. In this application, the naphthalene vapors fill the airtight container and kill the insects. No information was found on the mode of action of naphthalene in insects. Naphthalene is registered for use as a wildlife repellent in some products. In this application, it is meant to be effective via inhalation and subsequent avoidance of the odor in the treated area.
  9. I'll stay with the classic wet fly theme, next challenge fly: Adams Wet Fly
  10. Light Cahill Wet Hook - #14, 2xst, 1xsh Thread - 8/0, camel Tail - Wood duck Rib - 1 strand DMC gold thread Body - Cream rabbit Wing - Wood duck Hackle - Cream India hen Quick historical synopsis on the FOAL site: https://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part235.php Cahills The Rest of the Story By Gerald E. Wolfe (RW) When the lightning bolt of fame, if not fortune, struck Dan Cahill of Port Jervis, N.Y. back in 1884, it only left him a footnote in the annals of fly fishing history. I guess that's enough if the story is still being told 120 years later. When Dan wasn't fishing or tying flies he was a brakeman on the old Erie and Lackawana Railroad. One steamy, hot summer day in the Catskills, Dan was working a Lackawana freight north of Port Jervis. On board were can of big brood stock rainbow trout, presumably headed for the Caledonia fish hatchery in upstate New York. When his own train was blocked by a derailed work train, Cahill knew the trout would never make it in the mid-summer heat. Taking action quickly, Dan talked his fellow crew members into helping him carry the heavy can of trout back to Calicoon Creek and dump them. It was almost a mile, but the big rainbows not only survived the ordeal, they flourished in the little Catskill stream, and that unscheduled stocking and their offspring eventually spread throughout the Delaware watershed. Rainbows were later stocked in the Esopus and other Catskill streams of the Hudson River drainage. To this day their ancestors provide the finest rainbow trout fishing in the east. ... Cahill's real claim to fame, though, was his creation of the Cahill fly. Ray Bergman author of the best selling Trout in 1938, said of the Light Cahill, "If it was necessary to confine my assortment of flies to only two or three, this would be one of them." Strong words from the man who wrote the definitive work on trout up until that time. "It is an eastern pattern," Bergman added, "particularly effective in the Catskill waters and similar eastern mountain streams." Be he further added that it served him well in Michigan in the Mid-west and Wyoming and California in the Far West. Art Flick, of Westkill N.Y., in his famous little Stream Guide to Natural and Their Imitations, said of the Light Cahill, "To this date I have never met a fisherman who had fished any stream where trout could not be taken on this fly. It is doubtful if any fly compares with it in popularity, especially in the East." The Cahill regular, or Dark Cahill as it is most often tied, was probably the fly that Dan originally created. It was a "particularly killing fly" for brook trout according to Bergman. ... History credits Theodore Gordon with starting the Cahill flies on their journey to become one of the most prominent wet and dry fly combination in history. Dan Cahill, himself, is credited with creating a lighter version of the fly, but apparently the split between the dark and light version originated in Gordon's vise. William Chandler, who tied for the venerable William Mills and Sons of New York City, tied an even lighter version that was to remain the standard dressing for decades. Not to be denied, Rube Cross, another famous Catskill fly tier, got into the act by tying a pattern with an almost white body. Presently, the Dark Cahill remains almost like the original, while its more famous partner keeps changing and evolving into mixtures of cream, yellow and white. The Cahills imitate a family of mayflies, Stenonema. They begin hatching in late May and continue through June, while similar light flies emerge sporadically throughout the summer. As one write put it, "they have a long shelf life." The Cahill is "hatch specific" and the naturals emerge from late afternoon through the evening. On overcast days there may be an occasional morning hatch. ...
  11. 👍 I'll take it on this rainy day.
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