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DFoster

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  1. MARCH BROWN HOOK: #8 THREAD: RUST BROWN 6/0 TAIL: PARTRIDGE TAIL FEATHER FIBERS BODY: HARELINE DARK HARE’S EAR RIB: MYLAR TINSEL – GOLD MEDIUM HACKLE: PARTRIDGE BROWN WING: HEN PHEASANT PRIMARY SLIPS HEAD: S.H. HARD AS NAILS
  2. RED HEAD RABBIT HOOK: #10 NYMPH THREAD: BLACK #70 UNDER BODY: .20 WIRE TAIL: HARES MASK - NATURAL ABDOMEN/BODY: HARES MASK DUBBING - NATURAL RIB: GOLD WIRE - SMALL HACKLE: HEN PHEASANT COLLAR: RED FUR HEAD: BLACK THREAD
  3. My last outing was Sunday. Beautiful weather, beautiful Trout stream. After landing 2 I lost the next 6 off barbless flies and a couple of them were really nice fish. One might have been a personal best Brown Trout. Not my day. I went home cracked a beer and pondered why I put myself through this. Then I realized that I can't wait to get out again.
  4. Gordon's are tough to tie on a #18- well done Sandan!
  5. That's a great problem to have! Nice fish!
  6. I find a vest works best and is most comfortable for me. I like to have a lot of options when I'm fishing, which means weight and a vest distributes the weight evenly. My vest is made out of synthetics. Kuiu makes top of the line stuff and their pricing reflects it. My son in law is an avid hunter and recommended them when he found out I was looking for a brush pant. I considered Kuiu brush pants but they were overkill for what I needed. On occasion I might brush against a briar or I might need to push through a few feet of brambles to get to a casting spot The Kuiu's are designed for chasing small game through miles of really nasty stuff. I'm definitely going to take a hard look at the pants and shirts you posted and I agree nothing beats Merino for warmth.
  7. Yesterday after work. Recent thunderstorms had this river high, fast and broken so I was forced to use two weighted nymphs and a split shot. I wasn't expecting the river to be as high as it was and bringing my 7' 6" -3 wt bamboo which doesn't like weight very much was a mistake. My 9'- 5 Weight would have been a better choice given the conditions. I had to deal with several nasty leader tangles but with some careful casting I made it work. These two were taken on a #14 Holy Grail and a #14 GRHE.
  8. I tie trout flies size #10 to #26 and streamers for trout, land locked Salmon and smallmouth from size #10 to #4. The reality for trout fishermen is that there are times when really small flies are the only way to catch them. For me size 18 classic dries and winged wets are a challenge. A powerful head band magnifier helps a lot but anyway you cut it tiny flies are tough. I can do it but it's always a struggle.
  9. My wife went to Disney with our daughters and Grandkids and left me all alone- What to do? These bows were stocked over a month ago and the river was really pressured for about 2 weeks. The crowds have gone so I decided it would be a good time to go. I had the place to myself on Saturday afternoon. #1 on a Stewarts Black Spider, #2 on a bead head CDC nymph and #2 on a Stone Fly. Sunday it was time to go out for some wild fish. I went for Brook trout but ended up catching land locked salmon par. Small, but they are super aggressive, fight really hard for their size and are great fun on light tackle.
  10. That's a great day!
  11. Rough but better than the alternative. 😧
  12. Nice Steve! I'm glad to see you got out. No clue on the snake, not my thing.
  13. I keep all of my materials sealed up in the zip lock bags they came in. Feathers and furs that are given to me by hunters are stored in sealed bags with Borax powder. Thankfully after 15 years of tying I haven't had a problem with moths or any other bugs.
  14. 50/50 over the weekend, I hooked 10, 5 made it to the net. I lost a really nice bow on Friday. After a long hard fight he managed to wrap my 5X around an exposed root at the river bank. And that was it- oh well.
  15. Family commitments pinned me down and I only managed 2 hours of stream time this weekend. I got 3 eats from 3 strong fish but I have no pictures to post because I lost them all. 😫 2 of them out fought me, eventually spitting my flies and the third one left me with that nauseating little curly Q at the end of my empty tippet. The 20 minute car ride home was a long one - lots of second guessing myself and that feeling of throwing the game losing interception. They won this round but I'll be back, stupid fish!
  16. There is definitely a certain amount of sticker shock that comes with quality gear but sometimes you can get stuff on sale. This weekend I bought a pair of replacement Muck boots. My old pair of Mucks had zero tread left which made them very slippery and dangerous on steep inclines. They also had several wear holes which I plugged with JB Weld and Goop so it was time. I paid $89 for them 4 years ago and wore them almost daily. What are basically the same boots now retail for $159. Friday Cabela's was running a sale and had them for $119. I wasn't planning on buying them just yet but saving 40 bucks made the decision easy.
  17. Awesome picture and fish George!
  18. My point exactly- this year I'm going to force myself to look more at quality outdoor wear and less at rods and reels, tempting though they may be.
  19. 5 fish on, 3 stayed on and made it to the net. All on wet flies (Pheasant tail soft hackle, Irish Mayfly and a Hamlin winged wet).
  20. Thank you. I prefer to tie traditional flies with natural materials. However, I have no bias against synthetics. When I saw these posted online I thought those look like they will catch fish. The original post called for a size 10 hook. That may be a bit large on my local waters so I dropped it to a number 14. We’ll see how they work.
  21. HOLGRAPHIC BUZZER HOOK: #14 HEAVY CURVED THREAD: #70 BLACK ABDOMEN/BODY: BLACK THREAD RIB: SMALL RED WIRE. U.V. RESIN THORAX SIDES: UTC HOLOGRAPHIC RED TINSEL - MEDIUM THORAX BACK: PEARL MYLAR- MEDIUM HEAD: BLACK THREAD NOTES: COVER FLY WITH U.V. RESIN
  22. It's taken time but through the years I have acquired a lot of fine tackle, top quality wading gear, a premium vise and my fly tying bench is well stocked for the types of flies I tie. This year I've decided to use most of my fishing budget on items to make my time on the stream more enjoyable. After years of using super cheap Walmart polarized sunglasses last week I finally replaced them with a reasonably decent pair. They have definitely improved my ability to see the bottom. Sometimes the streams I fish are small and don't require waders. A pair of calf high water proof boots like Mucks work just fine on these small streams. But in my area I always seem to have to trek through brambles and briars to reach the spot I want to be in. I've been fishing these areas in jeans and I typically end up with bloody/stinging legs by the end of the day. My son in law recommended that I look into a pair of brush pants made for bird hunters. I ended up buying a pair from Cabela's and tried them out yesterday. I have to say they worked perfectly at least against the type of briars in my area. I was able to walk right through without any trouble. I still have to watch for the taller ones but these pants are a huge improvement from what I was used too. They are essentially a pair of heavy denim jeans with some canvas covering the front of the legs. For $60 they seem really well made and feel like a normal pair of jeans when I wear them.
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