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  1. 20 hours ago, SilverCreek said:

    I agree also. I don't think "duped" which has the definition of "cheated" is correct. I think it is a matter of convenience.

    Time is as asset just like money is an asset which is why the aphorism "time is money" exists. Time has value and the more you value time, the more you are willing to spend to save time for what you really want to do.

    I will spend time to save money on buying a car because I will save thousands of dollars. I will not spend the same amount of time to save money looking for fly tying purchases to save a 20 cents on a spool of tying thread.

    Agreed-  I would argue that time is more precious than money, you can always make more money but you can't make more time.    On most Saturdays  I have from sun up until about noon to fish before life's responsibilities conspire to cut my stream time short.  Back when I was using store bought leaders I would inevitably make a catastrophic casting error (occasionally I still do) and turn my leader into a plate of spaghetti.  I would to spend as much time as needed to untangle the mess and save the $5 leader.  These days if it's bad enough I'll just cut the thing off and re tie.  Saving a $5 leader is less valuable to me than the precious time to fish.   

      


  2. My 1st experience with JB Weld-  I'm a professional musician and one of the bands I work with uses Sure 55 series microphones (see below).  They look and sound great but after screwing them on and off of mic stands over hundreds of gigs the treads in the metal housing eventually strip.  These mics are heavy and I play a very expensive upright bass which is made out of old school wood.  A microphone getting dislodged from a stand and falling onto, probably through the soft spruce wood was a terrifying scenario.  A JB Welded that sucker on  a decade ago and there it still remains-

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  3. 19 hours ago, Philly said:

    I only had one run-in with a snapping turtle while fly fishing.  I was fishing my local creek near a deep pool.  The water was clear and I noticed a large snapping turtle walking across the bottom toward me.  I figured it was on its way to somewhere else.  It just kept coming.  I thought about poking it with my wading stick, and realized that probably wasn't a good idea.  I kept backing up, and the snapper kept coming.  I got into shin deep water, and it stopped and turned around.  Not sure if it was being territorial or not.

    The only other problem I had with them was back in college in NW Tennessee.  Being a poor student I tried to supplement my diet of cheap pork steaks and Kraft Macaroni and cheese with fish.  Several professors I knew had farms with ponds on them which I had permission to fish.  First time out I was having a good day with eight or so bream on the stringer when I noticed the fence I had the stringer on shaking and the stringer being pulled.  A snapping turtle was working it's way through my dinner.  I managed to save two of my fish.  I brought a small Styrofoam ice chest with me to throw the fish in after that. 

     

     

    I can't say these two have been aggressive towards me but knowing they could be anywhere underfoot is a little unnerving at times. 


  4. On 9/16/2021 at 5:48 PM, utyer said:

    Another alternative material.  This one came imported from Chili.  First the flies I used the material on.  The material.  For those of you who don't do the grocery shopping, this is the bag my Oranges came in.

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    Great idea- Seriously a lot of fun can be had in this hobby simply by finding tying materials from outside a fly shop.


  5. 17 minutes ago, niveker said:

    Nice fish.  

    I didn't mean to imply there aren't any, just that I don't believe I've caught any of them.  I'm not sure the minimum size of stockies, I meant to ask last night at my fly tying meeting, but forgot.  They way the DFW states it is: 

    'More than 75% of the trout will be over 12 inches.' 

    If you find out please post.   I've been told over the years by many individuals that the state doesn't stock juvenile fish, but it occured to me that I don't know that as fact.  I catch a lot of the the little guys and all year long which is one reason why I believe they are wild.  But the state web site doesn't list minimum sizes so who knows?


  6. On 9/19/2021 at 7:57 AM, niveker said:

    Nice fish, DF.  Not sure I've caught any wild rainbows in MA - maybe a holdover?  Any wear on the bottom of her tail?   Think she's the one who stole your fly?

    Thanks- I believe there are wild rainbows and browns here in MA.  I've caught many small ones on the Swift, Quinapoxet and Still Water rivers in the 5" to 10" size which is well below what the size the state claims they stock.  They can't all be hatchery escapes can they?  If they are wild I don't know how big they can get to be in those rivers.  The Bow in the last post was about 12" so maybe she's a wild trout?  Here's a photo of a recent 5"-6" (wild?) bow I caught on the Still Water river. 

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  7. A small wild brown and 2 pics of the same Rainbow.  I got the Rainbow on a #10 royal coachman winged wet variant (I used yellow floss instead of red).  That bow was probably the hardest fighting fish I've caught this year.  This river is stocked in the spring but perhaps this one was wild?  Two cast later I hooked another decent size fish with the same fly until a rushed blood knot let go and ruined my fun.  I know better than to rush through a knot- I think the adrenalin from the first bow got the better of me. 😵

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  8. 10 hours ago, Upstate said:

    I just got my hands on a nice two person drafting table with drawers down the middle. I got it for free and thought it might make a nice tying setup. The top is 40” high. 
    my question is, do any of you tie on anything high like this ? My current table is 29” high. I’m thinking a taller,  comfy swivel chair might do the trick. 
    I haven’t been on much since the early spring, but with the days getting shorter it will be tying season once again soon. 
     

    Please post a photo on the "Show your bench" thread when you get it set up-  


  9. I tied these #24s for one of my home waters, the Swift River here in Mass.   More often than not Micro flys (dry and wet) can be the best option for the big Rainbows there so it pays to have at least a few ready.       

    RS2 MICRO Variant

    HOOK: #24 DRY FLY

    THREAD: 8/0 BLACK

    TAIL:  WOOD DUCK FIBERS

    ABDOMEN/BODY: ULTRA FINE DRY FLY DUBBING

    WING: CDC WHITE

    HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS

     

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  10. On 9/9/2021 at 12:47 PM, niveker said:

    Noticed the same thing happening to my Weinbrenner boots last outing, I shudder to think how old they are.  I absolutely detest getting new footwear of any kind, and usually wear what I have until friends and family refuse to be seen with me.  Good idea on re-sewing the sole, I'll take a look and see if that'll work on mine.  

    Niveker- JB Weld will never be removable once it's cured in place.  If you really love the boots It might be worth asking a cobbler to repair them correctly.  I only went this route because I'm trying to get to the end of the season without dropping $150(ish) for replacements.

     

    On 9/9/2021 at 12:15 PM, Sandan said:

    JB Weld rocks. Nice job on the boots!

    Thanks sir-  JB is a permanent resident in my work shop.  Over the years I've been able to stick together a lot of broken things that I was pretty sure couldn't be stuck back together.  It's never pretty but it is practical. With boots and waders I don't care what the look like I just want them to work.  Besides all the ugly home repairs add character to an item.  Since I don't expect Prince Charles to invite me salmon fishing on a "tweed required" English estate this year-   character is good.😉


  11. Old age has gotten to my White River (Bass Pro) brand wading boots and they began to fall apart this year.  The issue is that the nylon cording that holds the sole to the boot has worn through which allowed the sole to seperate.  I think I paid around a $100 for them and after 12 years of heavy use I really can't complain.   At this point I would like to be able to finish the Autumn fishing season with them before buying a new pair.   They are pretty beat and I couldn't justify dropping them off at a cobbler.   I restitched them with some heavy nylon thread which wasn't too hard because the holes are already there and thread I used was considerably smaller than the original.  Because of the lighter weight thread  I had to reinforce the area and worked some JB Weld 2 part epoxy into the seam before covering the exterior with the stuff.  Looks like hell but it works.  I repaired my left heel 2 months ago and it's still holding up.  I finished the right front last night.    

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  12. On 9/1/2021 at 8:20 PM, Poopdeck said:

    I know my pictures do not compare to some but it’s a Fly tying site not a photography site so I’m not concerned in the lest with my pictures making the cover.  I just use my iPhone 7 camera which I find shows my poor tying skills sufficiently. 

    Well said-  My iphone photos also show all sorts of mistakes in what I thought were pretty good flies while they were in the vise.  Maybe Apple has back door software that photo shops in mistakes onto the pictures of my flies overnight?  Yes that must be it.  Apparently Apple hates fly tyers.


  13. I'm a fan in general of Tom Rosenbauer.  I've listened to his podcast and seen many of his vids, all of which is produced through Orvis.  Like someone on here said It's really nice they're not just a  giant commercial for Orvis but are really geared towards educating fly anglers new and experienced.  


  14. I don't often fish with streamers, mostly for Salmon in the fall.  Deer hair in my size 14 to 18 world is almost always used on my dries.    A few days ago I went fishing on the small river behind my home and caught  20+ blue gill/crappie in less than 2 hours.   All of them on #4 -#8 streamers out of my salmon box.  Really great fun-  So...Obviously I'm still working out tying with Deer hair muddler style and I had to trim these free hand because I don't have a razor holder yet.  Still I think they'll catch fish just fine and I began to learn another tying technique.   I tied some with different color tails, swapped the peacock herl for Crystal flash and tied a few without any added weight.

    WHITE MARABOU MUDDLER

    HOOK: #8 3X STREAMER

    THREAD: WHITE 140

    UNDER BODY:  .020 LEAD- HALF SHANK

    TAIL:  YELLOW MARABOU TIPS

    BODY: HARELINE FLAT DIAMOND BRAID

    THORAX:  NATURAL DEER HAIR

    UNDERWING:  WHITE MARABOU

    WING: GREEN MARABOU WITH PEACOCK HERL

    HEAD: SLIVER BEAD

     

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  15. On 8/20/2021 at 7:43 AM, skeet3t said:

    Pet groomers are good for dubbing.  I used black fur from my son's Lab.

    Our daughter has a golden and his undercoat is wonderful for dubbing.  I make sure he get a brushing whenever we have him overnight.   I caught quite a few Brookies on soft hackles with golden bodies.


  16. On 8/16/2021 at 11:16 AM, tjm said:

    Thanks for the response. I asked out curiosity more than need, I'm sure VA will have some kind of replacement when these die, but I doubt that they use top of the line or newest technology either. 

       I have several friends who are vets that are pleased with their VA provided hearings aids.  The Bose hearing aids are simply a low cost good quality alternative for those of us who have to pay 100% out of pocket.  I simply want those people to know work well and are available.


  17. Here is a simple small winged ant pattern.  I actually tied these to imitate a really small gnat that hatches around here Sept - October.  The natural is somewhere in the #26-#32 range and they come black and brown.  (If anyone knows what the name of the really bug is please let me know)  These are tied on #20s which is the smallest dry fly hook I had and I purposely tied them a short to try to get them into the correct size range.

     

    SMALL ANT

    HOOK: DRY FLY #20

    THREAD: BLACK OR BROWN

    ABDOMEN: THREAD WITH LOON THIN FLOW UV.

    THORAX-LEGS:  LIFECYCLE CADDIS DUBBING BLACK OR BROWN

    WING: PEARL FLASH

    HEAD:      SH HARD AS NAILS

     

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