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DFoster

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  1. Great looking flies again this month everyone! This simple buggy Baetis pattern fooled a lot of stocked Brook trout last April. I'm looking forward to trying it on another river with native brookies. GREEN BUGGY BAETIS NYMPH HOOK: #14 NYMPH WITH BLACK 1/8” TUNGSTEN BEAD THREAD: BLACK 6/0 UNDER BODY: .015 WIRE FOR WEIGHT TO COVER 25% OF THE HOOK SHANK. TAIL: PHEASANT TAIL SOFT BASE FEATHER -BLACK BODY: PEACOCK HERL -GREEN. HOLOGRAPHIC GREEN TINSEL- MEDIUM RIB: BACK WIRE - SMALL COLLAR: 50/50 MIX LIFE CYCLE CADDIS DUBBING -BLACK AND GREEN, TWIST DUBBED HEAD SH HARD AS NAILS BROWN BUGGY BAETIS NYMPH HOOK: #14 NYMPH WITH BLACK 1/8” TUNGSTEN BEAD THREAD: BLACK 6/0 UNDER BODY: .015 WIRE FOR WEIGHT TO COVER 25% OF THE HOOK SHANK. TAIL: PHEASANT TAIL SOFT BASE FEATHER -BLACK BODY: PEACOCK HERL -RED. HOLOGRAPHIC COPPER TINSEL- MEDIUM RIB: BACK WIRE - SMALL COLLAR: 50/50 MIX LIFE CYCLE CADDIS DUBBING -BLACK AND GINGER, TWIST DUBBED HEAD SH HARD AS NAILS
  2. LOL - I figured someone out there must have realized this before!
  3. This morning my wife was cutting these things off of a new blouse and asked me if they were of any use in tying. After fishing them out of the trash I was informed that they are commonly sewn onto women's blouses to prevent them from falling off slippery wood clothes hangers. She said women cut them off because they can be uncomfortable and are not really necessary depending on what kind of clothes hangers they use. As shown below they can be gloss clear or opaque, are elastic, 5MM wide, less than half an MM thick and the length is about 15". It should make a great sub for stretch skin. Communication with your spouse is important.
  4. Yes I do fish all my winged wets and often even on the small streams. My favorite way to fly fish is with the traditional British Isles wet fly techniques. That is casting a pair of wets/soft hackles (Mass only allows 2 flies) to all quadrants of the stream including up stream with no indicator. Forgive me if your already familiar with this style of fishing but most of us in America only swing wets down stream. Arguably they are more effective when fished upstream which is done on a short line usually no more than a rod length of fly line out. You have to watch the leader and fly line for takes. I nymph too and nymphing will probably catch more fish but for me I really get a kick out of catching a fish with this traditional style of fishing -I have no idea why? There is a great video available called "Davy Wotton's Wet Fly Ways" which completely details this discipline of fly fishing. It's currently free on Prime. Setting paired wings is always a challenge for me too. Thank you for your kind words, Dean
  5. Thanks Mark- I think they would look better with shorter hackle.
  6. As a lifetime resident of the Commonwealth I too remember trout opening day and I'm with you about the Nov/Dec - March. I consider that fly tying season. For me it's just to cold to make it enjoyable. 😱
  7. I tied the hackle long on these looking for a little more movement. The pheasant hen tail wings proved challenging. INVICTA HOOK: #12 2XL NYMPH THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAIL: GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST BODY: LIFE CYCLE CADDIS DUBBING YELLOW RIB: GOLD WIRE - MEDIUM HACKLE: HEN -BROWN THROAT: GUINEA HEN -DYED BLUE WING: HEN PHEASANT TAIL HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS SILVER INVICTA HOOK: #12 2XL NYMPH THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAIL: GOLDEN PHEASANT CREST BODY: SILVER MYLAR TINSLE RIB: SILVER WIRE - SMALL HACKLE: HEN -BROWN THROAT: GUINEA HEN -DYED BLUE WING: HEN PHEASANT HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  8. Thanks for posting this Norm- I really enjoy Roberts Smith's youtube channel and blog. The guy really knows North Country spiders!
  9. Hi Pete, I found this regarding Norvise-
  10. I received an email advertising Green Caddis hooks at $2 per 25 pack and since I often spend $5 to $9 for a 25 pack at Cabela's why not try them?. I ordered a small variety of barb less #16s & #14s and got them in 3 days. They have a reasonably nice black nickle finish and though the wire is lighter in general than a fire hole stick they're also only $2 (25) vs $7.25 (36). Besides a lighter wire can be a good thing at times. Total shipping was $3.59. They seem like decent hooks for the price. The shipment was short one package. I emailed them about that this morning and they immediately shipped out. No complaints.
  11. That's a great looking salmon fly Norm! ROYAL COACHMAN SPIDER HOOK: #12 FIRE HOLE 609 THREAD: BLACK 6/0 ABDOMEN/BODY: PEACOCK HERL- NATURAL WITH RED FLOSS THORAX: PEACOCK HERL- NATURAL HACKLE: PARTRIDGE UNDER COVET -WHITE HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  12. Well let's just say I speak from experience- 🙄
  13. LOL- I didn't know myself- To my eye they just look good! Another reason the Stewart's Black Spider is effective I guess.
  14. SLIP WING DETACHED BODY MAYFLY HOOK: # EMERGER THREAD: #70 LIGHT CAHILL/#70 BLACK TAIL: MICROFIBBETS -BLACK ABDOMEN/BODY: WHITE CLOSE CELL FOAM RIB: LIGHT CAHILL THREAD THORAX: LIFE CYCLE SUPER FINE DUBBING- BROWN, BACK COVERED WITH PHEASANT TAIL FIBERS. HACKLE: ROOSTER- GINGER WING: MALLARD SLIPS- NATURAL HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  15. Thank you- but I didn't tie those I just posted them as an example. They are from a blog I follow. Here is the link. You could always contact Alan and ask him what brand of silk that is. http://smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com/2021/02/perhaps-its-not-looking-like-it-should.html
  16. Then it becomes "Bugs, bourbon and broke"- 😁
  17. I posted a little while ago that I've been using Starling tips as a JC sub as in this Golden Ace below. To my eye the green/blue iridescence of the starling works in place of JC well enough to catch fish, a stickler for tradition would argue the point. Every fly I tie I expect to cast and as long as it fools the fish I'm ok with variants.
  18. One old trick to thin hackle is to remove one side of the hackle fibers before tying it in.
  19. As a grandfather of 6, all of whom have at least tried fly tying/fishing I too must agree. Ever notice no one say's their favorite childhood memory was "playing video games"?
  20. Retirement planning or you could see about trading them for a LAW vise?
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