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DFoster

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  1. @Scarface Z - @chugbug27 Thank You everyone. All the member flies posted here lately have been really well done and covering so many the various disciplines in the art. I really enjoy seeing each of them so please keep posting! For me as a New England trout angler I love tying and fishing the classic English and Catskill flies. What works in the British Isles generally works in my back yard and surprisingly a lot of the favorite Western US trout flies don't produce for me. Every winter I make the effort to learn a little more about how to tie them correctly. The winged wets for me have proven the most challenging. The latest ones are not perfect but I can see improvement over previous years ties. I fish with everything I tie and as we all know winged wets don't survive beyond a fish or two. That's OK because for some reason I get more of a kick out of catching a trout on a winged wet than a nymph? The good news is there's always room in the "Bergman" box to tie more!
  2. I feel your pain- A few years ago I decided to remove and replace our side stairs to the house beginning in early September. Now Autumn trout fish in New England is spectacular and far and away my favorite season to fish. I was thinking a couple of weekends and some vacation time and done. BUT my day job exploded to 70 hours a week and when that subsided I had leaf clean up to deal with along with cutting and splitting wood and in general getting the house ready for winter. There I was putting the last screws in the side stairs two week before Christmas. The one and only day I was able to fish way back in September was a disaster. I slipped on a steeply angled rock on my first cast and went swimming on a 50 degree day. I continued to fish in soaking wet clothes for 6 hours, the only other choice was to lose an hour and a half driving home and back.. That was a really long winter for me. My wife and I have a nice home with one acre of our land manicured lawn and gardens which we maintain. Mowing and line trimming is a 3 hour process for me even with a lawn tractor. Sadly we are not wealthy and our home consumes massive amounts of what could fishing time. Taking a cue from friend who are passionate golfers and go every Saturday I came to a decision last year to make time to fly fish no matter what is going on with the house. I think of it as required sanity maintenance. Last year I went fishing more than ever and a nice side effect of this was that my wife and I were able to complete more projects last year also. Resting the troupes so to speak. She makes a wish list every January and for the first time we crossed off about 90% of them. I wish you luck with your project but make the time to live also. It will go a long way to recharging you.
  3. Nicely done! What is the size range?
  4. As a former commercial pilot (Corporate) we we're always taught jumping out of airplanes was a bad thing. 😉
  5. Time consuming is correct. I always feel guilty if I'm on a river with a project hanging over my head. Still it is very gratifying when you finish.
  6. Niveker- In the event your not aware, EPO's here in Mass will accept a legible photo of your license on a phone. I still print mine also but leave the hard copy in the car, one less thing to carry.
  7. Stunning work Bruce! Have you ever fished one? I asked Charlie Chute a few years back if people still fish these types of flies and he said yes but it's rare. He said the flies themselves fish really well because all the individual components flex and move which makes them look alive in water. The negative being that after hours of work the fly is certain to be ruined. A fair trade perhaps in exchange for the chance to fight a large salmon?
  8. Love it! That's probably the most sensible Idea I've read yet.
  9. What a great day yesterday was! We got 8" of snow so my wife and I went snow shoeing with our pup. That was followed by a couple of hours at my vise before the Super Bowl. For some reason I love to tie on snowy afternoons. GOLDEN MERSHON HOOK: #10 NYMPH 1XL/1XS THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAIL: HEN SADDLE FIBERS- BROWN TAG: MYLAR TINSEL - GOLD/SMALL BODY: FLOSS-BLACK RIB: FRENCH OVAL TINSEL -GOLD HACKLE: HEN SADDLE -BROWN WING: MALLARD WING -BLUE HEAD: GLOSS CEMENT SILVER BUTCHER HOOK: #10 NYMPH 2XL/1XS THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAIL: GOOSE PRIMARY SLIPS – DYED RED BODY: MYLAR TINSEL -SILVER RIB: FRENCH OVAL -SILVER WING: MALLARD WING SLIPS -BLUE BEARD: HEN SADDLE -BLACK HEAD: GLOSS CEMENT MARCH BROWN HOOK: #12 THREAD: ORANGE 6/0 TAIL: BRONZE MALLARD FIBERS TAG: MYLAR TINSEL – GOLD SMALL BODY: 50/50 MIX OF HARELINE KRYSTAL MEDIUM BROWN AND HARELINE DARK HARE’S EAR RIB: MYLAR TINSEL – GOLD SMALL HACKLE: PARTRIDGE BROWN WING: HEN PHEASANT PRIMARY SLIPS HEAD: GLOSS
  10. Beautiful Tie- Greenwell's Glory variant?
  11. The fly art work are illustrations from an old book called "Blacker's the Art of Fly Making" available for free on line. The link is below. I simply printed some of the plates on our printer at the office and matted and framed them. The mat and frames came from Michael's- The dockside artwork is actually a real drawing I bought from a street artist in Portland Maine. It's amazing to me that guy drew that scene with pencils. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35752
  12. Funny Norm I finished a spool of 6/0 yesterday. I can say that I tied something like 15 to 20 flies in size 12 and 10 after the white spool was showing through -
  13. Same here- Check out the “My fly bench” tour videos Tyers post on YouTube. Everything thing from tying stations that set in your lap all the way to entire rooms built around a vise.
  14. Thank you for your kind words. 10 years ago my wife and I were poking around at a local chain here in the Northeast called “Christmas Tree shops”. They’re known as a discount store and their stock changes often. I needed a a desk but that was the last place I thought I would find one. They were selling them unassembled for $129. We bought 2. My tying area shares my wife’s office and because shes a professional interior decorator I was told our desk needed to match- lol. They are exceptional quality considering the price and surprisingly after 10 years of daily use no problems. Here is the contact info for the company. I hope they are still around.
  15. Nice fly- What is your new vise?
  16. I did notice that he already had the wings ready to go and did not assemble them. Still interesting.
  17. MERSHON WET FLY HOOK: #10 STANDARD NYMPH 1XL/1XS THREAD: BLACK 8/0 TAIL: HEN HACKLE FIBERS- BLACK TAG: MYLAR TINSEL -SILVER MEDIUM BODY: BLACK FLOSS RIB: MYLAR TINSEL -SILVER SMALL HACKLE: HEN - BLACK WING: MALLARD SLIPS -BLUE WITH WHITE TIPS HEAD: GLOSS CEMENT
  18. Excellent tying everyone! HAMLIN WET FLY HOOK: #10 NYMPH 1XS/1XL THREAD: BLACK 8/0 TAIL: MALLARD CENTER WING – BLACK WITH WHITE TIPS TAG: SILVER TINSEL- MEDIUM BODY: WRAPPED GOOSE SECONDARY FIBERS - GREY (SUB FOR HERON) HACKLE: BLACK HEN WING: DUCK QUILL -WHITE HEAD: GLOSS CEMENT
  19. Thank you- Not perfect but the brookies do go for them. The wings get ruined very quickly but I really like tying the old school flies.
  20. I'm glad you were able to fix it Norm. 9 degrees makes doing anything outside difficult!
  21. I ran across this last night and figured you folks on the classic side would enjoy it.
  22. My favorite wet fly. I think I prefer the wings curving down more than up. ROYAL COACHMAN WET HOOK: #12 - #8 2XS -1XL NYMPH THREAD: BLACK #70 TAIL: GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPS ABDOMEN: PEACOCK HERL – NATURAL/RED FLOSS THORAX: PEACOCK HERL - NATURAL WING: DUCK QUILL- WHITE COLLAR: HEN - NATURAL HEAD: GLOSS NAIL POLISH
  23. Speaking of thick the body on this fly is built up out of UV wader repair.
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