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DFoster

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  1. I usually like to buy hackle in person (if possible, Covid is making that tough these days) You can get good hackles from lesser know companies as long as you can weed through the unacceptable stuff hanging with it. Mail order or sight unseen I would go with Whiting.
  2. BLACK ZULU VARIANT HOOK: #12 UMPQUA U101 1XL 1XS THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAIL: RED FLOSS BODY: LIFE CYCLE DUBBING BLACK WITH A WISP OF RED DUBBING TOWARD THE COLLAR RIB: SILVER MYLAR TINSEL 16/18 HACKLE: BLACK HEN COLLAR: TURKEY NECK GOLD TIPS
  3. Beautiful work- those Pheasant rump feathers are gorgeous!
  4. Very kind words, thank you. I'm still struggling to use Starling in place of Jungle Cock for cheeks. I love the look of that little dab of iridescence next to the "eye" but getting them to stay in place is proving tough.
  5. The wings on this one should have been Mallard and not Wood Duck- PETER ROSS VARIANT HOOK: #12 2XL NYMPH THREAD: BLACK TAIL: GOLDEN PHEASANT TIPS ABDOMEN: GOLD TINSEL -MEDIUM RIB: GOLD WIRE- MEDIUM THORAX: HARLINE DUBBING RED AND BLACK MIX HACKLE: HEN CAPE - BLACK WING: WOOD DUCK - LEMON CHEEKS: STARLING
  6. Congratulations! Grab a pair of flesh toned latex gloves on the way out, they make great nymph bodies!
  7. You might be surprised at how much better your vise will "feel" cleaned and lubed. I know on my HMH little particles of fur and quills collect and build on the moving parts and eventually inhibit the smoothness of the vise. I posted a care and maintenance vid specifically for a Regal Rev on the previous page. Seems to be quick and easy to do.
  8. Thanks- I just got a couple packs of firehole hooks, they've been out of stock and are a late Christmas present from my daughter. They're really nice hooks in general but exceptionally nice for soft hackles. I'm struggling with the temptation to tie more but my soft hackle box is pretty full at the moment. @SBPatt Scott your deer hair work is second to none. Absolutely perfect!
  9. DFoster

    My new shop

    We have a 4 bedroom and our daughters both own their own homes now so you would think I could have at least one room right? NO, because have six grand children and the 2 extra bedrooms are now they're "stay over" rooms. Oh well, I still have my corner in bedroom # 3 (Office) and it keeps me from over buying stuff I would probably never use- LOL. The shop looks great Mike!
  10. RED HEADED WOODCOCK AND BROWN HOOK: FIREHOLE 633 #12 THREAD: RED 6/0 ABDOMEN: BROWN PEARSALLS HACKLE: WOODCOCK HEAD: RED THREAD
  11. GENERIC NYMPH ( I CALL IT AN EAGLE NYMPH BECAUSE OF THE LOOK OF THE WOOD DUCK TAIL) HOOK: ORVIS 1639 EMERGER #12 THREAD: BLACK 6/0 UNDERBODY: WIRE FOR WEIGHT TAIL: BLACK AND WHITE BARRED WOOD DUCK FIBERS ABDOMEN: UV OVER TAN TURKEY BIOT WING CASE: UV RESIN OVER PHEASANT PRIMARY FIBERS THORAX: KIT FOX DUBBING LEGS: WOOD DUCK FIBERS LEMON HEAD: GLOSS NAIL POLISH OVER BLACK THREAD
  12. My eye's seem to get worse every day, but since I own a TRV I thought the jaw tip profile looked familiar.
  13. I'd love to but I can't afford to pay others to do everything our home requires and so....
  14. Yes and after I finished laughing I remembered this 'ole chestnut! https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steven-spielberg-condemned-killing-dinosaur-718117
  15. I remember someone on here said they caught a Rainbow on a bare hook. I think he said he was fishing a 2 fly set up. One of the two fallen apart so he cut away the remaining thread/fibers but left the hook on the line and kept fishing with the remaining fly. The story goes the trout chose the bare hook over the fly.
  16. Nice Fly Toothy- what make is your vise? The jaws look like a TRV- That's a great looking #22!
  17. I kind of figured you would know about materials under clear-
  18. The local Enviro Nazis in my state are desperate ban hunting and fishing. They a began an organized campaign to harass sportsman a few years back. Hunters mostly but there were also incidents with anglers. Time honored "protesting" methods such as throwing rocks at someone fishing or running through the woods in deer costumes while banging on drums during deer season. Only a matter of time until one of them got shot (it's still illegal to shoot hippies even if they are wearing a deer costume in the woods). Here in Mass as in California all sorts of nutty behavior is taken seriously, even encouraged. That is UNTIL said behavior starts impacting tax revenues, then you've gone too far! Sportsmen here still generate more income for our state to waste than the meat is murder crowd and so- Under Massachusetts law, no person shall obstruct, interfere with or otherwise prevent the lawful taking of fish or wildlife by another. ... A person who sustains damage from an act in violation of the law may seek civil action for punitive damages.Mar 7, 2020
  19. SMALL BLUE WING OLIVE HOOK: 1X DRY #18 THREAD: OLIVE 70 TAIL: BARRED WOOD DUCK FIBERS BODY: OLIVE GOOSE BIOT HACKLE: BLUE DUN
  20. LEADWING COACHMAN HOOK: 1X NMPH #10 THREAD: BLACK TAG: OOPS, IT WAS LATE AND I FORGOT BODY: NATURAL PEACOCK HERL HACKLE: BROWN SADDLE WING: DUCK QUILL- SLATE
  21. Not to worry Mark the extreme climate will keep "those who know better than you" from moving in and ruining your state. I wish I could say the same for the rest of us-
  22. It's a great technique but certainly not my idea and not just for tags- I usually tie with clear tubing because you can blend colors underneath with thread, floss, tinsel, flash. On this Hairy Worm I used a yellow and green floss under the clear tube. I used thread under this one and accented the brown with a brown sharpie.
  23. Thanks- this is a new one for me so I haven't fished it yet. It looked like a good pattern so I decided to copy it. My tie isn't perfect, i noticed after I took the photo the clear tube is a little wonky on the lower abdomen (the fish won't care). My current lighting is a little weak when tying in at night and I was having trouble with my hands casting shadows. I'm getting a new much better desk lamp tomorrow. I'm glad to hear that it's a fish catcher for you, maybe it will be here in Mass as well? There's no added weight to the version I tied per the tyer who posted the pattern on line. A small bead would certainly help get it down. Personally I prefer the fly be weighted and not to add split shot If I have a choice. 90% of the water I fish is 3' or less so sometimes and unweighted nymph emerger is a good thing.
  24. Nice work this month everyone! GRAPHIC CADDIS HOOK: SCUD #12 THREAD: CHARTRUSE- BLACK 8/0 TAG: SILVER MYLAR UNDER CLEAR MICRO TUBE ABDOMEN/BODY: CHARTRUSE THREAD UNDER CLEAR MICRO TUBE THORAX: GREY OSTRICH HERL LEGS: HUGARIAN PARTRIDGE ANTENNAE: LEMON WOOD DUCK HEAD: BLACK THREAD
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