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DFoster

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  1. Thank you all, My wife and I are truly blessed with 6 “tiny monsters” although at 15 the oldest isn’t so tiny anymore. I am hopeful that at least one of them will catch the fly fishing bug. I got a leave all this stuff to somebody -🤣
  2. The predictable result when you let a 5 year old princess (notice the tiara) choose all the materials herself. 😊
  3. I couldn't have said it better, small stream, light tackle and I'm a happy guy!
  4. There are two that come to mind right off. First this Swift River rainbow. I had been fishing the deeper holes using mostly size 20 and 22 nymphs. That's actually considered a large fly for the Swift, the prevailing wisdom of a lot of the local anglers is to fish # 30's on 9X under an indicator. The problem is I don't enjoy fishing that style. I had caught a lot of trout, maybe 15 or so but nothing over 12". I decided to call it a day and fished my way back to the parking lot using a #14 Royal Wulff dry. At the end of one drift my fly was 4' off the tip of the rod and crossed over an area no more than 12"s deep when bang! I was using my usual 3 Weight with 6X so this one was great fun. The 2nd fish was this stocked Brook Trout that grabbed a hyrdopsyche nymph. Not a pretty fish as far as Brook trout go but a 14" stocked fish is not supposed to put up the kind of fight this guy gave me. Despite my best efforts after a few minutes he finally managed to get down stream of my position into some faster water and used every bit of that strong current to his advantage. It seemed like he tried to wrap my leader around every rock in the river and how the 6X didn't break I don't know. About the only trick he didn't use was to jump. With even stronger water below me moving any further down stream was not an option- I had to fight it out from where I was and try to protect the tippet. After a while I was able to begin to retrieve line before he would run again but I was gaining ground each time. It took forever to tire this one out. Tough fish!
  5. Here's and interesting take on the no hackle- Eric says it's the most difficult fly of all of them to tie. It sure scares me!
  6. "Anglers buy the flies not the fish". There was a time when the only way you could get a fly was to tie it yourself but once fly shops began selling flies many patterns were created to appeal to the angler's eye for obvious reasons. Over a hundred years the ones that produced became classics. IMO poorly tied versions of flies will catch as many fish as the "perfect" ones, sometimes more. Tying a fly as close as possible to the example is the challenging part of the hobby and a source of enjoyment for me. I take some pride in a box of well tied flies (relative to my skills) but the secret is the fish don't care and close is usually good enough. Kelly Gallop has a great line- when people ask at his shop "what are they biting on?', he responds "a good drift".
  7. ELK AND BIOT CADDIS HOOK: #12 DRY 1XL THREAD: 8/0 TAN ABDOMEN: TURKEY BIOT - NATURAL THORAX: SUPERFINE DRY FLY DUBBING -BROWN WING: ELK HAIR -NATURAL HACKLE: GRIZZLEY -BROWN HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  8. Nice fish-well done! My father in law remembers seeing a fly fishing club on a river in Maine. Some of theme actually had patches that read 20/20 club indicating they had landed a 20" trout on a size 20 or smaller.
  9. I have a hard time with them too but on occasion they come out nice. Sadly they never survive beyond a couple of fish. Labor of love I guess-
  10. Thank you- since It's Bergman I'm glad I added "variant" to the name. I could have got myself into trouble there-😮
  11. Beautiful stones! Your consistency is really impressive, they look like they hatched from the same egg. The mark of an accomplished fly tyer. Thanks Chug- These are the first flies I've ever tied for someone else. I've been tying as a hobby for a decade and it's only recently that I feel I can do enough justice to some of the common patterns to give them away as "correctly tied". I only tie a total of a few hundred flies in a year and thanks to a good friend I'll probably never need to buy Turkey feathers again. I can't imagine using them all! Thanks - I don't know much about the pattern. I have been seeing the fly on the internet for years but it was always just a photo without a name.. Then the other day I found a post on line calling it an "Artful Dodger". A google search revealed that there is a classic salmon fly by that name (below). From what I could find when it comes to the trout flies any fly with a mottled wing and wine floss body uses that name. The local trout seem to like purple in the spring so I'm hopeful they'll bite.
  12. If I could only bring one dry fly to a flowing river on any given day it would be a #14 EHC. It's simply the most effective dry I have ever used on moving water and it's and as you state it's easy to see, the masterwork of Al Troth. Thank you for posting these links Silver- The EHC was the 2nd fly I ever attempted to tie and when compared to a store bought fly the fly I turned out was awful. I didn't know it at the time but I had purchased the worst piece of elk hide on the shelf (if you were trying to replicate comparadun deer hair). Who knew there are many different types of hair on an elk? My EHC looked a whole lot like the original version shown in the photo above. Not at all like those beautiful comparadun deer hair flies at the fly shop . \ The funny part is that "awful" looking fly hooked my first ever nice fly rod trout below. If you look closely you can see it in his jaw. The elk hair is "flaired" in the photo a lot more than it actually is on the fly. A decade later and that ugly fly is still stuck proudly on the rim of my fishing hat where it can be seen and occasionally mocked. 🙄. I think Al Troth knew what he was doing.
  13. Great look flies again this month everyone! So last autumn a friend shot a turkey and of course I asked him to save me some of the feathers. I was expecting a Walmart bag full of mangled random feathers but he took the time to neatly pluck and separate them by groups in separate bags. He fly fishes once in a while but doesn't tie. As a thank you I am tying a small box of flies -all incorporating his Turkey. I had some time to tie a few wets yesterday . TURKEY TAIL NYMPH HOOK: #12 1XL 2XS NYMPH THREAD: BLACK UNDER BODY: .020 WIRE TAIL: TURKEY FIBERS ABDOMEN: TURKEY FIBERS RIB: MEDIUM GOLD WIRE WING CASE: TURKEY FIBERS THORAX: PEACOCK HERL -NATURAL LEGS: TURKEY FLANK TIPS HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS ARTFUL DODGER VARIANT HOOK: #12 2XL 2XS NYMPH THREAD: BLACK 6/0 TAG: OVAL FRENCH TINSEL -GOLD BODY: UNI FLOSS -WINE RIB: OVAL FRENCH TINSEL -GOLD WING: TURKEY TAIL SLIPS BEARD: TURKEY FLANK TIPS HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS CADDIS EMERGER -VARIANT HOOK: #12 EMERGER 2XL THREAD: ASH 6/0 ABDOMEN: TURKEY BIOT -NATURAL WITH UV RESIN WING CASE: HOLOGRAPHIC TINSEL WITH UV RESIN THORAX: LIFE CYCLE CADDIS DUBBING -CLEAR LEGS: PARTRIDGE HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  14. I watched Han's video on this one the other day- Nice job!
  15. STARLING TIP HOOK: #12 NYMPH 1XL 2XS THREAD: BLACK TAIL: HEN SADDLE FIBERS -BLACK BODY: BLACK THREAD WING: STARLING BACK HACKLE: HEN SADDLE -BLACK HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  16. Thank you and I agree but I can't take credit as I was following Mr. McPhail's prescribed colors. ☺️
  17. Buy it, if you can get it for $20 great but $40 is still a good price. Unless they are so old they're degrading, brittle or losing fibers. From what I can see those capes would appear to have plenty of flies left in them. A local fly shop here used to have a cabinet filled with usable bits and pieces they got when someone would come in to sell off a collection. A family member of a tyer who passed or someone who was no longer tying, for whatever reason they just wanted to off load the stuff. They had a large cabinet filled with "estate" items for sale. Sadly they no longer do this which is too bad because part of the fun of a visit was rummaging through that cabinet looking for gems. I'm still using a lot of materials from the estate cab including a Whiting brown rooster cape I got for $5 and at least a dozen Orvis and Hareline dubbing packs I got for a buck each. As long as you can inspect what you buying I don't see any reason not to consider used items.
  18. Davy McPhail posted this one recently. It looks fishy so I thought I would give it a shot. OAK FLY HOOK: #14 1XL 1XS NYMPH THREAD: #70 BLUE DUN TAG: #70 BLUE DUN ABDOMEN/BODY: PEARSALLS ORANGE SILK WITH PALMER BLACK TRIMMED HEN WING: WOODCOCK SECONDARY HACKLE: HEN -BROWN HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS WICKHAM’S FANCY HOOK: #12 NYMPH 1XL 2XS TAIL: BROWN HEN FIBERS ABDOMEN/BODY: GOLD TINSEL – MEDIUM. PALMER WITH BROWN ROOSTER HACKLE RIB: SMALL GOLD WIRE WING: MALLARD QUILL HACKLE: HEN -BROWN HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  19. A friend of mine got an alert on his Ring that someone was at his back door. When he opened the ap on his phone he got a clear photo of the trespasser. Apparently this male Blue Bird was catching his reflection in the glass- it's mating season, competition will not be tolerated!
  20. I read that the Northeast area gets hit with a major earthquake on average every 300 years. The last one was in off Cape Anne in 1755 at between 6.0 and 6.3.
  21. That's some awesome detail Steve!
  22. I received this, I'm a Mass resident but I do fish in Maine on occasion. Attention home aquarium owners: Left: a moss ball, Right: display of moss balls for sale at a pet store Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "moss balls,” an aquarium plant product sold in Maine. Moss balls are commonly sold under trade names such as “Betta Buddy.” Zebra mussels, which so far have not become established in Maine, are one of the most destructive invasive species in North America. If you recently purchased moss balls, immediately destroy them using one of these methods: Freeze - Place the moss ball into a sealable plastic bag and freeze for at least 24 hours. Boil - Place the moss ball in boiling water for at least 1 full minute. Bleach - Submerge the moss ball in chlorine bleach for 20 minutes. After destroying the moss ball, DISPOSE of the moss ball and any of its packaging in a sealed plastic bag in the trash. Do not dump moss balls down drains or in waterways or gardens. If moss balls were placed in your aquarium, DRAIN and clean the aquarium: Please remove fish and other living organisms and place them in another container, with water from a separate, uncontaminated water source. Aquatic plants may also harbor zebra mussels and should be destroyed along with the moss ball. Sterilize the aquarium water by adding 1 cup of bleach for each gallon of water. Sterilize filter, rocks, décor, and any other items in contact with the water. Let the water sit for 10 minutes and then dispose of the treated water down a household drain. Thank you for doing your part to keep this invasive species out of Maine's waterways.
  23. The stuff my wife cut off was about the same thickness as Hareline Scud back. I'll try it today and see how it does.
  24. 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
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