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  1. I caught this stocked fish on Monday after work on a #12 Antron Caddis Pupa.  Another one and done, strange fishing so far this year.  I get one over a few hours and that's it.  Still better than none but I'm thinking I haven't quite keyed in on fishing the deeper pools correctly. 


  2. On 4/27/2021 at 7:32 AM, niveker said:

    Nice looking rainbow, DF, good to see someone had some luck.

    We got skunked over on the Westfield (MB & EB) on Saturday & Sunday.  Beautiful day Saturday, gusty but with enough lulls to ease the frustration, Sunday was a little cooler but with only intermittent light rain.  Water was cold and high, guess they had some snow up Berks a few days before, which was melting off.  Only saw one fish both days, a chunky rainbow who followed my streamer for a bit before turning away.  More of a scouting trip I guess, as we haven't fished there before.  Really beautiful location, though, definitely will go back.  .   

    Thank you- that was the only trout on the day for me. I also caught a really hard fighting Fall fish which was fun.  I really hit the knee deep riffles all morning but the sun was high by that point so I think they were deep by then.  I'm sorry you guys had quiet day but there's a lot of nice weather to come.  I've never fished the Westfield but I've heard good things and it certainly look like nice water.  I was wrestling with the wind on Saturday also, like you trying to cast between the gust.  I ruined a few nice fishy looking pools having to wade through to get my fly out of a bush thanks to a badly timed gust.  On the bright side the wind did  keep the black flies in check.

    For what it's worth a couple of friends had a great day and caught 6 Browns with spoons on the Ware River (Gilbertville area).

  3. On 4/19/2021 at 10:12 AM, Steeldrifter said:

    That's called habituation, that's what most people with chronic tinnitus strive for with it. If mine does not go away completely then that's what I will hope to achieve with mine as well. Studies show that 98% of people can/do habituate no matter how loud or bad their tinnitus is, but on average that can take 6-18 months to happen. 

    Steve for what it's worth my Dr. did tell me that the tinnitus therapy videos on youtube do work well for some people.   Because tinnitus is generated by the brain sometimes the brain can be trained to shut it off.  This can be done by listening to tones in similar frequencies.  He said my best chances are to find a therapy video that plays tones close to what my tinnitus sounds like and then listen to it for a few hours per day.  

  4. I had my Dr's appointment yesterday and he wrote me a letter stating that my hearing loss was severe enough that I should not serve on a jury even with the assistance of headphones.  This was mainly because of the results of my word differentiation test where you wear headphones and they ask you to repeat the words you hear.  I scored a solid 63% correct.  The doc did say not to be surprised if the still deny me. 


  5. 21 minutes ago, WWKimba said:

    This one reason that I'm such a huge fan of Jack Gartside and his patterns - quick, simple ties that mostly use easy to obtain (what I like to call fly ting pantry items) natural materials.  He wasn't a purist, but used the newer flash as one would use a seasoning in fixing a dish - just something to add to the dish - not to overpower it.


    Jack's soft hackle streamer is the perfect example.  Just a few strands of flash and it will catch fish almost any where. 

  6. 12 hours ago, Capt Bob LeMay said:

    Amen... and the one thing I always tried to point out when I was trying to teach newbies interested in fly tying was that the fish were the judges for our efforts.   If fish refused your fly - no matter how nice it looked then put it on a wall somewhere and go with a pattern they would eat...

    So true. Nothing kills the enthusiasm of a newbie quicker than not catching fish.   Except for a snake bite or in your location getting hit from a stingray.

  7. On 4/24/2021 at 6:21 AM, Capt Bob LeMay said:

    I've noted a distinct difference these days in the saltwater fly tying world as well... Older tyers like me are much more involved with natural materials - feathers, hair, and tails while younger tyers have learned to use synthetics almost exclusively for their creations....


    As a commercial tyer for many years I learned to buy my materials in bulk.  Strung saddle hackles and neck hackles - by the bundle (3 to 7 ounces per bundle) or simply by the pound (what amounts to a lifetime supply in one color or another...).  As a result I rarely ever need to visit a fly shop for basic materials and haven't kept up with the world of synthetics except to note that in my wholesale catalogs you see new materials listed every year, while natural materials rarely change, except for when one supplier or another is no longer in business (I miss Hobbs Feather Company to this day - even though they went out of business thirty years ago...). 

    I'm with you Bob- I prefer natural materials whenever possible, I think it's a tradition thing with me.  I do use synthetics for things like shell backs or a bit of flash on a pattern but at heart I'm a small stream fly fisherman.   I really love to catch spooky trout in tight quarters with simple, traditional flies on light and sometimes antique rods.  

    To your point even in my small stream trout world on occasion I do run into younger tyers on the water I've notice their fly boxes are biased toward synthetics.   That's just fine with me.  Everyone who pursues our sport from Tarpons to Bluegill is entitled to follow their own pathway to it's rewards. 



    I got on the water a little late on Saturday.  The sun was high and most of the trout had slipped back to the deeper pools which was kind of sad.  In the early morning or on overcast days they can be caught in the wonderful riffles in the photos.  I caught this one in 6" -8' of water on a #12 Orange Nymph.  Great fighter.




  9. I thought I would post this for anyone out there that enjoys the history of tying.  Robert Smith is known in England as an expert on vintage and traditional tying materials and techniques. He has a collection of vintage materials acquired from estate finds like the one in this video.  From his collection he can tie as accurately as possible to the original patterns.  Often the feathers called for are from birds that are now protected however he does offer recommendations for legal substitutes.



    Flytire linked a couple of his videos here.  I love this stuff!


  10. I very sorry to hear about your brother Mark.  I wish I had more old hooks to send.  I don't have the hoarding gene so any unusable hooks get thrown out.  I have been finding a lot of snagged spinners and spoons as I do every spring.  I always remove them from the water.  It good for the ecology and I won't tear my waders on them.  The usable ones I give to my son in law but a lot of them are inexpensive and rust quick.  I will send them to you and I will save you any of my casualties from the spring season.  

  11. 12 hours ago, niveker said:

    Pretty fish and nice fly. 

    It has been a windy spring, but at least you got out on the river.  I haven't had the chance yet, I've been so busy. 

    My brother, my cousin, and I are supposed to the Westfield EB this week-end, while some of the other boys are setting up turkey camp.  Hope the wind decides to take the day off.    

    Anytime on a river is a gift, it's just this year it's been socks and underwear instead of a Red Ryder BB gun😉.   Saturday is the pick and maybe Friday afternoon if the wind dies out, I hope it works out for you guys.  Definitely try small stones, there have been millions of them on the every river I've been on and I'm an hour East of the Westfield.  Also Ken has been saying on his blog that best fly of the spring for him and his clients has been the partridge and orange.  He guides the Westfield EB a lot.

  12. Here's a couple of stocked rainbows I got a few days ago on #16 black stone fly nymphs.   This spring has been frustrating because of the New England wind.  We've had plenty of beautiful fishing days BUT I've been at work.  When I have had the time to get out the wind has been gusting.  I don't like using indicators and prefer to cast a rod length of line and watch my leader for takes.  A strong wind makes that style of fishing upstream or across tough.  Fishing downstream is really is the only option.  The wind today was so bad that I was lucky to get my flies within 10' of the target.  I called it quits after 30 minutes went home.



  13. Good to know Chug.  Thank you.  I’m not sure how this will play out after the results of my Dr Visit.  I’m just going to insist that if they won’t exempt me then I must be able to hear the testimony by whatever means they offer.  

  14. 16 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

    Jury duty is a civic responsibility and not something that law appreciating members of society should ever seek to avoid. Jury duty is the rump shaker of our justice system. It is what seperate us from evil, injustice, tyrants and oppression. I'm sorry but getting out of jury duty should be way more difficult then simply submitting a letter from a person with a masters degree. Just one mans humble opinion, yours may vary. 

    I completely agree with your statement.  To be clear my request to be excused is to maintain the integrity of the system and not because I just don't want to go.  My civic duty is to make the authorities aware that I can't hear well enough to serve.  If I need to pay a co pay and take time from work for a doctors note then so be it.   What they choose to do with that information is beyond my control. 

    Even with $6.500 hearing aids, in general conversation I miss at least 50% of what's being said.  I constantly have to ask my family and coworkers to repeat themselves and I have to focus on their statements or read lips to fill in the blanks.  And that's with people standing 2 feet away talking directly to me and sometimes I still get it wrong.   That's Ok because coming home with corn flakes instead of shake and bake isn't a big deal, putting someone in prison or denying justice to those who deserve it is.   Good conscience will not allow me to sit in judgement of someone with potentially massive implications to their life or the lives of others.  



  15. In 2 weeks I'm off to see an actual eye, ear, nose and throat MD.  I was summoned for jury duty and the only responsible action on my part is to apply for a disqualification due to my hearing.  People speaking in churches, gymnasiums, town halls all sound like Charlie Browns teacher to me.  Of course the state is going to make this painful and will not accept the half dozen hearing test results from the Beltone "audiologist".   Apparently "Audiologist credentials"  aren't really credentials as far as the state is concerned even after I told them they're in a frame and on display at their office-   Anyway my note needs to be from an actual MD.  That means either a wasted precious vacation day plus a co pay or I could go and keep asking "what?" until I get thrown out. 

  16. I got out for a few hours this week on some local stocked water.  No trout to report but plenty of River Herring and Fall Fish kept things interesting.  Two caught on the same cast had me thinking small Bow.   I'm still working on what the stocked Rainbows are eating.  The small stones have been hatching for two weeks but no visible rises at all.  Obviously I tried a lot small stone nymphs as well as emergers and drys all without success except for the River Herring and Fall Fish.  No complaints from me though It's great to be out there fishing.



  17. I've been out only once but I plan to go after work as much as I can this week.  Here in Mass it's been really windy over the past week.  The small streams I usually fish are lined with overhangs and have narrow casting lanes.  A strong wind can really wreck a day.

  18. 22 hours ago, FliesbyNight said:

    Here's the final version of my set up.  At least its final until I think of something else to improve it.

    My wife found a 5' roll-top desk and a 3' horizontal file cabinet on a local barter site listed at $400 for the set.  It was a little dinged up but it was too ideal for what I wanted to pass on it. She claimed the file cabinet and I was happy to make that concession.

    Been working on this for about two years, off and on.

    It was designed as a computer desk so it had a large compartment for the chassis and other stuff.  I built pullout drawers for that space.  They are 18" x 24" x 3" so they hold a lot of long materials like flat-wing hackle and keeps it flat.  There are lots of drawers and spaces to organize materials.  My OCD was in its glory figuring out what goes where.

    The tool and thread caddies are on lazy-susans so access is easy without moving stuff around.

    I wanted a permanently mounted vise that could be removed without much fuss. The vise mount is a replacement keyless drill chuck held to the desk with a 1/4"-20 machine screw. Works perfectly and I have the same set up in my travel case so transferring is simple.

    Trash drops from the tying area through a hole I routed in the desk top.  There is a drawer underneath for a keyboard.  I mounted a short plastic bin there to catch the cut offs. The frame just sits in the hole to keep beads and small parts from rolling in. 

    Normally the desk is in the spare room/office but my daughter and future son-in-law are living with us while they save money to buy a house so it is in the dining room. I'm do anything for my kids but I won't give up fishing. Fortunately, the roll top keeps She Who Must Be Obeyed off my back about any mess.


























    Beautiful set up sir!

  19. 7 hours ago, DarrellP said:

    You guys are much cleaner in speech and content than the women I work with.

    Mainly, we are corny, harmless and a little obsessive.  In short, boring misanthropic fly tying needs.  I am okay with that.

    I've listened to a few conversations between professional "ladies" at work that if I as a male had said would have resulted in a meeting with H.R. 

    50 minutes ago, Bill_729 said:

    Where I grew up, 4-letter words were pretty much off limits.  Where along the line did having a potty-mouth become to be an accepted vernacular (by some)?

    Well Bill it's been my experience that foul language is just the result of the morally corrupt concepts being promoted at our institutions of higher learning and Hollywood. 

  20. 11 hours ago, primeflycompany said:

     Organization is paramount with a beast like this. 
    There have been a few funny moments along the way- losing ALL of my hare's masks for a year, only to find them when looking for my ostrich herl. 


    Nice tying area Prime and I agree with you about organization.   While the "bomb went off" tying bench works for some my tying time is often limited and I hate to have to use it up looking for things. 

  21. Steve I'm sorry your dealing with this and I can tell you as a tinnitus suffer I'm as frustrated as you are. My condition is regrettably self inflicted.  I've been a professional musician since 1986 and after a gig on St Patrick's day 1988 the ringing never went away.  It's gotten much worse over the years.  Hearing test indicate I'm at about 30% of normal hearing.  I purchased and wear what were top of the line hearing aids back in 2016.  I've had them adjusted dozens of times and they have never gotten them right.  I still have to watch almost all TV with captions.  The ambient noise in restaurants and bars makes hearing impossible while wearing them and I can't hear other anglers over the noise of the river.   In short they're great at amplifying  everything but someones voice.  What I've learned the hard way is that a lot of these "audiologist" are glorified salesmen.   I haven't seen the same one more than a few times so apparently there's a lot of turn over in the industry.   My insurance pays zero towards hearing aids and I won't ever pay thousands of dollars out of pocket again.  In keeping with the fine traditions of commission sales my first "Audiologist" lied to me saying the aids I bought would last a lifetime.  His replacement informed me it was more like 4 to 5 years and the most recent "audiologist" is constantly badgering me to come in and try out the latest $8000 pair.  Why is it that if I spent 8 grand on any other electronic device it would last almost forever?  On the final phone call I told him "I'm sorry I can't hear what your saying because your hearing aids suck, what is it you think I'm going to buy again"?  Seriously they're like care salesmen, once they have a way to reach you there's no escape.

    I need hearing aids because I can't hear at all with out them.  I have no choice and I can't work my day job without being able to hear.  The new high end models have gotten so expensive they now offer lease programs.  The one in my right ear is beginning to fail and I'm not sure at this point what I will do.   

    Take care of your hearing folks, there still is no substitute for the factory equipment.

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