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DFoster

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  1. Thanks for posting this Norm- I really enjoy Roberts Smith's youtube channel and blog. The guy really knows North Country spiders!
  2. Hi Pete, I found this regarding Norvise-
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Well let's just say I speak from experience- 🙄
  6. LOL- I didn't know myself- To my eye they just look good! Another reason the Stewart's Black Spider is effective I guess.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Then it becomes "Bugs, bourbon and broke"- 😁
  10. 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.
  11. One old trick to thin hackle is to remove one side of the hackle fibers before tying it in.
  12. 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"?
  13. Retirement planning or you could see about trading them for a LAW vise?
  14. I haven't cast a line since November! Here in Mass the fly fishing season is open all year but I generally don't get on the water until March. Right about now is when every new fly from the vise start talking to me. "let's go, let's go"...
  15. DFoster

    Waiting....

    We have them here in Massachusetts as well and they make the first warm weeks of spring hell to be outside. 40% DEET works well enough to allow me to fish.
  16. Trout aren't that picky either- There's a saying something like "Flies for sale in fly shops are tied to get the attention of the angler not the fish".
  17. Beautiful looking hackle but at that price I would think it's more for someone tying framed show flies. For that money I would rather pad my stash with multiple "average" capes.
  18. Well Mike knowing how most cats feel about water I would say that's a mistake they would only make once. 😂
  19. Yep- because if she "falls in" I'll get a stern talking too (again).
  20. DFoster

    Waiting....

    They look like size 18's and 20's? I hope you can get out on a nice late winter day. I have to physically be in Winthrop on Sunday for my Grand daughter's 7th birthday party but I'm pretty sure my mind will be at the Swift. 😮
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