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About Chris_in_Louisiana

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  1. I do agree that delays (Both on the part of the tyer & USPS) have likely led to some tiring of the swaps, but in my case I really just need a break after overextending myself this past winter. I signed up for more than I probably had time for (here and with other groups) and found myself fairly burnt out on the process by spring. Add in work getting busy as it does every spring/summer, and I haven't even had the urge to join a swap in the past few months. Work will eventually slow in the fall/winter though, and I'm sure I'll be looking to jump back in. Chris
  2. Hey guys, I've been on a bit of a foam kick lately and put together a couple of new SBS posts while filling my terrestrial box. While I'll likely put both to use chasing panfish in the coming months, I've admittedly been daydreaming of trout streams while building this box. The first two up are Craven's Charlie Boy Hopper and the Fat Albert. Hope they're of interest/use to some of you. Chris Charlie Boy Hopper Fat Albert
  3. Nicely done! Those are some beautiful browns. Must have been a blast on that UL.
  4. Haven't tied much lately, but I did sit down last week and tie up a batch of Fat Alberts last week. It's a pattern I haven't really fished before, but decided it was time to try with Hopper season kicking into full gear down here. Hook: 3x Long All-purpose (Size 10) Thread: 140 Denier (Hopper Yellow) Body: 2-mm Craft Foam (Tan/Brown/Tan) Legs: Centipede Legs (Orange Barred) Wing/Hotspot: Z-lon (Orange or White)
  5. Sounds like an enjoyable weekend. The Catskill Fly Fishing Museum is only about an hour from my mother-in-law in Oneonta, so it is on my to-do list one of these visits. Perhaps the micro breweries will entice my wife to join in as well. I'll PM you with my address in a moment. I really appreciate it. Chris
  6. Haven't tried it on carp yet, but the article that drew my attention to it years ago mentioned it working on freshwater drum. Thanks, Kim. Have you had the chance to try any in the box I sent? Curious if they hold their own up in your neck of the woods as well. Chris
  7. Just a quick and easy panfish pattern popular with warmwater fly fishers here in Louisiana. The original is tied on a 1/100 oz jighead, but I prefer a jig hook with tungsten bead. As it only takes a few basic materials and less than half a dozen steps, it's a good pattern for those just starting out. Here's the link: https://fatfingeredflytyer.com/cap-spider-fly-step-by-step/ Enjoy! Chris
  8. Beautiful fly and great SBS, Scott! I'm going to have to attempt a few one of these days. Chris
  9. Thanks guys!! It was a very different trip (bouncing around the way we did), but one I really enjoyed. Lots of challenges along the way, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. We tallied 10 of 25 eligible species during the two days of tournament fishing, and I personally checked off 14 species over the course of the four days. We're already planning for next year's tournament. Most definitely. And those Erie Canal carp made us work for it to. That was the only one we managed to bring to net between pre-fishing and the tournament. Chris
  10. Got the last post from the trip finished and posted this morning. While we covered a lot of new water on my first visit to Rhode Island, this day's highlight was definitely the ~15" wild rainbow pulled from beneath a log jam in a stretch of river known for small, wild brook trout. https://fatfingeredflytyer.com/25-on-the-fly-part-4/ Chris
  11. Love those smallies!!! Looks like a great trip!
  12. Finished up my third trip post last night. This one covers day 1 of the tourney. 15 hours of fishing with lots of warmwater and a little coldwater mixed in. The smallie below, caught on a large streamer while targeting a tiger muskie, is probably my personal best on the fly. https://fatfingeredflytyer.com/25-on-the-fly-part-3/ Chris
  13. Thanks guys! Just posted my day 2 report as well. Though I didn't take as many photos as I should have, I would say this was our best day of the four given total numbers and quality of fish. https://fatfingeredflytyer.com/25-on-the-fly-part-2/
  14. Hey guys, Just got back from a 12 day road trip to upstate NY. While it was largely a family visit (my wife hadn't seen her mother since pre-COVID), I did manage to slip away for four days to do some fishing with my cousin, Jake. Our plan was to pre-fish for two days. Then participate in The Mayfly Project's 25 on the Fly tournament. A nationwide, catch-video-release format, we bounced around quite a bit targeting everything from brook trout to tiger musky along the way. I'm still in the process of sorting through pics as I put together some blog posts on the trip, so I'll add a few pics and additional links from each day as I complete the four posts. Up first was day 1 of pre-fishing in the finger lakes region. https://fatfingeredflytyer.com/25-on-the-fly-part-1/ Enjoy Chris
  15. Interesting. I was expecting a dragonfly attack based on your post title. That seems to happen to me with regularity in the spring and summer when using smaller flies. The fly will be dangling in the air as the rod is leaned against a tree or my truck, when suddenly the leader will shoot off into the air as a dragonfly thinks it has found an easy meal. Never expected an ant to try and walk off with a fly.
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