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  • #5745

    Scotty MacFly
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    This is a video I found, and if you have never seen it, you may be impressed as I. It’s an older video, but I just found it amazing.

    • This topic was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  Scotty MacFly.
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    #5748

    Creek
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    Pretty cool Scotty. Those videos led me to a bunch of others from the 50-60’s.

    #5749

    Scotty MacFly
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    Amazing that he can still tie a knot. Love the outfit he is wearing. It’s so British and traditional.

    #5750

    Grsdlnr
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    This guy really is an inspiration to old coots (like me) everywhere.

    “…and a look of malignant triumph came in his eye.” :)

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    #5752

    Scotty MacFly
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    Speaking of old coots, and I mean that respectfully, yesterday I ordered the book from W.C. Stewart, “The Practical Angler”.

    I can’t wait to read it. For some reason I feel I will learn more from looking back into the past, instead of trying to learn all these newfangled ideas.

    #5753

    Creek
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    I have it Scotty. I’ve read it a few times. You’ll like it. I’ve tried his combo of three flies just like he says to tie them and of course fish them upstream. It works good.

    The only time i’ll change from my dry flies is for the North Country Spiders. It’s much more of a challenge than dries. As I know you know.

    I just sold a muzzleloader and ordered a bamboo rod. We’re still working out the details, but it will have the Powell B9 taper. Should be done at the end of Feb .

    #5754

    Scotty MacFly
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    Fantastic Creek. I don’t know what a B9 taper is, but I am familiar with the name Powell. The name has a good reputation from what I understand.

    I have always liked fishing with spiders because of the challenge. The browns in Boulder Creek hit them really hard. And as always, just like grandpa taught me, upstream casting all the way, with no more than two rod lengths of line out, but preferably maybe 1 1/2 rod length.
    If I remember right, Stewart fished with three colors, black, red, and I forgot the third color, but I’ll read about it I’m sure. I have wanted this book for a long time, and I’m glad I ordered it. Should be here Thurs.

    #5755

    Creek
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    Nobody is exactly sure what the 3rd color is, because Stewart didn’t mention it. I use Dun color. Sort of like a Waterhen Bloa.

    E.C.Powell was one of the old masters who was famous for making hollow built rods. Mine will be built that way. He had two sons who also built rods. His B taper was a pure progressive taper using math. So, a very smooth casting rod with no hinges.

    Fishing Spiders with bamboo sure sounds good. Should I wear tweed, tie, and rubber hip boots too? 😀

    #5756

    Scotty MacFly
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    Creek, go for it. You’d be the talk of the town if you wore those things on the Ark. Personally, I’d forget the tie, it’s a little much.

    I believe that’s the third color, the Waterhen Bloa. Doesn’t Oliver Edwards mention the three in one of his videos?

    #5757

    Creek
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    Dun is what everybody thinks, but nobody really knows for sure. To be honest…when ever I try all his spiders together the Black Spider always gets all the fish. It’s such a killer fly.

    My best combo is Waterhen Bloa on top and Stewart Spider on 1st dropper and Partridge and Orange on 2nd dropper. Sometimes a Snipe and Purple instead of the P&O.

    #5758

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    I have only done black. I have been wanting ti tie some Part.& Orange ones, but I seem to never have the materials. I’m not real good at three flies. I get tangled up sometimes. But I can do two flies at once. Is there a trick in using three flies to where you won’t get tangled?

    #5759

    Creek
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    Short droppers helps, but it will always be a problem. Never make a dropper so it one fly can reach another with the line straight, but as you know. The line isn’t always straight. My droppers are around 3″.

    I buy my leaders all made up from the UK. As a fan of furled leader I hate mono leaders. Too hard to straighten. However, the leaders from the UK are the softest mono i’ve ever seen. One pull and they’re straight. They come made up for fishing Spiders with two droppers. When I get the leaders I tie in a really small tippet ring right at the start of the dropper. It makes it so much easier to add new tippet to the droppers. That way I can keep the droppers at the proper length all the time without taking the leader apart.

    #5760

    Scotty MacFly
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    Cheater. And you say you like to keep it simple.
    But I guess ordering leaders that have droplets already is keeping it simple. But from the UK, goodness, that’s knowing what you want for sure.
    On my leaders I don’t go more than 4 inches for my droppers, and keep them 18 to 20 inches apart. I’m ok if I take my time & think about my casting, but it’s when I get in a hurry is when I get tangled.

    #5761

    Creek
    Participant

    I can’t find any mono as supple as the stuff from the UK.

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