January 30, 2017 at 10:45 pm #5782
Great video Creek. Loved hearing the history of the streams, the fishing clubs, Maryatte and Francis. It was a very good history lesson. Do you think I should get a hat like Marryatte wore. Momma’s, lock up your daughters!
I saw in Stewarts book today that he mentioned Francis Francis. I don’t thing Stewart cared for his opinions much, but it’s expected coming from a man who was Albannach about an Sassannach in that era. Yes, a little Scottish Gaelic lesson as well with the video. Thought it fitting.
I’m glad you posted the links to those books, so when I finish the book I’m on now, I can read those at my leisure.January 30, 2017 at 11:01 pm #5783
You know something? Watching Oliver Edwards fish the chalk streams is interesting to me. I fish fast freestone rivers and streams, and yes, there are some long stretches where the water slows down, but I don’t know if I could fish a chalk stream comfortably. It would be a completely new thing for me to fish a stream as slow moving as they appear to be. I’d be out of my element.
Don’t misunderstand, I would jump at it if had the opportunity, but it would be a whole new learning experience for me. And I don’t know if the swans and I would get along.January 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm #5784
I could fish the chalk streams every day of what’s left of my life. Strickly dries of course. I really hate wading the Arkansas and most of my creeks. Fishing the River Test would be heaven.
It’s so expensive though. The good beats are at over 300 pounds a day. Add that up if you wanted to fish 200 days a year. Even if you had the money you could get a booking every day. You’d be lucky to get one day a week and not even that on the good mayfly months.
If I ever won Powerball i’d move there, but i’d live and fish in Yorkshire on mostly the River Wharfe with spiders. Maybe some dries when they’re hatching. Maybe. I know there’s some fisherman in Yorkshire that just fish spiders.Gloomy overcast days don’t bother me, so, i’d get along ok.
I bought some English black tea. That’s some strong tea. The second the hot water hits it, it starts to turn color. It’s much stronger than regular tea. It gave me a buzz. It’s got a hearty taste. I’m also going to try the English Breakfast tea, and the Earl Grey tea. See which one I like best.
Maybe i’ll start smoking a pipe too. LOL..i’m so corny, but it fun acting like a Brit fly fisherman.
No, i’m not going to wear a tweed suit and tie when I fish.January 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm #5785
Whoa!! WTH?? Look at the price of this pipe. Are they nuts?January 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm #5786
Now, look at price of this one. Looks like a similar pipe.January 31, 2017 at 7:55 am #5787
No offence Creek, but do you have a wading staff? I’m thinking on getting one. The wild trout section on the Poudre is very rocky and slippery.
I like the second pipe better. Yes the price is right, but it has a more steeper bend in it that I like. I smoked on for a year and must say I liked it. Hate ciggs. Chewed most of my life….wait, I have been tobacco free for 6 years yesterday! How times fly.
I figure the day I can’t fish the way I like to is the day I hang it up. I hope I die first.January 31, 2017 at 9:46 am #5788
Oh yeah. In use a wading staff and spikes on my boots. I have some medical problems that really messes up my balance. I notice when I walk down a trail i’m sort of zig zagging, because of lousy balance. So, wading is always a challenge. 5-6 people are killed on the Arkansas River every year, so it’s not the most friendly river. If it wasn’t 3 min away I wouldn’t even fish it.
Sometimes I wish I lived in Leadville instead of Buena Vista. The upper Arkansas in the Leadville is much easier to wade. In my area it’s class 5 rapids. In the Leadville area it’s a high meadow smaller river that they don’t even bother to raft. It’s a much better dry fly water too. Great hopper water in summer. The trout are bigger too, because of the easier flows.
I’d drive up there every day and never fish anywhere else, but I can’t afford the gas and I have a vibration in my Jeep that keeps me off the highway to get there. So, i’m stuck downstream in my rapids.
Sure wish I could win some money in the lottery. I could buy a new car and have gas ti fish anywhere I want. I haven’t been to the Frying Pan in 5 years and miss it. Oh well. It could be worse.January 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm #5789
First of all, if you want a good breakfast tea, Twinnings Irish Breakfast tea is my favorite. I also have Earl Grey at times. I have had the English Breakfast, but like the Irish better.
I just bought my son his first car. It’s a 93 Jeep Cherokee. Bought from a guy at work for $1200. All it needs is new tires and coolant lines to the trans. He took very good care of it, and for having just over 200,000 miles I am kind of impressed. A good first car I think. Now I want a jeep.
I need to get a staff. I found a straight piece of wood that the beaver cleaned up I brought home to make a staff out of. But my wife says for me to get a hand gun because of the lions.January 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm #5790
I found the tea I like the best. It’s called Yorkshire Gold. That’s fitting for a spider fisherman huh?
My Jeep needs a bunch of work. It was so nice when I first built it. I was really into hard core 4wheeling. I wished it still looked like these pictures. This is when it was just built.
Well, all of a sudden I can’t get pictures to show.January 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm #5795
I just got a rod for my spider fishing. The bamboo will be too short to do it right. I’ll save it for dry flies. I needed a lighter long rod. Oliver Edwards recommends a 10′ 4wt in graphite to keep it light. So, that what I just found. It will be my dedicated spider rod. So I have this.
10′ 4wt graphite for Spiders.
8’3″ 4wt bamboo for dry flies on med rivers and ponds.
7′ 4/5wt glass rod for creeks. Thanks Scotty.
I’m set for life. No more rods.January 31, 2017 at 2:49 pm #5796
Here’s the rod Scotty. A great deal at the price. All you can buy are the blankc and I believe this one is about $350. Then you have the components and labor to build it. The seller is the builder. Black says 3wt, but he says he uses a 4wt on it and it’s perfect. Graphite grip is different.
Good grief! I can’t post pictures anymore. Here’s the link. Scroll down to the 4 pc graphite Affinity rod.
January 31, 2017 at 7:14 pm #5798
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Nice score Creek. Looks as if you’ll be set up for any situation now.
I never thought of using a 10′ rod for spiders. But then again why not. I’m set then, because I have a 10′ 4wt I used to use for Czech nymphing. This could be fun, but some of the streams I fish have too much canopy and a 10′ rod I believe would not be the ticket. But on the Poudre, or up in the RMNP, it could be done with ease.
Oh, this could be fun.
I can picture you now Creek, in a stream with a 10′ rod fishing spiders, while puffing on a pipe and having a cup o’ tea with some biscuits for lunch. All you’d need is a tweed hat like Oliver Edwards. Hey, I know where I can get a tweed hat too. The Scottish games held in Estes Park every Sept. always has tweed hats. Hmmmm. Or I can just order one, but I like to try them on before I buy. I hate ordering clothing through the mail because I always get the sizes wrong. Ah, that would look cool fishing the small streams in a tweed hat, wading through knee high water in my Commando Kilt. HECK YEAH!!!!
Wait, this isn’t about me, it’s about you Creek……..How do you look in a kilt?
January 31, 2017 at 7:23 pm #5800
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Terrible. I’d get too cold anyway.January 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm #5801
Dang it Creek!! You got me looking at pipes, and I found some on that link you posted that I like very much for $77.
All this talk about spiders, Oliver Edwards, W.C. Stewart and everything now has got me taking out my DVD collection of the British t.v. show, The Avengers. I can never get enough of John Steed and Mrs. Peel.
I need some scotch.January 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm #5802
I’m turning into a tea addict. That black tea is some good stuff. I was brewing too long and making it bitter. Now I do it the right way and love it. I see why they call it black tea. It really brews fast and darkens up fast. 2 min and it’s up to full strength. Good stuff.
What in the world makes that one pipe worth $650? The pipes are used, so it must be a collectors pipe.
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