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Looks like a very good day, Scotty.
Vaya con Dios to all, you will be missed.
I’m also sorry to see this place go, but I understand why, DFG. Thanks for hanging in as long as you did.
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Can’t argue with your logic, Scotty. Deliberately sinking any fly with weight isn’t dry fly fishing. I’ve taken fish on sunken spinners before (some days on the Delaware during sulfur spinner falls it was the only way those picky &@$!?%’s would take) but never any added weight.
Appreciate the kind thoughts, Scotty.
I’m looking into a few days in a drift boat w/a guide – probably the Green in Utah as it supposedly has good surface fishing most of the year. Expensive, but I’ll go stir crazy if I can’t get away at least for a bit.
Itching to go somewhere, but my arthritic hip has gotten to the point where it won’t let me stand or walk for more than 10 – 15 minutes. Cortisone shots did nothing – seeing doc this Thursday to discuss Plan B. Surgery? It would mean no wade fishing until fall
Getting old sux.
A parachute can pass for a spinner, which may explain why some people find them more effective – a lot of guys can’t tell what stage of mayfly the fish are on. And yes, the proportions of many of the flies found in shops are off.
I generally buy those 100 packs from Whiting, and have noticed that whatever size is on the package is larger than my guage says they are
Ever since Whiting began selling the 100’s I’ve noticed they average 1 size larger than marked. Maybe the powers that be at Whiting just prefer longer hackled flies than I do? No big deal – I just buy a package of 18’s when I need to tie 16’s, and so on.
When she was a puppy one of my dogs got into the fly tying stuff – caught her running around the house with a rooster neck in her mouth. We’d been play-training with grouse wings for a while, so getting into something feathered was understandable. It wasn’t badly damaged, but I made sure everything was out of reach after that.
Never owned a cat, though I do like them. But they are sneaky little devils.
An excellent question. This is pure speculation – one of the factors in a trout’s coloration is camouflage – the fish that tend to survive predators take on the color of their surroundings, and their offspring inherit this trait. Light colored rocks = lighter colored fish?
Diet likely has something to do with a fish’s color as well – look at pale, washed out stockers raised on Purina Trout Chow vs a well-fed wild trout from a creek rich in bug life.
Hey, congrats on getting some fish!
I got mine from Golden Witch in PA – a bamboo rodmaking supplier. Their website says that their supplies of Pearsall’s silks are going fast (they may well be gone by now) Rodmakers went nuts for the stuff when Pearsall announced they were not going to be making any more.
Either one is fine for spiders. Wrapping rods I used Naples for the main wrap and Gossamer for tipping – the smaller diameter means I can add an extra wrap or two and still get a nice narrow tip (silk is slippery stuff on a rod and even one more wrap helps to keep it from unraveling)
Gossamer is quite a bit smaller in diameter.
At least out here where the humidity is low, I wouldn’t worry too much about silk-tied flies rotting.
I’m of the “color isn’t a big deal on dry flies” persuasion. Having the exact shade as the natural won’t hurt but size, silhouette and presentation are all far more vital. Wets are another story. I tie midge pupa with Naples silk bodies (amber, claret and java brown) and they work better than nylon thread versions often enough to justify tying them. Looking at the amber ones in particular, they look garishly bright when dry but wet they darken to a shade that must look right to a trout.
Creek, do you still use real silk lines? I’ve cast a few and liked them but never took the plunge on one myself.
What’s in a name? An Adams by any other name will still catch a fish…:)
Taking your example of the Adams, IIRC on the original Adams the wings weren’t tied upright but down – it was intended as a caddis imitation. And I’ve seen PT variations re-named – Sawyer PT for his original dressing, “American” PT for the version with a peacock thorax and a wing case, etc.
I’m as guilty as anyone of changing things on a pattern and still calling it by the original name. For example, I make most of my Harrop Hairwing Duns with biot bodies rather than the original dubbing. I just like the way biots look. But Rene Harrop still deserves the credit for the fly. It bugs me when someone changes one thing on an established pattern and tries to claim it as his own.
What little I know about calculating swing weight (called moment of inertia by engineer types) with respect to sports equipment is that it’s pretty straightforward on something like a tennis racquet or baseball bat, but because a fly rod is affected by the weight of the line that’s being cast it isn’t as simple. For example, with the same rod/reel combo throwing a 15′ cast will have a different MOI than a 60′ cast. Changing to a heavier (or lighter) reel will also influence MOI, but not as much as adding weight to the tip of the rod (i.e. the line past the tip of the rod)
Now balance is something I consider fairly important. I like the rod/reel to balance an inch or so back from the front of the cork – right about where my thumb falls on the grip. I know that it’s not a perfect standard – again, taking 60′ of line from the reel pushes the balance towards the tip – but it’s a place to start. I find casting with a reel that’s too heavy is less tiring than when the reel is too light.
All of this is a long-winded way of saying – if it feels right, it’s right.
Torture is worse than death?
The PETA crowd isn’t exactly a logical bunch. I try not to lose any sleep over what they choose to believe in the face of overwhelming scientific fact.
Possibly influence from animal-rights wackos who view C&R as torturing fish for the angler’s amusement?
Considering to the insane cost of fishing permits in Europe, it sounds like one more reason to spend my fishing trip $$$ in the US and Canada.