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Thank you Dave. This forum is/was my favorite forum. What other forum could two people have a 7 or 9 page discussion on fishing spiders, ( creek & I ) and on a forum for dry flies, ha ha!! This was fun indeed.
Thanks guys for putting up with my stupid posts and ignorant questions, but that’s how I learn, and I have learned much. You all have kind of taken the place where my grandfather left off, and I can’t say enough for that.
Grs, I copied your e-mail, and I will be saying hello from time to time.
Creek, I got yours and your address where you live. I would still like to meet you this summer and wet a fly or Panther Martin with you.
We have till the 25 of this month, so it aint over till the fat lady sings, so I will stay active till then. Like I said before, if I was more technical, I’d take this forum and run with it, but I don’t know how.
So thanks again Dave, it’s been a fantastic ride. May you wade safe, and your creel be filled with new memories.
If I may quote one of the most believable lines in television, “I don’t want to go.”
That’s a good point creek. I have caught fish with hackle so torn up and such little left I never put 2 & 2 together. But then I have never been good at math. 😀
DFG, oh my goodness, you snuck in on us!! First I’d like to say I’m glad you’re alive, and we have missed you.
Second, if I was more technical I’d take the forum, but I don’t know the first thing about owning one.
I hate to see it go, it was the first forum I joined because of it’s specialty and the guys here are above top grade of people.
Thank you DFG for creating this forum, it’s been fun and I learned so much from you all. Figures, now that I learned how to post pictures, but that’s life I guess.
Grs, thank you for your advice and everything that came with it.
Creek, well, what can I say. Of all the people I have came in contact with, you my friend are, and will always be #1 with me. But we will stay in touch I’m sure.
Hey guys, I was just talking to my friend in Ireland, and he believes that for the trout he targets, when it comes to hackle, less may be more. He’s tying some with less hackle to see which works best.
Like I said, for me, I don’t like more than 5 wraps, but I have seem to make it a regular thing. I think it’s because of the fast water I fish, and a bushier hackle helps keep it afloat. I can see wrapping maybe three wraps for the slower moving water, or on still water.
How many wraps are you winding on the hook, what works best for you?
I understand that at times a fly, more notably a grasshopper because of it’s mass will sink after awhile. And being in turbulent water will cause it to go under quicker, that’s a no brainer.
So if I’m fishing a dry, and it gets pulled under from natural causes, and I catch a fish, ok, I can except that, it’s going to happen, and it has with my ant patterns. But keep in mind, that’s not how I intended to fish. Also, terrestrials are well known to sink after awhile, so maybe not a good example. But you get the point I’m sure.
Deliberately sinking a dry in my book isn’t dry fly fishing. I guess there’s no rule written in stone that say’s Thou shalt not sink a dry fly on purpose. So fine, sink a dry fly, I don’t care. Just don’t call it dry fly fishing.
Sometimes I think the fish just don’t care how you use a fly. If it looks like a bug, they’ll eat it.
After all, you can take a banjo and play a heavy metal rock-n-roll tune. Does that automatically make it bluegrass? No. Just a heavy metal rock song played on a banjo. But some people will say it’s now a bluegrass tune just because of the instrument. It’s not the tool that you use, it’s how you use it. Using a dry fly for anything but dry fly fishing is not dry fly fishing. But I will admit that when I started tying flies I have tied PT nymphs on dry fly hooks ( fine wire hooks ) and they floated. To me, if it’s on the surface, you’re dry fly fishing. Below the surface it’s wet or nymphing no matter what fly pattern you have on. So that’s my reasoning.
Somehow I don’t see creek nymphing with an Adams 😀
Neither would I.
- This reply was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by Scotty MacFly.
Sorry to hear that partsman. It was in the 80’s here yesterday, and should be again today. It’s too warm for April, but if it brings on the hatches I’ll take it.
I’m sorry to hear that Grs. I myself have hip & lower back issues as well. Sometimes when I’m fishing, and I have my chest waders on, I’ll sit in the river with the current hitting my lower back area. Man that feels good. Takes down the swelling and I can move easier. I refuse to go down without a fight, so I just fish on through it. I did buy one of those support belts from Fish Pond. Hopefully it helps.
I do hope that if you do need surgery it will only be minor, in & out thing, or maybe a day or two at most to rest. I have heard many miraculous stories from some who have had surgery, so lets hope you will be one of them.
I truly believe dry fly fishermen are the toughest breed of fishermen around. You’re going to do just fine Grs, just fine indeed.
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by Scotty MacFly.
GRS, that’s what I have been doing too when it comes to the 100 packs. I wish hackle companies would separate the hackle necks from the larger and smaller feathers and charge half as much. I have so many capes with the larger feathers and unless I start tying streamers and big wooley buggers, I won’t ever use them. Then there’s the opportunity of tying flies for pike I suppose.
I understood you quite well creek knowing how well you like the traditional look. I think my wording was a little off on that. I generally give three wraps behind the wings and two in front unless my wings are off a bit, then I may reverse the wrappings. I will go less at times, but no more than five total wraps. From what I understand, that seems to be the normal number of wraps most do.
Creek, you once said when it comes to hackle size, you use what looks good to you. I generally go the size of the gap or 1 1/2 times the gap. I’m thinking of going bigger where 1 1/2 times will be the smallest I go, and 2 1/2 the largest. I know this is something I will have to try on my own for my personal taste, so it’s no big deal.
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. Hmmm, maybe the guage is wrong, or it is set up for the hook gap only?
Well, it aint in the litter box. 😀
That’s understandable. Our cats even like to play with my pheasant tails. But this cat has been getting up on her hind legs and looking at what I have. We have lever door handles on all the doors, so you just have to push down on them to open the doors, she is big enough and smart enough that she opens doors that you have to push open. The only door she can’t open is the front door because she has to pull to open. But she’s working on it.
She once stole my son’s eye glasses. This was about two years ago and we still have not found them.
I completely cleaned everything off my desk just to see if my pliers were buried under something. Nope, nowhere to be found at all anywhere in that room.
I did end up getting a free one from the local fly shop. They were the last style they had and the clerk who knows me pretty well said to just take them. Walked out of there with about a handful of dry flies he tied that he wants me to try out. I couldn’t pass that up. With everything I had walking out of there I should have spent close to $50, but I spent $7.98. It’s not who YOU know, but WHO knows you that counts.
But being a man of faith, I have to believe He was involved in it.
Your dog sounds just like me when it comes to people and most cats.
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by Scotty MacFly.
Does your dog need a snack now? Here kitty, kitty, kitty. 😀
That’s right Grs., they do take on a little camo don’t they? I completely forgot about that. And yes, diet does change the color of fish too, just like how a flamingo turns pink from the shrimp it eats.