Scotty MacFly

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  • in reply to: RHW #6183

    Scotty MacFly
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    That is so weird. I just had a thought. Do you place your thumb on top of the grip? If you do, may I suggest placing your index finger on top instead. That will place your cuff on top of the grip as well and not on the side to possibly get caught. Just a quick thought at 5:30 am with no coffee yet.

    in reply to: RHW #6179

    Scotty MacFly
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    Yes. With the way my hand is positioned on the grip (I am right handed) my sleeve is away from the handle on my LHW, but with a RHW, the cuff of my sleeve was always in the way. But If I casted with my left hand, which was and is rare, it was not an issue because the handle was on the opposite side. I only use LHW reels just so I don’t have to fight my gear.

    But let me clarify that no matter what type of reel, I was still casting right handed. I’m not very good at casting with my left. I’m still working on that. But you could try shirts with tighter cuffs so the handles won’t, or shouldn’t grab when stripping line.

    in reply to: Relearning a old/ new river #6173

    Scotty MacFly
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    Growing up in Canon City was sometimes like growing up in the Hollywood of the Rockies. Having a place called Buckskin Joe, which was a western town built for tourists and making western movies. When “How the West Was Won” was made we had a western wear store in town. My grandma and I were there getting me some jeans for school, I was in 5th grade I believe, and she heard a voice say, “what about these boots John?” it was Brian Keith. The John he was asking was no other than John Wayne. I didn’t really know Brian Keith, but I sure knew John Wayne. Brian was playing in How the West Was Won, but not John.

    My friends and I met Charles Bronson while he was filming “White Buffalo”. The town in the movie was Buckskin Joe, but the buffalo scenes were at Red Canyon Park just north of town. Mr.Bronson was great. He bought us candy and ice cream. Later through the years I found out that Mr. Bronson as a child was so poor, he had to wear his sisters dress sometimes to school. He treated kids with much kindness in his acting years.

    WE saw Jack Elam at Sambos, which was a popular place to eat, like a Village Inn or Perkins. We left him alone to eat his meal.

    But while in Jr. High, they made the movie “The Sacketts”. Sam Elliot, Tom Selleck, and I don’t remember the actor who played Tyrell. But my grandpa and I ran into them as we were fishing the Ark. between Canon City and Salida. They were fly fishing! I didn’t know who they were at that time, but my grandpa recognized Sam Elliot. And what are you supposed to do when a movie star approaches you and asks you what fly to use? You tell him I guess.

    That’s about it for me and celebrities.

    I must say, I had an extra ordinary childhood. It was pretty good being raised by my grand parents.

    in reply to: Bugs and the color spectrum #6170

    Scotty MacFly
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    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I said beadhead pheasant tail. No such thing exists. What an imagination I have.

    in reply to: Relearning a old/ new river #6168

    Scotty MacFly
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    I’m sure at shows anyone can walk up to him, because that’s part of the celebrity thing. And at the shop he was just John, not John the writer.

    I unexpectedly met Don Williams the singer in Denver after his show. I heard he will sign autographs at events, but when the show is over so is his job. But my wife & I were walking by the hotel he was staying at after his show and he pulls up and got out of the car and as we walked by I just said “wonderful show Mr. Williams.” he looked right at me and said thank you. I respect peoples privacy and understand that jobs are jobs, but people need to be themselves. Did I want his autograph? Would have loved it being a huge fan, but I understand and respect his family life too.

    in reply to: Bugs and the color spectrum #6166

    Scotty MacFly
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    That’s just it. Like I said, red is red in shallow clear water. But in murky water it’s more of a brownish color to us. How do the fish see it? Heck if I know. They say to use dark colors in muddy water like at run off time. It works along with larger flies. Also white works too.

    I’m believing that certain colors are just used to attract fish. On a pheasant tail a green flashback works well to get their attention. When I tied some nymphs for my nephew they were black bodies with purple peacock herl for a collar with soft black hackles. And right behind the black bead head I put a red collar for a hot spot. He used that fly in a contest and got 2cd place. I don’t mind putting hot spots on, but I think its funny when a fish sees the same thing all day and all if a sudden a fly drifts by looking like a disco ball. Nope, I like the natural look.

    As for dries I agree color doesn’t play a part. It’s more size and shape that’s the playing factor.

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    in reply to: Bugs and the color spectrum #6163

    Scotty MacFly
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    That’s just it. Like I said, red is red in shallow clear water. But in murky water it’s more of a brownish color to us. How do the fish see it? Heck if I know. They say to use dark colors in muddy water like at run off time. It works along with larger flies. Also white works too.

    I’m believing that certain colors are just used to attract fish. On a pheasant tail a green flashback works well to get their attention. When I tied some nymphs for my nephew they were black bodies with purple peacock heel for a collar with soft black hackles. And right behind the black bead head I put a red collar for a hot spot. He used that fly in a contest and got 2cd place. I don’t mind putting hot spots on, but I think its funny when a fish sees the same thing all day and all if a sudden a fly drifts by looking like a disco ball. Nope, I like the natural look.

    in reply to: Relearning a old/ new river #6161

    Scotty MacFly
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    OK, I have his book Dances with Trout. I saw him at our local fly shop. I didn’t approach him for two reasons; the first reason was some people don’t like being treated like a celebrity and just want to live their lives in private without fans bothering them. And he wasn’t doing a presentation or anything, he was buying some tippet and other little things. So he was minding his own business going shopping.
    The second reason was, what if I do approach him and it isn’t John? How embarrassing! LOL.

    But it was. When I was paying for my fly tying stuff Dick, the store clerk introduced John to me. But he didn’t do it like, hey Terryll, this is John G., no, he took the pressure off the stature off John and said, John, this is Terryll who is one of our best customers. The pressure was off John because Dick put me in the spot light. I shook his hand and said nice to meet you and he smiled and replied the same back. We three talked a little about the streams we were planning to fish and that was that. Nice guy. But you could tell that he doesn’t like to be treated differently than a normal every day guy. I bet he has a tough time on the water when another fisherman approaches and recognizes him and wants to talk. Famous people need their privacy to live their life too. So I was glad to treat him just like a fellow fisherman and not make a scene. I’m sure he appreciated it as well.

    in reply to: Relearning a old/ new river #6155

    Scotty MacFly
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    Brent, what book was it the John Geirach mentioned the St. Vrain? My sister in-laws brought me a few books and one of the is written by him.

    This is a wonderful creek, but it can be tricky. There’s the North, Middle, and South St. Vrain. So many different areas to fish that its a wonderful problem to have.

    in reply to: Relearning a old/ new river #6151

    Scotty MacFly
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    I should patent that term, acoustic rod. 💡

    Then when someone says it, they would own me a nickle. 😄

    in reply to: A little different twist #6146

    Scotty MacFly
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    You know, I thought about it some and with strictly dries it’s a common thing.

    Brent, you may be right about wind knots. Putting a heavy bh nymph may be asking for disaster. Good call on that one Brent.

    The picture the article had was a Buzzer tied to a dropper I believe 6 inches above the fry fly. The dropper could be set at any depth desired. When I saw it was a Buzzer I automatically thought what about spiders? Now keeping in mind what Brent said, a heavy fly nearest the rod, a spider isn’t much heavier than a dry. Nor is a RS2.

    Ideas anyone?

    in reply to: Representing your flies #6141

    Scotty MacFly
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    I have found Canadians to be overly polite, even when they put someone down. I mean that with great respect so please don’t take it wrong.

    Unlike the Irish, my Celtic Cousins, who will get in your face, cuss you up and down making you feel 1 inch tall and liking it just cause they say you will. And they apologize for nothing, unless the cuss out the Clergy. Ha ha!

    Guns & health care. Man, those subjects can go in so many directions. But there are areas here where a hand gun is your health care if you know what I mean.

    in reply to: Representing your flies #6138

    Scotty MacFly
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    Brent, I just have to ask you this question, would The Apology be red & white? 😀. For some reason I pictured the Canadian Flag when I read your post.

    And you fine folks up north have nothing to apologize for in my book. We in the states seem to be the loud obnoxious ones in North America. I wish we can be silent as Canada, avoiding the spotlight and all. But without sounding political, because my comment was not intended to be political, I will stop here on that subject.

    Interesting story on the “Picture Province”. I think that’s pretty neat.

    in reply to: Representing your flies #6135

    Scotty MacFly
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    You may have been spoiled by New York, but just MHO, you’re being deprived now. I don’t think I could live somewhere that I had to travel so far to fish. I’d rather fish than drive; one reason I gave up ice fishing. Boulder County is filled with creeks and streams close by. And I can find solitude anywhere just an hour away.

    I have always heard that upstate NY is a wonderful area. I would like to go there someday.

    in reply to: Representing your flies #6133

    Scotty MacFly
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    Awesome list Grs. It’s too bad you have to drive a bit to get to some trout. Are there any other species closer to you or is lack of water the issue?

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