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  1. very interesting, and gives some food for thought. kinda contrary to conventional wisdom. always good to test the assumptions.
  2. I am a fan of Kelly Galloups Hares ear. and I find his long winded tying videos very helpful, or at least worth the time . i prefer the non bead headed version on the bow. Search Galloups hares ear, for links to the video on youtube. good luck.
  3. bought the cabelas waist high ones. first pair leaked badly, second pair leaked a bit. both went back. my simms experience echos lornce's, lasted ten years, but leaked from the start. the inside is a measles outbreak of patch material, usually required to be reaplied after two weeks for new leaks. couldnt find the redingtons in town.
  4. Knibbes did some quality work on my F150 - rear end (pinion bearings) and exhaust manifolds. quality work, good to deal with and fair pricing. Since then they have done all my maintenance work. I go to the Crowfoot location.
  5. Don //www.crowsnestheritage.ca/trails-routes/trails-hikes/lille-mines-and-townsite/ old mine at Lille, still old ruins/buildings there.
  6. I have been using the same Hydrogen rod since the fall. I previously used a Amundson ww 3/4 for 4years. Both rods were primarily fishing the bow river. I am using integrated lines, a 240 gr Spey lite skagit from SA. and a 240 gr airflo switch float. I really like the airflo for indicators, line mending is pretty good. I find that the SA skagit is a bit overweighted for the line, but this is a very personal matter, and if you are just starting the spey game, overweighting is probably good. I am using versa tips for both the soft hackle and the smallish streamers. However I fish 70 * 80 % with the bobber. I am very impressed with the Hydrogen, handles fish well, nice feel. mends line well, good backbone for me. A little whippy with the skagit line, but it does throw it a long way out there. Have fun with this. Tom
  7. https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/how-help-fly-shops-and-guides-during-coronavirus-pandemic/7715014 Fly shops and guides are the tangible heart of our sport, here's how to help them I know we are all hurting, some more than others, but give some thought to the folks who support us. T
  8. Good article. here is the link if you dont want to go thru facebook http://www.outsidebozeman.com/magazine/archives/spring-2016/fish-out-water
  9. https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/home/office/magnifiers/110117-led-headband-magnifier seems like a worthwhile option for us vision impaired folks.
  10. Terrible way to end a summer. Hope you get better soon.
  11. just starting for the upcoming stonefly season. Playing with extended bodies EAstonefly X2.0, with mods. also planning on playing with the coloring pens.
  12. This fall was good for me - many whities, a few browns and better than my average for fall bows. The spring and summer had the whities only rarely, frequent big healthy browns and only a few (albeit healthy and strong ) bows. Only infrequent tiddler browns. Nymphing, same spots as prior years. Goes to show that anecdotal info can be unreliable. A side note - noticed quite a few of the 16+ browns and bows had what to me appeared to be pelican damage - cuts and slashes. Didnt see any such on the whities or the small trout.
  13. SA suggests their sonar leaders, anybody try these - thoughts, comments? Going to try a 225 grain spey lite, skagit, integrated. I am not a streamer guy, and wanted to give it a serious try this winter. Not likely throwing a whole chicken, just some leeches, buggers and sculpins. Thanks.
  14. I have always tied pts and hare's ears with legs, yet I do notice that a number of the patterns on the web do not. I am interested in the comments as to effectiveness and usage of the forum. Note that I tried to think of a bit of double entendre arising from the subject, but nothing came together.
  15. What he said. worry far more about the creepers than breaking a shelf. even a 4 sg ft creeper can take you out.
  16. mostly general pattern. My skill level is not so sophisticated that I tie to match anything other than a type. I also fish a lot of small water, and cutties are opportunistic feeders. bigger waters, I look for stupid fish.
  17. The last few years I have been tying on 2xl nymph hooks, I put a bend about 1/3 from the eye, most are 12 to 18, and I usually fish the 14 and 16. This pic is a bit closer to 1/4 from the eye, but you get the idea. I put the para post right at the bend.
  18. I have had more hits with a sparser parachute hackle. been trying to get by with max of 3 turns. but it feels so easy to put 5, or maybe 6 turns in. I am susceptible to the more is better trap. My unconfirmed suspicion is that it hangs lower in the film. I'll be sticking with that for the time being. The Klink seems to look better with a thin tight body (not unique in my view, but thats off topic) but I havent noticed any increase in hits with the tapered quill type bodies. And since the dubbing is easier, I tend to go that way. Where I fish, yours will catch.
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