The Fisherman

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  1. I've never understood why anyone would choose to store a flatwing in a wallet. Great that you found an alternative. Thanks for sharing this. Steve Culton
  2. I don't know if it's in the book. It would be cool if it was. I agree, you should get customers even with the longer fibers. Let us know how it works, and I can't tell you how delighted I am to turn more people on to sparse, impressionistic patterns like this one. :-) Steve Culton
  3. I look forward to your worm hatch post series every year. Thank you. :-) Steve Culton
  4. Caddis wet flies/soft hackles will be an advantageous arrow in your quiver. I have always done very well with this pattern. Catch 'em up! Steve Culton
  5. It was great to see everyone, make new friends, renew old friendships, and put faces to names. Thanks to everyone who attended my tying demo and seminar. I managed a little tying swag. Enjoy the show if you're going today! Steve Culton
  6. Hoping to see some fellow SOLers this weekend in Marlborough! I'll be the Featured Fly Tier Friday at 2:30 (Spiders, Winged & Wingless Wets), then at 4:30 Friday in the Release Room I'll be presenting a new seminar, Modern Wet Fly Strategies. On Saturday morning I'm doing a class, Tying and Fishing Wet Flies. When I'm not presenting I'll be walking the show floor and going to other talks, which is one of my favorite things to do at the Fly Fishing Show. Please come say hello. :-) Steve Culton You too can learn how to be a deadly wet fly machine.
  7. The film has been posted to Facebook at Ken's "Stripermoon Blog." The link takes you to a Google Drive location. Enjoy! Steve Culton
  8. What's not being mentioned here is that tying on a large fly is not some magical recipe for catching big bass. Consistently catching bigger bass is not an accident. Time of year, tides, moon, wind direction, forage bait, night/day, and of course fishing a mark where you're likely to cross paths with a bigger fish -- together these are all far more important that what fly you're throwing. And then, there's presentation. I haven't caught striper over 15 pounds on a stripped fly in a very, very, long time... Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  9. Yes. And herring patterns. And squid patterns. And menhaden patterns. :-) Steve Culton
  10. As chance would have it, I just tied up some smaller flatwings for one of the winners of my 900 followers contest. The angler in question wanted flies for sea-run cutthroat. Pictured below are two Ken Abrames patterns, the Eelie and the Ruthless. Both, as rendered here, are 2 1/2 inches long. Once you get to this size and below, it's difficult to find feathers with significant webbing -- not to mention that you're getting less wiggle simply from the short length of the fly. Now, I've tied these flies before in this size for striped bass and I can tell you that the bass like them just fine, especially when they are keyed on small stuff. To get back to the OP's original question of hook type/size, the Eelies are tied on an Orvis 1671 size 8 and the Ruthless is a TMC 811 size 6. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  11. Hello, SSF. You are correct, the rod is neither fiberglass nor bamboo. We can continue with a bit on semantics: I never "overline" any of my rods. I upline them. ("Overlining" sounds like overdoing it, over-compensating, overreacting, overthinking, overworking, or any of the dozens of other bad over-things you can do. So I choose, then, to upline. Which is all good.) :-) You may also know me as the guy who fishes a (different) five-weight with a Rio Outbound nine weight line. In both cases, the uplining is done for a strategic reason: to be able to carry and cast larger flies, or sometimes a team of flies. In the case of the smallmouth rod, the stick in question his a 10' Hardy Marksman II. The 8-weight Anadro works for casting a size 8 dry or a large deer-hair-head streamer. My flies get where I want them to be, and casting is a pleasure. The striper stick, an ancient TFO TiCr 9' 5-weight, gets the Rio Outbound 9 because I can easily cast a large flatwing as well as a team of three flies. Again, it is a pleasure to cast. You might be interested in this old thread: The final word is that fish don't care which line you use with what rod. Fish with confidence, fish and be happy. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  12. I do just the opposite with my Anadro floating line for smallmouth bass. It's an 8 weight line paired with a 5 weight rod. Works for me. :-) Steve Culton
  13. I'm not sure which TMAs the OP is referring to, but my best suggestion, puppet, is that you reach out to your local DEEP fisheries management office and ask them directly. In my experience, DEEP does a good job of returning phone calls and answering angler questions. TMAs in CT are not created, nor managed equally. Some of them support significant or totally wild trout populations. Some are C&R 24/7/365. Others exist to offer the chance of anglers possibly catching some wild trout, or creeling fish at certain times of the season. This is a guess but it may be that what you see is not the work of DEEP at all. Or, it may be that the goal on that stream is to create more of a trout park environment for anglers of all levels to enjoy, rather than create a triple black diamond Class 1 or a technical stream like the permanent TMA of the Farmington. I can tell you that the DEEP is aware of the need for, and benefits of, structure; they will often place debris and other vegetation at the mouths of thermal refuges on the Hous to protect the trout from predation. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  14. Do a search for my Magog Smelt bucktail, tied in the Ray's Fly format. Betcha the land-locks'll love it. :-) Steve Culton