The Fisherman

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  1. My money's on the Spey flies, particularly in estuaries/current where there are shrimpy things or small baitfish. It's not a traditional Spey fly, but this Black General Practitioner does very well for me. Steve Culton
  2. Mike, That's a true story, and when we asked around in St. Andrews for the best chippy in the area, they all recommended this shop. Easily the best fish and chips I've ever had. Now, if I only had a private jet... Steve
  3. Nothing. There's a reason the Monaco royals send their private jet to Anstruther for take out fish and chips! Steve Culton
  4. I came across this fly a few years back when I was searching the web for some new patterns to explore. I liked the look of it, so I tied and tried some. The bass dig it, and so do I. One of the nice things about patterns like the Rhody Flatwing are the endless color/length/sparsity variations you can play with. (I also like all white and all black.) This is the one I fish most often; the original recipe I found calls for an olive saddle. This tie is about 4" long. Someone PMed me a while back asking about curling the peacock herls with a pair of scissors. I hardly ever do that (but everyone can and should tie to their personal preference), and I didn't do it here; this is the natural curve of the herl coming out after I ran the fly under hot water to shape it. The Rhody Flatwing Hook: Eagle Claw L253 1/0 Thread: White Support: 30 hairs white bucktail Pillow: White Tail: 2 strands gold Flashabou under yellow saddle hackle Body: Pearl mylar braid. Collar: 30 hairs short white bucktail on bottom, 30 hairs long white bucktail on top. Wing: 15 hairs yellow bucktail under 8 hairs light blue bucktail under sparse olive Krystal Flash under 20 hairs olive bucktail. Topping: 5-7 strands peacock herl.
  5. FBW, I was excited to see you resurrect this thread as I'd long forgotten about it. The great old patterns endure. To clarify: Ken Abrames, the creator of the modern saltwater flatwing, didn't start experimenting with them until the late 1970s -- and didn't share those patterns and ideas with the Rhode Island fly fishing community until the 1980s. So Bill Peabody, who has credited Ken and his flatwings as being the inspiration and template for the Rhody Flatwing, likely developed the fly sometime in the 1980s. That still makes it an oldie and a goodie. For those who are interested in flatwing history and some hard-to find Peabody flatwing gems, do an interweb search for Tom Keer's excellent article "The Art of the Flatwing" and for "Bill Peabody's Flat-Wing Patterns." In the meantime, here's a better shot of a dozen Rhody Flatwings as today's Blue Plate Special. Steve Culton
  6. I've been fishing a 10' 5-weight Hardy Marksman II for Housy smallmouth for years. It is currently mated with an 8-weight Sci Anglers Anadro floating line. I'm throwing everything from size 12 wets to Woolly Buggers to Gurglers to bulky deer-hair head streamers to dumbbell-eyed crawfish. Hope that helps, Steve
  7. 'Twas a rousing success! What a great group Dan has helped to create: passionate anglers, nice people, and I had a blast with the presentation. I'm told over 50 people were in attendance. If you were there, thanks for coming out. If you're in the area but haven't yet joined, this group is worthy of your time. Thanks again for having me. Steve Culton We had not one but two Q&A sessions after the presentation. Good stuff, people. (Dan's photo.)
  8. Raffle swag for tomorrow night's meeting. These tie in neatly with my presentation, "Trout Fishing For Striped Bass." Hard to go wrong with a properly presented team of three when the bass are keyed on small stuff. Four options here, clockwise from top: Deer Hair Grass Shrimp, Micro Shrimp Gurlger, Orange Ruthless Clamworm, Eelie. Hope to see plenty of SOLers there! Steve Culton
  9. Live in CT but do plenty of bassing in RI. Comment already sent and logged. It only takes five minutes, folks! Steve Culton
  10. Yakman, If you compare your work to the photo in Ray's book, you are not far off at all. Looks good! This was my take on the pattern many years ago: Steve Culton
  11. Please check out Charles Witek's excellent essay on the ASMFC's Commissioners' ratings of themselves. You can probably find it if you do a search with his name and But Aren't Those The ASMFC's most important jobs. Steve Culton
  12. Some of you might enjoy my brief, scathing synopsis of the ASMFC CE meeting. * Thank you to everyone who is fighting the good fight. Keep on keeping on! Steve Culton
  13. My presentation takes a different approach than others I've seen, but it's always been about fish that are fewer and father between than they were 10-15 years ago. I think one thing we as instructors need to emphasize is conservation, and especially safe handling practices. Steve Culton
  14. This is very kind of you to say. Several years ago I wrote an article that appeared in American Angler called "Mainly Misunderstood." It explored some of the popular misconceptions about floating and intermediate lines. For those who are interested, it's easily found in an internet search. And yes, Mike, I enjoy and value our fly fishing discussions. Sure you don't want to come to the Cape this spring? :-) Steve Culton
  15. Hey Pete, good to hear from you old friend. I haven't been out for stripers in a few months, but it's an itch that certainly needs to be scratched next thaw. I'm doing a striper presentation at the South Shore Fly Casters in Weymouth, MA, Feb 19. Steve Culton
  16. What a great three days in Marlborough! Thanks to everyone who said hello, came to a presentation, took a class, or just spent some time to talk fly fishing. I'll be at the Edison show Friday only, first walking the floor and going to presentations, and then I'll be doing a seminar at 4:30 in the Catch Room: Wet Flies 101. Hope to see you there! Fly fishing is a very serious sport. Or not. Here's Ed Engle photobombing me, George Daniel, and Jason Randall on Saturday in Marlborough. Really nice guys, deep domain knowledge, and fun to hang out with. Steve Culton
  17. Looking forward to it! Steve
  18. I can see from your avatar that you appreciate the offbeat. Such is the Yeats/Wet Flies 101 intro, and I'm delighted that you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the kind words. You made my day! Steve Culton
  19. No worries, there's next year and Edison (I'll be there on Friday only). Also doing a 1pm presentation at the CFFA Expo in February. But you're in Maine, right? I can't remember having had more fun at one of these things than I did at Marlborough this year. A huge part of that is reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and being able to put faces to online names. I reminded Ed that the first time I met him was many, many years ago in the parking lot of the Boneyard pool on the Farmington. I remembered his old-school accordion-style chest fly box. We had a good chuckle over that . Steve Culton
  20. I left around noon after my 10am presentation. I'll be in Edison Friday only. :-) Steve
  21. I hadn't seen Ed in years. It was good to catch up. Steve Culton
  22. Thanks Dan, sorry I didn’t recognize you right away. Glad you found some swag! And glad you enjoyed Joe’s class. I had fun poking my head into your session. I had a very enthusiastic group in my wet fly class today. One more presentation tomorrow then gearing up for Edison. Looking forward to the February meeting. Steve Culton
  23. Can't argue with that. Then again, I'm biased. :-) Hope to see you there. Steve Culton
  24. I'm sorry to hear that someone had a bad experience with some grumpy fly tyers. The good news is that people like Tim Flagler and Joe Cordeio and Ray Stachelek and Lisa Weiner are just a few of the talented tyers who will be tying at Marlborough this year and they are some of the nicest, most welcoming people you're going to meet at a show. I'll be presenting/teaching all three days and hope to see some SOLers. Here's my schedule: Friday Noon Destination Theater Room A "Tactical Advantage: Angler vs Trout" 3pm Seminar Release Room "Wet Flies 101" Saturday 10am Destination Theater Room C "Lost Secrets of Legendary Anglers" Class 2:00-4:30pm Tying and Fishing Wet Flies Sunday 10am Destination Theater Room B "Tactical Advantage: Angler vs Trout" Please come say hello. Steve Culton
  25. You're on the right track. The Bondorew Bucktail will certainly serve you well. Below are a few examples of the style of large flatwings I tie. As you've learned, they cast small and fish large. If you visit my website you'll find all kinds of information like recipes and how I fish them. Hope this helps, and good luck! Bombardier Rock Island Crazy Menhaden Variant Steve Culton