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  1. I can't tie anything real small these days between eyesight and arthritic fingers. Fortunately, I still have a few left from when I could. so I don't have to worry about tying them. But do to the issues mentioned in the first sentence. I couldn't see them I could tie them on. Still I always did well with midges when I fished them. I lucked out, coming up with a pattern that worked as dry or emerger that caught fish for me in PA, NY, VT and southern Ontario. I tied it mostly on TMC 2488 size 20/22, though I did tie it once on a Mustad size 32. This what it looks like. I dubbed it the "Wissahickon Midge" I got the idea for it when I was fishing the creek. A lot of us folks focus on mayflies when tying flies. SE PA isn't noted for its mayfly hatches. One thing you can always find on local creeks are midges and that applies to any stream or lakes throughout the NE.
  2. Clouser gave a presentation to a club I belong to several years ago. He offered to show anyone who had questions about his flies how to tie them before the presentation. I had just started tying Clousers and wasn't having much luck fishing them. He critiqued mine, commenting that I was tying nice bucktail jigs. Basically I was tying the dumbbell eyes in right behind the eye. Somewhere I have the pamphlet on how to tie a Clouser that I brought from him that night. When he laid out the fly, he was very specific that the dumbbell eyes were tied in 1/3 the shank length behind the hook eye. For example if the hook shank is 30 mm long the eyes were tied in 10 mm behind the eyes. At the time he wrapped the bucktail down all the way to the eyes. That may have changed, or it's just a variation of how to tie a Clouser Minnow. After bringing the bucktail over the eyes he started wrapping just behind the eyes and wrapped another 1/3 of the shank length. So the thread wraps cover 2/3 the length of the hook shank. Not tied almost to the bend that I've seen on some clousers. The other things that stood out was how sparse they were tied. The bunch of bucktail should be the diameter of a pencil lead and the flash shouldn't extend more than a 1/4 of an inch beyond the end of the bucktail. I tend to tie mine on longer shank hooks, so mine look a bit weird.
  3. Tie flies, make in-line spinners for myself and my fishing buddies, going to take crack at making some swing jigs. I've got three rods to re-build, one spinning, one bait caster that I use as a light trolling rod, and convert a bait caster into a spinning rod. Hit the local fly fishing and outdoor shows. Go to the various local fishing flea markets, read and watch TV.
  4. I've been snowed on in central Vermont a couple of times in the last 15 years over the week before Memorial Day. It would depend on what type of spring/mud season they have. It's also prime black fly season. That said, I just checked the regs and bass season doesn't open till the second Saturday in June. Bass fishing is not on the menu in mid-May. Walleye and Pike fishing would be an option.
  5. I would second the suggestion to try and find a fly fishing club, fly shop or a local Trout Unlimited and see if they offer basic fly fishing lessons, particular on casting. Anything you can catch with spinning or bait casting tackle you can catch with a fly rod. I started out fly fishing for trout, because that's what the members of the club I joined used the fly rod for. Over the years that's changed. They offered casting lessons and fly tying classes. I spent a couple of years only fly fishing for trout, then discovered warm water fly fishing and then into salt water fly fishing. These days I mainly fish warm water and I prefer fishing top water. If you decide to pursue fly fishing. Try and take some classes. Skip the trout, they can finicky and often you need to use small flies. Start with warm water fishing, panfish will pretty take any type of fly that they can get into their mouths. It will help you build confidence that you can catch fish with a fly rod. Once you get comfortable then, if you want to, move on to salt water fly fishing.
  6. That's been gone for a few years now. I stopped in there many times from when I was a kid in the 1950's until I took up fly fishing in the early 90's. I don't remember them serving food.
  7. I use either my 9' 8 wgt or 9' 6 wgt for tossing poppers. The rods are slow to moderate action. Weight forward Bass taper floating line with a heavy tippet, minimum 20# fluorocarbon. All my poppers are made out of foam. I can't throw huge poppers with them, but I've found that I don't need huge poppers to catch fish. MRO I like your Zara Spook imitation(second picture.)
  8. I doubt it. I've got fly rods that are at least fifteen years old and spinning rods that are close to 30 years old and they still cast well and I have no problem setting the hook with them.
  9. My friend lives in Princeton, not far from the Orvis store. I've stopped in there a few times when I'm up there visiting her. Seem like a good group of folks. Another thing is Orvis stores offer free fly fishing 101 classes. You might want to see if they offer casting lessons. There's a lot of water around there to practice on.
  10. I use 1:1. If I remember correctly from the class Farrar taught he suggested 3:1 ratio. 3 packs of flash to 1 pack of material. I found that was overkill for fresh water patterns, so I just made it 1:1. It works well in fresh water and I still caught fish in salt water with the patterns.
  11. An hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic and where I'm heading.
  12. There are any number of beginner outfits out there. Cabela's and Bass Pro also offer them along with others I can't think of right now. One thing you might consider is are you going to fish more for trout or bass. If bass are going to be your main target, consider a 9' 6 wgt. It's not that you can't use a 5 wgt for bass but it will limit the size of the flies you can throw. You can fish for trout with a 6 wgt. I've done it often enough over the years.
  13. How Christian of ya'll to stand in judgement on this night before Christmas. Now I know how Scrooge's nephew felt. I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May you and your families enjoy it as you see fit.
  14. I agree with bloosfisher. I always add flash to my bucktail jigs. Chartreuse over white is an effective color. Switch the position of the colors. You have the weight on the bottom of the hook, so it's going to ride hook point up. You want the darker color on the bottom of the hook.
  15. Yep. Graduated in 65.