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2020 All Things Fly Fishing

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2 hours ago, frazerp said:

Found these SS Rattles in a UK on-line site - pricey @ 5e14a62734ba2_ssrattles.jpg.19e0ebc9eb3a2178104f1d264bbf0572.jpg56 cents each + shipping...

Cool,  will have to check them out and compare...

 

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Headed out this afternoon to find my recent productive stretch iced over save for a 150-foot gap. To use the only “trail” leading to the water meant I had to break through about 75 feet of 1/2” ice to get to the open area. It took a bit of work but my effort paid off. Despite the pond appearing relatively lifeless, the fish couldn’t stay off the fly, which was dragged along at a snail’s pace. Strikes ranged from subtle to vicious, with three netted, a few dropped, and several missed hits. 

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It's been way too long since I've been on SOL due to crazy work schedule with the new job, the layoff that is coming Friday (not looking good for me), and the aftermath of our 5/8/19 house fire (still living in a trailer in the front yard and construction still hasn't started 7 months later).

 

I love the tribute to BFD. I was fortunate to be at Dick's services and flattered that his lovely wife Pat asked me to give his eulogy especially given there were many others there that were closer to him than I was.  I miss him and think of him often.  Just finished up tying a school if Betsy's.  Not as good as Dick's but he was always complimentary about my copies. 

 

A very Happy New Year and tight lines to you all.  Hope to wet a line with many of you in 2020!

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Back to basic flies some synthetic squimpish blends clousers as part of 2 dozen flies that will be a raffle prize at our club meeting next week

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My take on Rich Murphy's "Blind Bunny" fly.  Rich states it for night shallow clear water situations in his book.  2020 will be my first time fishing this pattern.  Gonna do flats stuff as I found flats with tailing fish in the moonlight last season.  I am pretty sure bass are on sand shrimp and small crabs as there are no sandeels at all and the silversides stay high near surface.  But there are mummichogs and killies too which stay down so will see how this works out.

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On 06/01/2020 at 0:32 PM, titleguy said:

It's quite a river.  The West Branch is a fantastic LL salmon fishery. albeit dam controlled.  The East Branch is dammed lower down, but free flowing above.  Good LL salmon, brook trout and tremendous smallmouth.

Just went on Google Earth (what a wonderful tool for an angler who wishes to explore from the comfort of home!) to have a more " realistic" look at the river. Wow!

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On 1/7/2020 at 10:42 AM, frazerp said:

Found these SS Rattles in a UK on-line site - pricey @ 5e14a62734ba2_ssrattles.jpg.19e0ebc9eb3a2178104f1d264bbf0572.jpg56 cents each + shipping...

Frazer,

 

Was going to order a set of these for comparisons but the more I looked at them the more I believe they won't suffice.    First off the description at multiple sites is that they are "steel".   No mention of stainless steel.   They're going to rust big time.

 

Secondly seeing these are more for spin lures, at least shown as such, they'll probably be too heavy.   It appears if by blowing up the photo they use thick walled tubing.    (I'm only using .005" stainless tubing).   They also seal each end with a ball, which coupled with the thick wall, two end balls, and one or two in the body, would make this heavy for flies.     I'm only using a .020" thick disc to seal the ends to keep weight down.

 

Anyway, I'm going to pass on the purchase for comparison.

 

HT

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Despite my expectations,

today was slow on the pond. Even my recent hotspot was dead. The wind shifted and the air cooled so I traveled to the lee side of the pond to make a last-ditch effort. My second cast produced a small ‘bow, so the skunk was now off. After a few more casts a fish splashed down the shore, well beyond casting range. I edged along the shore quietly and dropped my fly near the location of the splash. After a few very slow strips the fly stopped short and I set the hook. The fish didn’t budge at first, but then it came to life, bulldogging and surging all the way in. I got it to the net and breathed a sigh of relief. Not a huge trout, but better than average and solid. Not five minutes after I landed the fish, a front passed through, bringing heavy winds and snow. The temperature also plummeted, turning my wet hands to rocks. I threw in the towel. 

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On 1/7/2020 at 0:43 PM, HillTop said:

Cool,  will have to check them out and compare...

 

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General question, but have you tried encapsulating the rattles in UV resin?  I'm wondering if it dampens the sound much.

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The other day I had to see what the Penobscot looked like after the Dam had been removed . I literally gasped good grief the river looks massive now . I tied accouple of don't yanks yesterday for the B pool but I bet it'll never fish the same again . I hope it rebounds enough to get a crack at her again. But at 65 I might not ever see her again to fish anyway. 

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11 hours ago, KidDkivahh said:

The other day I had to see what the Penobscot looked like after the Dam had been removed . I literally gasped good grief the river looks massive now . I tied accouple of don't yanks yesterday for the B pool but I bet it'll never fish the same again . I hope it rebounds enough to get a crack at her again. But at 65 I might not ever see her again to fish anyway. 

There's nothing subtle or delicate here and dressed on 6/0 irons nothing stealthy about them.P1090163.JPG.fc6fb796d443c610f17f831188ee0c17.JPGP1090161.JPG.4c9e6e73fae0b3741b6ac1c1f044025e.JPG

We'll, you couldn't use those in salmon rivers in Quebec where flyfishing is mandatory: the biggest single hook allowed is a hook with a gap of 17mm which corresponds to a 5/0.

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First fish of the new year. Been targeting bulls a good bit but haven’t landed any. Had two way yesterday and just couldn’t get the hook in their mouth. October caddis were on the menu. Winter is showing up today so this is the last easy trip up there till spring. Gonna take a long hike in the snow film then. 

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