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  • Reply to: Cameron Sangster   1 week 4 days ago

    Jim,

    You can read a bit about the origin of the pattern here:
    https://globalflyfisher.com/streamers365/73-2013-magog-smelt-variant

    Martin

  • Reply to: Cameron Sangster   1 week 4 days ago

    Is this where the famous "Magog" smelt pattern originated? I am curious seeing I love tying streamer and bucktail patterns. Please let me know if you can shed some light on this subject, greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim.

  • Reply to: Caddis Mosca in Pelo   1 month 1 week ago

    Thank you Martin
    Thank you Andrea
    Well done. Very well done
    Thanks again
    Linc

  • Reply to: Visiting Partridge of Redditch   1 month 2 weeks ago

    I have a Harris Redditch-91/2 ft-10 ft.
    Doesn't look like it has ever been used.
    Would like any information you can give me.

  • Reply to: A lousy old fly rod   1 month 3 weeks ago

    I prefer the Old rods. Like a Old Song they have memories of
    Great days on the water. With both Old and modern flylines they Can be a lot more enjoyable to fish.
    Tight Lines
    Niels

  • Reply to: Inflatable fishing boat input request   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Noé,

    As you may know I have been using a small raft for my fishing the last many years because of my inability to walk and keep my balance due to MS. Like you I have focused on inflatable boats that can pack down small enough to fit a trunk. My choice has been smaller pontoon style boats, and they have done the job and been very practical and easy to handle. My main problem has been rust since I fish mainly saltwater.

    I have no specific experience with the craft in your link, but judging from the price, I'd guess that it's a quality product. Even for a boat this size, it's not cheap, even though the price is of course significantly lower than many "real" boats. My experience with larger inflatable boats is that size matters, in particular if you are two or three people in the boat. It doesn't take much movement or commotion to create instability, and a larger boat usually feels a lot safer than a smaller one.

    The boat in your link seems quite narrow, but it's obvious from the images that they are three people onboard, and two are even standing, so it must be quite stable.

    I would recommend trying one out if at all possible before buying. This will allow you to judge quality and stability and maybe trying to unpack and inflate and deflate and packing it down afterwards, which can be quite a job, even with a smaller boat.

    I hope this helps.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Terenzio Zandri style fly   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Noe,

    I can see why you're confused. Zandri Terenzio's technique and tools are pretty exotic, but the result is quite amazing.

    I watched the video too, and looked at the pictures in your link, and all I can see from this is that there are three "core threads" - two which form the base on which things are tied ("standing threads"), and one which is used to secure the various materials, and also brilliantly forms the segments in the abdomen of the fly.

    Judging from the speed and the hand movements, it seems that the tier is using simple half hitches around a single or both of the standing threads depending on the step. This seems to be the case in all steps involving the third thread or the yarn for the abdomen, but it's hard to see on the fuzzy video.
    In the images in the article showing the tying of the abdomen, you can see that the yarn is tied around one, then the other thread using half hitches and a weaving technique not unlike crocheting. After each two knots have been tied, the third thread is used to secure the segment with a couple of similar knots that will hide in the gap between the segments. In the video it seems that the third thread is dark, and this accents the light body yarn nicely to form a clear segmentation. The final wraps holding the tail are simple overhand wraps, finished with a whip finish, but done with a loop tool drawing the tag under the wraps.

    It's a very fascinating technique, and one I will look into. Maybe it would be worth doing an article on it, and perhaps a clearer video. I'll see.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Tap's Bug   1 month 3 weeks ago

    If you steam the untrimmed bug over a small pot of boiling water, or the spout of a teapot, the deer hair will stand up erect. This makes the trimming a bit easier and delivers a tidier result.

  • Reply to: Huge Marble Trout   2 months 3 days ago

    No reason to "play" that fish for over 20 minutes in open water and little current. Keeping that tip up puts no pressure on his swimming muscles. Side pressure would have whupped him in less than 5 minutes. That's the difference between playing a fish and fighting one.

  • Reply to: DIY wooden landing net   2 months 2 weeks ago

    Great looking net! Thanks for the 'How To'.

  • Reply to: Merrimack River   2 months 3 weeks ago

    Merrimack River Flies is a local fly shop that carries flat wing sand eels that work great. There are always sand eels in the Merrimack and everyone should have some imitations in their fly box. www.mmrf.us.com

  • Reply to: DIY wooden landing net   3 months 6 days ago

    I first scored the wood with a chisel and then used a wood file of the appropriate size. I finished it (for cosmetic reasons) with sanding paper wrapped around a small piece of wood.

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