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  • Reply to: Bamboo part 1   17 years 2 months ago


    You can read more about heat treating bamboo with a toaster in Preben Torp Jacobsen's article.


  • Reply to: Bamboo part 1   17 years 2 months ago

    I am wanting to make my own bamboo flyrod. I see I need to heat treat it. Can you give me any ideas on how to do this without an oven? I've see where you can use a steel pipe or make your own. Can you tell me how to do this? Thanks for your time matt

  • Reply to: Boney Flies   17 years 2 months ago

    Very good!!!!

  • Reply to: Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies   17 years 2 months ago

    "Two Centuries of Soft Hackled Flies" is a great 4th book, to the three previous books on the subject, by Sylvester Nemes. I agree that most of the text's from the latest Nemes's book, will be the only reference I will ever be able to procure, of the other texts, because of their rarity and availability.

    Another book was recently reprinted, pertaining Soft Hackle Flies of the Clyde River, , 20 years after its first printing. "Clyde Style Flies and their dressings", by John Reid, was printed originally in 1971. The 2nd Edition, which duplicates the original book, is a must have book for any serious soft hackle fly tier's book shelve.


  • Reply to: A muskie I landed alone w...   17 years 2 months ago

    It was released of course.

  • Reply to: Still life : lovely wild ...   17 years 2 months ago

    Thanks Martin. I truely love your own pictures and this website, so I really appreciate your comment.

    Despite agriculture and the French "catch and kill" mentality, there are still some interesting places in France (flyfishing wise). Beautiful rivers, wild fish ... but fishing is usually quite tough.

  • Reply to: Strike Indicator Scientology   17 years 2 months ago

    This is an awesome website! Have you seen the new mini Fish Pimps made by Angling Evolution. I have yet to try them but will in the next couple of days.

  • Reply to: Fishing in the sunup   17 years 2 months ago


    The scene just kept on becoming more and more beautiful. This was a very foggy morning, and even after the sun was above the horizon the veiw was magnificent. Usually the magic disappears once the sun clears the horizon, but not here. The fantastic light didn't vanish before the fog had been burned off.


  • Reply to: Still life : lovely wild ...   17 years 2 months ago


    That's a lovely picture! And it's great to see some fly fishing from places, which we don't often connect with our passtime.

    Keep on posting.


  • Reply to: Boney Flies   17 years 2 months ago

    Hi Martin,

    How goes it mate?

    Just read with interest your piece on bonefish patterns. Thought you might be interested to know of a "New, Old" pattern that is number 1 in my box at the moment.

    Funnily enough it came about from a fly I "borrowed" from your sea trout box one day when you wern't looking ;-) I think you call it a Bjarke?

    Anyway, I recieved a very nice bleached grizzle cape from Chevron Hackles a while back. The tannish colour tones immeadiatly made me think of bonefish.

    Basically the fly looks like this.

    Hook- size 6 or 8
    Tail: A few strands of "root beer" crystal flash.
    Body: Dubbed tan fur, nice and spikey.
    Hackle: As mentioned above, palmered the whole length of the shank and clipped flat underneath.
    Eyes: small, gold bead chain.

    I fished the inside flats at Deadmans Cay, Long Island back in June. Was very lucky with the weather and the conditions made for some classic, ultra shallow water, wade bonefishing. The fish were spooky and ambush tactics were the order of the week. The pattern above outfished just about anything I had in my box by a mile.

    Who said bonefish aint selective?



  • Reply to: ... perca with the hook f...   17 years 2 months ago

    Artistic: It's like a painting abstraction (colors, composition....) I love this picture (the yellow one too) Jean-Louis

  • Reply to: Simple Streamers   17 years 2 months ago

    This instruction is terrific: clear, simple and easy to follow with great photos of fishy-looking patterns. I especially like the tying tips. Thanks, Bob.