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  • Reply to: February Red   2 years 7 months ago

    Hi Pasi:

    Great looking pattern. I've seen dozens of these coming off my home waters. Thanks for the article and photos. I'll be tying up some of these for February

    Thanks again

    Linc Haverstraw NY USA

  • Reply to: Robbie Hiltz   2 years 8 months ago

    Hi, I am Lainey Rachelle and I am 12 years old now.

  • Reply to: The measure tape   2 years 8 months ago

    Great article.., Is it that most fish are caught 50ft and less because most don't cast that far anyway so it's obvious that this happens! If you cast 75ft the you only have 35ft to catch the fish and 50ft left to catch a fish. So the law of averages comes into play. So the statement can be quite misleading. Never the less most of my fish have been caught within 30ft and I believe they have followed the fly in.
    Thanks everyone for your really interesting comments.

  • Reply to: Cameron Sangster   2 years 8 months ago


    You can read a bit about the origin of the pattern here:


  • Reply to: Cameron Sangster   2 years 8 months 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   2 years 9 months ago

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

  • Reply to: Visiting Partridge of Redditch   2 years 9 months 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   2 years 9 months 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

  • Reply to: Inflatable fishing boat input request   2 years 9 months ago


    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.


  • Reply to: Terenzio Zandri style fly   2 years 9 months ago


    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.


  • Reply to: Tap's Bug   2 years 9 months 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 years 10 months 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.