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  1. 2 points
    Its almost here, the 2019 hardwater season is fast approaching! With this time of year being a sort of "in between" time as far as outdoor recreation goes I decided to go ahead and whip together a small hard sided shanty for use on one of the several ponds within 10 minutes of my home. Most of the materials I already had, a result of scavenging around the town dump every week. Some I had to buy, like plexi, a sheet of plywood, bunch of 2x3's and foam insulation. Started with the base, 4X6 on a set of old skies from the dump. Eye hooks are there to mount the fixed hitch to my snowmobile. After I built and painted it in my basement I hauled it out and got out the sled. Dragged it around the yard a bunch to test things out, went pretty good. Next up, frame and attach metal from the dump. Windows were punched with a cutting blade on a grinder, had to make sure it didn't look too nice so it doesn't get stolen! Next up, Insulate. And then to add a few furnishings, a small bench, foldup table, couple shelves, hangers. All thats left is to cut a hole in the floor for jigging and adding a few more random shelves, add reflectors to the outside, and a name plate. Was nice and toasty in there with the little buddy going. Instead of wishing the winter away I'll be enjoying every moment of it in style with family and friends this year. I can still pick up one end of it myself, so not too bad weight wise. I was hauling it around after it was all built and still had no problems. I have a thermal popup but its still cold, nothing like something a bit more solid. My little one is already excited for the ice! She's been using a flasher and jigging up a storm since she was 6. Now shes 8, a perch slayer in the making.
  2. 2 points
    I only use wet for Atlantic salmon fishing. I use them on the swing but unlike RRobert I don't mend the line to get the fly deeper but to adjust the speed of the swing. Atlantic salmon are more likely to strike if the fly is swingin fast rather than slow. Here's some of my favorite patterns that got me some AS on the line last summer. black ghost with polar bear wing The fusion Ekuanitshit Big intervale blue with polar bear wing (excellent on bright sunny days) And of course the incredible white tail green machine
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    Alexandra, on the swing.
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    I made a video with the footage I gathered last summer while fishing. The video is divided in three parts. The fist part is togue and brookie fishing on public land north of Baie-Comeau, Quebec where I live and LLS fishing in the Manic-5 reservoir's tribes. The second part is Atlantic salmon fishing in the Godbout river. The last part is sea run brookie and Atlantic salmon fishing. Enjoy!
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    Careful, this is what happens when you start reading about fly Fishing. Books 2 by t3 r11, on Flickr Books 1 by t3 r11, on Flickr
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    Wood Special Hook - Streamer style (any size) Thread - Black Tail - Golden pheasant tippets Ribbing - Flat silver tinsel Body - Orange ultra chenille Wing - Wood duck Hackle - Grizzly
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    If the The people of Greenland would stop harvesting them as we are trying to recover the species it would be a huge help. It would be a shame if the only future for the species is in farms and their freshwater counterparts.
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    I fish all year round, so to me, fish are always out there. The fish I target are stocked fish (put and take really) in the late fall/winter as to not interrupt any natural spawning that's going on. So if you're hankering for a fish to wiggle on the end of your line, they are out there and in very high numbers. GL
  9. 1 point
    I think I've met that fish.
  10. 1 point
    This past season I really focused on using wet flies and since I'm pretty interested in all the fly fishing history in the Rangeley area I used mostly patterns that either originated there or were popular around the turn of the last century ...ie. The B Pond, Bemis, Tadoodle, Cow Dung, Montreal, Parm Belle etc... Over the season I learned a couple things. 1. Fishing them on the swing is more complicated than it looks. (most days) You need to mend like a mofo to get the fly where you want it, which honestly is a learned skill, and a good one to have. If you remember the days of not being able to put shot on the leader and fishing unweighted flies you will have a pretty good idea the kind of mending it takes to get flies down in a deep pool....positioning your self to make the cast plays a much larger role. 2. Presentation trumps Pattern.... again not a universal truth but most days it seemed like getting the fly to track where it needs to be seems far more important than it having the right colors or even size. Truth be told all my wet flies are size 10, 12 or 14. 3. They are super versatile. You can fish them deep like a nymph, strip them like a streamer...or even add some floatant and fish them upstream on top in the film like a drowned dry. Overall, fishing wets was a relatively new thing for me and now I'm a believer. I plan to do it a lot more next year and have started making a list of historic patterns to try next year.
  11. 1 point
    I’m on the same page Dryfly. When I first started tying (before soft hackles were invented) I tied many of the traditional wet fly patterns. Today I only have a couple wet fly patterns in my fly box. Lead wing coachman is one and a hares ear wet fly is the other. I have s couple others that I’m not sure of the name. I cast across the stream and let it drift down river and let it swing. Some times I will strip it in some manner. could the traditional wet fly be returning??? Maybe it never left?
  12. 1 point
    I'm sure it's an awesome rod, but "stood the test of time" might be a bit of a stretch for a model that's a year old.
  13. 1 point
    Ya the pike will appreciate that.
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    Happy Turkey Day! GL
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    Bit late to the game here, hope all had a great Thanksgiving, but wished to echo several statements. First, thanks to Kevin for creating and hosting the forum. I've enjoyed the banter as well as the tips along the way. It's been beneficial as I entered a completely different style of fishing. Second, thanks to all the seasoned posters for sharing their knowledge / updates of outings. Seeing those helped fan the flames of craving the new experience, and assisting with my success. I feel bad for my spinning gear now.... Though a number have helped me, 2 really stick out to me: first, Alan on the 2-handed board - man, what an in-depth, elegant and thoughtful response I received when inquiring about that method of fly-fishing. Had I not under-estimated the time demands of a being a new father before asking that question, I'd have a two-handed outfit based upon his response alone. The second is Mal and the amount of knowledge he's proactively and generously shared about salt. Very kind and generous. Thank you! Hope the holidays are safe and enjoyable for all.
  16. 1 point
    Just gotta keep removing the damn dams and life will find a way...
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    Very nice! I’m waiting for the hard top now, tied up some ice flies to target them in another week or so.
  18. 1 point
    Brookies - yes. I've never tried for landlocks this time of year but I would assume so.
  19. 1 point
    Might i also suggest the Ausable and Saranac as long as you will be so close.
  20. 1 point
    The fishing was fabulous. My Largest Salmon was 6 lbs., largest Splake was 6 lbs., largest Brookie was a little over 7 lbs. My largest Laker was hovering around 15 lbs. All fly fishing in Maine water. I didn't fish for Browns or Rainbows because we don't have them in our area.
  21. 1 point
    All passion ebbs in time. To renew the spirit , reflect on your fishing later in winter when your not emotionally exhausted after a long season. Been flyfishing 42 years.
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    To paraphrase a line from Saving Private Ryan,........Be a good man Ron
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    The rod is a 9' 6wt. four piece. Blank is grey and I put alignment dots and feathers on it. Has a magnetic butt cap to hold flies when changing. Taking it out for the first time this coming Wednesday with a Healing Waters group. Ron
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    Tiny little creeks in my home area educating the natives about stuff they shouldn't eat.
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    Merrymeeting Bay has some great carp fishing, as does the tidewater section of the Andro. The flat behind Cow Island (accessible by the footpath next to the Legion hall in Topsham) has fish at the right tides, or if you have a boat, launch in downtown Richmond and try the flats around Swan Island. Watch your depth and the tide, though...These are tough fish - very spooky and often ridiculously selective. I don't know why more people don't fish for them. They may be the greatest fly rod challenge we have in Maine. If you go and you connect, make sure to post some photos!