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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 03:08 PM
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Interesting take on JC eyes....FWIW to prevent "paralysis by analysis" on the stream (of which I am guilty)I keep my bugs in big boxes and stock a small carry box for what ever river I am going to....this year it will be the Grand in Ontario.....here is what I'll picking from for my carry box.
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post #17 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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The "to prevent "paralysis by analysis" on the stream" made me laugh

Now days I have broken down my on river carry boxes to river conditions that I may face:

1. Low water
2. High water
3. Winter
4. Every time

What I have done to remedy the "paralysis by analysis" is to limit the patterns I tie now days to only confidence patterns.
Cheater - Okay, I do have a small tub with experimental flies that I keep in my jacket pocket
By limiting the patterns I have not only reduced my payload, but I have also reduced the decision making conundrum too. I had to, I had it bad ... ask anyone who has been on the river with me ...

Your selection is very nice, you should find a player with one of them ... which one will you choose


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Which one will I choose? Once while praying for guidance in the Red Shed Chapel on the Clearwater, the old monk who runs the place told me a Green Butt Skunk was the only fly I'd ever need so I I'll always start my carry box with a couple of those.
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The old monk is wise
You will notice in the first photo, I have a row dedicated to the GBS, in black body, peacock herl body and a couple purple bodied GBS too


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I have a friend that has 3 flies in his weatley, and has only used those 3 for several yrs now. He dose catch fish too, I'm somewhere in between him and Mike.

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I have a friend that has 3 flies in his weatley, and has only used those 3 for several yrs now. He dose catch fish too, I'm somewhere in between him and Mike.
Though I'm trying to become more of a minimalist ... it seems that I am still on "the other side of the scale" ....

My therapist says to not give up hope and continue trying ... I really am trying guys


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To each their own.
But inmo, There are way to many pretty flies to tie, fish, share, trade and just look at to only limit yourself to a few.
I carry as many as I can while trying to stay comfortable.
These are drying after my so called, "dunkable" back pack got soaked after our canoe took in some water .
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Stunning boxes Mike and Hitch! Love the grip you have on that hook Mike. That baby is not moving! The wax is quite intriguing. The way it climbs onto that thread looks perfect! great job on the cake Tim!

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Those boxes are awesome my friend
Such a fantastic selection !!
I understand your take on the salmon fly ... such a beautiful creation to only have limit to oneself and to not share with others .... I get it my friend
I still tie for others and often gift flies out of my box or boxes while on the river, that hasn't changed

Phil - my fingers move up and down the shank at various stages while I tie and sometimes I even spin the hook around

Just to let everyone know, I took the razor blade to that iron I had posted in the SBS ... wasn't "feelin it" ... and not going to waste a good Code iron. Instead I tied a Fork's Special to long line the run below the Fork's Pool on the Margaree this fall


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Adding two more confidence flies to the wallet
This pattern was born on the kitchen table at Dave Fram's place one night while discussing the current river conditions we were faced with while chasing Atlantics. We were talking about how clear the water was and the fish that were showing, but all seemed to have lock-jaw.
The next day we headed down to the Fork's Pool area and I let the lads go first since I was contemplating the river and currents. I sat on the bench, took a swig from my flask and changed lines to a full floating Skandit line with an intermediate poly and 6' of tippet. I looked in my tub for an offering and remembered the fly from the night before. On it went and in the river I went.
About a 1/4 the way down I made a cast right tight against the far bank at about a 60 degree angle and thought I saw movement occur when my line came very tight as it started to swing ... three headshakes later and a short run, I felt the weight of a decent salmon and almost instantly the fly separated from the rest of the tippet. The salmon continued to boil and thrash down below me, almost like mocking me and giving me "the finger" as it took my creation away !! Not sure why the tippet separated, it was a clean break and I know of no rocks in that immediate area that could have aided the salmon ... I guess that's fishing

#4 Code N iron on bottom and a Daiichi 2131 #4 on top.


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Low Water Wallet Done

Just finished up my Low Water wallet this morning. I put another coat of head cement on two reduced Puce offerings
Time to check the other wallets


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Everyday Wallet is in good shape


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