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    fly tying

    So Mitch..............

    I've come back looking for an update, are you tying? I'll subscribe so I know if you update here.

    Ard
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    Posted 12-02-2016 at 11:16 PM by Ard Stetts Ard Stetts is online now
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    Tying On Shanks;

    Hi Dewayne,

    Sorry for the late reply buddy but I haven't looked here for comments for days....... That is purple schlapalen or however you sell that type webby chicken feather. Sold in dyed colors or if you become anal like , well like me you can select the best, longest stuff you can find in white. When you find it you get enough to last at least 20 years and then dye small batches to suit your needs or wants.

    I'm not into doing large batches when I dye, maybe 100 feathers at maximum and more likely 50. That way if something goes wrong I haven't made a 1/4 ounce of the mistake stuff. If they come out perfect you just commit what you did; the mix, the temp, and the time lapse all to memory and make more when you need them.

    Flies like the one in the pictures have been catching silvers now for three years when there are tow conditions in our favor. Number one: there are fish. Number two: the fish are here and are not suffering lockjaw.

    It has no name other than a pinky purple and they catch good. I'll be going to wire on the 2017 batch due to a malfunction with a Power Braid shank that failed me on a nice steelhead back in November.
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    I don't understand what happened, you should rethink removing all your stuff........
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    Posted 11-27-2016 at 10:49 PM by Ard Stetts Ard Stetts is online now
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    Going To A Very Cold Place

    January can be tough there Paul, I remember one time my fishing buddy Steve and I took a room at the Fish On motel right in town and woke up to 11* and 11 inches. When we went to the room and conked out it was around 35* and virtually no snow out there.

    Then there was the trip when it blah blah blah, it gets bad there too man.
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    It Ain't Over Till It's Over;

    Hiya Chris,

    Thanks so much for leaving a reply here There are a bunch of articles on here, somewhere around 90 of them.........

    Ard
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    Posted 11-27-2016 at 10:39 PM by Ard Stetts Ard Stetts is online now
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    Tying On Shanks;

    Another beautiful fly. The SBS seems straight forward. What is the black material on the hook near the eye?
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    It Ain't Over Till It's Over;

    It's funny that the big flashy flies work for you in AK, but in the river I fish in Ca. I get better results with a small fly. Then again I still haven't landed a eel river strain. I have experienced the long release on a couple. Thats the one problem with the small fly they get straitened out. I found some R90 mustad heavy wire to try this year. The ones I tie won't turn the eye of a fly fisherman nor do I show them my box. Keep up the writing, you do it very well. Cheers Chris
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    Posted 11-27-2016 at 03:05 PM by cmcdhuibh cmcdhuibh is online now
    Updated 11-27-2016 at 03:41 PM by cmcdhuibh
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    Going To A Very Cold Place

    Well, I guess if you can pull this last trip off than I should be able to man up and fish well into January down here !!!
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    Posted 11-26-2016 at 07:00 PM by eastfly66 eastfly66 is offline
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    Going To A Very Cold Place

    Hey Paul & Steve!

    It was a mission and somehow I pulled it off with no worse than a wee bit of frostbite on some fingertips. I figured it was no good when I reached the boat ramp and my right hand was frozen to the throttle

    There were no other fishermen at all and I knew that would be the case, at least I had strong suspicions I'd be alone.

    As far as stiff lines ....... I didn't notice a problem and have not noticed it over the years. The fly can get iced up sometimes and you have to set the length of the casting and then leave it at that with no great deal of stripping between casts. That is necessary to avoid iced guides. If you start by fishing short then extend until you're fishing the 45' head and leader length you are fishing around 65 feet out and then swinging down and inward. With little stripping you don't drag water into the tip top and guides and things remain manageable.

    The catching of fish changes all that because as you reel them in that water inevitably is drawn through your guides and you get a bit of ice. I used to fish through every winter back east, New Your, Lake Erie and of course the spring creeks that didn't form ice due to water temps. When line manufacturers started selling 'cold water lines' and steelhead specialty lines I thought it was amusing because I had been fishing through freezing winters through the seventies, eighties and 90's by the time the special lines came around. I can't say they don't work better but I just stuck to what had been working for years. Perhaps things got a bit stiff but I was too busy ignoring the cold to notice

    Thanks for replying fellas,

    Ard
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    Posted 11-26-2016 at 02:36 PM by Ard Stetts Ard Stetts is online now
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    Going To A Very Cold Place

    Great report Ard and beautiful fish.Way too cold for me but thank's to you braving these conditions we can get a taste of what it was like.I alway's wonder if fly line gets stiff and hard to manage in these type conditions?

    Thank you for posting this for us.I now need to get me a hot cup of coffee.BRRRR!
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    Posted 11-26-2016 at 08:33 AM by kentuckysteve kentuckysteve is offline
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    Going To A Very Cold Place

    That's some serious hard core steelheading Ard ! I'm not so sure I would have made it past the first hurdle "75 miles of black ice" ! Great pictures and nice fish. I noticed I didn't see and you didn't mention any competition on the river? I wonder why ?
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    Posted 11-26-2016 at 04:53 AM by eastfly66 eastfly66 is offline
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    The Longest Day

    I just read through and looked again, you need to post more here!

    I got the blog limits reset! You now can post huge text articles and 20 images into one blog entry. No more three part stories buddy so get with it.

    Ard
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    Posted 11-18-2016 at 12:09 AM by Ard Stetts Ard Stetts is online now










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