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Tying On Shanks;

Posted 11-27-2016 at 04:40 PM by Hardyreels

I am now using Intruder Wire for the connector loop because of a missed steelhead due to the hook getting fouled into the body materials. This happened with a different pattern in Late October 2016 but made a distinct impression on me. I fished hours to find the one that would hit me and when it happened I had no hook trailing the fly, it was looped around and stuck into the body!

All other aspects of tying are the same but I suggest wire and not the Power Braid shown here.
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How I Became A Fishing Guide;

Posted 11-27-2016 at 04:33 PM by Hardyreels

The real story is probably not what you may have assumed.

I've never posted in general regarding this strange turn of events that led to my being a guide for visiting anglers. I'm going to try to lay this out so that it makes sense, I think you'll get it.

Right up front people need to know that I do not believe that I am somehow the genetically superior fisherman, nor am I over endowed with the Hunter Gatherer gene. I also fell way short when they were passing out ego's...
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Going To A Very Cold Place

Posted 11-25-2016 at 09:28 PM by Hardyreels
Updated 12-04-2016 at 04:51 PM by Hardyreels

Ever since the end of the first week of November I've been aching to get back out to fish for steelhead. There were however a multitude of things which stood between the desire and making it happen. Not the least of which was getting ready for a winter that could be bad or mild and I'll have to comment further on that come May........

There were the wood piles.

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It Ain't Over Till It's Over;

Posted 10-29-2016 at 05:56 PM by Hardyreels
Updated 11-16-2016 at 05:48 PM by Hardyreels

In other words we got a warm spell so I made another 191 mile run to fish the big river. Now what I'm gonna do is paint you a picture for your minds eye okay?

In hindsight I'm editing this entry to warn readers that I may have said some negative things about bead fishing in the text, sorry but what's done is done......

Now back on topic.

This is a big river and although this is also Alaska and we all know I should be reeling in huge fish on every cast...
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Closing out 2016 on a High Note;

Posted 10-25-2016 at 12:46 AM by Hardyreels
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It looks like the trip that began in the late night / early morning hours of October 20th & 22nd will be the last trip of the year for me. Although I may try to get out again the weather is shutting things down with ice and snow here.

I fished with my friend Brent Bauer and we started with a 290 mile drive through the first snow storm of the year. Brent is from Washington state and works in AK. guiding from May through September. He had returned to Washington but left unfinished...
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