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Closing out 2016 on a High Note;

Posted 10-25-2016 at 12:46 AM by Ard Stetts
Updated 11-16-2016 at 09:34 PM by Ard Stetts

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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Ducky Finally Gets A new Home;

Posted 10-02-2016 at 02:11 PM by Ard Stetts

Way back in the 1980's the fellow who owned Marsh Hill Grocery & General Store gave me a Wood Duck. His intention was that I would use the flank feathers for tying flies. When I unwrapped the duck I was so taken by the beauty of it that I ask a friend who was a taxidermist to preserve it for me and he did. That duck hung in my home in Cogan Station PA. - Newnan GA. - Portsmouth VA. - back to PA and through 5 more homes there - on to Colorado Springs and finally this past spring I went back to...
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A Mystery Solved and A New Friend

Posted 10-02-2016 at 02:10 PM by Ard Stetts
Updated 11-16-2016 at 06:06 PM by Ard Stetts

Sometimes I don't know where to start a story and this time I'll just pick a spot and hope it all ties together.

It's been about 4 or 5 weeks now but I was on a moose hunt for a week. I was the guy who put up the came and picked its location and we were on a river. It seems that you're always on a river here and this was just another camp on another island. It was on the next to the last day that we had returned to camp for a late lunch and had no clue where we would spend the evening....
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Hairwing Tying Tip

Posted 09-26-2016 at 06:19 AM by flytire

a loop of thread alone around a bundle of hair is not enough to keep the hair from rolling to the far side of the hook. the hair must be held firmly while subsequent wraps of thread are used to hold the hair in place. without holding the hair, thread torque will roll it all over the place

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using thread torque to your advantage

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Salvaged This;

Posted 09-20-2016 at 02:47 PM by Ard Stetts
Updated 11-16-2016 at 09:51 PM by Ard Stetts

While John Page was here we took a trip to the cabin, the trip out was fraught with difficulty but we made it safely. Some mechanical problems delayed our departing at a reasonable time and thick fog and the coming of darkness made the last 40 miles of the boat trip a little tense.

When we arrived at Hewitt Lake we found the water high, I don't mean a little high I mean higher than its ever been while I was actually there. My 4 Wheeler access road to the shoreline was under water...
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