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Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-15-2011, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By smoky_hiker
Agesus Tying Vise..?

I was just looking around Amazon.com and came across the Fly Tying Super AA Vise by Agesus. I've searched the internet for the brand; Agesus, with not much luck. Has any one ever heard of this brand...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,688
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Wire size question

I went there today; at this Michaels store the wire I found was actually more expensive than online venders; however, if you factor in the shipping it is cheaper at Michaels. It is probably...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-13-2011, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,688
Posted By smoky_hiker
Wire size question

I just got Charlie Craven's 'Basic Fly Tying.' Excellent book! :D I'm getting my grocery list ready for the first 3 patterns: Brassie, Black Beauty & RS2.

In the material list for the Brassie the...
Forum: Other Gear 07-11-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 651
Posted By smoky_hiker
Orvis Waders

Has anyone had any experience with the Orivs Silver Label Classic Chest Waders?
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-11-2011, 05:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By smoky_hiker
I'm just starting out tying..

I was wondering what flies would be easiest for a new fly tier? I've tied one wooly bugger, it turned out pretty good I think. Also speaking of wooly buggers; what is the critter that a wooly bugger...
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,078
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: 8wt for trout

+1 to Darwin. From my limited knowledge of this sport (I'm new) every thing I've read on here and from my own questions a 5 wt. is a good middle of the road rod.
Forum: Member Introductions 07-05-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Hello from eastern Nebraska

Sounds about like East-Central Illinois :D
Forum: Southern U.S. 07-05-2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,514
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: fly fishing around Gatlinberg area?

My wife and I go down there quite regularly. Tennessee fishing requirements are a little daunting. There is a few camp grounds in and around the Cades Cove & Greenbrier area which is in the Great...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-05-2011, 12:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
Posted By smoky_hiker
Waxing Thread

I'm addicted to watching Davie McPhail tie flies :cool: In a lot of his videos I noticed he uses wax an awful lot while he ties his flies.

What are the pros and cons (if any) to waxing your...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-03-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 855
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Fly Thread

Well, I attempted to tie the Olive Wooley Bugger, twice. The second time the thread kept braking. While I was winding the thread I could feel the thread catch on the burr on the inside of the tube...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-02-2011, 09:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 855
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Fly Thread

No there is no label on the thread or on the packaging. Thats why I'm betting its sewing thread :rolleyes:
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-01-2011, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 855
Posted By smoky_hiker
Fly Thread

I'm wanting to start tying flies. My wife bought me a 'fly tying starter kit' as a gift. Bless her heart, there isn't much that is useful. It is all very cheaply made. I was using the bobbin and...
Forum: Southern U.S. 06-30-2011, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Weekend in GSMNP 6/25/2011

I was on Fontana Lake also; the morning of the 22nd. My mother & sister-in-law, wife and myself rented a pontoon boat for a half day from the Alarka Dock. I'm glad I brought my gps on the boat with...
Forum: Southern U.S. 06-29-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Weekend in GSMNP 6/25/2011

I was in the GSMNP from 6/18-6/25 as well. I hit up Abrams Creek, I believe. Never could set the hook but I was getting quite a few hits. I think I was using a dry fly that was a little too large for...
Forum: Other Gear 06-29-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,695
Posted By smoky_hiker
Inexpensive Wader options..?

I work two jobs and I don't have much time to fish anymore :icon_cry: So I cant justify spending any more than $100 (tops) for a pair of waders. Has anyone had any experience with either of the...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-29-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,438
Posted By smoky_hiker
Fly line life span

I know with bait cast fishing you want to re-spool at least once a year more if you fish regularly and if your fishing line is exposed to a lot of UV rays. I know from the eyes on the rod, dirt,...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-29-2011, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By smoky_hiker
Forum: Fly Lines 06-29-2011, 01:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By smoky_hiker
Another Tippet type question.

I just want to verify, you can tie your fly directly to the leader correct? How ever the purpose of a tippet is what?
Forum: Flies 06-27-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,882
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Fly sizes for a 8.5' 5x

Diver Dan & Gary,

Sorry, I was confused. I have an entry level Bass Pro special; a 8'6" 5 line wt Dogwood Canyon outfit. It seems like around here (Central Illinois) the blue gill and small mouth...
Forum: Flies 06-27-2011, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,882
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Fly sizes for a 8.5' 5x

Gary, I have a 8'6" 5x fly rod and reel. I was fishing for trout in the Smokies last week. I lost my only leader in a tree (i'm a rookie) so I went down the way to buy some new leaders. From what...
Forum: Flies 06-27-2011, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,882
Posted By smoky_hiker
Fly sizes for a 8.5' 5x

I was in at a couple fly shops when I was on vacation in the Smokies to buy some flies. I noticed that the leader packages note that the hook sizes recommended for a 5x outfit are 14-18. I was...
Forum: Member Introductions 04-28-2011, 04:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By smoky_hiker
Hello

I joined this forum about a week ago originally because I'm going down to the Smoky Mountains in June and wanted to learn more about the sport of fly fishing and the art of fly tying. I was down...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 04-28-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By smoky_hiker
What's hot right now?

I'm becoming very interested in fly fishing and fly tying. I'm actually getting a fly fishing combo this weekend. Not many, if any, trout in my area of East-Central Illinois. I'm wondering what fly...
Forum: Southern U.S. 04-26-2011, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 884
Posted By smoky_hiker
Re: Fishing Requirements in Smoky Mtn Ntn Park

I don't plan on keeping any fish I do catch; if I catch :D I'm a strict C & R. I'm just learning about types of flies to use. I'm going to wait to get down there and visit the Little River Fly Shop...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 04-23-2011, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By smoky_hiker
What fly tying books and/or dvds would you recommend?

Im wanting to learn a little more about the art of fly tying. In East-Central Illinois there are no fly shops in driving distance, so there are no fly tying clinics or classes. Books and dvds are my...
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