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    My real name is Ard Stetts, because it's a small world you may either know me or we've fished the same rivers & creeks at some time in our lives.

    I was born in 1954 at Williamsport Pennsylvania. I began fishing in the sixties and was fascinated by the television program “The American Sportsman”. This program often featured Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy fly fishing all over North America. My young mind was indelibly etched with images of Pacific Silver salmon cartwheeling through the air when they were hooked by a fly. At my young age I could not really conceive of exactly how far I was from Alaska where that show had been taped but I knew I wanted to go. Fishing was a fascination, a dream and I had rather humble beginnings at it. I started fishing when I was eight years old in the West Branch of The Susquehanna River with a throw line and used stones as sinkers with red worms for bait. A throw line (if you’ve never seen one used) works along the same principal as the sling that David used on Goliath. The difference is that the axis of the spinning rock is on a vertical plane and the stone has a fishing line attached. By the time I was twelve I owned a spin casting rod and reel. My father was an amateur naturalist and a Geology buff but not a fisherman. After I was confirmed by our local YMCA as a 'Shark' in the swimming classes I was permitted to join my neighborhood friend and his Father on a trip to a trout stream. I caught a stocked Rainbow on my first cast, and like that fish I was hooked.

    By the time I turned fourteen I had a fly tying kit and a 1968 entry level Ike Walton solid fiberglass rod & South Bend #1200 reel with level line. My Father had passed away and fishing time had become even more important for me. My sister’s employer, C.W. ‘Bill’ O’Connor, a prominent angler, and the owner of “E. Hillie’s Angler’s Supply House” of Williamsport Pa. became my fly tying mentor. It is to him that I owe my tying skills. Bill taught me how to create a good wing whether it were quill for a dry fly, saddle feathers for a streamer, or marrying swan, turkey, and pheasant for the wing of a classic Salmon fly. He always had time for me. It was from him that I learned how to select the best when I was shopping for materials for tying. I enjoyed tying feather wing streamers because they set me apart from anyone I knew. Other fishermen I came to know avoided them as being too difficult to tie. They acknowledged that streamers were said to be quite effective but most didn’t tie any. I eventually adopted the streamer as more than a “default fly” to use when other means of catching fish failed. I made streamer fishing my primary plan and only changed strategy when the rising fish made it obvious that dry fly fishing was certainly at hand. My success with the “Big Wets” has been great and I continue tying and fishing them even here in Alaska where I catch Trout, Char, Grayling and Pacific Silver Salmon on them.

    Like my childhood inspiration the late Mr. Wulff, I have traveled and fished from the far northwest shores of Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains and finally here to Alaska. I have spent a lifetime fishing, floating, and walking beside the waters of this continent. I don't quote many people but John Denver could have been talking about being alone on a river when he wrote; "You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply".
    Location
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
    Interests
    Outdoor Activities; fly tying, photography, cross country sking, snowshoing, motor cycling, etc.
    Occupation
    Licenced professional fly / Spey fishing guide and outfitter.
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09-21-2017
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Posted 07-17-2017 at 01:58 PM by Ard Comments 0
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Down the page or on the next page there's a post titled Very Few Kings In, it's full of pictures of me tearing my yard up with a bulldozer. Since the fish didn't show up I had to cancel a couple trips but made use of the time.

Here's what happened after I roughed in a new grade for drainage. I added three tri-axle loads of top soil and had it hydro seeded. I got a large track steer and used that to spread the dirt and walk everything down then seeded the next day.

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Posted 07-16-2017 at 08:25 PM by Ard Comments 4
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Quite frankly the fishing in 2017 in my part of Alaska has sucked putting it mildly but I'm versatile enough to find enjoyment through other means than punishing some poor fish so..... I've been doing some roving and resurrected my Nikon D80 for some use. Yes, a D80, ancient as it may be possessing but 10 mp resolution I can harken back to when it was 'the camera'. Compared to my cheap point and shoot waterproof cameras it is a world of difference. I have some equally old lens's to compliment the...

Posted 06-22-2017 at 03:04 PM by Ard Comments 0
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In case you missed this on the open forum here's a copy for posterity

String Leech / Slider;

It's been awhile since I did a step by step and I'm making leech flies for some still-water fishing so.........

This is a tube application and I use both tube liner (HMH brand) and scraps from tying with Pro Tubes.

To start you need a piece of liner about 3/16" or so.

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Posted 06-21-2017 at 08:00 PM by Ard Comments 1
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Seventy Five Miles each way can wear on a guy especially in foul weather. Last year I was playing with the idea of another boat, this time one with a cab and roof but what I was liking would cost $39,000.00 so I'm resigned to the ATEC.

In cold and rain I've used a full coverage motorcycle helmet for head and face protection in the past. That works but the combo of cold and wet makes for a visor fogging experience more often than not. For a couple years I have been thinking that if...

Posted 06-20-2017 at 11:34 PM by Ard Comments 4
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However I'm not the type to allow a low abundance of fish affect me in the long term, I have spent two weeks redoing something here.

We had some settling and drainage issues so........



I tore out the south end and the uneven part of the back yard.

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