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by PhilA
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5282

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

Phil, that rod looks suspiciously like a PHY Perfectionist, perhaps from the Summers era. Wow! Good eye. It's PHY #4036, a Perfectionist built by Bob Summers in 1962 (two years after Paul Young's death). Quite a remarkable rod. I've cast many Perfectionists, and this is the only one that in my hand...
by PhilA
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5282

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

ForumGhillie wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:53 pm
Serious note: I like seeing the mirror effect outside the beer's window of vision.
John
John,
Very observant! Only two beers are actually in that photo, with the other two being reflected images. ;)
Phil
by PhilA
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5282

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

ForumGhillie wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:25 pm
PhilA, I don't judge a man by the reels he uses, only by what he drinks. ;)
John, well in that case...

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by PhilA
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Fishing Wingless Wets
Topic: Upstream Wet Fly
Replies: 66
Views: 5282

Re: Upstream Wet Fly

The Andersons stand united. The purr of a Hardy when reeled in is reasonably pleasant, but the sqawking scream as line strips out can be quite annoying in quiet places. When I hear that out-of-control clickity clack, I can't help but think, "Hey! Look at me! I'm catching a fish!". Perhaps it's becau...
by PhilA
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Hendrickson soft hackle
Replies: 30
Views: 1908

Re: Hendrickson soft hackle

John, I don't know those northern freestone rivers like you, but on the rare occasions I encounter Hendricksons in the spring creeks of SW WI, this is my current choice for trout feeding under the surface. It's similar to your fly, but with woodcock hackle. https://i.imgur.com/K1WuO4e.jpg This is on...
by PhilA
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Wingless Wets
Topic: Prairie Chicken and Twisted Silk
Replies: 8
Views: 497

Re: Prairie Chicken and Twisted Silk

I really like the mottled rusty dun color of the prairie chicken hackle. Where might one snag a prairie chicken skin? I gather they are fairly rare except for a swath in the middle of country, and I've not seen them for sale. --Phil
by PhilA
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Tups Indispensable
Replies: 36
Views: 4581

Re: Tups Indispensable

A little more Tup's trivia... Anybody wonder where the name "Tup's Indispensable" came from and why it's faintly red? The root origin is Skues' sense of humor. 'Tup' is a Middle English term for ram, as in male sheep. 'Indispensable' derives from that which distinguishes a ram from a ewe. The wiry r...
by PhilA
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Tups Indispensable
Replies: 36
Views: 4581

Re: Tups Indispensable

John, Thank you for the photo. The color of most Tup's blends that I've seen, including my own, is decidedly not " a delicate pink tinge ". I've saved your photos in the archives and will get back to work on a better mix. More spaniel ... more scrotal wool ... less seal's fur ... and just enough har...
by PhilA
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Tups Indispensable
Replies: 36
Views: 4581

Re: Tups Indispensable

John, Please ... oh PLEASE ... if you have a copy, post a photo of Austin's Tup's dubbing mixture given to Skues and in the Flyfishers' Club collection. Bob, what do you know about the above photo? Where did you get it, and do you know anything about its authenticity? I've had a copy of that photo f...
by PhilA
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Fly Dressings - Nymphs
Topic: Frank Sawyer's Nymphs
Replies: 46
Views: 6168

Re: Frank Sawyer's Nymphs

Has anyone concluded that a dyed color of pheasant tail feathers works *better* than the natural color? I suspect many dyed colors work as well, but not necessarily better. As we all know, day-to-day or even hour-to-hour fishing results are variable, and establishing whether one color is better than...