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by mickmcco
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Crawfish pattern
Replies: 5
Views: 6062

Search down this page for Ron McAlpin's Bull Creek Crayfish. It's a smaller pattern I've just started tying, now popular with the residents of Sloan Creek in North Texas.
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Help me choose: four weight or five weight?
Replies: 37
Views: 20205

Well, I just paid the Nordy's bill, with an item called "Salon and Designer Shoes" that ran to more than my first three automobiles combined. True, everything was cheaper back in those days, but this was still an extraordinary purchase. Having kept my cool throughout, and offer properly effusive pra...
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Help me choose: four weight or five weight?
Replies: 37
Views: 20205

The story was actually related to me several years ago by Rick Laird, owner of Tackle Box Outfitters in San Antonio. My wife, having purchased a rod or two for me for special occasions, is painfully aware of exactly how much the cost. But since I pay the bills, I also know exactly how much her shoes...
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:06 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Help me choose: four weight or five weight?
Replies: 37
Views: 20205

I have a friend who owns a fly shop. One day, a few days before Father's Day, a guy came in and handed him $300. He said, "My wife's coming in here tomorrow to shop for the fly rod I told her I wanted for Father's Day. Please subtract this amount from the retail price when you tell her how much it c...
by mickmcco
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Medina Whites?
Replies: 8
Views: 5457

I've not been there in low water myself, but seem to remember that Ron reported a sizable "falls" on the way down to the lake that was impassable for the fish at low water. He doesn't usually make his first run over there until about Valentine's Day (how romantic), but he could probably give you an ...
by mickmcco
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

I've been called a lot of things before, but never Cliff Clavin! :P

Charlie's Jujubee flies look great. I bought the materials, but never tied them. They are both online at his site: http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/

And in his new book: Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

Sure have. There's a guy named Don Holbook who wrote a book called Midge Magic. In it, he described his research on midges -- microscopic studies of the contents of trout stomachs -- that led him to use two contrasting threads, wrapped together, to form the body of a midge pupa or larva. It's a fasc...
by mickmcco
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Wheatcraft Rock Crusher at Center Point
Replies: 1
Views: 2344

That's great news! Water conservationists in northern Arkansas have been fighting similar battles for years. It's great to see the good guys win!
by mickmcco
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: The Woolly Bugger Story
Replies: 2
Views: 4267

The Woolly Bugger Story

I received this long e-mail from Craig Moore at The English Fly Fishing Shop in Morden Surrey, England. It's got some interesting history and a quaint British spin: Fly of the Month - The Woolly Bugger Story "I received an e-mail in December from a customer thank me for sending him a range of Woolly...
by mickmcco
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

The flies are for both the Blue and the Guad. The Blue is two hours north of here, the Guad is 4.5 hours south. Since one of the dominant forms of bug life on the Blue is the dobsonfly, I'm tying olive woolly buggers and Guadalupanas to emulate the dobsonfly larva, also known as a hellgrammite. The ...
by mickmcco
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

I was curious about Larry's comment regarding the Coats and Clark threads, so I checked out their website. Like Danny, the C & C threads I use are the Dual Duty Plus All Purpose threads, in about four dozen colors. According to the site, those threads are made of mercerized cotton around a polyester...
by mickmcco
Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

Well, Danny, with all the midges I seem to tie, I now have my own stash of C&C thread and DMC embroidery yarn, so I can tie those Midge Magic flies you are so fond of using on the LMF. :)
by mickmcco
Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: In Production Mode
Replies: 25
Views: 17620

In Production Mode

It's a beautiful day outside, and if I weren't at least two hours from good trout water, I'd be fishing. But since it's the weekend and local waters will be crowded anyway, I decided to refill some of my trout boxes. My boys and I fished the catch and release section of the Blue River in Oklahoma on...
by mickmcco
Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Guadalupe Green Fly
Replies: 12
Views: 9562

Thanks for resurrecting the recipe. I tie it in sizes 12, 8, and 4, on a streamer hook. The bigger flies take two sets of peacock herls, tied one after another.
by mickmcco
Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Guadalupe Green Fly
Replies: 12
Views: 9562

The Guadalupana (olive marabou tail, peacock herl body, olive hackle collar, beadhead) was originated by Lefty Ray Chapa. There used to be patterns for the fly floating about the internet, but I haven't seen any recently.