Working part time at Lawyer's Title Insurance in Seattle. Grunt job, but I rather enjoyed the thing. "Posting" up deeds/mortgages in what were called 'track books' and a tap on the shoulder. 'If you have a few moments Mr. (Warton) Funk (President) would like a few words.' Fellow was a retired one Star General, and no was not a word.
'I understand you fly fish?'
'Yes sir have been doing that since I was' ... what ever.
'I need to go to Alaska and don't have a thing, what would you suggest?'
Boys and Girls there really was an original 'Eddie Bower' and his shop was a half block up the street. Remember (I kid you not) the first two American's that climbed Mt. Everest? They worked there. Fellows got him out fitted for about two hundred bucks.
Couple of weeks later and another tap on the shoulder, 'If you have a moment for Mr. Funk?'
'I have a very good friend coming in from England, would you mind taking us fishing?' Transportation wise all I had was a Lamberetta Motor Scooter; but i think they knew that. Three of us ended up getting off the first flight into Anchorage, Alaska. Then a float plane into (think this is right) 'Lake Creek.'
Thank God we had an office up there and a few phone calls later. The other fellow was a retired Three Star Brit. Sitting next to a large fire, doused in 'Deet' to keep the frinkin bugs off us and fellow looks over at me and 'You don't know bugs until you've been in North Africa. Understand you know how to handle a rifle, I'd like to hunt.'
Long dead silence, 'Sir, I've done my share of killing and no more.'
'Warton, this is the young man you told me about? I think you got it right.' Rest of my 'ride' through Grad School's was paid.
Hey guys, sorry to dredge up an old thread but I am having trouble deciding how big to tie these great patterns. How big are you guys tying them and what size trailer hook? (referring to the clousers with a trailer hook)? I just tied a bunch about 3" long, is that big enough for Coho?
3" is probably about the average size for my coho flies. I'd say as small as 2 and maybe as long as 4 with the flashy tail material. This is for clouser type flies. Other patterns could be smaller but I fish a clouser/baitfish pattern about 90% of the time for coho.
This weighted sand lance has been working well for me.
Guys, I like all the Clouser patternsI am seeing here but I gotta tell you that I am kind of tired of seeing, making, and stripping Clousers. I KNOW THEY WORK. I'm just Clousered out!
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The OP asked to see what flies we use. I tie flies to catch fish. Clousers catch fish. A lot of fish.
Some folks tie for the artistry, the creativeness, etc. Thats great. Whatever floats your boat. I tie flies so i can catch fish. Catching fish never gets boring to me. Spending hours casting beautifully tied, fancy flies while my buddies are catching fish around me gets quite boring indeed. Seen it many, many times