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  1. petevicar

    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    Let's look at the practicality and reality of this. OK there is a company offering a course that in theory anyone could take part in and gat a piece of paper at the end saying that they have participated in the course and may or may not call themselves a qualified fishing guide. That...
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    Another Green Highlander (Pryce-Tannatt)

    Hi Sebastian I have not yet given up. Do have a suggestion as to what I should try. I have been playing with flies to fish with. They are of course no comparison to the classics but give me some practice in the tying techniques. Pete
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    F.A.O. Folk Buying a Bloke XL50

    Oh dear. I have a matt black blank apparently on the way. It's due any day now. Pete
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    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    I had forgotten about that one.
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    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    For me it's more of a geographical thing. I only know of ghillies in Scotland or Ireland everywhere else I have fished they have been called guides.
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    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    I have fished with about 20 different guides in the Keys, 10 or so in the Bahamas, 5 or six in Cuba, half a dozen in Los Roques, about 10 in the Seychelles. For salmon - 3 or 4 in Norway, 6 in Ireland including boatmen, 10 or so Gillies in Scotland, 10 or so guides in Iceland, 4 in Canada In...
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    Getting a Young 'Un Hooked!

    Well done James. Your enthusiasm that I have experienced on this forum is a wonderful thing and to share it with a younger generation is fantastic.
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    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    They guides in the Keys all have captain's licenses. There is also a lot of competition and whereas new young guides are welcome, bad guides very rapidly get a bad reputation and are made unwelcome.
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    Wanna be a fishing guide?

    Is that not a barman?
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    Another Green Highlander (Pryce-Tannatt)

    Wow . That is a beauty Sebastian. To my eye the alignment, shape and proportions are pretty well perfect. Great job. Pete
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    Black Doctor.

    Hi Mark It is great to see these wonderful examples of your craft again. Or this one. I have been lacking in inspiration over the past weeks and maybe this is enough to give me a kick to get back to the vice and practicing. I have been practicing a lot. Thanks for your inspiration. Pete
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    Orvis Girls

    Where is the fly name thread?
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    Pet hates in fly tying

    I wouldn't call them pet hates more like problems that I can't do much about. - Like many others, bad sight, sausage fingers. I am also very impatient and try to finish too quickly. I am slowly learning to control this but it is not easy.
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    One piece rods

    In my experience a guide would always take the rod out of the boat when he got home. I only know of one instance of running a boat in the dark, when a very experienced, famous Keys guide went out and hit a channel marker in the dark. He nearly killed himself and is in fact still, after a good...
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    A Decent Rod Building Epoxy from bcrods.

    I also use pipettes. OK it was James' idea in the first place. I also have a very small digital weighing scale. This does not only make for accurate mixing but I find that I can make smaller quantities and the waste is reduced. You beat me to it.
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    One piece rods

    I used to fish with a guide in Florida who had a one piece rod. It was a 9ft 8wt, I can't remember the brand. It was very nice and fit quite well in the skiff. The thought of buying one never came into my head as it was impossible to transport. The difference between that and a 4 piece was not...
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    Screaming banshee

    Does it make a noise to state that someone has died? Looks good though.
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    Buying from the UK in 2021

    I have just bought some things from Mick Bell's eBay shop. It was apparently sent yesterday. I'll let you know when it gets here and how much it cost in money and hassle.
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    Latest effort.

    In my opinion epoxy makes the wraps clearer, more see through, rather than darker. The colour of the blank then can be seen through the wraps. So a dark blank makes the wrap look darker.