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by mikevalla
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Harry Darbee (Fly Fisherman 1984)
Replies: 19
Views: 938

Re: Harry Darbee (Fly Fisherman 1984)

Matt---could have come via Bill Tobin. Or even Kenneth Blinn, from Binghamton, NY Best Darbee-line hackle that was available in Upstate, in mid-70's prior to the commercial genetic Metz introductions, came out of Bill Tobin's flock. Not many knew about Bill and his flock, but a bunch of Cornell U. t...
by mikevalla
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Spring has arrived---
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Spring has arrived---

Boiled about 600 gallons of sap.....first bottling completed today. A nice premium Amber grade.
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by mikevalla
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Art Flick
Replies: 18
Views: 1140

Re: Art Flick

Arnold Gingrich mentioned Jennings feelings about Flick at least twice. This is one example. “For that matter, Flick has also acknowledged Jennings in his own book. That still didn’t keep Jennings from feeling, and saying, that Flick had stolen his thunder, and for the rest of his life Jennings wen...
by mikevalla
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Art Flick
Replies: 18
Views: 1140

Re: Art Flick

... Jennings was Flick's "Catskill mentor" of sorts---but I seem to recall their was some degree of subsurface animosity (maybe above surface?--) between the two, once Art published his Streamside Guide . So true, but Art held no bad feeling towards Jennings... Ed Ed...all kind of fuzzy....it's bee...
by mikevalla
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Art Flick
Replies: 18
Views: 1140

Re: Art Flick

I asked Art that very question---the colored head, --- well over 40 years ago. My question was probably not specific to the March Brown but a general question about using colored silks. I remember a lot about those conversations with the old timers. I wish I could remember his reply! :( (-Just like ...
by mikevalla
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: The Dry Fly
Topic: A smile reflected in a stream
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: A smile reflected in a stream

Congrats on your fly...and congrats for "falling under the spell of the Catskill style...'

--Mike Valla
by mikevalla
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Spring has arrived---
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Spring has arrived---

Get your gear in order....it won't be too long from now, you'll be on water (if you haven't been enjoying winter fishing.) - Get the pancakes ready, too. I Boiled 200 gallons of maple tree sap today---(big sap run yesterday here about 10 miles from the NYS/VT border. I love "sugaring" this time of y...
by mikevalla
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Winter Solitude
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Winter Solitude

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Winter is a beautiful time of year to fish, especially after a fresh snowfall

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Yet it can all be quite painful, but good for the soul...The pain, the pain!


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A streamside fire helps!
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Or a quick lunch!
by mikevalla
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Winter Solitude
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Winter Solitude

solitude ??? Pulaski !!!! You'd have more solitude on the sucker hole. I fished three times this past month and saw one other fisherman. It is very refreshing just knowing that I can maneuver as I please. This getting up in the years has changed my philosophy some. Teddy, Have another look at that ...
by mikevalla
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Winter Solitude
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Winter Solitude

Great info. Thanks Mike! For more Info: The Salmon River is actually not my favorite winter destination. But you can get what I feel is a fair assessment of the fishery in this article below. I think you can get copies through Eastern Fly Fishing Mag , March/April 2016 issue. I was hesitant to take...