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02-11-2005 09:41 PM
peter-s-c Grindstone Angling in Waterdown had both at one time but the Megahair is getting a bit difficult to find. It's produced by Tiewell in Australia. I prefer it to Icelandic sheep as it tends to be straighter and more usable, plus the tan in Megahair is very light. Angling Specialties in Mississauga has it as well.
02-11-2005 08:15 PM
E. simulans peter-s-c,
Where do you get Mega Hair or Icelandic Sheep in the tan color? Is it dyed or natural? I like the weamer.

02-04-2005 07:55 PM
peter-s-c New adventure. I've had them for about a year, just haven't got around to using them for anything. They do have a variety of sizes and anybody who stocks Partridge hooks should be able to get them.
02-04-2005 07:06 PM

Are they sold in different sizes? Do they have them with varying wire diameter? I have some piano wire from when I used to make spinners. I could probably make some up and give them a try. Do you know of a site that illustrates tying on a Waddington. I've seen them before in some of the British flyfishing Magazines but I'd need a refresher on what the wire shanks looked like. Thanks for the inspiration. Have you fished with Waddintons before or is this a new adventure?
02-04-2005 06:55 PM
peter-s-c I would think that a Waddington does not consitute a weighted fly but it's best to check with someone who knows for sure.
02-04-2005 06:53 PM

I have had the good fortune to reconnect with a former high school friend who has roots in New Brunswick's Miramichi Valley. He was born there and moved to Toronto to start school. He offered to take me salmon fishing in the special spring catch and release season for Atlantics. You are not allowed to weight your flies down there. Would the Waddingtons allow you to get a little deeper without being considered a weighted fly? I have been experimenting with tubes lately. One of the things that intrigues me is combining tubes to make different flies. Also seems like a good way to build a long fly.

Here are two different flies laid side by side to illustrate what I mean.
02-04-2005 05:44 PM
peter-s-c Just ordered them from Grindstone. Mine are 2" long -- good for getting down. They're available over a range of lengths. The dollar store Q-Tips are good for plastic tubes.

I'll be using them on the Niagara, Saugeen, and the Maitland.
02-04-2005 05:38 PM
Big Water Flies


By big water do you mean the Niagara? What kind of hook do you use on the Waddingtons?

I'm experimenting with Q-Tip tube flies (actually you have to buy generic brands at the drug store or dollar store to get hollow plastic tubes). How long is the Waddington shank and where do you get the Waddington's?
02-04-2005 09:13 AM
peter-s-c That's on the list this year, to net a few to see what they're like. Probably a combination of dace and chubs. Working on a big pattern for the big waters, tied on a Waddington shank.
02-04-2005 12:42 AM
Meiser Spey Rod/Shiners

Thanks Peter,

I visited the site but it looks like it's out of my league at the present time. What are you tying lately? Have you tied anything to imitate the shiners (I think they're shiners!) in the Grand?They seem to be pretty plentiful.
01-31-2005 06:40 PM
peter-s-c This should work:
01-31-2005 06:23 PM
Bob Meiser

the only reference I could find to "Bob Meiser was something about the winner of a raffle. When I clicked on it a message appeared to tell me I was not allowed to view that particular link.
01-30-2005 07:41 PM
peter-s-c The 4/5/6 Trouter is 12'6" while the Daiwa 10 wt. is 14'6". Bob Meiser sells blanks for the trouter (he's a sponsor and his site is listed here.) I've fished the Saugeen many times and hooked up a few steelhead on the last trip using the weamer.

In the winter, the Credit is usually lightly travelled but with all the cold we've had, I'm sure its ice choked right now.

The Maitland smalies were in the spring and they did tend to be clustered. I always hit more than one in a spot. The biggest were so tough, they bent that big Daiwa to the cork. One bigun broke me off -- 10 lb. test FC. A lot of fun . . . .
01-30-2005 04:23 PM
Nice Fish

Those are great fish! How long is that Spey rod? What kind of blank was it built on? I would love to get into a light weight Spey rod. (4/5/6) sounds ideal! But I don't think a high end rod is in my budget for a while. I can imagine how effective a nice long rod would be for fishing the way you do.
In the past I've spent some time swinging very light jigs on my flyrod with a spinning reel loaded with 4 pound test. Jigs were 1/64th and 1/80th and constructed with a lot of marabou and hen feathers. The longer the rod the better for good control.

You mentioned your success on the Maitland with smallmouth. That river is on my list for the upcoming season. Have you tried the Saugeen anywhere above Denny's dam?

I've been tying up a storm lately making some wonderfully mobile streamers and leeches. I can't wait for a chance to start flinging them. If you go to the Credit at this time of year on a weekend do you encounter many other anglers.? I am an occasional teacher so I can pick my spots and I've only been through the week.

Were you hitting those smallmouth on the Maitland in the spring or fall? I've heard of that phenomenon before; while targeting steelhead guys were picking up a lot of smallmouth. They must travel or hang in schools. I once caught smallmouth that size one after the other in an inlet to a lake in the Algonquin area. One thing for sure whether it's a steelie or a smallie you know it's going to jump and give you a heck of a fight. That's why they're my two preferred species especially on the flyrod.
01-30-2005 08:37 AM
peter-s-c I've picked up some very nice fish in the Grand on the fly so you might want to give it a try. Here's two fish taken on the weamer:

This 19" brown was taken out of Cedar Run when I was fishing with a prototype "Trouter 4/5/6" two-hander supplied by custom rod builder, Bob Meiser.

and here's a steelhead from Caledonia taken on the same fly. It's also a great pattern for smallies, though I don't have any pictures of them. Last time on the Maitland at Hwy 21, I was swinging the weamer for steelhead and kept picking up monster smallies in the 3 to 5 lb. range.

The Whirlpool isn't the best place to go in the middle of winter when it comes to ease of access and the climb back up is enough to give anyone a coronary. I don't go there much anymore though I suppose I should.

I'm hoping the relatively warm week we've been promised will clear out the Credit enough for some fishing next Sunday.

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