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TroutnutJuly 10th, 2006, 5:42 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
I just tied a nice size 12 BWO cripple pattern, and as I was holding it up to my eye to admire closely I accidentally dropped it, and -- POOF -- it came to life and flew away. At least, that's what must have happened, because I sure as heck can't find it on this carpet.

It's yet another danger of making the fly too realistic...
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TaxonJuly 10th, 2006, 6:53 pm
Site Editor
Royse City, TX

Posts: 1350

Think magnet!
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
SteelieAugust 18th, 2006, 11:44 am
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Posts: 1
Good Day,

Ha ha... don't you love it. I like the fact that the floor under my desk is hard wood. Much less like to lose the buggers. And Taxon is right... magnet...

TroutnutAugust 18th, 2006, 11:59 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
I just moved a couple weeks ago into a new place with hardwood floors... it's nice! I even dropped a size 30 Baetid spinner (no hook or anything -- the real bug) on the floor and managed to find it. :)
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
BusterAugust 27th, 2006, 3:58 am
Posts: 1Poof,I like that,If all else fails you might wrap duct tape around your fingers and gently pat the area
FishingguruSeptember 2nd, 2006, 8:38 am
Southeastern PA

Posts: 5
Simply walk around the room barefoot..........
Orvis4wtJuly 21st, 2007, 10:38 am

Posts: 3
How could you not find a #12 BWO, I could find a tied BWO that big in the middle of a hatch and I'm blind.. just kidding good luck..Tie bigger flies..
GONZOJuly 21st, 2007, 12:23 pm
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Jeff (4wt) makes a good--and funny--point. Once, however, when I went to meet Norm Shires for a photography session, he met me at the door with a grim expression. He said he had been setting up to photograph a fly when it popped from the holder, and neither he nor his wife could find it anywhere in the house. The fly was a #12 Pink Lady. Personally, I think these flies are grabbed by trout from another dimension. Now, if Jason or Norm had just had the foresight to attach them to a line and rod . . . .
MartinlfJuly 21st, 2007, 12:32 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
I'm with Gonzo on this, though I also believe that tiny wormholes may be created by the psychic vortex due to intensive tying sessions, and that they too are responsible when flies and materials disappear. Usually it's a fly with perfectly matched and set cut wings. Which actually argues more for the trout from the Twilight Zone theory.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
GONZOJuly 21st, 2007, 12:47 pm
Site Editor
"Bear Swamp," PA

Posts: 1681
Hey, Louis, that "psychic vortex" thing might explain why there are more than a thousand registered members on this site--they get sucked into the vortex, never to be heard from again! :)
JMarcusSeptember 14th, 2007, 10:20 pm
Bellingham, WA

Posts: 7
Given time--Your toe will know...

J Marcus
FalsiflySeptember 16th, 2007, 2:11 pm
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 661
Have no fear,this can all be explained with quantum mechanics.Obviously the probability wave has broken down. The probability wave being: A wave in quantum mechanics that encodes the probability that a particle will be found at a given location.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Jmd123September 17th, 2007, 2:09 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Geez, haven't you guys ever heard of...Fly Gnomes? You know, like the ones that misplace your car keys just for fun? If you find a funny little hole in your garden, dig it up and you might just find enough flies to last you a lifetime...or, a very pissed off skunk! Be careful...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
ZapNovember 18th, 2007, 2:34 pm
Call it albany ny

Posts: 4
I agreewith Marcus. A size 18 olive emerger ended up in our's cat's paw. Most expensive fly I've ever tiedI
FlybinderNovember 19th, 2007, 3:42 pm
Oregon Coast

Posts: 60
I'd suggest the best bet being...... take ALL the hints, given so far, and "rip up the carpet, install hard wood flooring, then wrap duct tape...around your bare foot, attach a magnet to your big toe and pat the area in question with your foot.
If THAT doesn't work, then go to where the 11,376 single socks are hiding, that have disappeared in every clothes dryer known to mankind and I'd bet your fly will be there!! Probably playing poker with D.B.Cooper and Jimmy Hoffa, too, no doubt!?
And, don't feel bad. I lost a fly reel, right here, in my tying room over 2 years ago and it STILL has not surfaced!?!
"You should'a been here, NEXT week,the fishing's great!"
Jmd123November 19th, 2007, 8:35 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
I had a fly reel disappear on me too, but it was after a fishing trip to a local pond. Nice one, too - Orvis Battenkill 3-4 with a nice line on it. However, I have since replaced it with a Cabelas CSR #1 and now I like that reel even more...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
FlybyknightNovember 20th, 2007, 2:37 pm
Milton, DE

Posts: 82
What's worse:
hook in cat's paw,
hook in dog's tongue,
hook in the little lady's toe?

I am constantly dropping stuff off of the bench and as the above posters have stated, the stuff is gone for good.
SOP now is a quick look, followed by the vacuum cleaner.

Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
CaseyPNovember 20th, 2007, 3:01 pm
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
those sticky rollers that get Muffin's hair off your tuxedo will also lift hooks from short-pile carpet. you don't have to know exactly where it is, you just have to have faith and keep rolling. it's really good for getting fly tying flufty stuff off your sweater and jeans as well.
now--what do you do about that perfect feather perfectly prepared that suddenly just isn't there? if i prepare another feather, the first appears--every time...sox i pin in pairs, children on a field trip i make hold hands in pairs. haven't lost one of those yet.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Shawnny3November 20th, 2007, 3:34 pm
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
those sticky rollers that get Muffin's hair off your tuxedo will also lift hooks from short-pile carpet.

An excellent and simple idea, Casey. I been working with some extremely small and costly materials that have a proclivity for finding the carpet. I can't tell you how many I've lost - I think their uncanny disappearance the second I drop them violates some key laws of science, but I have not yet verified this hypothesis empirically. I'm going to try your roller technique first chance I get.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis

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