Great post of how the business of maple sugar gets done.

The View from Fish in a Barrel Pond

Water boils at 212°F, syrup at 219. My job this week was to achieve and maintain a constant 219 degrees in the sap pan, using a wood fire for heat. In searching these pages for photos of fire and me, I came across my post The Cremation of MMX and the photo below. I would like to reassure readers (especially Skye and Tina, whose sugar house I have not burned down) that the man in the foreground had no hair to begin with and was fine.

Quill Gordon Shows How It's Done

The fire in this post was of a completely different nature.

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Cool sandeel pattern



Lately i’v been working with a couple of sandeel imitations for the upcoming season and this is definitely one of the sandeel’s there is going to be at the end of my leader. I’v seen this pattern in a magazine somewhere, i guess it was in fiske-feber. I don’t know who is the original creator of this fly? Anyways, in my opinion it looks quite “fishy”. It’s very simple to tie and it also seems like that it’s not a big hassle to cast with like some of the flatwing sandeel imitations.


Material list:

  • Hook: Gamakatsu F314 #4
  • Thread: Uni-mono 200 clear
  • Tail & Body: STF Dubbing
  • Dubbing loop of 0.16 braided fireline
  • Head: UV Glue and 3D eyes

My guess would be that this fly will work very well with a Magic Head from Marc Petitjean:

//Emil La Beet

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Very nice demonstration of The Matuka Streamer. Thanks for the great info, Barry!



This is one of my own patterns for sea trout fishing, The Matuka Tobis. All types of hackle can be used for the wings, so experiment.

The Matuka style streamer originated from New Zealand and unlike traditional feather wing streamers where the wing is allowed to flow freely, the wing on the Matuka is attached to the body with the rib. The dimensions of this pattern can be played with and adjusted to your own taste. You can use larger hackles and make the tail longer or use hen hackles and make the pattern higher in the wing, you can combine hackles to create a different colour effect, for example, tie in two large blue hackles as the center of the wing and then two smaller green hackles one each side. The body doesn’t have to be tinsel, but can be made from chenille or any kind of dubbing. So…

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