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  1. Hey Guys,


    Been reading up on the South Platte in Colorado. Sounds like an awesome stream. I'm trying to plan a trip for the end of April or first week in May. Anyone know how the stream fairs at this time? Is the S. Platte all its hyped up to be?


    Also, anyone have any good local shop info or guides?


    I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks Guys.



  2. Sparkleminnow,


    Go to wally world and get you some "Polymark" "Dimensional Fabric Paint" in the craft/sewing section. Tons of colors and its only .77 a bottle.


    The paint kinda puffs up. Looks really good on foam.


    Someone with a little artistic ability (not me LOL) could probably make some real neat imitations.





  3. Give Bill Ingersol a call or email. He is now out of the guiding buisness, but he'll fill you in. He is a really nice guy. I was living about 1.5 hrs away from Kinzu this past summer and was contemplating fishing it a few times, but never got the chance.


    Here is his contact info.


    Bill Ingersoll, Guide

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 716.664.6872


    Kayak flyfishing, guiding and instruction for smallmouth on Lake Erie, steelhead on Cattaraugus Creek NY, and trout on the Kinzua Tailwaters. Fully rigged for flyfishing kayaks (option wade trips for Steelhead).


  4. Do you guys have any problems with fish spitting them quickly?


    A guy at the local fly shop recommended them to me, I bought some, but never used em cause I figured the fish would be likely to spit them before I detected the strike.





  5. Well Joe...I took your tips and made a second try tonight.


    Still not near what they look like in the shop, but I'm getting a little bit better.


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    Heres a couple other flies I'm gonna try out next weekend in the bay for some specs and reds....


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  6. Smallie Interesting... I'm looking for a little bit longer piece than the thickness of a sandle, but I might be able to glue some back to back.


    I think balsa just might be the ticket....I know I've seen some pretty decent chunks of that before.


    Thanks for the sugestions.



  7. Chem Prof,


    Neat fly. Looks to be a fairly quick tie...just the kind I like.


    Nice website too. Has some good info. I'm interested in your fly casting club... according to mapquest lake charles is only about 2 hrs from Houston.


    What time is are your meetings? Any additional info on your club? I'm new to the salt and can take all the help I can get. Thanks ahead.



  8. Well Striblue....I actually took a pretty close look at those spoons at the local fly shop during lunch. They are quite light weight....I didn't realize that when I saw them the other day. You said they are made of mylar....looks like then they are covered pretty thick with expoxy. I could see it taking some experimentation to get the mylar shaped right to give them the proper action. I'll have to buy a few to try out / try and imitate.


    Thanks for setting me straight.



  9. I understand what your getting at Striblue. Let us know when your book is available. Sounds like an interesting read. It would probably help set me straight on some of these issues.


    To be honest I just like catching fish. I'll use bait or fly. Although I admitt I definitley get a bigger kick out of catching fish using flies. I've "evolved" to fly fishing for most fresh water species just cause I enjoy tying flies so much. But, being new to the salt I'll probably start with spinning gear. I just saw those spoons and said to myself.... spoons on a fly rod? They can't be serious? Chalk up my comments to my ignorance to the world of saltwater fly fishing.


    Speaking of purity...I've been known to chuck n' duck for salmon. Now thats something that is probably much more contreversial than fishing these little spoons on a fly rod. People really get there feathers ruffled discussing chuck n' duck.


    Anyhow how do you make theses spoons? or are they just a bought item?


    I'll have to post a few pictures of some of the other flies I've tied up tongiht. My plan is to take both spinning and fly gear with me on my first few trips. If I happen to catch a few on spinning gear I'll try some flies.




  10. Thanks Ghow...I will defintley post some pics if I get into them.


    Striblue...Thanks on the tip...I'll have to check his shop out. I've been having trouble getting the deer hair to cover around the eyes. The picture might not show it, but that head is pretty sparse. The ones I saw in the fly shop seems to have a nice tightly packed head. I suppose maybe I need to just add more hair, but I think its got more to do with my technique.


    I saw those spoons, and I've read they are good, but I guess my feeling on those is why cast em with a fly rod? I both spin and fly fish and if I was going to get some of those what advantage what I have tossin it from a fly rod? I'm defintiley not a purist. In fact yesterday I was fishing cracked crab from the shore catchin some big ugly's. But I just don't think I see the point in tossing a spoon from a fly rod. Perhaps I need some elightenment.








  11. As I mentioned in another post I just moved down to Houston, Texas and I definitley want to try some saltwater flyfishing for red and specs.....or whatever will bite.


    Stopped by a local fly shop and I was told that the bonefish slider is a killer fly for reds. Tried tying a few up...but I'm having a little trouble getting them to come out the way I remember them in the shop.


    Any suggestions...


    Here a pic of two that I tied up.


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    Thanks for any input.



  12. I was new to this game almost 2 years ago. I mostly learned of this series.....


    Link: http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/beginners/


    Its a great series that teaches you the basics. From there you'll pick up a lot off this site and others.


    I would also recommend you pick out a flyies you currently use and have sucess with and try to tye them. Investing in materials/hooks that you need to tie one pattern at a time. Eventually over time those materials will start overlapping and when you see a pattern you want to tie you won't have to go out and buy all the materials.....or hooks.....cause your already have some of them from previous patterns you've tied.


    I would also advise against a kit. They usually have cheap materials, tools, etc.


    Good luck...if your anythign like myself you'll find it very addictive and pretty soon you'll have more materials and hooks than you know what to do with.



  13. I am also a newbie at tying dries....


    The first I learned to tie was an Elk Hair Caddis. A fairly easy tie that is very effective.


    I have just started learning how to tie some parachute style BWO's. A little bit intimitdating...but you just have to give it a try. Not as hard as you might think. Here is a link on a fairly simple BWO pattern.




    I've tied a bunch of these....My number one tip on these is to make sure you use a midge hackle pliers to grasp the biot...makes tying them a ton easier. Overall this is a very simple pattern although I can't vouge for its effectiveness.


    Also, try tying 16's first and then work up to smaller sizes...even if you don't have need for the larger sizes its good practice. Everything gets a little bit more difficult the smaller the fly. So your mistakes really start to add up the smaller the fly gets.




  14. Adams you make a good point....the pattern rides hooking point up...but maybe thats what adds to the effectiveness ...the fish might see it a wounded or disoriented prey...who knows...for the fish I use it for I'm not so sure that they are taking it because they are mistaking for a hex. I think it could be a curosity thing....or just the movement that this pattern creates. And I'd think it would get hung up more if you tied the eyes on the other side....which would cause the hook to point down. I could also see it affecting the hook sets if the hook point was oriented down. I suppose you could tie it on the other side of the hook....too much hassle for me...LOL...if aint broke don't fix it.



  15. Thanks Guys..





    I use this fly for great lakes steelhead. How effective? It has worked very well, but then again Steelhead will take almost any well presented fly in the right conditions. Will it work any better than a wooly bugger in similiar colors or another one piece hex pattern? Not sure.


    As far as hook ups....It seems like when fish take this fly they don't hesistate. I've got some of my deepest hook ups using flys with this pattern. They inhale it.


    How to fish it? I can be bottom bounced.....dead drifted.....or even swung...





  16. Thought I'd post a step by step of one of my favorite flies.


    Tail Hook: Size 8 generic nymph hook

    Front Hook: Tiemco 105 size 8

    Tail/Wingl Material: Ginger Marabou

    Body Material: Tan/Dark Grey Ostrich Herl

    Back Material: Pheasant Tail dark side showing

    Ribbing: Copper Wire

    Eyes: Black Bead Chain

    Joint: 12# Mono


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  17. I'm heading to Houston for 4 months starting Feb 1st. I want to do some wading for specs and reds. I have very little saltwater experience so I want to hire a guide first thing when I get down there. Anyone know what kind of saltwater opportunities exsist in Matagora Bay or any other areas close to Houston during Feb- May? Any guide recommendaitons?


    Thanks for any info.



  18. I know theres been a few threads on different types of vises and which ones are best and why...ect, but I can't remember if there was any opinions on this particular vise. Any out there have one?


    I'm looking for a rotarty vise in the $100 range (the average price for this one is about 100 bucks). Any other similiar vises in that price range that represent a better value?


    Thanks a bunch for any opinions.



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