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  1. Not really. I'm dealing with a little algea and finer stuff. Grass, pads and milfoil aren't a problem. It's all the fine debris that gets caught up in it that's a pain for me. Plastics slide though this stuff well but flies tend to collect the stuff. CB
  2. Looking for suggestions on a pattern that is not a hassle to tie (read: no deer hair) and that will stay relatively slop free when getting into the junk for largemouth. Also, has anyone found a better way to create a weedless fly than the usual heay mono loop? Thanks, CB
  3. Good advice above. I use Gudebrod GX2 thread and it's great becasue you can pack it with the hair. I've tried all types of packers and the ones that pack the thread along the hook, I've found, are most effective. When you've got everything packed, trim it with Gillette flexible razors. Use a slicing motion when trimming and make sure the blades are new. I've got the vaccuum parked beside me when spinning hair. Keeps the mess at bay. CB
  4. I love the vice! It's a tech head's dream!!! I'm not sure it's overly practical for the average tyer but it's certainly unique, very cool and that's good enough for me. That being said, I probably wouldn't buy one because it's too expensive. I guess you could say it's the Lamborghini of the vice industry. CB
  5. Great pattern. I'm with the rest of the gang. The mono springs are good thinkin'. Well done. CB
  6. Fine lead wire. It takes less time, you won't use up all of your thread, it'll make the fly sink and it'll be more consistent from fly to fly. CB
  7. The tail could be shorter and the body perhaps a little more tapered. The taper can be achieved by either using a tapered thread base or by adding some lead wire to the front half of the fly. I typically add a wire wrap to my pheasant tails for both aesthetic purposes and to protect it from unraveling when it gets knocked around fishing. Wrap the wire in the opposite direction of the pheasant tail. Try teasing out some of the dubbing to give it a leggier look. Otherwise, you've finished off the head very neatly without crowding it. Something that many have trouble with, myself included. Nice fly. Welcome back! CB
  8. have had great luck on white buggers.
  9. I don't see the kind of legs I'm used to seeing on a dragon fly nymph. The body proportions look good though and the eyes used seem to be the appropriate size. CB
  10. IN this particular case it produces a spikier body and secures the Ice dub much better than spinning it on. It seems to produce a more consistent body too. CB
  11. More Hex Buggers. Check out the mini ones tied on a glo bug hook. CB
  12. My experiences... Dubbing loops: Pros: - will secure coarse dubbing better that trying to spin it on. - create a spikier affect (if that's what you're looking for) - if you tease the dubbing out after I find a dubbing loop gives better control - what Big E and Bruce said... Cons: - Bulkier than spinning the dubbing and not suitable for tiny flies. Spun dubbing: Pros: - can apply slight amounts of dubbing. Often a necessity when tying dries. - more practical IMHO for very fine dubbing - creates a tighter slimmer look.(if that's what you're looking for) Cons: - can be less secure than a dubbing loop when dealing with coarse dubbing. For most of my wets requiring a body more than 1/8" in diameter I use a loop. I find it just works better for me and I get more consistent results. When I spin dubbing onto thread I'm constantly playing around with it trying to get the lumps out. :wallbash: I've had fleis lose some spun dubbing on wets when fished. This is not a problem with a loop. CB
  13. When the fish fly hatch is on in Lake St Clair I'll definitely will be working on my hex dry. I've found that the large dries used, or more specifically, the large hooks used for them are heavy and keeping them up is a pain. Not sure how it will look yet but I'm pretty sure it'll have foam in it. CB
  14. Nice tie man! I definitely will be focussing on streamers based on nymphs this year. Very versatile. CB
  15. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by cbinwindsor: Hex Bugger
  16. Hex Bugger Size 6 Salmon Hook Grizzly marabou tail Pheasant tail fibre back Grizzly soft hackle wound foreword woolly bugger style Olive UV ice dubbing body applied with a dubbing loop Medium plastic eyes 8/0 White Uni Thread I've had luck with swimming hex nymphs in the past so I've tied these specifically for swinging. Could possibly imitate a bait fish too.
  17. Yikes. Pike have a lot of teeth and abrasion resistence to little razors is a lot to ask of any monofilament. Now metal on the other hand...... Have you used toothy critter tippet? CB
  18. The flies look awsome. Great form and colours. You should showcase them in your restaurant! I'm sure the patrons would find them interesting and even more so when they find out that the owner tied them. Great stuff. CB
  19. Chernobyls are easy as can be to tie. I put these pics together while tying in about 10mins.... Cut the material. Get a streamer hook and tie into it. Usually the lighter colour goes below but I'm rushing this so naturally it's going wrong. Stack the foam strips and tie them down about 2/3 down the hook. Add legs. Put then in loosely, pull them around into place and then tighten while holding the body on top of the hook. Some add a light coloured foam block on top here for visibillity (remember the black should be on top). When they're tight wind under the foam to about 1/4 hook shank from the head. Tie in the legs as above and add a little block of light coloured foam (yellow is good) so you can see it in the water. Tighten down while holding the body in place and tie a couple half hitches. Clip the thread. (Sorry it's a little over exposed) A little zap a gap will hold the body in place while fishing and keep everything together. I can't think of a faster dry fly to tie. Plus they require no flotant and catch fish. Nedless to say I have tons of them... CB
  20. Well after getting some great new toys at the Midwest fly fishing expo I was itchin' to giv'er a go. I got a ton of great advice from some seasoned slamon fly tiers and was inspired to get a little heavier into tying speys. In fact, Spey hooks just seem to make more sese to me in so many ways with their large up turned eyes. So I got me some cool spey hooks. The Gaelic fonts and the fact that they were called "Dublin Limmerick" just reeked of authenticity. I'm pretty sure they're fasioned by hand by the family of the ancestors who invented fly fishing or whatever. Check it out.... Seriously though, these hooks are sweet becasue they're flat on the sides making them sit VERY securely in my flat faced Danvice jaws. All of their hooks are manufactured as such. The signature Chris Helm deer hair hooks by this guy (are absolutely perfect. He's got upturned eye nymph hooks too. I should have got some. They would be the bee's knees for swingable hex nymphs....Oh well, he does mail order. I did pick up some cool feathers at the show. I got some "schlappen". "Shlappen" is my new favorite word. Regardless, I went to my ring necked pheasant. The colours in these feathers are awsome. I think this guy is (was) a standard ring neck pheasant. And here's what I ended up with.... I'm really liking the colours. All except the mallard flank and dubbing came from the pheasant. The body is Ice dubbed and then there's 3 different feathers in there. I used one for the long whispy stuff, one for the collar and one for the red stuff hanging down under the mallard flank at the eye. I'm thinking I'll be tying up a few more. It reamains to be seen how they fare on the river... CB
  21. I spoke to him yesterday and it should be available through Amazon in the next week. CB
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