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  1. I found some Hard to find feathers, Orange dry fly cape for $10, and some dyed goose shoulder feathers. I'm ready to try a couple new patterns. Also got some grouse and starling for wets.

     

    The best part was the personal attention we got from a couple of the tiers, namely Dennis Potter and John McClain, they were great! Showed us a couple patterns and techniques that significantly shortened the learning curve.


  2. Brachycentrus (American Grannom) is a tube case maker, with an elongated 4 sided grey-black case.

     

    More likely it was Rhyacophila (Green Sedge) They are the most common free living Caddis. The adults range up to 16mm in length, The wings are mottled shades of green and brown, the bodies are shades of olive (darker, early season, lighter as summer progresses.), Legs are various shades of brown.

     

    Free living caddis larvae must have relatively fast moving, well oxygenated water, being the least advanced, they lack highly developed gills.

     

    In most cases the Pupae will emerge in May or June, Adults may live for weeks. Adult dry imitations may be less effective than adult wets or emergers.

     

    The pupae emerge from the larval habitat (riffles), rise to the surface quickly and break through the film to take flight almost immediately. Rises to emergers are violent splashes and often take fish airborn in the pursuit.

     

    Egg-laying females crawl or dive to the bottom of riffle areas, paste eggs on the rocks and then simply let go and drift with the current until they reach the surface film and then break through slowly if at all, sometimes drifting for long distances, making a fine target for trout holding below riffle areas.


  3. I think it's very cool, probably very effective too!

     

    I'm no purist, I catch fish with many different techniques, but I find it difficult to classify this as a "fly". Seems to me "lure" is a more appropriate.

     

    With that said, how does it cast? What rod would it take to turn it over?


  4. Hmmm...

     

    How about substituting the wire with Larva Lace or a stripped hackle to cut down on the weight?

     

    I think the pattern looks great, just wondering about the flotation problem.

     

    I have yet to fish the Halo patterns, but the Airhead is my favorite fly to date. tongue.gif

     

    Went back and read the recipe, maybe Larva lace isn't an option on #20!


  5. The Hex in the western basin of Erie number in the 100's of millions. If conditions are right and they hatch en masse, the fish gorge on nymphs subsurface and fishing is pretty much shut down for a week or more. When hatchs are drawn out over weeks, fishing stays pretty consistent on slow trolled fat body baits. (A Walleye fanatic friend swears they think Hot-N-Tots are wigglers headed for the surface, maybe). The slicks of discarded Exo-Skeletons on Erie can be a 1/2 mile long and a couple hundred feet wide.

     

    I have talked to a couple guys who claim to catch Walleye and Smallies on the surface, during spinner falls early in the hatch. They use small Pop R's and Skitter Bugs.

     

    I would bet on your end of the lake (deep water) they are coming from marshy shoreline areas, bays and coves. Evening trips during spinner falls might be a bonanza, let us know if you try it.

     

    On a side note, on my buddies lake, Largemouth, Crappie, Bluegill and small Pike can all be taken on the fly during spinnerfalls.

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