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MIKE*A

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  1. Will, for what it's worth.......according to the map at the Cincy zoo, you are at "ground zero".........smack dab in the center of this "hatch".
  2. What do you think about putting everyones hometown/State(or Country) under their name? maybe even creating a regional directory........as more people join the site, it's harder to remember where everyone is from and if someone has questions about a specific area, they could check the directory and pm them......just a thought. Mike
  3. Sorry about your loss......... Mike
  4. OK guys/gals..........all of you that live in Kentucky, Southern Ohio, and SE Indiana might want to read on.........I took the family down to the Cincy zoo Sunday evening for the "festival of lights". During our tour, we popped into the insect house and they had a nice display on Cicadas. While looking this over, I found out that the above mentioned "Brood X" will reappear this coming Summer!!!!!! For those of you old enough to remember the Summer of 87, we were overrun!!!!!!!! I remember fishing, and every single species out there was gorging themselves on these things!!!!!! As I recall, the "hatch" lasted for several weeks. they were so thick and loud, you couldn't hear anything else! BDH may "have it goin' on" this Summer with his poppers...........
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    Tunas and thier Kin

    Thanx for the pics............!!!!
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    My Favorite Picture!

    Wow.............nice picture............i would have to have that framed and sitting right above my bench.............
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    Striper Questions

    Here it is.......... www.reel-time.com/fishwire/capecod you can get a lot of good general information off here and I'm sure a number of the members here would help you fill in the blanks. Of course i will be listening to. I'm going up in July (which has already been pointed out to be not such a good time, but thats when the kids are on break). maybe i can sneak away in the Fall for a couple days........
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    Striper Questions

    Back to your original questions.........i of course have no experience or expertise in Striper/Blue fishing, but also have a strong desire to experience it and with my brother moving up there i may now have the opportunity. I actually found this website from a Cape Cod flyfishing website (someone was raving about your game so i came over to check it out) I will dig up the web address for you. it's pretty informative. A lot of tips and goos discussions.......Of course some of the guys from up there may have some better info. for you.......
  9. I've never gone out specifically looking for cats, but in thinking about it, everyone i ever caught was on some kind of nymph.......usually a bigger one (or mid size depending on your perspective) size 8-10.......and no specific pattern really........In fishing the same waters, i have never caught one on a streamer or crayfish pattern......but I know they feed on them?????????
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    Striper Questions

    Have you ever seen anyone catch the actual "stripers" in the Ohio?
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    Striper Questions

    Hey Smallie, i know it's not quite the same, but It seems to me that they have landlocked Stripers in the Ohio.......(it maybe some kind of hybrid), but I have seen pictures of some pretty big ones. From what i have read, they generally deep troll for them, but if memory serves, they hit schools of them on the surface as well.........i fish for "Wipers" (some kind of non-reproducing hybrid between stripers/white bass I believe) at kiser lake which is about 30 minutes North of Dayton on rte. 235...........what a ball!!!!! they average 2-3 pounds, but every once in a while you hit a big boy!!!!! my personal best is 5#, but my buddy caught a seven# once and i know they get a lot bigger..........boy do they fight!
  12. I have never seen any gar in the rivers near my house though I am sure there must be some in the lower portions (below all the dams) near the Ohio River because i know there are both Gar and Bowfin in the Ohio........I am going to have to try to get down there this summer........When I lived in Massachussetts, i use to catch a lot of Chain Pickerel, a lot of people considered them trash fish, but i sure enjoyed them....
  13. Hopefully I'll get mine in the next couple days........i can always use some tips on my deerhair..........
  14. Yeah, I'm sure there are worse.......io just thought it was funny.........my brother moved up there this past summer after living on the west coast for the pat 15 years...........the first thing he told me was that he couldn't believe the traffic and drivers.......he drives an old, semi restored IH Scout (in other words, a tank). He said that he has learned to "drive aggressively". He is now proud of the fact that people get out of "his" way. My wife and i got a good laugh out of it all. some examples: In ohio, you always look for that one car to run the red right after the light changes.....In Mass., there will be 2-3 of them. In 4 days of driving there, I had 3 occassions where I was sitting in the left turn lane waiting on the arrow, as soon as it changed, I had a car turn in front of me from the center thru lane who decided to make a left turn instead of going straight at the last minute. I think what topped it all off for us was the fact that no one seemed to get angry, no horns, flying fingers, screaming, road rage.....nothing. It's like it's just all accepted, no big deal. All said, we had a great time. I actually lived up there 20 years ago (Chicopee). I got introduced to fly fishing on the Swift & Deerfield rivers.....used to hit Quabbin res. quite a bit to. I'd like to move back to New England someday (after retirement of course).
  15. I was up in Pembroke last week............unfortunately i don't think i can swing another trip up there for awhile............Nothing personal, But you guys have some of the worst drivers up there that I have ever seen..........my brother tried to warn me, but until you experience it first hand.............wow!
  16. Welcome aboard............... Mike Dayton, Ohio
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    Carp fishing

    The only top water fly i have ever taken them on is a "mulberry"......otherwise, to echo what everyone else has said, just about any nymph, crayfish imitation has worked for me...........I've been taken into my backing many a time......It seems like they have a lot of power on the first run, but not much stamina after that.......
  18. thanx........guess I'll have to do some suckin' up a couple days prior......
  19. John, thanx for taking the time to post the photos........
  20. What was the date of that flytying expo in Cincy.......I think you said it was in February? I just got my 2004 pocket calendar and want to make sure I have it marked down...... thanx, mike
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    Crappie flies

    I haven't done much crappie fishing in recent years, but the first fly I learned to tie (25 years ago....wow) turned out to be a crappie killer for me back then. It was called the "Little Skunk" for reasons soon to be obvious. It was generally tied on a size 8-12 hook with a black chenille body and a piece of white polypropylene tied on at the tail. The original recipe called for the tail to be as long as the hook gap was wide. the remainder of the polypro was pulled over the back and tied off at the head. You can whip a dozen of them off in no time. Over the years, I have used the same pattern with some color variations. Most recently, I began tying them in all white or silver to simulate the small shad hatchlings in the nearby rivers in the Spring......the Smallies and Rock Bass gorge themselves on them.......they are very simple/quick to tie which is good, because i lose a lot of them in the rivers with all the brush etc. My (then) 7 year old daughter began tying some of these last spring. I think they looked better than mine....... I think I've even tied some with bead heads and pull chain eyes.
  22. I've never fished for them, none of the rivers in my neck of the woods have any.........I've heard that there are some in the lower ends of my rivers down where they meet the Ohio. I seem to recall an article in one of my old (and defunct) issues of "Warmwater flyfishing" about flyfishing for gar.....I'll have to see if I can find it...........I do miss that magazine.
  23. thanx guys.........i was primarily looking for the adult versions, but I guess i didn't specify that.......thanx again for the help.
  24. Anyone with any good damsel fly patterns they'd like to share????.......Jim........?
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