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Capt Bob LeMay

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  1. Sorry it's taken so long to get back to this thread... Here's the standard Deceiver in one of the colors that I did for shops over the years that shows how a calf tail head/body works (compared to the usual bucktail version... ). Shops ordered them in green/whit, red/white, blue/white as well as all yellow, red/yellow, pink/yellow, etc. Occasionally I filled orders for Deceivers with an all grizzly tail instead of the white or yellow tail... Hook: Mustad 34007, 1/0 Thread: Danville's flat waxed nylon, color of choice.. Tail: Saddle hackles from relatively inexpensive strung saddles bundles, 4-6", three on a side totaling six with curves facing inwards, tied in as a unit, just forward of the hook bend - on top of the shank... lash: Your choice, Flashabou Accent or ordinary Flashabou in pearl, six to ten strands on each side of the tail with staggered ends stopping just short of the end of the saddles... Body: Pearl Diamond braid (my own variation from Lefty's original mylar in silver...) Collar: Generous amount of bleached white or dyed calftail from area near the tip end (longer hairs, but still straight - not curled). Bundle of calftail tied in on top of the shank about 1/8" from the hook eye, then rolled around the hook shank to evenly distribute it. Note: hair much reach past the hook bend... then add an accent color on top if desired... Head: Built up tying thread, then whip finished and super glued (Krazy Glue - original thin formula), followed by painted on eyes if you choose...
  2. The effects of that virus are felt everywhere I suppose. Last year all my phone calls were cancellations. I was still able to fish (the Ten Thousand Islands part of the Everglades just north of the Park) but hardly a single customer aboard… So far at least last spring my bookings were almost back to normal. Summer is actually our slowest time of the year for bookings… Like everyone else, can’t wait for things to get back to normal.
  3. Great report Philly… I find myself wondering if the folks in Canada are aware of what their government is up to. This from a guy who’s Mom was born and raised in Ontario…
  4. That “sting” on a sting ray is actually a solid bone spear with serrations on each side like the barbs on fishhooks… It’s not located on the end of the tail - instead it’s located on the base of the tail, right on top, concealed within a thin covering of flesh… It looks harmless, like a small finger at the base of the tail… That ray is a “one trick pony”… If stepped on or molested in any way - their only response is to elevate that spear and try to skewer that attacker - then flee at high speed.. That barb will absolutely ruin your day and your only relief will come from pouring water as hot as you can stand on the wound until you can get to an ER… While I’m talking about sting ray wounds anyone that wades in warm salt or brackish waters should learn all they can about “vibrio” infections…. They can be absolutely life threatening. Put simply, any wound or abrasion that you got while swimming or wading should be taken to the nearest ER or your own doctor, period… Tell them to check for vibrio - they’ll know about it. Delay a day or two and they may not be able to save that arm or leg… or your life. ”Vibrio” is what the news media call “flesh eating bacteria”…
  5. We’ve seen this sort of response down here in south Florida years ago as well… The bulk of the relief goes to cities while small isolated rural areas wait and wait…. Hope that’s not the case where y’all are…
  6. For smaller Deceivers, instead of bucktail, try calf tail (old timers used to call it kiptail…). I’ve also dispensed with any sort of Mylar body at times when going down to hook sizes as small as #4…. Going the other direction at times I’ve done Deceivers as big as seven inches on hooks as big as 4/0 or 5/0. Will add a pic or two when I can get to my desktop…. Here you go..this is the only one in my photo album at present. This full bore heavily dressed Deceiver was called the Southern Deceiver back when I was tying for shops. The first shop that carried it was the Southern Angler in Stuart, FL. Hook: Ex-sharp, ex- strong Tiemco or Owner 4/0 Tail: six wide, webby saddles (6 to 8" strung saddles), with two long perfect dyed olive grizzly saddles outside at least one inch longer than white saddles Flash: 10 to 12 strands of pearl Flashabou Accent (or Crystal Flash) doubled and staggered on each side Body: Pearl diamond braid (custom made for me in a larger size) doubled- laid along the top of the hook shank then wound over to within 1/8" of hook eye Collar: Heavily dressed bucktail extended back 1/2" from end of hook, Peacock herl 8 to 12 over the collar and two short matching grizzly saddles on each side to extend the barred appearance from tail to head Throat: bright red synthetic wool Thread: Danville's flat waxed, with head built up to accommodate painted eyes.... Later on today I'll check to see if I have any smaller, simpler Deceivers to add...
  7. Another week without any fly anglers... Here's a tease anyway... This little guy, we estimated at between 10 and 11 feet - full of fight when released "Fly anglers wanted" The full report is over on Microskiff at https://www.microskiff.com/threads/everglades-backcountry-report-23-august.93413/
  8. Over on the saltwater side of things I’ve noted a big difference between older tyers and folks who only came into the hobby in the last 20 years or so. Most of them are tying with synthetic materials while guys like me are still using feathers, fur, and other more traditional stuff. It’s very noticeable to me…
  9. Love those Charlies Dave... Years ago when a lot of my shop orders were for bonefish bugs I did a variety of Crazy Charlies and similar stuff - a #4 hook (Mustad 34007) was the standard but I also filled orders with #6 and #2 hooks... When I did them with V-rib - they were called Clear Charlies... Shops that catered to anglers headed for the Bahamas always sold a bunch of them... The only difference is that mine were only ever done with bead chain eyes...
  10. Those small poppers would work well on baby tarpon and snook in the backcountry… Very well done!
  11. Yep, these are on #4 Mustad 34007 hooks and in a size or two larger - small permit.... I've been thinking about a version that would pretty closely imitate a sand flea (mole crab) without those sili legs legs and with a very short maribou tail.. This pattern, I believe was originally meant for fishing the Turneffe Islands in the Caribbean. I got regular orders for it back when I was tying for shops in south Florida... I haven't had much use for them in the backcountry of the Everglades where you'll never see a bonefish until you're halfway between Flamingo and Islamorada (we fish the dark waters to the north of that area and are rarely found in Florida Bay...).
  12. What Philly describes is exactly what I found with rubber legs... all those years ago - so I just quit using them. When Sili-legs came along they were exactly what I needed. Yes, they'll tear and break - but they won't cause the problems that rubber did. Here's a pic of one pattern I do that uses the Sili-legs - my version of Mathews Turneffe crab...
  13. Years ago, before Silli-legs came along, all we had was rubber - and it just didn't age very well at all. I know nothing about stretch magic (or whether it's rubber or not) so I'm only speaking about plain rubber legs... That technique of wrapping around a form or mandrel then marking looks like a great idea.
  14. My “old favorite” is a Sage RPL+ 8wt… It’s one of two I got from them back in 1996 when I took up guiding full time (the other was a 7wt RPL+)…. Can’t tell you how many fish those two rods have taken over the years from bonefish to tarpon and everything in between… Along the way I suppose each one has had its share of warranty repairs and/or replacements…. If Sage still made them I’d have brand new versions instead of my old battered ones… With the decline in their warranty program, I’m the one doing the repairs now instead of Sage and eventually they’ll no longer be in service. That eight weight has taken tarpon up to 40lbs on more than one occasion and I just replaced its cork grip… It doesn’t look like much but most of my anglers use it just fine…
  15. Only one drawback to using rubber in any pattern is that it doesn't age well... Those sili legs last forever -but not so with rubber (another of those "ask me how I know" propositions... ).
  16. Bikes and boats have one other thing in common…. When it’s cooking, crank up, get running and it’s instant air conditioning.
  17. This time of year most gulf spots from Texas to the Keys near me are cooking (both for fish and anglers alike). In the ‘glades I deal with it by doing a very early start (before sunup)… Better fishing - and we’re off the water before those afternoon thunderstorms really get cranking - hopefully… Here’s a trick or two to keep you and whoever you’re fishing with in the game… The first is easy… drink lots of water to stay hydrated (save the beer for the run back to the ramp…). Secondly, remember that long before A/C… folks had ways to deal with the heat. The first thing I do is have my anglers dunk their hats, wring them out, then back on their heads… That’s backed by doing the same with your shirt… Lastly, a wet towel or two kept in your cooler that’s placed around head and shoulders sure feels great when you’re cooking. When it’s no longer cold enough - back in the cooler it goes…
  18. Pat Dunlop, Cascade Crest, was right on the money.. when you can't find any other color use white then color as you choose with Prismacolor Art markers (or just that old standby - the Sharpy... ). Years ago I was able to buy sheets of foam in every color under the sun - at craft shops - not fly shops... To this day the background color on every photo I take is one of those sheets (I must have eight or more colors kept just for that purpose). Here's pic or two - forget the flies just look at the background... In order, Swamp Rabbits (an original pattern that I do in five colors..), Lefty's Deceiver (my version), Flip Pallot's Prince of Tides (my version).
  19. My only brother has lived there for more than forty years - he thinks salmon is dog food and has acreage on the Matanuska river... We're as different as can be, I'm a fisherman - he's a hunter (and they haven't bought their meat at a store in years and years... ). His idea of a rifle is a 375 H&H - he has three of them.... I know Alaska is part of the US - but must admit that I haven't thought of it that way...
  20. Actually… polar bear hair was legal to import into the US, starting about 20 years ago, from Alaska… Haven’t heard whether that window is still open these days since it was premium material in small quantities (and pricey…). Me I’m a wholesale buyer if at all possible… One other thing to mention about polar… it really takes dyeing very well - while keeping its natural surface shine.
  21. I still have a pound or two of polar bear - from years and years ago... Back in the sixties and seventies enterprising souls down here in the lower 48 would scrounge up old moth-eaten polar bear rugs - then cut them up for sale piece by piece... I very carefully never used the slightest bit of it in my commercial tying years and only now as the hair is yellowed and not in particularly good condition am I starting to use a bit of it... Polar hair has some unique characteristics that other hairs don't have... The first is that it turns translucent when wet, something that works well when you're working up streamers that imitate small fry or young bait - that is also translucent... The other characteristic that makes it unique is that unlike bucktail, polar hair is quite durable and a strike from something with razor sharp teeth doesn't cut it at all (very handy if fishing barracuda or mackeral type fish that normally shred a fly or jig with a single bite..). I have several barracuda patterns that were designed specifically to take advantage of polar's durability (and it's longer tapered hairs... ). Recently I've also been using a bit of it for clouser-style flies with good results... this particular batch is a very simple "clouser" using only a 1/0 Mustad 34007 hook, bead chain eyes, and a bit of pearl Flashabou with the entire wing just a single clump of polar bear hair on one side of the hook (with a good bit of the underfur left on the base of the hair... The snook I fed them to on a short night trip in the Jupiter area couldn't get enough of them.... Since the fish were holding in docklights you could actually watch them from the moment they saw the fly until the take - great fun. these were smaller male snook, nothing bigger than 24" that were feeding on small bait in every docklight I checked (and they'll be there every night this summer...
  22. I needed a few shrimp flies for an upcoming backcountry fly trip where tarpon were the target... Here's what I came up with the night before (eight bugs, four in each size...). You also need to know that I've never liked most of the shrimp patterns I've seen over the years - even though they're quite popular around the world - and I've done my fair share of them when filling orders for one shop or other.... They do resemble shrimp - but many of them won't move like shrimp, or drift like shrimp, or sink like shrimp... maybe that's just me, but keep it in mind... Tied up on an Owner Aki 2/0 hook - this one is for bigger fish in deeper waters and comes with a wire weedguard this smaller, lighter one is on a Tiemco 600sp #2 hook and does without the weedguard - for smaller fish in the shallower drains along the west coast of the 'glades... The tying materials in each are mostly the same. Thread: Danville's flat waxed nylon - fl. orange Tail spreader: very sparse dyed orange bucktail, the orange mixed in with the brown near the base of the bucktail so it will flare under tension a bit... Tail: Natural ginger variant strung neck hackles (very coarse, most tyers would reject them for freshwater use...). Three on a side for the larger version, two on a side for the smaller version, splayed outwards in classic tarpon fly fashion.. Eyes: largest bead chain for the larger version - none for the smaller... Collar (and body): Palmered saddle hackles (once again from cheap strung saddles) in that same natural ginger variant stock, using as much of the fluff as possible (that's the much lighter fiber that looks like maribou), three of them as a unit for the larger version - only two for the smaller version... That fifty pound tarpon? He jumped on the larger version worked on a 10wt Intermediate line, slow and deep... Now we need to find another seven fish to use up the remaining seven "SomethingShrimpy" flies... The larger fly was intended for heavier rods (that day it was a 10wt for my angler), the lighter version for an 8wt, and could be well fished with only a 7wt if the fish stay small... For me the critical stuff when fish are feeding on shrimp is pretty simple. The fly has to be the right size, coloration, and move and/or suspend the exact same way a real shrimp does. Anything else is secondary. One of my first jobs all those years ago in a tackle shop ( Reef Tackle, Miami, 1972) was using, cleaning, and maintaining the shrimp tanks - so I had lots of opportunity to watch exactly how they behaved... That lesson stayed with me over the years. Pretty sure that this simple pattern will become a staple in my flyfishing gear now "SomethingShrimpy"... who knew?
  23. “Aren’t boats fun”… particularly when you’ve just re-powered and before things start needing work again. Looks like a great rig - enjoy
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