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Capt Bob LeMay

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  1. Been tying for the salt a few years... Never heard of an intruder chassis.. Can someone enlighten me (and a picture or two of the rig before it's tied into a pattern if at all possible...). Thanks, I swear the longer I work with hair and feathers the more I hear of things for the first time...
  2. Outstanding flat wing Moshup... I had a jungle cock cape given to me years ago and it was a bit elderly when I first got my hands on it. I was never satisfied with the bugs I did using jungle cock for eyes so I actually gave it away so someone could make use of it.... Seeing what you've done makes me realize my imagination just didn't stretch far enough...
  3. Thanks, mostly everything I do was taught to me by someone local over the years. I’ve been very fortunate in that regard…
  4. I've been keeping busy as well filling lure orders for leadheads and bucktail jigs... Here's a pic... Helps fill in down time when I'm not on the water. I'm still tying but only for my needs as a guide each day...f
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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…
  8. 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”…
  9. 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…
  10. 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...
  11. 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/
  12. 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…
  13. 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...
  14. Those small poppers would work well on baby tarpon and snook in the backcountry… Very well done!
  15. 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...).
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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…
  19. 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... ).
  20. Bikes and boats have one other thing in common…. When it’s cooking, crank up, get running and it’s instant air conditioning.
  21. 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…
  22. 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).
  23. 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...
  24. 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.
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