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  1. Jezz Ditz. I can't belive you dragged this pattern out into the open again. I haven't posted in ages. I happned to just visit? Bob Clouser really came up with a timeless pattern and cut it down to it's most basic feature and the fly still works. I still fish this No Frills in low water when fishing for prowling smallmouth on the Connecticut River. This one took a # 8 black No Frills and gave me a real battle on this hand made two weight Now if you dress it up a bit.....You can make these........... and catch these.......... Put a different color to it...you get these....and if you're lucky you get one like this.......... Still my best. Hoping for better.
  2. My first thought was about the river current turning the blade in a deep hole on any river. The huge smallmouth that lives there has no fear until it's Too Late. Question: I'm trying to visualize what are the steps for wrapping the junction cover? You tie the rear hook fly leaving a wire tag and excess material... Then is the wire connected to the front hook (eyes already secured and anchored in the vise) to hold it taught when you complete the wraps? Then you complete the front hook? Reducing my learning curve
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  4. The simple crayfish below is excellent j. michael. Carp flies don't have to be pretty. Just get the fly in front them. Welcome ginseng sullivan This carp was on a size 8 blond clouser.
  5. Bet it will take a pounding. Got to give it a try
  6. I received this fly in an FTF smallmouth bass fly swap. I just want to give everyone some idea of the seduction power of this fly for smallmouth bass. I caught two dozen plus smallies in one outing and this fly showed NO sign of coming apart. This is no doubt to to the crocheted construction of the body wraps. I'm convinced they can't ignore this fly if you present it correctly. In a slow current and fished slowly over the bottom a crayfish eating smallie will not pass it up! Unforunately I lost my fly at the end of that great afternoon not to a frayed tippet but because I had loosened up the clinch knot! This happened because the hook that's used is fantastic. It is alway buried in the corner of the jaw and it just doesn't want to come out! So always re-tie after your first twenty fish I've looked over the tying steps and it will probably take a few tries but it will be worth it. I just have to get the crocheting hook, then just tie a few and I'll be set for a while. This fly is worth the effort for any smallmouth or largemouth bass fly tyer.
  7. You got your stuff together pff1! Great story :punk:
  8. VERY impressive fly (and gallery) for a young fry dsaavedra. I'll give it a try on the smallmouths on the CT River .
  9. Look great John and a must for the arsenal. Did the material come in a package with a name? It's easier to get a clerk and point it out instead of prowling up and down the aisles.
  10. I watched the same show. Now I know why there are so many mussels in Lake Congamond which is an outstanding largemouth fishery. The sand bottom spawning flat that I live next to is loaded with mussel shells. Some are live ones that have buried themselves in the sand and the shells of the expired litter the bottom. Seeing this piece on Nature explaining this relationship just anwered some of my questions. My last unanswered question is what eats the mussels? There are so many opened shells littering the bottom of the area. I know otters frequent the lake but not a huge population..... :dunno:
  11. One week last year the stretch of river that I like to wade was alive with smallies chasing blue damsel. I put together a spun head, bucktail extended body. It was passable but did not hold up from casting and a little bit of punishment. These foamies look like the answer when the time comes again next season. RUGGED!
  12. Nice design Wiggleminnow. The fly look 'tough as nails.' Just take your time with assembly. Questions: Does the foam make it want to float? Where are you getting the ant bodies from? What type of line have you fished it with? Floating with a split shot or sink-tip? I'll have to try it on my river smallies. Carp may like it too.....
  13. While deployed in Desert Storm my cousin was bite by one of those beasts. He told me he was sleeping and felt a strange sensation on his face that woke him up. His hand went to scratch the itch and felt it move. He jumped up and that spider leaped across the room. He grabbed his Berreta pistol and wanted to plug the critter but it kept leaping so fast he couldn't get a chance to squash it. He was layed up in the infirmary for a few days from that bite with swelling, fever and fatigue! He also has a bite scar as a memento of the encounter. Camel spiders have a numbing agent in their venom so the host doesn't even feel the the fangs penetrate. They have to be classifed as one of the most furocius insects on the planet.
  14. Alot'a bluegill knowledge coming out here. Breambuster, Check out this cray fish pattern from duckydoty. I received in the last smallmouth swap so I haven't been able to give a good work out yet. This is one duable fly and should be in the arsenal for a long time if I take care and don't loose it. This Connecticut River gill couldn't resist it................. Steve P, That Redear must have been some fight. Do you have any pictures?
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