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Everything posted by michiganborn

  1. What I'd call ugly flies are some things that I can say I KNOW a fish wouldn't eat... I've had some real dandies. Lol
  2. My thought was to several-stringed spools, such as on flosses. Perch sounds right, though, I wouldn't want to use that on anything mosquito sized.
  3. I bought a pack of each of these, both standard, and noticed the #14 hook is not only almost the same as my #12's, it's larger! Mismarked box, or...?
  4. I put my elbows on my table just like mama said not to, and set the vice to where my hands go to. It's pretty much instinctive after a while.
  5. X2 Jimr. They also make beautiful streamers.
  6. Nice flies. They're essentially fan-wings, but a bit less refined, which is good. I like the pattern.
  7. Thanks guys... I guess I'll have to get something a bit more stout here soon.
  8. My favorite material, I add it to all sorts of patterns!
  9. Make sure you use a swivel, or that'll turn your line into a bird's nest in about 2 feet of retrieve lol! But awesome idea, it looks really good.
  10. Sorry, this should be in the fly fishing section.
  11. Will this rod of mine cut it for fishing salmon when they run? Also, where can I find a rod case for it? I've looked online, at fly conventions, in shops, and nothing!
  12. We all started with that happening. Give it time, sure enough it'll come together. You just need to pinpoint what you're doing wrong... wading, holding your rod wrong, drag, tippet/leader length, fly selection... I suppose I could go on for hours lol but I dont want to sound patronizing Keep at em!
  13. Ah that's a cool story Druce I'm gonna chase them with my 6wt this year, unless I get a new rod before they start running
  14. This was originally going to be a thread about largemouth bass, but I think this'll be more interesting and fun! Post pictures, stories, etc of your largest catches made with a fly!
  15. Great replies. I guess I'm in the right for wondering this.
  16. I've been looking and reading and wondering lately; Why exactly do steelhead seem to find a colorful, unnatural version of an insect larva appealing? For example, a caddisfly nymph tied in purple or orange or something like this: http://www.indigoguideservice.com/uploads/2011/03/steelhead-stonefly-645.jpg My guess is that it's a one-two punch that the fish need to be provoked into biting. For one, it looks like a natural nymph, making them instinctively(during the very instinct-driven time of breeding) want to eat it. Two, the flashy colors catch the fish's eye, making them pay attention to it and not just let it drift pass. A reaction strike on a food item. Of course, I could be entirely wrong, so your theories are greatly appreciated!
  17. A great (and unusual) way to nail bedding bass is to tie a 6 inch long olive zonker strip with a weed guard to a hook. Drop the that fly right in the nest, and the bass, thinkin that it's just a pond weed will grab it in it's mouth and remove it from it's nest. Just set the hook! LOL Does that really work? I'll have to remember that.
  18. Well hmm..... All I can really offer is that what works the day before doesn't always work the next day. Maybe you should try a different style of fly, and see if you can get a more aggressive strike?
  19. You're gonna have a heck of a trip! Ingenious of you to make that basket But I still don't understand why you'd want to catch anything BUT trout?!
  20. Man oh man is that beautiful. I hope to make it out there sooner than later for sure.... If you wouldn't have caught that dang fish on your first cast, you would've had a whole day of great fishing! Bad luck, yaknow!
  21. Maybe the fly's too big for the fish you're targeting...?
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