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  1. Just to add a related comment - I wish one of the manufacturers would make some thick plastic/mylar that would be suitable for blades. I think you could do a lot with streamers without the weight of metal.
  2. I use a non-slip loop for almost evrything these days, second only to the UNI knot. If you were broken off by a big bass don't forget that as they get bigger their teeth also get a bit more abrasive.
  3. If you have finicky bass, try small white marabou muddlers with a bit of flash - and a little patience. Bass get kind of quirky sometimes down here in FL as we transition from winter to spring. The white muddlers seem to do the trick for me.
  4. I've been using Danville's Flat-waxed Thread 210 for split-thread dubbing. As noted above, I'm not sure that you see a significant reduction in body size though.
  5. A few years ago I started tossing a sinking line quite a bit and I haven't looked back. I typiaclly carry a #7 or 8 WF floater and a Teeny 350 full sinker on another #8 when I go out. I really enjoy fishing a big fly on a deep line. My neighborhood lake has some holes that drop from four foot shallows to 20. A full sinking line allows you to really work the edges and deep spots with some patience.
  6. I tie a few in natural colors - white/green back, white/grey back. In smaller sizes the funky colors work OK. Regarding peacocks, I used to live on the canal used by Florida FWC for the pilot-study for their introduction. They LOVE red/orange/gold.
  7. I live far enough south that things are almost opposite of the northern portions of the country. Most of the big bass that I've caught have all been in late Fall through Spring. Afetr that things get too hot with water temps in the mid-80s. For most of the year water temps are so high that largemouth are pretty lethargic except for very early morning or late evening. You can catch them all of the time, but the big ones seem to get active here in South Florida when the water temps start moving towards the low 70s. My neighborhood lake produces solid numbers of double digit fish every year. So this year, I'm going big. These are all based on pike flies with a few tweaks. Dubbed arctic fox in front of the saddles (props to Simon Graham's Widow Angel series). The collars are reverse bucktail, but after tying in the bucktail,I tie in palmer chenille, and dubbed angel hair, before folding the bucktail back. This give some nice flash and movement beneath the collar. They are all between 6" and 8". Eyes are locked in with CCG. When you tie in reverse bucktail don't worry about the aggressive flair. They smooth out perfectly once they are wet. Here's one around 29" from late spring last year.
  8. Kirk, you're an old pro and know most of the tricks, but I've been playing with something you might like to try. I've been wrapping a small pieces of palmer chenille (the stuff that has <1/2" mylar hanging off only one side) with my dubbing loops for nice effect. It seems to be an easy way to add flash to the head area without substantially increasing the effort for a production tier. The flies look great BTW.
  9. How far south in SW Florida are you? Capt. Tom Shadley does fly tying a few nights a month at Mangrove Outfitters in Naples.
  10. To add to BFR's post, some of the shooting heads have a color change that give you a rough idea of how much line you should have out to load a cast (or when you've retrieved enough line to cast again). I throw a Teeny 350 on a stiff 8-weight so I wouldn't think that 250 would be too much for a 7.
  11. Here's the fly that bagged a bunch of pike for a friend...sort of a widow angle muddler with a deerhair trailer
  12. I tied a fly for a swap that resulted in 21 pike. It was a big orange cross between a nuddler and a widow angel streamer. 5/0 3407 hook; orange schlappen accented with grizzly; saltwater mylar flash (~1/8" wide); dubbed artic fox orange, interwrapped with mylar palmer chenille; and a big spun deer hair head with 3D holographic eyes (coated with CCG for durability). When I get home i'll see if I can dig up pictures. If you are going for big fish check out "Hang Time" by Brad Bohen. It was in one of the old Hatches magazines.
  13. Things come and go. I pop in here every now and then, to see what's going on. Every forum has a bit of turnover. This place has good core, but it isn't immune to change.
  14. I put the UV cure flies on a drying wheel just like epoxy and once I'm ready to cure I do several at once with the light while the wheel is turning. It definitively solves the problem of "sagging". Just my $0.02. The CCG seems to be pretty resistant to cracking on rocks and pilings which is why I've suck with it.
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