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  1. Trim the section off the stem to the size you want, then just hit it with a little flexament, and let it dry before you tie it in. This will hold it together for a better looking wing case! Wiper Dawg
  2. good looking buggers - those will catch for sure! The only recommendations I would make would be to downsize the thickness of your chenille, to make a trimmer body, and to try tying in your hackle at the front of the body, and winding it back towards the tail - you bind it down with a thin wire rib counter - wrapped over the hackle, and tie off the rib at th head of the fly. This method has the hackle angled back over the fly, rather than forward, which I prefer, and the rib gives it some added durability. This is just my own preference, of course - your flies are fine as is! Just a couple new ideas to try! Happy Tying! Wiper Dawg
  3. Wipers (Striped bass x white bass hybrids) hit like a freight train and fight harder than anything else that I've caught in fresh water; Definitely a must try if you've never caught them before. I would also recommend at least one trip to an area that has a lot of big bluegills - they are a hoot on light tackle, and taste great too! Wiper Dawg
  4. I've used power pro as backing, and it works fine - as already mentioned it is helpful in saltwater applications when you fish for critters that make long runs, and you need extra capacity - you can put approximately 3 times as much on the spool in the same pound breaking strength as regular backing or braided dacron. One negative about it that hasn't been mentioned is because it is so strong and relatively thin that it can be hard on rod guides - particularly your first ceramic stripping guide. Under pressure, the super lines can cut grooves in the ceramic portion. And they are pretty expensive compared to regular backing. But if you have it, or don't mind the added expense, I say use it. One other thing, it is slippery compared to dacron backing, so conventional attachment knots like the blood knot can slip sometimes and fail. I recommend strengthening backing to fly line connections with zap a gap or super glue when using power pro or other super lines. Good Fishing All! Wioer Dawg
  5. Don't know which way your dad is coming from, if he is driving or flying, etc., but if he is coming through Fort Collins, I would recommend he hit up Saint Peters Fly shop here in town. The guys there should have the JuJu on what is going on up there, what flies to use, and where on the lake to fish. I personally have never been up there, so I have no advice to offer personally. The lakes do have a reputation for putting out large lake trout through the ice, and one of the two lakes is said to have tiger muskies as well. One other source you could use is Colorado fish explorer (fishexplorer.com) on the web - see if there have been any recent reports on how the lakes have been fishing. There should be a lake specific page for both upper and lower Big Creek lakes. Hope the trip turns out well - that is a stunningly beautiful part of Colorado! Wiper dawg
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    Home Water

    Hello everyone - just thought you all might like to see some pictures from my home water- here in Northern Colorado, we are blessed to have two great trout rivers within easy driving distance from home - I usually prefer to fish the Poudre in the summer, but since the whole canyon is on fire, I've been fishing the Big Thompson quite a bit this summer. Enjoy the pics, and add some of your own home water if you want to! Wiper Dawg
  7. Small bead head buggers (usually white or yellow) and bead head princes really tear em up here in Colorado, but as already stated, if you find them and they are hungry, it doesn't much matter what you use. Wiper Dawg
  8. Just thought you all would like to know that the Wiper flies worked - got to try em out Tuesday morning, and this was the result! Both fish ate the EP minnow, the wiper a yellow/white one, the sauger a chartreuse/white one!
  9. been working on some wiper patterns - enjoy!
  10. Hello fellow tyers - wanted some opinions on how best to secure plastic post eyes together, prior to tying-I have been fooling around with a pike/musky pattern I found on you tube designed by a guy from Hayward Wisconsin called the Musky Angel - i think it'll be great on big Hybrid stripers here in Colorado and Western Nebraska - and tying it is pretty straightforward, except for the eyes. The plastic post eyes come separate, and trying to trim them and attach them together, so you can secure them to the hook the same way you would any other dumbell style eye, has been a pain. I've tried gluing them together with super glue and zap a gap, which sometimes works (but often doesn't), I've tried cloth tape saturated in zap a gap (which doesn't work at all), and am now considering a short section of cocktail straw as an overlay, again with glue to support the connection. Was just wondering if anyone has a solution I haven' thought of. Would welcome any advice! Thanks in advance! Wiper Dawg
  11. On the rivers I fish the most, In late winter/early spring I find I am most often reaching for a black or dun midge adult in sizes 20-22. I use AK Best's pattern for adult midges (see the book AK's fly box for tying instructions and materials) and they work great here in Northern Colorado. I tie these in cream and olive as well, and tie them down to a size 26, but the only times I've really needed the smaller sizes have been on Cheesman Canyon of the South Platte, and on the Green river below Flaming Gorge. The fish really key on little bugs in both of these spots! I rarely fish still water for trout, but the few times I've fished to midge hatches in lakes, I've done best with cluster patterns like the griffith's gnat in 16-18. Wiper DOg
  12. I've done well here in Colorado on Dave Whitlock's red fox squirrel hair nymph in sizes 10-12, and simple bead head maribou leeches in the same sizes, in black, olive, and brown. Depends a lot on the water you are fishing. We used to have a lake in Northern Colorado 8 or ten years that had some of the most aggressive carp I've ever seen - they would charge a fly in the flats from 10-12 feet away. Great fun - I caught six fish over 20 pounds in one summer and one over thirty! Saw five rods broken that summer as well. Sadly, that lake has been developed now and is members only - the residents all thought we were trying to poach their damned stocked rainbows, and none of them believed we just wanted to catch and release carp. I do miss those days! Wiper Dawg
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