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Hatchet Jack

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  1. Well I tried my 'idea', and it reminded me of my neighbor's Labrador that jumped off a 12' high deck (to fetch a ball) - seemed like a good idea at the time. Total waste of good hackle & effort. Just stick to following what the pros post here, doh.
  2. DrippingSprings, I think I know exactly what you're getting at. Deadfalls = panfish, especially crappies. Don't laugh but here goes - jig hooks! Might be a tad dodgy because of the 90º bend but many light wire jig hooks are made specifically to bend with a strong pull and thus tear free of snags. You'll have to play around with the design and your tippet size, but I think it's workable. Just be sure to wrap a good thread base on the shank, as others have mentioned.
  3. A very interesting pattern; am thinking brookies because of the orange thread accents. However, I just wince every time a fly calls for cutting the tips off of nice hackle. What if one were to use instead, some downsized hackle specifically for the abdomen? Only a thought..............
  4. This pattern looks killer. The filoplumes are like minature maribou & when soggy, breathe & move at the slightest. I'm going to tie a few of these & try them out. Maybe treat the body with Xink, and the hackle & deer hair with Watershed? Over the top there, Crackaig, nicely done.
  5. Killer caddis flies there, planettrout !
  6. Something I've picked up from watching Davy McPhail's vidoes - I apply a wee bit of glue on the thread triangle that goes around the whip finisher. The glue stays on the thread, doesn't get into hackle, etc. One has to clean the whip finisher occasionally but no big potatoes. Best glue? Not a clue
  7. Great post & head's up there, Rocco. Dronlee is a brilliant tyer, one of those 'naturals'. There's a river I fish which has translucent minnows. Their lateral line is turquoise and damn near glows under the right light conditions. The smalljaws key in on them and Dronlee's pattern is almost an exact match.
  8. Now you're talking ☺ Lots of steps to this fly.
  9. A fine sense of 'crisp' proportions you have there. Very nice tie on those wets!
  10. That setup is far beyond exceptional. Makes my gig look like something out of Sanford & Sons.
  11. Thanks for the hook info nathan. Be sure to check these out too: https://fishandfeathers.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/weedless-bomber-frogs/ & http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=82794&page=1
  12. It's always frog season Nice tie there, nathan.
  13. What? No Fish Fingers, Adam? Next time in 'Rooland, this: Works a charm
  14. SpokaneDude's recent post picqued my interest & I though using some old hooks with such a narrow gape might help the flies stay upright in the surface film. Some are tied with paint brush tail fibres (a nod of thanks to FlyTire), others are tied with Microfibbets. Took me a while to catch the drift on Davy McPhail's technique of trifurcating the tails. Hope the trouts like them come soft water.
  15. Draconain, but we have had to resort to this - If we do not recognize the phone number/person/voice, we NEVER pick up. We've told all we know to please leave a message. Our phone also has an internal OGM that seems to stop short messages left by sale marketers and their ilk. When you pick up an incoming call, the robo-schmucks learn they've reached a good number and then comes the avalanche of more & more calls. I've even refused the bank our phone number, and it's interesting how they hounded me for it when they had admitted they would only send a letter, never a phone call. Interesting times we live in.
  16. I have a few Orvis Access full sink lines. I can cast them fairly well but it took a while to get the timing down. Biggest thing that helped was to shorten my leader to no more than 3 - 4 feet. (it's just a length of level monofilament, no taper) I do not try to get nice tight loops when casting a full sink; it's counterproductive and leaves my head covered with spaghetti. A constant motion, constant load "Belgian sorta cast" works good. I use them mainly fishing lakes, but there are times I'll use them on a trout stream to get streamers down deep. Give a full sink a try, & just be patient with it when casting, you'll get the hang of it. They do have a benefit over a bead line of lead sinkers
  17. Could you post up a photo of the hook clamped into the vise? Also, what is the thread and the bobbin holder you are using?
  18. Sometimes a little twist isn't so bad. The fly turns about on the surface and can trigger a strike.
  19. From Dave G - "On small flies a dubbing loop may produce too much dubbing or body material." Definitely so! On small flies, I try to think 2 to 3X the thread thickness when building the 'noodle'. FreshH2O, I've had good luck starting the dubbing noodle on thread, then pushing the noodle up so it contacts the hook shank, then making one thread wrap around the shank. This anchors one end of the noodle, and from there, continue on with building the noodle as necessary. It's a trick I've learned from watching Davy McPhail's videos. Also, for small flies, my best results are from using super fine dubbing to begin with. It does make a difference. Lots of good solid advice from others on this thread!
  20. Crimey! flytire, that's about the most perfect Stimulator I've ever seen.
  21. Been thinking of trying this, using Flex Coat Lite epoxy & colored "powders". Mix up the glue with different colors & pour out dots, etc., etc. However, I've not a clue as to what to buy for the powders (or any other colorization scheme). Anyone out there done this?
  22. Might be splitting hairs, but if you find your feathered Game Changer constantly spinning on retrieve, try alternating the hackle wrap direction on each section (CW-CCW-CW-CCW). And perhaps a bit of contrast with the colors, something darker on the head? Other than that, I'd say you've a killer fly there, Troutbum.
  23. Dronlee, if that's the size of your mice, my God man, how big are your cats? Seriously though, a stellar pattern you've shared.
  24. Well, not sure. Based on what I'm seeing so far, I'd say you'd have to tie it up first to take a photo of it.
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