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Hatchet Jack

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  1. "Tippet wound as hackle and furnace hackle" Are you using a dubbing loop to wrap the Golden Pheasant & Furnace barbules?
  2. I've had decent luck doing this: Thinly spread the resin and the hardener out onto aluminium foil. (separate puddles, mind) Take a small diameter drinking straw and blow through it, holding the straw's tip just above the fluids. You should see a small depression in the fluid, from the jet of air. The warm air will slowing evolve the bubbles to the surface where they will pop. Might not work on micro-bubbles, but the larger ones will vanish. Caveat - this doesn't work with paste epoxy, only the less viscous types.
  3. We've just had a runty snowfall ( ~ 6" ?) and tomorrow it will drop into a balmy -2 º F. I was thinking of hitting the beach for a tan and some volley ball, but maybe next week ☺
  4. Damn, I can't unsee that joe.
  6. Inspiring! Need to tie up some of these flies. A very nicely done video & Lead Wing Coachman. I watched Matt cut the slips close by the quill & I'm assuming his thread wraps falling on the slips are 'above' this bloodline mentioned prior?
  7. starting @ 1:23 or so - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPvM2DHAnnY
  8. A Wee Pig Story A man was on a long walk in the country. He became thirsty so he stopped at a little cottage and ask for something to drink. The lady of the house invited him in and served him a bowl of soup by the fire. There was a wee pig running about the kitchen, running up to the visitor and giving him a great deal of attention. The visitor commented that he had never seen a pig this friendly. The housewife replied, "Aye, but he's not that friendly. That's his bowl you're using."
  9. I don't have that exact line but my similar line has a monofilament core & I'm forever stretching the coils out of it. Has the memory of an elephant, drat. Hopefully YMMV!
  10. I've had similar results as FIN-ITE 34. The 'snags' tend to come free with a good pull. I especially like the barbless Hends brand. Horribly sharp point. Very easy on the trouts, just back the hook out with a hemo and they're off. No experience with the JS2's though.
  11. Thanks for the recipe, willhamo. What's the bright tail material used on the flies that don't have the pheasant tail fibres or bronze mallard? The flies are captivating & I bet they would work in riffles immediately above a plunge pool in the evening. Like around dusk, right before the Hex come off the water, heh-heh-heh........ BTW - what species of trout are feeding on these flies?
  12. Nicely dressed, not too lean, not too fat. That little gem looks like it would get down where the big ones prowl.
  13. So true, islander727! Quite worth it though. Took me a few vids to understand what 'touching tons' meant. I love to watch how his materials magically fall onto the hook shank.
  14. Any recommendations? Am using a 13' 7/8 wt. Spey and an 11' 8 wt. switch rod, both for overhead casting. (but on a certain river, the overhead cast won't work - almost zero backcast room) Are OPST heads & running lines able to cast big flies? I'm interested in these lines because they seem to be meant for casting where there's little or no backcast room (???) Am throwing stuff like this, don't know if an OPST head can tear the fly out of it's water-anchor.
  15. My old DB Dunn rod case uses SDR 26, 2.375" O.D./0.091" wall thickness. Here's some useful info on SDR plastic pipe: http://www.petersenproducts.com/Specifications/Pipe_SDR.aspx Smaller SDR numbers have greater wall thickness. I've not had much luck finding single 10' lengths for sale. One place would order me some in lots of 1,000. Maybe others would have better luck. I finally opted for some 10' white plastic downspout type tubing (squarish) and so far, it's worked quite well.
  16. My experience has been that for popper muskie/pike flies, the action is somewhat attenuated but still satisfactory (the popper heads are large enough so they're not swamped out by a 9" wire bite guard). It's a tradeoff between slightly muted action or losing the fly entirely from a toothy strike.
  17. Killer, total killer. One can see it, & won't have to treat with fly floatant every 3rd cast.
  18. Well done! Your video ties it all together, no pun intended
  19. Damn, that is a beauty of a fly rod. Buffalo butt cap, briliant.
  20. "...then 30 mins tying a pike fly with a beer!" So you're using a beer bottle? Now that we'll have to see. ☺☺☺
  21. Caught a flying bat once, fishing the Hex. Just cut my tippet & let the squealing bastage float on down river. I've also snagged & brought up two anchors, trolling streamers deep. But honest to Dog, the cake winner is snagging a torque converter. Yes, that thing that acts as a fluid clutch in your auto trans. I pulled my line & canoe into the shallows and looked down at the metal shape, wondering if someone out there had any shifting problems lately.
  22. A red-headed version of my Big Tasty did the job today... found it's way into "Mister Bluegill's Terror Tunnel"
  23. FRn - I binned all my Furry Foam long ago, after I found it literally disintegrating. May fly wings?....yes, to catch a fish with a fly, first the fisherman must be caught with it. Do not have any of the Blados Crease fly cutters.
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