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  1. I use the Snell Knot almost 100% of the time, whether snelling an end loop or simply snelling on a leader.
  2. I'll second the Strike King glasses Mike. I no longer need prescription for distance vision but still need a correction for reading (knot tying). I bought a pair of stick on magnifiers that work just fine. I cut them very small, just for knot tying. They aren't even noticed when fishing or driving. I keep my glasses in an old Costas box when I am not wearing them. I've worn glasses for 60 years so I know how to protect mine
  3. A lot of it boils down to dentition. Species evolved to fit their niche. Sheepshead developed Sheep like teeth to nibble on barnacles and crush molluscs and crusaceans. There are a lot of species that fill this niche in various parts of the world. Mackerel species slash at their prey, often biting it in two. With mode of attack, any old strike will work. Wherever they hit a prey fish, they cripple it so the next pass is easy. Big mouth and small prey, they can engulf the first pass. Lures with hooks far back are more effective for the Mackerel family Fish with grasping teeth like Stripers, LM Bass, Grouper and Weakfish aim for the head because grabbing a fish far back isn't nearly as effective and the baitfish can get away. I remove the tail hook from the Mann's Stretch 30 when trolling for Grouper. It is safer for me and for the fish I release plus I don't catch so dang many Mackerel and Kingfish. I fish mostly for Snook, Tarpon and LM Bass. I fish with big flies with the hook way forward. Redfish are really strange to me. Thier mouth is under their head yet they chase mullet and other baitfish like Snook and Bass. Their under slung mouth with no grasping teeth gives them a distinct disadvantage but they somehow manage to feed themselves.
  4. Here is a photo of a local (Crystal River, FL) Killifish species that looks a lot like your fly.
  5. Some guys would never consider chumming when fly fishing. Not me, man! When I was guiding, I always had chum aboard or knew darn well where to find what I needed. It often made the difference between fish and no fish and saved me from fruitless poling or sculling when the water was murky or the wind howling. Read on. Fly Fishing Tip #64 Chumming for the Fly Fisherman In my first book, The Book of Fishing Secrets, SW Edition, there were 6 separate tips on chumming. While some of them would work for fly fishing, Fly Fishermen deserve a tip or two specific to fly fishing. Of course these tips will work for other types of tackle. When chum is mentioned, the first thought for most fishermen is ground Menhaden or Menhaden oil. I’ve used hundreds of pounds of Menhaden and I’ll likely use more but I am here to tell you that there are other chums that will appeal to a larger number of fish species. Likely, Menhaden chum will catch more Mackerel Kingfish and Tuna though. Crushed crab, shrimp and a few mollusks like Scallops, Oysters and Clams are attractive to more shallow water fish and are generally readily available right where you fish. I usually obtain crabs and Oysters off the nearest Oyster bar or rock pile then crush them where I deploy the chum. It doesn’t get any fresher. Chum made out of crustaceans and mollusks doesn’t leave much of an oily slick so you can’t tell where the chum line is going. I add a little cooking oil to the crushed critters. I doubt if the oil attracts fish but it lets me know where the scent is going. I try to avoid chumming where the current is strongest. Instead, I chum behind a bar but on the edge of the current. There are at least two compelling reasons for doing this. Fish that come out of the current and into the flat water behind the bar are easier to see so sight casting is an option. If this spot has a clean sandy bottom, so much the better. It is often hard to see fish in the current. Fishing for fish that are out of the main current is far easier because you don’t have to fight the drag of the current on your fly line. I’ve intentionally left out 2 of the most important aspects of chumming for fly fishing, saving them for last. First, I don’t chum right at the boat. I want my chum about forty feet from the boat or where I plan to fish from. (Sometimes I get out of the boat to cast.) Forty feet is a comfortable casting distance and is usually far enough from the fish to where there is little danger of spooking them. Fish that move all the way up to the source of the scent will mill around, hunting the source of the scent, often giving you a chance for multiple casts. If the source of the scent was right at the boat, fish would come that far then spook. Second, I can anchor my boat away from the chum where I have the best sun angle for seeing feeding or approaching fish without them detecting my presence. This ain’t Rocket Science. Fly Fishing Tip # 65 Chum Bat Check out the little “Wiffel Ball Bat” shown below. Notice that the fat end has been cut off at a slight angle. Chum bats are commercially available now but we cut off the toy bats several years ago. Put a handful of ground chum or broken shrimp or crabs and sling them with the “CHUM BAT.” With a little practice you can distribute a good volume of chum a surprising distance. This is a valuable inshore fly fishing technique. The CHUM BAT originated in the Florida Keys and has spread all the way to at least Texas. One little tip for construction your own CHUM BAT: Choose a dark color bat rather than a bright fluorescent one. There is far less chance of spooking nearby fish with a dark bat than with a bright and flashy one.
  6. A sure fire way is to tie Clousers on jig hooks like the Eagle claw 314.
  7. Need a "How to" on this one. I'd like to troll one of these puppies for Tarpon. Black/gray/white with a Pulse Disk ought to be a killer
  8. I haven't had a call for a seminar iin several years. Of course I don't advertise anymore. One of my favorite things to teach in my seminars was wire rigging and how to make all sort of things with wire. I wound up putting these seminars in a book called "The Book of Fishing Secrets, Saltwater Edition." Right now I am working on a Fly Fishing E-book and a Bass Fishing E-book as well as getting a novel ready for publication. If anyone is interested, I'll post a tip or two from these books. Unfortunately, I don't know where to post the tip.
  9. Back when I was giving seminars I had 3 of these hooks made. I tied knots with 1/2" soft braid nylon. It was easy to follow the demonstation from 50 feet or more. People in the audience were furnished with 12/0 Mustad 3407 hooks and a 3' length of parachute cord with burnt ends. Of course, the points were cut off the hooks we furnished to participants. Amazing how many people who pocketed their hooks and line rather than returning them. I've lost 20 out of 100 more than once. !2/) hooks are expensive but not nearly as expensive as these 50/0 stainless hooks. Somebody swiped one of them too.
  10. Not in Florida! Statistics are in your favor but gators have awesome capabilities. I've been around them for 72 years and I have a healthy respect for them. In brackish water we have both Gators and Bull Sharks--even in 3' of water. Not me, man! http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg129/captkenroy/gator1.jpg
  11. Oh yeah, the sink drain will definitely work. Right now, the biggest thin wall stuff I have is 7/8' (22mm).
  12. Yep. 45 ACP is just fine. To cut round bodies, punch out the primer and screw a self tapping screw into the primer pocket. Cut off the head and chuck the screw shank into your drill or drill press and cut a bunch of bodies.
  13. I sharpened the mouth of a .45 Colt Long case then crimped it with pipe Vise grips to get the desired shape for a foam spider. I'm working on a piece of 1" steel conduit. It does not sharpen easily. Unfortunately, the wall is a little thick. Any idea for a 1"-1-1/4" thin wall tube or pipe? I need to find some steel .45 cases. The harder material ought to hold an edge longer. I cut the bodies by laying the foam material on a piece of Starboard then tap the cutter with a small hammer. http://s247.photobucket.com/user/captkenroy/media/spidercutter.jpg.html
  14. I wish I could do that. I'm too lazy, though. I'll stick with foam.
  15. 1. Symmetry is important. A fly that is lighter on one side than on the other won't track properly. 2. With light material on the top, the hook should keep the fly oriented belly down but it does not always happen. 3. Most streamer flies swim better after they are thoroughy soaked. I almost never tie a standard pattern. I tie what looks good to me but, for the most part, I fish salt water. If you have a fly that absolutely wants to float belly up, wrap about 1" of fine solder around the hook one time, twist once and allow the ends to dangle. I wrap it tight enough to where it won't slip over the barb of the hook. Fish down here don't mind the solder a bit.
  16. I use the left side of the clipper (the little point) for busting paint or cement out of the eye f hooks and jigs.
  17. Flyfishing Tip # 113. Multipurpose Tool (DIY) Here is a little gizmo that will make your fly tying a lot easier. If you've ever tied a deer hair bug,chances are, you have used a "Brassie" to pack the deer hair tightly. I couldn't find my Brassie last night and happened to notice my nail clipper/eye buster in my fly box. The notch (eye puster) made a great substitute for the Brassie. Now I have a 3 in 1 tool, clipper for thread, leader and material, an eye buster for removing paint from the eye of flies and jigs and a spun hair tightner all in one small package. Here is how to make your own. Remove the pin from a pair of nail clippers and spread the jaws open far enough to where you can file a notch in each jaw with a tiny triangular file. Here is what the finished product should look like.
  18. If I can build it, I build it. Rod holders for a yak are duck soup. This is my trolling rod set up. I lash my rods between the horns when traveling to and from the river. Kayak Fishing Tip # 91. Cow Horn Rod Holders. DIY Here is a simple and useful kayak gizmo. This is a double rod holder that also serves as a rod rest for the rods I want to have ready for a special situation. I heated the center of a 24" length of Sch 40 PVC pipe with my heat gun. When the pipe got soft enough to work with, I laid a piece of 2x4 lumber across the heated area and mashed it down with my foot. This caused the pipe to flatten on the bottom and top. As I pressed down, the ends of the pipe bent upward. I adjusted each end so they were bent at a uniform up angle then held the PVC pipe as it cooled. Next, I drilled mounting holes in the flattened portion. When trolling, both rods are visible, accessible and at a high enough angle so they do not interfere with my paddle stroke.
  19. I know this sounds strange but troll a crease fly on a fast sinking line. A shiny crease fly looks like a Rapala and catches about everything we have down here. Use only about 4' of leader. I had to look through one of my e-books for this tip. KAYAK FLY FISHING---Trolling a Fly Kayak Fishing Tip # 137. When moving from spot to spot, why not troll? I usually troll the fly I intend to fish with when I reach my destination. Simply dragging a fly or lure behind your yak will catch fish but there is a much better way. Cast your fly 30-60 feet and lay the rod across your lap, with the rod over one leg and under the other. You don’t need a rod holder. Grasp the fly line between the reel and stripping guide in the hand to which the rod tip is extended then start paddling. With each paddle stroke, you strip the fly a foot or two giving it life like action. You can easily set the hook when a fish strikes by giving the line a firm yank. Clousers really jig and Spoon Flies wobble. A Crease Fly, fished on a sinking line just may be the best of all.
  20. I tied a few similar flies last year. I loved the black ones but I lost them in glare and ripples. To make them more visible, I used a regular paper punch to cut discs of white foam. I put it on the hook first. It gives me a small white dot to look for. It also makes the flies pop better.
  21. I often hump Aberdeen hooks but they won't lst in a saltwater environment. I also have a heap of 34007 Mustads.
  22. The core in parachute cord (550 cord) has many colors. Now there are lots of colors of Parachute cord. I don't know if the core in the various colors is the same as the Mil. Spec. cord or not. This stuff is really tough. BTW, I use the outer braid to tie the wiggle tail for my 3-Legged Frog.
  23. Those critters would drive a cat crazy. Probably catch Bass too. Bruce is definitely an artist--way out of my league.
  24. Two questions came to mind after reading this thread and watching the video. 1. Why tie them so small? I usually tie bream bugs on size 6 hooks but will go to 8 sometimes. Bigger bugs catch more Bass along with bream. 2. I've never seen super glue with a brush. What brand? Great looking flies. I am itching to go bream fishing. After seeing a big Mayfy hatch this morning, I am ready. Unfortunately, my garden needs tons of work. I have at least a week of back breaking work to get ready for planting. The redbuds are blooming and the willow buds are starting to open. Unfortunately, winter may not be over.
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