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FattyMatt

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  1. Thanks Cold. The space created by the prop allows the legs to move very naturally. I use a smaller prop on my crab flies to create the same effect. Otherwise, the weight of the fly pushes down on the legs and stops them from moving as well.
  2. Just a tip some may not know. If you're out of krystal flash, thinner versions of flashabou can be stretched in to krystal. I tested it with 4 different kinds of flashabou. The thick stuff broke, thin stuff worked perfect, can't tell the difference between the stretched flashabou and store bought krystal.
  3. The spools I have are 4oz spools of .35. At an average of 1/12oz jigs, I can make 48 jigs per spool by rolling in to dime-sized lead coins. Actually very economical way to make micro jigsYes that's a good way to make micro jigs, but your first post you said you were making heavy jigs, which Is why I answered the way I did.Heavy is a relative term. Bonefishermen know a typical bonefish fly uses anywhere from 1/20th Oz lead eyes to 1/200 Oz plastic bead chain. So 1/12th Oz would be a heavy bonefish bugMan you are all over the place! How far are you casting a 1/12 oz jig on a spinning rod that will actually handle a bone! The standard flats jig is 1/8 - 1/4. Anyway your post said you had an emergency any needed jigs for a trip in two days, I think my advice of buying naked jig heads and tying them yourself was what most people would do. Ok well you got your lead so moving on, good luck They cast far enough...my wife caught a couple on small jigs like these in November. 15 lb super slick on a medium action 7'6" rod casts small jigs very well. When bones are exhibiting "traveling" behavior, you can cast 20 yards, leave the jig sitting there and when the school makes their turn you just twitch it a little. If they are mudding/feeding, these jigs will spook most bones. If this is the situation, I target bones, the wife will tie on a tube and target cuda. I would personally would never prefer to fish for bones with a spin rod. But my wife gets frustrated with a fly rod and catering to her allows me to book a couple trips per year where we fish 90% of the time.
  4. The spools I have are 4oz spools of .35. At an average of 1/12oz jigs, I can make 48 jigs per spool by rolling in to dime-sized lead coins. Actually very economical way to make micro jigs Yes that's a good way to make micro jigs, but your first post you said you were making heavy jigs, which Is why I answered the way I did. Heavy is a relative term. Bonefishermen know a typical bonefish fly uses anywhere from 1/20th Oz lead eyes to 1/200 Oz plastic bead chain. So 1/12th Oz would be a heavy bonefish bug
  5. The spools I have are 4oz spools of .35. At an average of 1/12oz jigs, I can make 48 jigs per spool by rolling in to dime-sized lead coins. Actually very economical way to make micro jigs
  6. Best suggestion goes to Henrik. This fits the bill perfectly, so easy to cut to necessary shape. Thanks man
  7. It's not for me,I think I said that too
  8. Custom 1/12th Oz bonefish jig I just tied with arctic fox. Ain't finding that in the store
  9. Are you really asking people on a fly tying forum why they don't just buy it at a store? Lol. The short answer is I can make custom sizes and weights to meet my needs in any hook size / style I want. Why would I pay a premium for someone else to do that for me?
  10. Thank you Mike. I wish everyone could just answer the question posed. I'm well aware of the limitations with weight and bones. With that said, I've caught bonefish on 3/8 oz jigs on the edge of flats in deeper water and there is a well-established market for these "flats jigs." I have people fishing with spin rods, so I have no choice, I'm tying heavier bonefish jigs. Unless someone knows of a way to cast unweighted bugs with a spin rod
  11. Guys, I don't have a fly tying shop near by me and I have an emergency, I am going to the Bahamas in two days and I need a bunch of lead wire for some flies. Are there any local stores like Lowe'S, craft store or anywhere else where I can find a source of lead wire? Im making heavy bonefish jigs for a spinning rod on hooks as small as 8 so its gotta be lead. Thanks!
  12. Not the greatest quality picture in the bathtub, my camera screen is cracked, but here's the solution! No lead, it rides hook up even when stripped or popped really hard in to rushing water from the faucet. It rides perfect with or without a tiny bead chain. These shrimp and the unweighted versions of the other ones I mentioned are going to change my skinny water game in the Bahamas
  13. 3d eyes. If a jc feather is supposed to look like an eye, then something that actually looks like an eye should work better. JC is the ultimate "catch the fisherman" gimmick. it looks really neat to the human eye. And most guys who actually fish their flies and don't put them in a frame know jc is a gimmick and waste of money
  14. Thanks to you guys I finally found the 60 degree hooks! Since they're hard to find and they were on backorder, I bought a bunch of #6-#2 for bones and permit and some #1-2/0 for smb and stripers back home. Results to follow. I'm really excited to achieve some hook-up, barely weighted flatsworthy mantis shrimp, merkins, Peterson spawning shrimp and e.p. shrimp and crabs. If they work, they'll be pretty unique flies. All the commercially tied versions either spook everything on the flats or they ride sideways or upside down.
  15. Hey all, I've had great luck with crocs when fishing the river or beach from land and kayak, but I am looking to get a water shoe with better traction and support that WON'T CAUSE BLISTERS. I've had 2 cheap pairs of water shoes that caused blisters on my heels, and I'm headed to the Bahamas for 10 days and I'm hoping to avoid the whole blister thing. Can anyone recommend a shoe that stays dry, has good traction that won't cause blisters? I don't want boots, I'm looking for a recommendation for a shoe/sandal type, think Teva style. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
  16. Crazy it took 3 days for you to admit you couldn't get it to ride hpu with standard bead chain and standard hook. Why not mention that in your video? That would separate you from the rest - you found issues with a popular pattern and discovered a solution.
  17. You posted a YouTube link here that i watched and commented on but you deleted it, so I commented back here. No one is following you. All I said is your veverka mantis shrimp will not ride hpu with bead chain and you said I was wrong, so I asked you to demonstrate it under water, because even the creator of this fly acknowledged the need for lead to consistently turn it over. It will take 5 minutes to record a video with this fly in a Tupperware container connected to a line. If you do this, I will sub your page, share it and purchase some of your shrimp. IMO, testing your flies under water is an essential part of tying. You learn a lot about your flies by testing them. I don't think this request is unreasonable.
  18. I actually sell them as well, but not for profit. Just to be able to buy materials at bulk and make just enough to buy more. Keeps me tying. It calms me. I however have not been tying for 14 years like you. I'm sure your flies are awesome! Where do you sell them at? eBay? Do you buy your materials at bulk? I've have been fishing for 25 (since I was old enough to hold a rod). So I do know fishing really well. I've actually worked on charter boats, tackle shops, exc... I was once working for a deep sea guide as a deck hand. I pretty much did all the guide work anyway, he just drove the boat. Took out 6packs to chase billfish, tuna, exc... However that was all conventional fishing... I got into fly fishing a few years back and fell in love. I've inly picked up a conventional rod a handful of times since. Something about it is just more connected to the fish. It's like a full battle between you and the fish, not your gear and the fish. There is a good chance of the fish getting loose or breaking your line, vs conventional gear. McFly, you said on YouTube you been tying since 8 years old. Here you say a couple years. Just wondering why you're misleading potential customers.
  19. That is a nice fly, kinda like an EP bunker in a way... Completely not like mine though. Thanks for your input. It's not really bad to cast infact it is quite easy when using the correct weight rod, and there is very little material on this fly. It looks bulky sure, but it's not. There are very common fly patterns that are more bulky than this, especially mullet patterns. What weight fly rods do you own?
  20. Agreed. Veverkas mantis shrimp is a very popular fly that doesn't swim as it is intended. With bead chain, it rides upside down. I'm trying to keep the pattern but eliminate the lead. I thought bending the fly back would offset the lack of lead. It hasn't. I've changed position of the eyes and bent more extreme, still didn't work. I've broken down and bought some #4 and #6 60 degree jig hooks to make this pattern work.
  21. I tie mine much more sparse
  22. If this rides hook up it'll be because of the buoyant ftd horn. This fly could go either way but I would guess it will ride upside down. Another reason to demonstrate the fly's action under water in the videos
  23. I personally wouldn't want to cast that fly all day. I know that material sheds water but it's still going to be a heavy fly. If you insist on that fat mullet profile you can pull off that trick without all the fiber. Not to mention that material is so buoyant that without lead eyes or lead wrap, it's going to take forever to get that fly down in the stroke zone. Also, when using ep type fibers Krystal flash doesn't marry well. I much prefer gss or an angel hair. Here's one I did, tied much more sparse with a little lead. It's super light but gets down quickly. I could cast this all day without fatigue
  24. I agree 100%, add a shot of the fly under water. It will do a couple things.. First, it will prove you're good. Bonefish flies are very very sensitive to 25. Proportions; if your fly isn't symmetric it won't rife hpu or it will flip a lot. Show it rides right and people will be more likely to buy your flies. You can get a 10 gallon glass tank and a cheap powerhead for flow for $25. I would watch every video if i knew there was a demonstration at the end
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