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About mikemac1

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  1. OD on Redfish Crack Getting ready for a early April trip to Mosquito Lagoon
  2. “Once you see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer the boundaries of your environment.” ― Marshall McLuhan
  3. Thanks, I thought they looked a bit like baby Manta Rays. 🤪
  4. I don’t tie or fish poppers, so my interest in this thread didn’t really get tweaked until two things said above got me thinking. 1) the idea that the coat and sprinkle method for using glitter is messy is true but there is an alternative. 2) the idea that UV resins are not durable as a popper coating left me skeptical. I’ve pretty much abandoned the use of fly-tying branded UV resins as too expensive and inconsistent in performance. With the exception of a small bottle of Deer Creek Fine I use to seal monofilament thread wraps, all I use is standard, run of the mill, hard jewelry UV resin. Significantly cheaper: Loon 2oz $60 msrp. Run of the mill hard jewelry UV resin 3.7 oz $13.99 amazon. The jewelry resin cures fast and hard without residue and bonds strongly with multiple coats. The availability of inexpensive pigments and ultrafine glitter powder provide almost infinite opportunity for creative use of UV resin. On the matter of the messy coat/sprinkle glitter method, ultrafine glitter powder can be mixed directly into the UV resin without affecting the cure. UV jewelry resin will maintain viability in an open mixing container for at least a week (unlike 2 part epoxy), so one batch of glitter or pigment infused resin can be used repeatedly over a matter of days without any issues. (Obviously, you must avoid accidently exposing the open mixing container with UV light.) On the matter of durability, hard type UV jewelry resin is pretty much bullet proof if cured properly, even in thin coats. When you add the ultrafine glitter it acts as an aggregate similar to sand or gravel in concrete which strengthens the coating even more. Seal with a coat of Sally Hansen to enhance brilliance and you have a rock solid coating. Back in November, six straight days of Florida flats fishing saw the same UV resin coated flies catch multiple Spanish Mackerel without any damage to the fly coating. I am always skeptical about claims that UV resins on flies aren’t durable. If applied and CURED properly, they are hard to beat. As I said, no poppers here, but I have been tying a few redfish spoon flies for an upcoming trip to Florida. Here’s a couple that use the UV resin and glitter technique.
  5. Furled Foam Wasp Hook: Firehole Stick 718 #10 Thread: UTC 70 Black Body: 1x 1.5 mm Black and Yellow foam strips furled Wing: Moose body hair (sparse) Thorax: Black dubbing Legs/Antennae: Barred Centipede legs Head: Black dubbing Can be tied with different color combinations as needed.
  6. Indeed you’ve put some hard work in on this one. Two suggestions and one question. Suggestion #1: After showing the finished fly first as you did, show them the various materials you will use before tying (especially if you can show the package it comes in). That way there’s no guessing on the viewers part as to what materials go into the fly. Suggestion #2: Work on the overall light and backdrop. Half a sign and uneven lighting is distracting. Question: I am curious as to why you tie in the legs individually versus tying in a pair at a time by capturing a length of leg in the middle as most rubber leg patterns do. It would seem that tying in the rubber legs individually with just a smidgen of leg captured by thread would be prone to pulling out. Keep at it.
  7. Been tying from the early 1960s. Mostly on a Thompson A. When I started tying some saltwater stuff in the early 90’s I splurged on a Dyna-King Baracuda Indexer. Great investment. Still going strong 30 years later. 👌
  8. One dozen Iridescent Starling and Purple Soft Hackles ready to ship once I get the toe tags done. Iridescent Starling and Purple Hook: Firehole Stick 316 #18 Thread: Euro 12/0 Black Body: Semperfli Iridescent Purple Perdigon body Hackle: Starling
  9. Count me in. I might have to go a get some 18’s as they aren’t something I fish with. I missed this Nick when you started it because I didn’t recognize the title as a Swap. Mike
  10. I will be in if there is decent participation. Is this anywhere close to the type of fly you are expecting?
  11. The great majority of today’s fly lines has some configuration of a monofilament core. When you pull line off the reel and it retains the tight coils (cause of tangles), it is the mono core that has set (very temperature dependent). I learned a long time ago to “stretch” the line from the tip to well into the running line the first thing every day on the water. This can be done with short pulls through your hands or if you have a partner in one long pull. Fly line cores average about 25# strength for most lines. They can take a lot of stretching pressure. A stretched line will now lie at your feet in big coils instead of those annoying tight coils.
  12. Nicely done Mark, although my only critique would be your failure to maximize use of the available floor space as my space does on a daily basis😜 As of: 0830 MDT, January 4, 2021 - Configurations change daily
  13. I was going through some old photos and came across this one which reminded me of experiences I had last summer on the headwaters of a decent cutthroat stream. This little stone fly was photographed along a remote stream in Eastern Victoria, AU but is typical of little black stones. Last summer on numerous occasions I found myself resting along grass banks during mid-day heat. Inevitably, some little black stoneflies would find me and be crawling along my shirt sleeves or waders. I tied these to replicate those little stones. Little Black Furled Stonefly Hook: Firehole Stick 419 #12/14 Thread: UTC 70 Black Body: Fine Black or Dark Brown fine yarn or Z-lon furled with a single strand of Copper polarflash Wing: Black Moose Body Hair tied sparsely, not stacked Hackle: Black, heavy, undersized by 1 or 2 hook sizes.
  14. Unfortunately I cannot not support them all, although the temptation is high. Fly Shops Abound
  15. I've had good results on Saltwater Gurglers and Hoppers using 2mm/2mm bicolored foam glued with Loctite Spray Adhesive 200.
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