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Chuck McFarlane

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  1. Cheers Powershooter. Take your time. Got a lot of great ideas from your pics especially your choice of hook, biots and hackle. I'm going to try and incorporate some of that into my existing patterns and feed em to smallmouth come early spring.
  2. Awesome hellgrammite Powershooter. Do you have a materials list or even better SBS? That fly really looks the part. Nice work.
  3. Now that's a sweet looking Hornburg Norm. Versatile fly fished wet or dry.
  4. Nice looking fish and pond Mike! Would a float tube be allowed on that pond if a person wanted to throw flies? Thanks for the vids.
  5. Nice fish caloosa!! Love it when the action gets hot.
  6. Well now this is starting to make total sense. Recently the water flow has been purposefully slowed for water management. Perhaps the bottom feed has been affected and now the cats are feeding in locations and water columns we had not seen them in previously in the mid summer months. This particular area of river I was fishing today is well known bass habitat and maybe now the cats are moving in to compete for a tightening food supply. That would explain the double cat hookup today. I'd sure like to get into some bigger ones so I'll be more observant in the future.
  7. I often thought catfish were rather sluggish slow moving fish. Now I realize these fish can be quite aggressive and fast. I was stripping and pausing at a brisk pace along a weed bed when I noticed a wake behind the fly then it took.
  8. Well not my target species today but managed this channel on a woolly bugger that was supposed to be hunting for largemouth. Lots of fun and a pretty good fighter. Hooked another that got off.
  9. Nice Tidewaterfly! I need to expand my color offerings. Those look great.
  10. Rocco, how about some deer hair muddlers fished dry. If you pack the heads tight and grease them up they make great drys that will skate well. To ensure a better float you can tie them on a large dry fly hook rather than the recommended streamer hooks. Another good one is the deer hair bomber. A bit tedious to spin and shape but a great durable floater!! I've had good success with both.
  11. Okay Adam. What's the first fly your planning to tie on that beauty of a vise? Post pics please!
  12. Wow! Cream the belly hair color separation is awesome. I imagine the legs soften considerably in the water and give a kicking action when stripped. Nice work.
  13. I use these little poppers mainly for bluegill but it's amazing how many times the bass want in on the action too. An antenna who'd a thunk it? Various sizes and I bet could be made wickedly sharp as well. I'll keep that in mind next time I'm at the salvage yard. Cheers!
  14. Flipflops and a punch are the bomb! Go for a punch size slightly larger than the inside diameter of the straw. I go 1 mm larger. More friction better bond. If you have trouble getting a good bond, flip the fly upright in the vise and drip a tiny amount of regular or flexible super glue on the face of the popper. Gravity and capillary action will carry it to the bottom end of the body between the foam, straw and shank.
  15. Leave a little space between the lip of the straw and foam. That little cavity gives it the pop!
  16. Here we go Mike, Basically a clear drinking straw cut to length. I dress a TMC #8 #10 even #12 5263 or any 2x 3x hook with heavy thread. Stuff the straw cavity with EVA foam. You can use a bright 2mm craft foam up front for a sighter. Run gel super glue along the shank slip the body over the shank the friction created between the straw and foam bond the body tightly after the gel cures. You can add a mini weed guard and go to town with whatever materials you want for the tail and legs. Add little eyes if you want. Not the most durable in the world of poppers but hey cheap and easy to tie. Gills love em.
  17. Mike,I do I'll put it up shortly.
  18. I'm going with a strong dyed orange hares ear dubbing with a badger hackle and dark natural deer hair tail and head. This should make a cracking October caddis pattern! I need something like the Dyret that will float like a cork to compensate for my rough casting stroke.
  19. 1 bundle of hair the hair can be tied in either way and its kept on top of the hook shank i started the hair at the eye hackle is a golden badger and trimmed off on the bottom Thanks Norm. Well gotta say you did a nice job of matching the hackle with the hair. I was starting to wonder how I was going to get those fibers to stand up like and behave like a hackle after getting the body dubbed. Whew!
  20. Interesting pattern. I take it that it's one clump of hair. Do you start from the tail fibers and wrap up to the head, keeping the hair on top of the shank and trim the butts, or start from the butt ends at the head and work to the tail? Sorry, trying to work this out in my head before sitting down to try it. Thanks for sharing. I figured the "hackle" was a dubbing loop of the hair palmered forward, then scissored off the bottom. You may be on to something. After another look, the hackle does match the tail fibers awfully close.
  21. Cheers Rocco. I was following a picture. Didn't think of it at the time but now that you mentioned it. Checked the Zoo Cougar pattern by Kelly Galloup and there's a definite resemblance. Going to have to give that one a try too.
  22. Solid largemouth volunteered to take my #8 bluegill drinking straw popper. Lots of fun on a four weight from the tube. Scored some nice gills as well.
  23. Here's a pattern I found that resembles a bow river bugger. I didn't have any cone heads on hand but I did weight it and will get it down further with a sink tip. Looking forward to some fall smallmouth.
  24. Interesting pattern. I take it that it's one clump of hair. Do you start from the tail fibers and wrap up to the head, keeping the hair on top of the shank and trim the butts, or start from the butt ends at the head and work to the tail? Sorry, trying to work this out in my head before sitting down to try it. Thanks for sharing.
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