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McFlyLures

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  1. I wouldn’t order from feather emporium ever again no matter how badly I wanted a feather. I tried once in 2017 and had a pretty bad experience (he wanted me to pay more than I did through the site, saying that the site price was wrong). He wouldn’t ship my order until I gave him more money and wouldn’t return my money either. He was very rude about it also, saying things like “oh your the guy not willing to pay more”. Uhhhhhhhhh. Yeah man, I paid you for an item, I don’t want to be shaken down. Then I tried him again in 2019 because I heard from some people he had gotten better. Well that was the worst experience. After waiting 3 weeks, I contacted him asking if he knew when he would ship. He was very rude. Finally when he sent the item 3 months later, it was not what I ordered. No chance to get my money back or what I really ordered. every once in a while I will brows his site and think, man I wish I could order from him, since he has so much stuff to offer. But then I realize how horrible he treated me twice and try to find it elsewhere. If you want to give it a chance you might be ok. But I’ve had very very bad experiences with him. nope, never again.
  2. Bob Popovic was the originator of the surf candy. He tied these to mimic sand eels and small baitfish. They still work today many years later and are a staple in many saltwater Fishermans boxes. They are fairly easy to tie, however the epoxy work tends to take some time if you want it done right. But you can tie up a few of these quickly. I find they work great for freshwater fish as well as saltwater. It is a great pattern to mimic small fry in freshwater. The colors also are endless, and I have seen people tie these with craft fur, ep fiber, bucktail, flashy dubbing and more. They are very versatile. The best part is, because of all the epoxy, they are quite durable. You will rarely have one fall apart on you. Even some of the most toothy fish will not be able to damage the thread and unravel this fly.
  3. Pine squirrel is a great material for making small streamers. One of my favorite flies for fishing trout is the "slump buster" which is similar to this fly. That uses a cone head, this uses a bead, but basically is the same fly. This is quicker to tie though, and really catches fish well. It can be used as a sculpin imitation or leech, or even another small baitfish. Its versatile for sure. The fly is so easy and quick to tie, that once you get going, you can tie up quite a few and fill up your fly box in a short time.
  4. great pattern everywhere. And yes peacock hurl works. For me a glass of whisky works better! Haha! I’m not a huge fan of wine but I have a whisky collection I sip on most nights. And when I say sip, I mean sip. I rarely have more than 1.5 oz.
  5. Griffiths Gnats are a classic pattern that is very simple to tie and also very effective. These only require two materials besides the thread and hooks. That is dry fly hackle, and peacock hurl. They look like a cluster of midges together on the top of the water. Trout will target these clusters because it makes for a larger meal if they can eat more than just one midge. Obviously midges are small, so there isn't much nutrients in just one. But a cluster of midges can provide a decent meal for a rising trout. Another way to fish this fly is use it as an indicator of sorts for another small dry fly, or an emerger. Many of these tiny dry flies are very hard to see on the surface of the water. You almost have to guess when the fish comes up and sips it. But a larger Griffiths gnat will allow you to see when it goes under, to know when a trout takes the smaller fly.
  6. I cannot no. Man, I am not even the best with my normal arm! Haha! Once I perfect casting with my right arm I might try learning left...
  7. Yeah my arm was shot no question. Could barely move it next day. But it was worth it, I had a great time.
  8. Yes lol! That I agree. It was the same when I filmed. 20-30mph with 50 gusts. Very difficult to cast. I mean I knocked myself in the ear, and it’s been a long long time I’ve done something like that. Haha.
  9. Yes I agree, wish I could get a boat. But can’t afford one, and can’t store it, since I live in a small apartment. No storage here.
  10. Lol thank you. Yeah man, the wind was horrible. Made it impossible to film. I wish I could setup a mic with a wind screen but, hard when it’s gotta stay waterproof. Lol
  11. Every single time I go to Corpus and film the trip I usually get skunked. But finally I caught a few nice fish, and my buddy Johnny caught a legal flounder and speckled trout. We fished only two days, but had a great time. I was exhausted I have to say from throwing an 8wt into the wind for many many hours non stop, but it was a good rod. Whether or not I catch, I always have a great time hanging with my buddy Johnny. He has been my friend for ages, and we always enjoy fishing together and hanging out. Every single time I go to Corpus and film the trip I usually get skunked. But finally I caught a few nice fish, and my buddy Johnny caught a legal flounder and speckled trout. We fished only two days, but had a great time. I was exhausted I have to say from throwing an 8wt into the wind for many many hours non stop, but it was a good rod. Whether or not I catch, I always have a great time hanging with my buddy Johnny. He has been my friend for ages, and we always enjoy fishing together and hanging out. So the fly that worked best for me was a large mullet fly pattern. Seemed to catch most of the fish. I tried crabs, and redfish crack, but nothing worked like that mullet pattern. This makes sense since this time of year, medium sized mullet are everywhere. Fish seem to target them, since they are a big meal. They don't want to exhort themselves on a small meal when its cold out. And it sure was cold, and windy!
  12. A sunfish game changer. One really tiny, the other a little larger.
  13. Lol it’s allll good. Just thought it was funny
  14. Lol now we are doing popcorn recipes on a fly tying and fishing feed? It does sound good though.
  15. So this is hill country. It was 33 at my house when I left. And when the sun came out it was much warmer. Raised to 55 or so I think by noon. There was some ice on the water in the early morning, but it’s running water so it doesn’t really form as easily.
  16. During the winter here in Texas, fly fishing can be tough. However that doesn't mean you can't catch a few nice fish. Last time I went by myself I did pretty good, but I struggled catching anything nice on this trip. However Paul got a few decent bass once the water warmed up later in the day. Seems like a Clouser minnow was his fly of choice and it worked well.
  17. I am going to disagree with you a little here on that silver. Many flies, the body will hang below the water. So therefore it will float usually at an angle from the wing to the front of the head. Some hackle under water, half the body under water. I’ve tested many flies in water, both from what I tie and flies I get from the fly shops. With many flies that have wings like this, the wing actually does rest on the water surface and help it float.
  18. I am quite sure it’s Antron, which should buoyant. Also I add floatant to all my dry flies so, it should yes.
  19. Yeah it definitely could be tied for caddis with a thicker and non segmented body. It isn’t my pattern, it’s been around for a while. And yeah, there are lots of great ant patterns out there for sure.
  20. Ant patterns can be one of the most effective patterns during the right times of year. When you start seeing flying ants floating in the water, you should really throw these. This is a simple and easy flying ant dry fly that works well. Its quick enough to tie many quickly, and you can fill your box with a number of different sizes of this pattern. Its also very durable.
  21. Yes I agree. For me though fishing is a bit of work though, but enjoyable work. Haha!
  22. Oh man, sorry to hear no fish for you. That’s rough. Hopefully it improves soon. Yeah around here it’s not bad. I still miss Colorado fishing but, this isn’t bad at all.
  23. Bass fishing at its best for a small South Texas fly fishing stream. This was a great day. However it started kinda slow. Lots of walking, searching for fish with no success. But I moved to another little creek, and wow was that an amazing day! Some really nice bass and sunfish. Honestly one of the best days ive had in a long time fishing! Maybe I am finally starting to figure out how to fish this area, or maybe it just was a good day. Either way, I hope more days like this are in my future.
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