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  1. Not sure if this helps....but just last week I furled up 2 leaders and connected them....making it a total of about 10 feet long. The longest my board is set up to make is about 7 feet. So I made one standard 5 footer, then the second one I just did about double the wraps, so the overall leader would be larger than the first one. Then, instead of doing any Shorb loops on the ends that needed to be connected, I just did a loop to loop connection and it makes a pretty nice transition. I have only hand casted it in the house, but it seems to work great. Good luck!
  2. About 20 years ago on the shore of Lake Ontario my friend and I were surprised to see someone doing this....so we nicknamed him "Step Stool Man." He probably caught more fish then we ever did.
  3. Welcome from Greeece NY! I haven't fished Oatka since last summer. A friend showed me a nice little spot and we managed to pull a few out on a hot day! Check my links in the my signature for Rochester's largest fly tying party! Next one is February 2014.
  4. oatka

    Hank ties a fly

    I learnded more about flies tying in that there videeo than i ever done did in 15 years with any utter source of information. HANK FOR PRESIDENT!!!
  5. Welcome from Monroe County, Rochester NY! Good fishing in New York!
  6. Bluegill rule! If it wasn't for their willingness to bite anything, I'd likely still be spin fishing ponds, with little success! Like Chase Creek, trout waters are too far for me (even 1/2 hour drive is too far) so ponds get most of my attention.
  7. Hopefully this year you won't have a suprise trip to China! See you in a few weeks!
  8. Join us for a night of fly tying, pizza and prizes! Bring your vise and your appetite. Rochester's largest fly tying party is just a few weeks away. Click the link below for details, including the NEW LOCATION! http://eepurl.com/tF4Gf
  9. I never leave the house to go fishing without my tweed coat on. Period! If it's not on, I'm not fly fishing!!!
  10. This is the only fly I remember my grandfather ever using. I have one of his flies, and I'll never risk losing it in a tree, so it sits on my tying desk.
  11. Sounds like the owner of a place here that closed up a few years back. Good luck!
  12. oatka

    Thank You!!!

    Thank you! Without FTF I never would have met and fished with some great people. Also, I never would have created Guys, Flies & Pies without realizing through FTF that people get together to tie dead animal parts to hooks!
  13. I've used the "tack free" version from one well known company, even put in brand new batteries, and it's still tacky. I was very hopeful the "tack free" would cure....well....tack free. I love the product other than that. You can't beat the 6 second cure time, but that kinda goes out the window when I have to add a top coat of Sally's, or rub it with alcohol....both of which have found the hole in the "tack free" coat and then destroys the paint underneath. Still trying to figure out what to do. I have yet to set them in the sun for a final finish.....that's up next.
  14. After a few hours driving my wife around and waiting for her, I got out for 20 minutes to fish with my kids. I caught 2 largemouth and 1 smallmouth. Not too bad for a few minutes of fishing. My son had fun bringing in the smallmouth.
  15. I've had one for over 12 years. I use it mostly for bass, but I have a second spool loaded for salmon/fat browns/steelhead. For those, it's worked fine. I fished it once, just once, in the salt, for 15 minutes, then took it back to the motel and gave it a shower.
  16. Lake or splake. If that's a brown then I'm a bass!
  17. I've super glued beads when the original bead fell out. Works great. I've emptied probably 20 spools of thread and had no issue.
  18. I mainly fish ponds. Close ponds. Ponds that are often just feet from the road or a short hike. Therefore I often find myself back at the car with a wet fly and no good place to put it. That has changed. I've made a storage space that allows the flies a place to dry. Here it is.
  19. If you use something heavy, besides just a bare paper clip, then you can spin it quick and it does all the rest of the spinning for you. You just give it a start and sit back....it will really twist it up. Speaking of paper clips.....just add one to your bobbin, and you'll have both the dubbing loop tool and weight always in your hand. Here's a video of it in action. http://guysfliesandpies.blogspot.com/2010/10/gfp-bobbin-hook.html
  20. Heck yeah! That's how I started fishing for warm water species. I went to a pond with a guy to test out his new fly rod. I normally would have used spinning gear, but decided to use my fly rod since that's what he was using. I caught more bluegill in that HOUR than any SUMMER in the past. I was using trout flies. Bluegill don't really care what you throw at them. My advice is to keep it moving....even if slowly. It forces them to decide if they really want to bite. If you let it sit too long they might just stare at it and give up. Good luck!!!
  21. riffleriversteelheadslayer, yep it was about time....only 15 years too late. Stipple, I agree! I'm using 25lb test line, doubled. I never liked the single because it never seemed to stay lined up with the hook. Captain Bob, I love the fact that I can toss these flies into branches and not worry.
  22. I have only tied weedguards on a few flies over the decade+ that I've been tying. However, I think that's about to change. I tied one on last week on a popper and really found the benefit. Even with simple weeds (instead of sticks and larger hang ups) they seem to make a big difference. I don't seem to have to clean my fly as much, even when fishing in heavy cover. The above fly hooked 3 fish last Saturday but I was only able to boat one....and as you can see in the next photo....my kayak fishing photography with a cell phone in a waterproof case skills are severely lacking.
  23. $10 or so at Walmart. I've been wearing these cheap-o's for years. When they break it doesn't hurt as much in the wallet. Sure, they aren't the best, but that's what I use.....and never taken a fly to the eye while wearing them!
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