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  1. Challenged Mayfly Emerger Hook: Mustad 3906, #16 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, Dk. brown Tail: Pheasant tail Body: Pheasant tail Rib: Wire, 0.2mm, copper Throax: Peacock herl Hackle: Dry fly, brown Wing: Comparadun, natural
  2. Demon mullet: Hook: Octopus Salt 1/0 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, black Tail: FTD Northern Flash, Purple Shanks: FTD 1 short (1/2")/1 starndard (3/4")/ 1 long (1") Body: Body braid, purple Overbody: FTD BGD Clyde, purple Head: FTD BGD Clyde, black Eyes: 3D molded, 8mm, red Overcoat: UV resin, thick
  3. Cased Peeking Caddis Hook: Caddis nymph hook 3x long, #14 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, Dk. brown Head: Ultra-chenille, caddis green Eye: Sharpie Marker, black Legs: FTD Mini bug legs, brown Body: Laser Dub, olive Case: FTD Big Bopper Dubbing, Mottled Gold (dubbing loop and trimmed)
  4. Side: Bottom: Fun pattern with really only three primary materials; bug legs, dubbing, and turkey tail. Definitely has the buggy look to it though.
  5. Raggedy stone, golden stone Hook: Mustad 9672, #10 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, dk. brown Underbody: Lead wire 0.020 Tail: FTD Bug Legs, tan Abdomen: FTD Bug Leg (wrapped), tan (top colored with Sharpie Market, brown) Thorax: FTD Sand Crab Dubbing, gold brown crab Wing case: Turkey tail Antennae: FTD Bug Legs, tan
  6. Now that we have established a working relationship, feel free to insult my content as needed, lol. The beverage was a classic of the south, Publix sweet tea. Strong stuff...
  7. One tool for .223 brass that you'll want to pick up is a primer pocket reamer/chamfer for any brass that has a crimped in primer.
  8. I started reloading when I got serious into handgun competition shooting (IDPA mostly with some IPSC). Bought a Lee Pro 1000 in 9mm to start. Good press with some quirks, but if you have some basic mechanical ability it works well. I can crank out 400rds per hour (handgun), or about 200rds per hour for .223 (extra steps required with trimming and crimping). If your going to be bulk reloading I would recommend the progressive press, just follow the process carefully and take your time. You laid out pretty much all of the tools you'll need to get started, and others mentioned a funnel and bullet puller. You'll be set on required tools. Depending on how you get components (bulk is good), you can save a significant amount of money. Back when 100rds of 9mm training ammo was about $20-25, I was loading 100rds 9mm for less than $9 with scavenged brass. Obviously prices and availability have changed, but it can definitely be worth it and doesn't require a huge investment to get started. Welcome to the "brass is life" club.
  9. ly Chubby Chernobyl Mayfly, olive Hook: Mustad 94840, #12 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, olive Tail: FTD Mayfly true tails, dun Body: Foam 3mm, olive Underbody: SLF Superbright dubbing, light olive Wing: FTD Hi-Float fiber, dun Legs: FTD Medium bug legs, olive Eyes: Sharpie Marker, black Was looking to make something to use as the high flotation dry fly for a dry/dropper rig, but with a bit more mayfly looking profile than the standard Chubby Chernobyl.
  10. No worries at all. Context of the comment is everything and internet forums sometimes don't translate that well. Thanks for responding.
  11. Wow, thank you for the constructive criticism. I am sorry that photo did not meet with your expectations. Here is a tip, if you don't like a photo you can simply keep on scrolling.
  12. Raggedy Shrimp, tan: Hook: O'Shaughnessy salt, #1/0 Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0, tan Tail: Bobcat tail Antennae: Krystal Flash, copper Eyes: Mono V-eyes, black Legs: Sili-legs, sand barred Body: FTD Sand Crab Dubbing, sand crab (dubbing loop) Ribbing: Wire 0.3mm, copper Back: Scud back 1/4", clear Shell: UV resin, tinted coffee brown Weedguard, Mono 25lb
  13. The air fryer does a really good job. I started using it to make salmon. Just dust the fish with your seasoning of choice and then use the air fryer preset for fish. it came out perfect. It has been one of my go-to methods for most fish. If it is a thin fillet I just adjust the time down from the preset.
  14. Pretty much safe stuff. I have had it for a while so it may have been a previous product name. The use of the prismatic foam isn't really critical though as it is only on the back of the fly and not visible to the fish.
  15. I use the dry dropper a lot in saltwater. Gurglers, poppers, divers, boobies, all work well so long as they have enough foam to float the rear fly. What I like best is that it allows me to work the suspending fly slowly, and at a constant depth, along cover without it sinking to the bottom. There is a downside though, double hook ups. Many times I have had a fish take one of the pair, then during the fight another fish trying to figure out what the first fish got into will target the second fly. If this is happening a lot, or I am targeting larger fish, I will typically change the floating fly over to a hookless attractor (popper usually to get some attention). Even if they come up and take a swing at the floating fly they will usually come back and eat the suspending fly afterwards so long as you don't pull it too far out of the area.
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