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  1. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Mandoyak: Spinner (click link for more info)
  2. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Mandoyak: <a href="http://flytyingforum.com/index.php?act=flyshow&showid=3127">Rubberleg Strymph</a> (click link for more info) <img src="uploads/img440f6206ba608.jpg"> Couldn't really think of anything else to call it. Ok, I edited the post & the big pic disappeared so here's a thumbnail. John
  3. Smalliehunter, have you tried craft hair for your clousers? It's a great material in the water but hooks get tangled in it something awful. I may try the EP fibers on a clouser or two. I've added an experimental propeller to a clouser, so we'll see how that goes. The Sparrow is something I will try & was glad to see the step-by-step, looks like a killer smallie fly. The classic wet flies & streamers have me motivated to tie up some for a pond I fish alot that the gills & largemouth should tear up. Here is a pic of a Double-Bunny I tied for stained water, may be a bit meaty for my 6wt. though; and the other fly I'm not sure what to call it other than some bastardized-spey-smallie-craw-fly?
  4. It may make a difference but I'm lucky to get what I got. Plus I tend to stroke any fibers back when palmering so I'm not sure how to get them to not lay back. mandoyak P.S. I just noticed that you're in Lousiville too. I can guess where you'll be throwing for trout and smallies. Are you a member of the Derby City Flyfishing club? I'm not, but was curious how the club is doing. Also, have you checked out the new 38 Parallel shop on Shelbyville? Not much tying material yet but they're working on it.
  5. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Mandoyak: Firetiger streamer (click link for more info)
  6. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Mandoyak: Coffey's Sparkleminnow (click link for more info)
  7. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Mandoyak: Murray's Strymph (click link for more info)
  8. Had to go back to Home Depot today & looked for the marabou feather duster while there. No luck on the marabou but they had ostrich herl dusters for $13. A whole hoggin' boatload of ostrich for $13, defenitely worth a look if you use much ostrich. John
  9. At Home Depot I ran across tapered cork stoppers of various sizes in the nuts & bolts isle. I picked up some 3/4" x 1/2" for $.66 each. They had some monsters that would pull a few largemouth I'm willing to bet. I'm gonna make some Lefty' Poppers with mine. John
  10. Mandoyak

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    Word up Smalliehunter! :thumbsup: It's frightfully obvious that I'm the only dude in Michael's when I'm there...especially stalking the yarn/chenille isles! :rockon: mandoyak
  11. Suweeeet! Can't wait to get them there clouser crayfish!
  12. Do you know what the fibers are made of? Is it like craft hair? Cool material for sure. Mandoyak
  13. I meant the new material called "dubbing brushes", here's a link: http://www.orvis.com/store/product_choice....hop_id=Mandoyak
  14. I ran across some foam cylinders at Michael's craft store: 3-d Foamies ( ), 15 in a pack for a couple of bucks. 1" by .5" I think just by looking at them. Should be easy to cut & shape to desired size. mandoyak
  15. Has anyone used the "dubbing brushes" or Antron Crystal Braid materials? I saw it browsing around the Orvis site and wondered if it is an improvement over estaz or cactus chenilles? Mandoyak Ok, I saw this and had to add it: http://www.orvis.com/store/product_choice....=10133&shop_id= I usually call my fly tester "the sink"
  16. I'm in! Cool, my first fly swap in a couple of years and I think my first on this board. Looking forward to it. I have some bastardized nymph/strymph ideas that might go over...plus the go to sparkleminnow! Mandoyak
  17. I've had mine for several months now and I think it is a great vise. I love the ease of hook placement, great holding power...you can't yank the hook out of the jaws. Very well built and I've talked to other owners that have had theirs for 20+ years and still as good as new. It gets my two thumbs up :thumbup: Mandoyak
  18. I'll just restate what's already been said but it's important to keep tension on the hide (vise, clamp, etc.) and go slow with the blade on the skin side up. It's really not hard and after a couple of strips you'll be lookin for the hair grain to do cross-cut zonkers. Mandoyak
  19. A buddy of mine throws a fly like your mixed-media adaptation but with just the suede claws & palmered rabbit strip with lead eyes; very crawfishy. Mandoyak
  20. D'oh!!! I forgot about that fly.
  21. I was browsing the crawdad fly index and was wondering if any one has used any of the rather crawdad-looking spey/dee flies for warmwater, specifically smallmouth? Mandoyak
  22. You might want to try some craft hair with wing-n-flash or some similar flash material. Try sparsely layering the materials like with a "Blonde-style tied streamer" until you get the desired fullness or profile. That craft hair really lets the underlying colors come through. That's what me & others have been using on float-n-fly jigs to make minnow imitations and it's been effective so far. Here is a page of float-n-fly jigs that might help with the idea: http://www.punisherjigs.com/categories.asp?cID=4 Mandoyak
  23. I've had my Regal for a few months now after upgrading myself and it's been all thumbs up. Great holding power, easy placement of hooks; but not really a rotary vise although it can rotate 360. I tie mainly bass flies & jigs, nothing very small; so if that's what you tie it could be the answer. If possible go out & try a few styles if a shop has a few different brands to make sure it fits your needs. AND the price is pretty good for the quality of construction. Mandoyak
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