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Hopper John

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  1. The other day I was watching some tying videos on You Tube and I watched a guy paint some popper bodies using an airbrush. The neat thing about the airbrush was that it used markers. Does anyone know about this type of airbrush? Is anyone using this kind of airbrush? From what I could see it did a pretty good job.
  2. Does anyone have a good methode of mounting flies in a shadow box? I've tried pins, didn't work very well. I've tried glueing a post to the back of the box and sticking the hook through the post. It didn't work too bad except the large flies had to be glued at the hook to keep them from tipping over. And the all thoes posts made the box look crowded. All suggestions would be welcome. Thanks John
  3. Is there anyone on the site that fishes the Piegon River in Northeastern Indiana? If so, could you give me an updated on the Browns. Are they spawning below the Mongo or Nasby Dams? The river has been a good producer of browns since spring and now it's like they have vanished. I'm having a heck of a time walking. My disability has gotten worse and I'm looking for a place to fish for trout in lower Eastern Michigan and Northeast Indiana that would be easy access for me. I would appreciate any information on places close to the state line that I could get to. Thanks Hopper John
  4. Gotta say thanks to Soft Hackle and Letumgo for the work they are doing with soft-hackle flies. I tied up a few and went after some bluegills. The flies work fine. They will be even better when I get used to using them. Even the smallmouths showed some interest in the larger ones. Caught two smallies on them. Here's a picture of a few I tied up. For sure, soft-hackle flies have a place in fly box. Can't wait to try them on trout. Later Hopper John
  5. Really nice looking flies. I'll have to tie some. Thanks for posting them. Later Hopper John
  6. I was reallly disapointed with some of the plates in my new copy of Ray Bergman's book Trout. Plates: 7, 11 and 15 through 19 range from a little blury to really bad. Just wondering if anyone else has recieved a book with this problem. I assume there is always a chance that the plates could be bad, because the rest of the illustrations in the book are really sharp. Tight lines, Hopper John
  7. Great looking poppers. What is raft? Hopper John
  8. Those are really nice flies. I just started using scuds and I've caught a few trout on them. They are fun to tie. Heck, I think every fly is fun to tie. Tightlines, John
  9. This is going to be a great forum!!!
  10. J Stockard Fly Fishing! The service is excellent! And if he doesn't have what you need, James will find it for you. Hopper John
  11. Before you buy you may want to check with your family doctor. They use a similar tool to remove small growths and such. The tool is used only once and discarded. The end can be cut off with a tubing cutter to allow for the replacement of batteries. It is called a Surgical Cautery. Can't hurt checking and it may save you a few bucks.
  12. Have you ever had one of thoes day when the only thing you get done at the vice is staring at it? Well that's the way it was going today. I was just about to give up when I notice a small piece of chenille lying on the floor. I picked it up and was about to throw it away when I thought , "What the heck, make a green weenie out of it." I started tieing and then the light came on. So I would now like to introduce the very first, I think, Black Beaded Hum Weenie on the planet. I feel better now.
  13. I use Herbie's Majic Dust and Pro-tec powdered paints that I buy at Gander Mountian. Mix up your epoxy and add a little of the powder to the mix and you've got colored epoxy. You can also mix the colors to make different colors of epoxy. It doesn't take much to color the epoxy so go easy. Try the glow in the dark powder. It makes some pretty cool looking flies. The stuff lasts forever and you get enough to make thousands of flies. Hope this helps.
  14. Very nice fly! Excellent job!! Always thought about doing what you have done but never got around to it.
  15. Thanks for all of your help on this subject. Did a little more research on scuds and discovered that they are tied all different kinds of colors and sizes. Usually I use midges, just wanted to try something different for for a change. Do pretty good on baby buggers too. Tight Lines, Hopper John
  16. Being from Northeast Indiana I do a lot of spring creek trout fishing around here and in Southern Michigan. The one fly I've never used is the scud. I'd like to give it a try this spring. Problem is, I'm not real sure of the sizes and the colors I need to tie them in. And since FTF is the best and most imformative site on the web I can't think of a better place to go for help. Thanks Guys, Hopper John
  17. If you purchase hooks from mustad, the small container the hooks come in is great for storing dubbing. Just punch a small hole in the top and you're all set.
  18. Will, Just wanted to let you know that I received my gift and free shipping. Thanks alot for all of your hard work. I think you need to take a break for a while and rest up a bit. All of the flies entered were great! We have many talented tiers. Creativity is a passion with me and I really enjoy seeing it working here. Thanks John
  19. Sorry, don't know how I got on here twice. Must have taken too many pain killers.
  20. Can do and will do as soon as I get done tying for the spring steelie run.
  21. Will, Mine are all there. Thanks for taking the time to do really great photos of them.
  22. Used the Wicked Worm today and it was a success. Tied them in black, yellow and tan. Caught gills and bass on all colors. This is a winning fly. Thanks for sharing it.
  23. Well, I never made it to the PM. The day before I was to leave I had a cardiac event (their terminology). I have had an enlarged heart for some time. But as long as I pace myself I get along quite well. My ejection factor(blood pumped out of the heart) has dropped below 20%. In a couple of weeks the docs are going to install an ICD. Otherwise known as a defibrilator/pacemaker. Because I have chemo port in my left chest they are installing the ICD on the right side. Being that I am right handed I'm pretty sure it is going to effect my casting. Is there anyone reading this that has had to adjust their casting technique because of this or something similar? I figure I'll find out in time what I can and can't do. Just curious, can't hurt to ask the question.
  24. Thanks for all the advice, I do appreciate your efforts. Hey Kausboy, are M80 flies still used on the PM? Hopper
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