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  1. fishyfrank- ty the vane link- very clever way of doing it:) hookups- on longer shanked hooks it hasnt been an isssue- on short shank version -it also hasnt been an issue but- a stinger simply tied to the hook bend would do the trick inverted- i have tried inverted but the hook weight requires to much foam to keep them inverted- though some inventive soul could find a way i,m sure:) Will
  2. some pics- since I teased everyone:)) WiMi -Floater/Diver and one done WiMi Nymph style - ballasted with tungsten sheet as a slow sink version the lip is simply shaped from the hard part of a plastic hook box- with a little epoxy under for strength . the combo of foam shapes makes it wiggle with the slightest forward movement and the rear triangle keeps it from rolling I use a loop to tie them on -Popper Style-rather than a knot- enjoy Will )))
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    I,ve used Veniard dyes extensively- on skins deer hair and otherwise- the skin absorbes a lot of dye but does work well. Just have to make sure the material is properly treated with de-greasing solution and they will take the dye well. The post dye bath washing time is prolonged to clear the dye from the skin . With lighter materials its often usefull to dye to a darker base colour and re-dye to the final colour to get a strong and deep colour finally. hope that helps Will
  4. I'll post up some pics and try and explain some adjustments to the design that enhance what it does:) the patterns steals from all over the place( < big believer in creative thievery vs originality claims:))) cheers Will
  5. I like tungsten sheet- its around 1/16 th inch thick and easily cut( read weight adjusted) and used as underbody with being bulky and sink like a rocket:) Will
  6. Interesting never seen the Petijean head- it looks like another method i've seen:))) the WiMi takes a different approach- basically its designed as a suspending pattern- but can be tied to float and dive/supend and dive or slow sink and stay self righting no matter how it lands Will
  7. Wimi Nymph http://www3.mb.sympatico.ca/~wmilne/wimi3.avi Will
  8. I use Clousers for Channel Cats here- and the more sparse the better:) 1 toothpick for me Will www.watersidemb.ca
  9. nice tie- a friend fishing an Epheron Album hatch ( white millar) for Goldeye this summer on the Red River Manitoba:)) it was like snow evening after evening:) from bank to bank for miles:) for what its worth we did notice that the fish would target on surface mating pairs( a bigger easier target perhaps) with trailing shuck males a close second
  10. Browns- lake Wet Daddy Grouse and Claret Golden Olive Bumble Teal and Green Olive Dabbler Browns - stream Stewarts Black Spider Snipe and Purple Beacon Beige Borderer Partridge Glory Bows- anything:))))
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    A stonefly

    from the sound of it - pteronarcys dorsata- they tend towards a dark brown olive- black/dark brown colour and are shorter tailed then some of the other large stonenfly nymphs- and they get bigger than that:)))))))))- they have a 3 year cycle egg- adult( spending the time as nymphs) - so you will find many sizes of them in a river- you may also find instar - very pale specimens- having freshly shed their nymph skin as they grow- trout love them:)))))))))))) there is also - try a google search- hope that helps
  12. my favourite style of pattern of all:)) a few more for you http://www.snipeandpurple.co.uk/page_5.htm John Reids- Clyde Style Flies is a great intro book Trout Flies of Scotland by Stan Headley has some great patterns in it as well:)) hope that helps
  13. ty all for the encouragement:))- yep Fish- i agree swiss straw has some nice translucent qualities:) a little illustration- to em um illustrate my own pref for using the pupa and diving caddis in tandem on a dropper setup
  14. thanks for the encouraging words:))- i added a little illustration to the diving caddis thread to show my own prefs for use:)
  15. ok OSD- be honest how many bears did you get on the backcast with bacon grease scented patterns?
  16. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by MbCarp: caddis pupa
  17. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by MbCarp: diving caddis
  18. Robert we really have to get you a tripod for that cam of yours- the mysterious "brown boot toed FF,er" is getting old:)))))) on another note- while i,ve done it myself i,d be interested in hearing of- more catch friendly ways of making pics than laying them on the ground
  19. I should probably introduce FF Anon to you all - here in Manitoba FFA has been an evangelist for warmwater FF,ing for quite a number of years and there,s few local species he has,nt caught on a fly rod . He,s a most generous soul so I,d take up the offer and " ask away" ))))))))))))) Drum- now they have me intrigued, very game fish on light tackle- i,ve already had them to 27" , but I have my eye on another river for bigger ones:))))))))))))))
  20. A reasonable place to start with the cats would be Clousers tied to mimic the local baitfish, they are very adapt predators, and will actively seek out their prey of preference. Figure out what that is and imitate it:) Here at least the cats like the heavier current and in particular holes in that current so if you have that type of water below the dam ,that may be a good place to look for them For the Carp despite conventional wisdom ,they can be taken on approaches other than sight fishing:)). Some good patterns Dragonfly nymphs Small Crawdads 1- 1/12 inches Leeches Tan/Red/Brown beaded San Juan Worms-(oligochaeteous worms) Large Mayfly nymphs Damsel Nymphs Chironomid larvae Snail Patterns like- look for silt puffs/cloudy isolated water/bubble trails/reed disturbances- ie signs of bottom feeding carp and cast in the vicinity- my own experience has been that you have to present the pattern slow- and if you think your going slow then slow it down even more:) if they are UP and feeding the pattern choice should be more obvious but they CAN be fished blind with success
  21. hrmmm- i dont see Canada on the map:))))))))) I have a general stone/caddis/may chart undevelopment for Manitoba if there is an interest. http://www3.mb.sympatico.ca/~wmilne/web/hatchcharts.html
  22. Nick - you must have cats down your way?))))) Vices- YVW:) and yep they do put a fight - though I think big carp are feistier:)) the cats will run/"bulldog" down and sit in a current hole /big head shakes etc- but not the sheer steam train power of the big carp. things are slowing down a bit as the cats spawn( so the local pro,s tell me) so I may have to Spey cast for the carp now on my new carp honey hole:))) and try them again when the big gals move back in a week or so. keep you posted:)
  23. well took out the Spey rod last night and what fun....)) a 37" cat hope the salmon/steelhead folks dont get upset at my sacralige:)))))
  24. Steel were you offering to donate a bigger net?) a 34" taken a few days ago you can see a bit of the fishery in the background a 35" with my net guy buddy Fred i know i know fish tales but.... these fish are fairly easily controllable on a 10 ft 9 wt despite the fact there are some seriously heavy currents at play- my fishing partner Kim and I have had fish on that were simply tooooooooooooooo much:)))))- not enough rod/backing etc < stunned look into the backing and gone!!!! sooooooooo!!!!!! a 14 ft 10 wt Spey rod has been acquired - will keep you posted:)))))))) now where are those manitoba salmon:)
  25. Hope this helps- my experience with the Cats is very limited so far. I,m fishing a large dam/control structure tailwater fishery, the Cats here like to sit in the heavy cuurent flows where they can find a hole and ambush/harass/forage for their food of choice- Goldeye( a mid to top water inhabitant). The pattern I was having sucess with is a Clouser (size 1/0 salmon hooks)tied VERY sparse in Goldeye colours,fished on a clear intermediate sink line on a dead drift with a little lift/twitch when the pattern pulls down into a hole( trying to imitate a wounded/ailing/fluttering Goldeye) Imitating the local baitfish Clouser style in/along/over current breaks and obvious holes may be a place to start. Other patterns that have proven successfull for others locally- Purple Crystal Chenille bodied Yellow Wooly Bugger- the water gets very turbid here at times- so that colour combo may be a visibility help. I,ve had a couple of Cats on this version( more crawdad like) but as mentioned the Clouser has been the most productive by far to date - on the night the 35.5" was taken -I had two more at 35 and one at around 26/27". The 38" fell to the Clouser/drift approach early yesterday morning( within an hour of sun up)- they seem to have patterns of movement- coming in early and late to feed on the Goldeye which inhabit the heavier current water.. Another appraoch that has produced a couple of Cats is using smaller flies to find the Goldeye and then switching to the Clouser and fishing under the Goldeye looking for the prowling Cats. Hope all that helps:))))
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