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3 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

I’m looking forward to fishing them to see if I will keep them in the arsenal. Next one I’ll pull the foam up and let it snap back down after cutting. Thanks. I have a 14 already wrapped in moose mane and coated with sally Hanson laying in wait. 

The clown shoe caddis is in my arsenal, I find it to be quite effective.  

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Pheasantly Delicious
 
Hook - Sprite S2499 or equivalent
Bead - Gold tungsten
Thread - Hot orange
Tail - Pheasant tail fibers
Ribbing - Oval silver tinsel or silver wire
Hackle - Brown hen
Hot spot - Tying thread
 
Colorado Guide Flies - Pat Dorsey

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I just finished up tying up my frogs I plan to use for bass, chain pickerel and possibly pike.  The first batch, I posted a year or two ago.  The larger ones I scrapped.  They were just to bulky for my 8 wgt, plus they always landed upside down.  The smaller ones landed upside down most of the time.  I took out my only plastic frog from my dark side box, and discovered that it was weighted in the back.  So I inserted some worm weights in the back of the smaller ones, hopefully that will offset the weight of the hooks and they'll land hook up and be weedless.

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Hook - Gamakatsu double hook, size 1/0, attached to 40 mm Big Game shank.
Body - two pieces of  6 mm foam(white, yellow, chartreuse) glued together.  Hook and shank are sandwiched between the pieces.  `
Thread - White, Big Fly
Legs - Spinner bait skirt layers
Eyes- 8.5 mm Living Eyes
Colors- Permanent Markers

These are another re-do.  I stumbled on the "Gutless Frog" last year on another board and tied up a dozen.  I tied them on 3/0 hooks and glued the body together.  They turn out to be to large for the Ontario smallmouth and body didn't slide down to expose the hook point.  I tied these smaller, and in an oval(?) shape with plenty of space for the body to slide down.

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The one change I made is I didn't add front legs.  None of the plastic, soft body frogs, that are fished by dark side bass anglers have front legs.  Which makes sense, since when a frog is swimming the front legs are pressed against the sides.

Hook - Ahrex Trout Predator Long, size 1/0
Body - 5 mm wide, strip of 6 mm craft foam(yellow, white or chartreuse) 
Thread - White, yellow, chartreuse, Big Fly
Legs - Spinner bait skirt layers
Eyes- 6 mm Living Eyes
Colors- Permanent Markers

Here's a larger version tied on an Ahrex PR378 GB Swimbait hook(a worm hook) size 2/0, only tied two up if they work I'll tie a couple more.  Same materials as the "Gutless Frog".  Only change, instead of the ends pointed out, I glued them to the sides, giving it more of a frog head.

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The last of the frogs.  These came out of one those, "Why did I buy this material"  When Dragon Tails first came out I brought a couple of packs, one large one small.  Didn't particularly care for the fly that I tied with one.  So they've been gathering dust.  I was sitting at my tying desk after consuming some vodka looking at them. They sort of had a frog shape to them.  "Let's see what I can come up with".  Here they are.

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Hook -Ahrex Trout Predator Light, size 1
Body/legs - Front third of a large Dragon or the front third of two small dragon tails
Thread - White, yellow, chartreuse, Big Fly
Tail/feet - pieces of a brush I brought but never used
Head - 40 mm piece of 7/16 inch foam cylinder
Eyes- 8.5 mm Living Eyes
Colors- Permanent Markers

Where did I put that vodka?

 

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Clown shoe caddis #4

Hook - size 14 caddis hook

Thread - veevus 12/0 black

Body - moose mane brown/white

Wing - bleached elk hair

clown shoe - McFlyfoam

Thorax - black dubbing

Hackle - grizzly

 

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4 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

 

Clown shoe caddis #4

Hook - size 14 caddis hook

Thread - veevus 12/0 black

Body - moose mane brown/white

Wing - bleached elk hair

clown shoe - McFlyfoam

Thorax - black dubbing

Hackle - grizzly

 

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Nice work! I was wondering if a silver badger hackle might be a good way to eliminate the need for dubbing while still giving the impression of a dark thorax. 

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6 hours ago, ScienceGuy141 said:

Nice work! I was wondering if a silver badger hackle might be a good way to eliminate the need for dubbing while still giving the impression of a dark thorax. 

I’m not so sure the black dubbing does anything more than what black thread does other than look fuzzy to us humans. I’m not so sure having a dark thorax means anything to a fish either. I tied one without dubbing and the thorax still looks dark. I will fish one with and without and see what happens. 

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On 4/25/2022 at 6:50 AM, Poopdeck said:

I’m looking forward to fishing them

They all look good, Poopdeck.  If I was picking them out of a fly store bin, I would go with the sparser and shorter winged ones like #2 and #4, but I like the look of the wing color on #1 the best. 

I think I would try one with a snowshoe wing also, I'm kind of partial to that stuff with emergers.  

Do they all have a dubbed thorax?  

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13 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

 

Clown shoe caddis #4

Hook - size 14 caddis hook

Thread - veevus 12/0 black

Body - moose mane brown/white

Wing - bleached elk hair

clown shoe - McFlyfoam

Thorax - black dubbing

Hackle - grizzly

 

(pic cut for brevity)  @Poopdeck Nice work! That'll fish, well they all will

 

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Glass Caddis Pupa

Caddis Imitation

Hook - Sprite S2499 or equivalent

Bead - 7/64" Black brass or tungsten

Thread - Olive

Body - Built up tapered tying thread and olive body glass/v-rib

Thorax - Sybai black spectra flash dubbing

 

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Banksia Bug

Jay Zimmerman Originator

Caddis Imitation

Hook – TMC 200R, TFS 2312 or equivalent, size 14

Bead – 7/64” Black tungsten

Thread - Light Cahill and Olive

Wire - X-Small/small black and olive wire

Body – Tying thread. Build a tapered body with the light cahill thread followed by olive

Legs – Teal hackle fibers

Thorax - Gray ostrich herl and black/brown fur dubbing

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2 hours ago, flytire said:

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Glass Caddis Pupa

Caddis Imitation

Hook - Sprite S2499 or equivalent

Bead - 7/64" Black brass or tungsten

Thread - Olive

Body - Built up tapered tying thread and olive body glass/v-rib

Thorax - Sybai black spectra flash dubbing

 

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Banksia Bug

Jay Zimmerman Originator

Caddis Imitation

Hook – TMC 200R, TFS 2312 or equivalent, size 14

Bead – 7/64” Black tungsten

Thread - Light Cahill and Olive

Wire - X-Small/small black and olive wire

Body – Tying thread. Build a tapered body with the light cahill thread followed by olive

Legs – Teal hackle fibers

Thorax - Gray ostrich herl and black/brown fur dubbing

These are very nice Norm.

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6 hours ago, flytire said:

Banksia Bug

Jay Zimmerman Originator

That is a great tie! No doubt you are aware that Jay Zimmerman created the clown shoe caddis to fish the Banksai bug under.  Not that your entertaining requests or anything but I would really like to see your clown shoe caddis to go with it.

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Sure send me that funky post material and I’ll think about tying one 😀👍

its not on my material purchase list

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Send me your address I'll gladly send you some. In the meantime, I hope you don’t mind, I tied a banksia bug. I’ll definitely have to work on it a bit and I had to do a bit of substitution but, like you, some of this stuff ain’t on my shopping list.what the heck is a godwall anyway? I have to work on my boattail shape and my thread colors blended together after I put the UV on it. I’ll have to use a dark green next time. I also didn’t have any black tungsten beads so I painted a brass one. Oh well, thanks for the inspiration to try something new. Now I’ll have to fish them in tandem.

Hook - 14 equivalent 

Bead - 7/64 gold bead powder coated black

Thread - 70 ultra cream/light olive

Rib - Br black and sm green ultra wire

Legs - wood duck

Thorax - Brown ostrich herl/purple electric wool dubbing

 

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59 minutes ago, Poopdeck said:

Send me your address I'll gladly send you some. In the meantime, I hope you don’t mind, I tied a banksia bug. I’ll definitely have to work on it a bit and I had to do a bit of substitution but, like you, some of this stuff ain’t on my shopping list.what the heck is a godwall anyway? I have to work on my boattail shape and my thread colors blended together after I put the UV on it. I’ll have to use a dark green next time. I also didn’t have any black tungsten beads so I painted a brass one. Oh well, thanks for the inspiration to try something new. Now I’ll have to fish them in tandem.

Hook - 14 equivalent 

Bead - 7/64 gold bead powder coated black

Thread - 70 ultra cream/light olive

Rib - Br black and sm green ultra wire

Legs - wood duck

Thorax - Brown ostrich herl/purple electric wool dubbing

 

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I have some gadwall, you want some? Teal and wood duck are great substitutes. Nice bug.

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