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Frank G. Swarner III

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Frank, those are great! Chris has some other really good patterns on his website that can be adopted for other types of fishing.

 

VMC makes a hook similar to that DOA hook mentioned. I suspect the DOA hook may be this VMC hook relabeled.

Model # 6319, and it does have a longer front section that's easier to tie on.

 

Here's a fly I've tied with the VMC hook.

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Awesome flies! those would kill on the flats for snook and reds.

 

Tidewater, that is a killer one as well. Would you mind sharing the recipe?

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It's very easy. I used clear mono thread. The body wrapped along the hook is Diamond braid or similar. The white belly hair is fox, I believe from the tip of the tail, the back hair is a small clump of dyed olive bucktail over some natural tan coyote tail hair. The bucktail was some finer hair from the back side of the tail.

 

The pink is a small clump I stripped from the base of a saddle hackle. (hot pink, ala Henry Cowen's flies)

There's some Polar Flash down each side, pearl I think.

 

The eyes were some 3-D I had, not sure what size.

 

The head on this fly was unfinished when I took the pic. It was to be epoxied later. Liquid Fusion or similar would work too.

 

This hook is either a 1/0 or 2/0, not sure. That should make the fly about 3 1/2" to 4" long.

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Question for both you guys,

Do you find any need to add a bit of weight to the hook to keep it riding in the upright position or do you find it rides well without it?

 

 

Michael

 

p.s. definitely a fly I'll be tying for smallies and large mouths. I can even see it for stripers.

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It rode true in the swim tank but that is not a real world test with current pushing on the side. These are for a friend who will be casting and stripping them in pike. I'm sure a little added wouldn't hurt when fishing in current.

 

Frank

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That's what's great about this place....exchanging ideas. When I went to get hooks the Gamugatsu just didn't give me enough room to tie and be confident with good hook sets so I got a few varieties to bend myself....

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