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Streamer and other fly recommendations for Hybrids and Striped bass
Thanks for all of the replies everyone.  I have been looking at a dave whitlock wool shad pattern and some Dan Blanton articles for suggestions as well.   I used to live in Texas and learn
Lake Mead anyone?
I used to live in Boulder City in the mid-1990's and spent a lot of time at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.   Things have changed in the 20+ years I've lived there but the fishing could range fro
Show your bench
World headquarters poopdeck bait and tackle. This is not a dedicated tying area since I like to be mobile with my tying stuff. I do everything from flies to furled leaders, lanyard making, saltwater p
Capt Bob has a good point. My warm water (bass, sunfish) colors would greatly differ from my trout colors.   For trout, cphubert copied my answer,,LOL,, Grizzly, brown, med blue dun, black, and c
Start thinking Christmas Swap
Cut off for sign up is Nov. 17th to have flies here by Nov. 24th. Welcome to the Secret Santa Swap 2017! The object of this swap is that you send me your flies
What flies to start with?
Where can you find lake trout within 1 or 2 hours of Philadelphia? I've lived and fished my entire life in this area and Don't know of a single lake close to philly with lake trout. I assume you are t
Not fly fishing buy might be sort of tying
Heck yes! I've had spinnerbaits lose the skirt. Either I buy a replacement skirt or I've done a couple of bucktail versions with some flash. ALL Flash a bou is cool too. Tie flash a bou on just like t
Interesting you mention dat vicente...ever caught an eel or a cutlass fish in the salt. At first a jolt then they seem to "back up" if you will then make short runs/head shakes and the fight came to
is tenkara catching on?
It's all good natured fun Rick. I consider myself an angler and enjoy many varied angling opportunities from fly fishing to spin fishing, bait fishing, chunking catfish and stripers and ice fishing. I
Eye protection whe using uv cure resin lamps?
... tell me to wear my PFD with the kill switch lanyard attached.If the motor's running, I will tell you your optometrist would be absolutely correct!   If the engine ISN'T running, then yo
Bass swap
Hey Vicente can you change me to a baitfish pattern- just realized i didnt have the right size lead eyes for my Bass Candy's. I will be tying a Hollensed's Washita Shad
Brand new to tying and to the forum
Hmmmm....don't know how to add text to my post but I'll do my best. Most of the flies are Chironomid patterns, or midges, if you will. Both larvae and pupae. The ones are the wine cork are called Pe
Snook Flies Swap
Thanks cb. I looked at FR's and thought it might be mine. Kind of along the same line of thinking but had a little more bling on mine with maybe one size bigger estaz (sp?). Yeah, it's not bad. Now th
S.B.B. (Smallmouth Bunny Bugger)
McFly!!!! You did it! A video I like. Material list - Check Short length - Check Clear instruction - Check Decent tune - Check Nice nails - Check I'm gonna tie some up as I'm about to make the switc
Smallmouth On The Fly
Smallmouth Bass are scrappy fighters that are willing to eat a large variety of baits.  They are fun to catch with conventional gear, and an absolute blast on a fly rod.  Especially when fis
beginner's luck
Hello All,   I just started fly fishing this year and so far having a great time. I live in Richmond VA and the James River within city limits is where I am trying to gain some experience. I curr
Weathermen and weather apps suck thread
So I go to bed around midnight last night. I've watched the weather all day and checked my weather app before going to sleep. Partly cloudy no rain was in the forecast. Perfect for my last shad trip o
Baitfish patterns
Seems to be boiling down to  "attractor" vs "matching the hatch" with bait fish patterns.   Bait fish may be dark over light but it's not an abrupt change from dark to light like you see in
Trolling a Clouser for bass in a kayak
...and there's absolutely no reason why you can't troll a jig with a fly rod.   I tie a number of flies on jig heads, especially for shad, but they work for bass and other deep holding fish
I've caught shad and I've had shad in my mouth. I'm falling short of saying I ate shad because I've never actually swallowed it. I've only tried to eat it and spit it out. It's that bad. I can tell yo
Fishing for Perch
Probably another two or three weeks before things started picking up around here.  Ocean temps are still in the upper 40's off of  South Jersey.  They're picking a few small stripers &#
Bluegill Lures | Simple Spider
Rich, because I fish for food not for sport. It's a system of fishing similar to how walleye fishermen use a crawler harness with beads and a spinner blade tipped with a nightcrawler. The lure is just
April Flies from the Vise
Thank you The Cream for the info.  I see a shad in that pattern for the wipers and whites.
Jack Frost (variation) SBS
Another U.K. pattern; modified here (out with white floss body/tinsel rib, in with Estaz) for shad. hook - Mustad 9671 #6 thread - Danville 6/0 black underbody - non-tox .030 tail - Craft Fur red
A stroke of genius, I think
So a bit of a long story here but I'll keep it short. I uncovered and dewinterized my boat to get it ready for the shad run. Of course now their predicting a foot of snow this week. Rather then go th
Hook a trout on the 1st cast of the day!
It was warm enough here in Feb to entice me into charging up the boat battery and start thinking spring things. Then March came along LOL ! Snowed today, supposed to be 9-11 f overnight and 23f for a
Salt Hook Size?
I just finished tying up some Peanut Bunker/Shad imitations on a 1/0 Gamakatsu SC15.  I had been planning on tying them on a smaller hook, size 1 or 2 but couldn't find the size I wanted  at
A couple of baitfish
This one I tied up for a salt water bait fish swap.  It's intended to imitate a peanut bunker, but will make do as a shad imitation.  A lot of the larger lakes around here have shad populati
Lead wire weigh
These are anti-snagging/snatching rules.  An 1/8 oz jig has a pretty good sized head.  We use them for shad flies, and they can be a bear to cast!  Also, the 1/2" gape restricts you to
Crappies & Bluegills
I tie primarily for warm water since I live in a warm water region. I look forward to spring crappie as much as I look forward to shad, stripers and smallmouth. Bluegills are fun but get annoying at t
Full sinking fly line reviews?
I use the Rio outbound short I've been very happy with it. Yes. 250 grains for my 7wt throws shad darts very well.
Ep minnow help
You could possibly tie an articulate EP minnow.  This is not a great example.  I once had the brilliant idea that I could tie a large bunker fly as a tube fly.  Tied the front part on a
ice fishing ties
For the panfish, any nymph you use for trout - with a bead head especially - can work as a great little jig.  I like to take gold beads on a 8-16 hook and just do a little puff of hackle or bou -
That's the same recipe recommended for American Shad around here.
Emerald Shanker SBS video - Emerald shiner pattern on waddington shank
Very nice technique, use of materials, and thoughtful design.  The colors are proven (to me anyway) on GL steelhead and the fly is nearly a "guide fly" in terms of ease and speed of assembly. (Yo
Why I like auctions
You are correct Mike! It's mush on a plank. Shad taste like crap no matter how it's prepared. It's best soaked in hot sauce to the point where you can't taste it. Every year they have "Shad fest" in l
December Flies from the Vise
Thanks to Josephcsylvia's generosity, I have a ton of new material and colors to play with. Here's the first ones to come off the vice. A shad, shiner, and panfish.
2017 Spring Articulated Streamers
So this is where I'm at. The big dark water Snares are all done. The smaller clear water, bright day killer is almost finished but I have the back hooks finished and just can't ever get the front hook
West Coast Salt water
Pyramid lake is best in the winter, I probably wouldn't bother with summertime but you can awkward look into it. Striper ate mostly a fall/ winter thing but there is great largemouth fishing down tugg
Southern US Fly Fishing..warmwater minnow patterns..?
These have become my new favorite go to pattern. I tie them on everything from a size 10 gamakatsu octopus hook for micro minnows, to a 1/0 shad/shiner. I've caught just about every thing that swims
Matching the Hatch....Carp
You need to tie up some streamers or Game Changers with rattles in them.  Mimic the color of the sunfish, and weight the flies so they suspend about 6 inches under the surface.   Bass are
Crafty Point Up Baitfish
It does look great wet. Yeah, I know we both were commenting on that one post about the difference between a streamer that is wet vs dry.  In the water standing still this fattens up quite a
If you could only have Three Bass Flies....?
I could live with just two patterns. A simple torpedo shaped cork popper with feather legs and rubber appendages. A simple  white streamer, hair or feathers, with a red throat to set it off. Sure
What are the best clouser colors?
I river fish for SMB most times when I go fishing freshwater. In fact I just tied up some clousers for a trip at the end of the week. I'm not a fan of orange, red or pinks for freshwater. White is al
Let's start thinking Christmas Swap
Cut off for sign up is Nov. 13th to have flies here by Nov. 20th.  Welcome to the Secret Santa Swap 2016! The object of this swap is that you send me your flies
October flies from the vise
Still playing around trying to come up with some Shad Imitations for the schooling bass around here. Still have some tweaking to do.   [URL=
Danville Depth Ray question
Norm, the "Depth Ray" was what Danville called the flat nylon that was in fluorescent colors. It is a "flat floss" type nylon thread. I also bought their 4 stand floss, but believe it was a rayon mate
Fat Head Squishy Streamer - Perch
Very nice. I love the shape and color. We don't have any perch in south Florida but it's been one of my most productive colors growing up. Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks!   If you want anoth
Pegging Beads... Fishing or snagging?
I don't have a salmon run either but we have the shad run which are said not to eat during their run. It's said they strike shiny objects out of anger. Difference is with shad fishing you set you dept
Related SMBass Hook Question
theyre called scorpios New name to me as they're almost like shad flies, but been fishing a variation of that pattern since t
Hi folks, I have a number of crankbaits I am looking to sell. Preferably as a whole lot. 5x nils master invincible 5inch various colours 3x Bucher lure depthraiders various colours 1x bucher lure c
August Flies From the Vise
Troutguy, That's killer! That would be perfect around here as a Shad immitation How about a short & sweet SBS?
Popper Bodies VS Hook Size..Opinions.?
I agree. Love the shape. Have you water tested them? Looks like they would have a short quick dive just barely under the surface. I could see some chobee bucket mouths jumping all over those. No I
Poppers..Time to start tying some tails I think!
Man they look great! I find painting my poppers and shad spoons equally as enjoyable as carving them and tying them. I still use a brush and do very basic painting but now you got me thinking.
Over it
The most painful ... two incidents come to mind.   Neither is really "Fly Tying", except I was sitting down to start some flies.  I'd left the skewer I use to make foam bodies ... [attachmen
Bass on terrestrials
My experience is,,,,,, on a pond, I have pounded bass on hoppers, but on lakes, not so good. Keep in mind the lakes around me(Kansas)  are packed with shad. The lake bass are more focused on shad
Fly Tying Articles - Shad Minnow
Hey, I am doing something new.  I plan on taking all my video's and turning them into article form.  Sometimes I don't always want to watch a video on tying a fly, however reading a quick re
2nd Annual Large Mouth / Small Mouth Bass - As long as it floats swap
I'll try it out and let you know how it works next time I get to a spot with bass big enough and bold enough to hit it Adam. Let me know how those I guess I'll call it flopping shad work for you. Calo
Striped Bass/Bluefish Swap Interest?
Well, since I'm working on setting up with a guide who will concentrate on stripers on fly rod on Lake Texoma I think I'd like to do this. I'm about caught up so could handle it okay. Most guides on T
What leader
Sorry young lad but we're talking fishing. I agree they are not tricky little devils but they shut down just like trout and they come alive just like trout. The bigger ones are trickier then the small
American River Shad Fishing
That's nice fly, little different from what we throw. Our river is 70 yards wide and runs 900-2400cfs, if our dart is not weighted with a boat anchor it's not getting down to the fish 10+ feet down,
Oklahoma bound steelheader......
Just found your site recently.  I like it.     I have been in Stillwater, OK for 22 years, moving here from Lansing, Mich.  Oklahoma's two year-round trout fisheries are a bit far
June Flies from the vise
  Tied this guy up in a storm of feathers and hair last night. First time really tying something large but just freestyling it. Didn't follow a pattern, but obviously had lots of inspiration,
Clouser Minnow Sexy Shad Streamer Fly
Kinda reminds me of the time Jeb Bush had given a rousing speech at a rally and forgot his mic was still on and as he walked off stage he said, "Oh please clap".   Yeah, I fish bass, but that's b
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