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  1. Started playing around with the Crawbody, they work well if you get a solid base under them. Looking forward to giving them a try once the ice melts. I have always had decent luck with crayfish patterns.


    I used burlap in a way to make both the underbodies for the stone and the crayfish to be flat so that I could get a nice realistic profile without filling the hook gap.


    If interested you can see the step-by-step here.



  2. Good looking stuff denduke! I like the puffy paint and plan on getting some to dab on foam. I had a lot of fun with foam frogs on worm hooks this summer here in Okeechobee. I can cast these in the thickest mats and pads on the lake. Yours would be great in open water and sparse cover. I agree, I'm not sure if the color makes a big difference when you're sliding through pads and they are crushing it. But when they are slurping it down without a ripple, maybe that extra detail made the difference. Like you say it can be fun, and if it boosts confidence it'll certainly catch more.

    Now that's a slick pattern! I'm definetly making some of those tied on the worm hook this winter. Well tied.

  3. I am also very interested to see what these do in the water.


    As for the paint jobs, its more for the fisherman I think. The livetarget frogs in the hardware department have gotten intensely realistic. Eye candy for the lure enthusiast. Don't get me wrong, I also love to put the time in making them look good on the top side. It is a lot of fun.


    A very accomplished fly tyer and fisher once told me that the bottom can be any colour so long as it's white. That said, I do like black and yellow, but I have had the best luck with white bellies.


    This is an older video of mine that you may have seen already. I did some underwater profile shots in the bathtub. 'fish eye view'



    It's amazing the amount of effort not needed to click on a link with the

    lightest of index finger pressure. And sometimes one finds a jewel of

    a site like yours Shane, well done!

    I visited too, well worth the brief time to review. In many Wyoming still waters, especially on the Laramie Plains, we fish a pattern very similar to your Michigan Wiggler.


    Hook 1or 2x long nymph size 8-12

    Wgt or bead optional

    Thread- Black or brown or green

    Tail - Pheasant tail fibers

    Shell back, same PT fibers

    Abdomen- Peacock herls

    Thorax -peacock same abdomen...with palmered brown or rusty rooster


    Fished it on floating line, best from a watercraft -casting back towards shore, near openings in the cabbage, slow, steady, undulating retrieve. Had several 20-30 fish mornings, before strong winds arose, Rainbows, Cutts, Browns 16-22 inches- all released

    Sounds like a good fly and morning of fishing!



    Yep, I understand. Just FYI'ing.

    It has become an issue around here because the board is frequently being treated as bait for someone's blog or youtube.com channel. I personally do not have a problem unless they decide to monetize their sites/channels, then this is not helpful information, just spam in another guise.

    I don't make a dime off this. I just like to write and share the knowledge I have collected and learned. I used to enjoy contributing to the fly data base here as well. Buts that's changed now and I've moved to my own free based blog.

  6. https://tieflycast.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/the-box-winter-steelhead/


    3 flies that I will not venture out into the cold without. How I tie them and tips to make the common patterns more successful for winter steelhead. This flies have been tried and tested on Erie, Huron, and Ontario tributaries while having some specific influence from Lake Michigan.


    I have put together a collection of thoughts and ideas as well as a few favorite patterns for winter steelhead flies for the Great Lakes region. Basically this post is a collection of concepts and patterns that I have had success with over the years. I know that most of the content will not be earth shaking for most of you, but I do appreciate the feedback I get from the members of this site. I tried much harder to get some 'animation' in my voice overs and dropped the banjo (for now). Take a look and give me some feedback, criticism, or a thumbs up if you like the content. It's greatly appreciated.




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