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  1. I like larger sizes only because they 'pop' louder and can call fish in from a greater distance. But as was said, if you put in on there nose, who knows how big a fish will take a small one. In most situations I make the longest cast possible with a popper and hope to rattle them in from every direction... In this case bigger can be better (especially if fishing around heavy cover).
  2. How many painters have painted a painting? All just a little different use of colour and technique spread across a canvas of variant sizes. Some are worth millions, and some worthless. It's all in the eye of the beholder. It's all feather and fuzz on a hook. Whether you agree that egg sucking leech is so much more effective than a woolly bugger that it deserves it's own name really doesn't matter. I often use names and specific patterns from different sources as a reference for a colour scheme of a common pattern. Helps me remember the productive ones. The same flies may not beheld with favour in another area, so a name and location does help sometimes when returning to a spot not visited Often. Every work of art has its own name and even copies of originals have their own unique characters (unless it's a print). Styles copied and ideas ripped off. It's all art. As long as you like it, it's your eye that beholds.
  3. Good call Cold. That would help for sure. Thanks
  4. That's some good feedback. Thanks
  5. Its the fastest way to get a bugger off the vice. Happy tying.
  6. There are a few out there that really do hate the pattern... but I feel they are a must in the box. Sometimes as the backup and other times they are the go to. It's probably one of the first flies that I tied that looked "good"... if you can say that about the bugger. Now for the 4/0 musky buggers..... Thanks for taking a look.
  7. That's pretty cool... now I'm going to bug you to get me JD's autograph! Thanks for the feedback all. I chose photos instead of video in order to keep it short... which is usually my complaint about tying videos. Any way, thanks again to all who looked.
  8. I'm going to jump right in here with the blog post I have been working on for the last week. Bit here and there, but I did it just to get some beginner content started on my sight. This seems like the perfect place to drop an ad for a woolly bugger. https://tieflycast.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/the-woolly-bugger-keep-it-interesting/ Did I get the right balance of music to talk ratio? I play all my own banjo cause I was sick of YouTube taking videos down cause of copyright issues. I honestly just love banjo and playing it. Earl Scruggs, JD Crowe, Sunny Osbourne... wonder if they fly fish(ed)... I also want to keep the video tech enough to keep the interest of the seasoned tyer, but also not lose the beginner. All kidding aside, I'm not looking to score anything here. I do this for fun because I enjoy sharing and teaching. I also enjoy learning and growing, so don't be afraid to tell me what you think. Any criticism is welcome!
  9. I`m sure many of you cringed at the title of this post. And yet ANOTHER woolly bugger focused article.. and right after someone ranted about them being so intolerable. A bad time to have invested blogging efforts into that dang woolly bugger I certainly didn`t re-invent the wheel here, but I did collect some ideas and concepts about the woolly bugger that can be translated to many other fly patterns. I post this here looking for criticism and feedback. I wanted to add some beginner content to my page, and still plan to add a few more of the `basic` patterns. If anyone has the time, I would appreciate a comment or two about my video. I am not looking to teach basic terms or material types, just offer tying tips that might make life easier for the person starting out. Did I get to technical? It's hard to tell without feedback. Otherwise, take a quick look as there are neat ideas and variations about the woolly bugger. I tried to make it interesting. If you would like to contribute to the blog or tell the blog what you really thing, please add a comment on the post. Positive or negative, the banter is always fun. https://tieflycast.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/the-woolly-bugger-keep-it-interesting/
  10. Totally agree, the small variations can make all the difference.
  11. Yes it is. A Great Lake to visit once or twice. Then you just get bored of catching tigers.
  12. They are similar to the 'whirly gigs' but they do not stay on the surface. They mate out of water and return to the water to lay their eggs. It's late fall when they begin to crash the surface of the lake trying to break through before a fish eats them. That's the time when you want to have them. More exciting then choronomid fishing any day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notonectidae Maybe they are not in your area? Either way, they do have a nasty bite so don't play with on too long.
  13. Happy Canada Day! and an early Happy 4th of July! I'm sure this fly pattern and technique will not be new to some of you, but in the case that some may not have seen or tried this I will share my latest blog post. https://tieflycast.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/hang-the-backswimmers-out-to-dry/ Something to get into the boxes for the fall when these things really become a targeted food source. Fishing them like this is a blast as everything is visual. I'm sure a lot of you out there can tie a much nicer looking floating backswimmer pattern. Would like to see some. As always, criticism is appreciated. Thanks Shane
  14. I started tying my own bucktails and spinnerbaits when I was 12 and was so obsessed with fishing that I needed to make my own lures. Later when I got into fly fishing, the fly tying followed right along. The obsession continues.
  15. Has the database been taken off line? It will not work for me at all.
  16. I have been very slow at work so I have managed to spend quite a bit of time on the rivers here in Ottawa Ontario. The fishing has been great! Anyone else fish this area?
  17. Thanks Tom, although not new to the forum it has been a looooong time since I have posted. Some nice flies there. Good luck getting out there.
  18. We don't have alligator gar but we do have spotted and long nose. I will be giving these flies a go for them in the later summer. See if the hooks can hang on to their boney heads. The musky fishing has been top notch this year. See if the gar follow behind. Just curious, what's considered big for an alligator gar?
  19. Hello all, I have recently been been doing a lot of musky fishing on the fly and have put many flies through their paces as far as producing fish. Burned a lot of steel tippet as well, changing up flies. I thought I might share my blog post with the community here. It's a fly that has started really turning up Musky for me here in Eastern Canada and a leader/tippet setup that has saved me a bit of time and money. Might get the wheels in your head turning for your own version of the fly. I would love to see some variations on the patter or things that you have done that are similar. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks Shane See the post. https://tieflycast.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/less-restriction-more-action-musky-dig-loops/
  20. Totaly missed this first time around. Flies are there and look good. Looking forward to seeing everyone's work. Thanks for your efforts Will.
  21. Hope it all works out and you make it out here to Manitoba. Those flies will definetly do the trick. Always love the dragon fly nymphs is the first part of the year as well. Good luck shane
  22. BoSmith


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  23. Those are awesome looking divers, well stacked. Thanks for sharing.
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