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  1. I'd show my perch pattern for wipers, but I'm entering it in the tying contest! Can't give away all my secrets, just yet. Uh..., I think lovinbluegills has seen it, though! What do ya think Mr. Trinso? Do I have a chance?
  2. I just use a rifle bore brush. A new one, of course.
  3. My sparkleminnow fly that I sent you wuld be close to the same idea. I sent you a black light pattern, but I had my best success with the pearl pattern. It's a great all around pattern, and while great on smallies, was also good on steelhead.
  4. We have lots of those around here. We call them digger wasps, as they are not as communal as other bees, or wasps, and they build nests in holes they dig in the ground. They are not as mean as some other species, and they usually attck cicadas, or hoppers. I was lead to believe that they are killing the cicadas to drag into their den, and lay eggs in it. I have seen some of them as long as 3"!
  5. For those of you not wanting to pay $175 for an Ott Light... http://www.nextten.com/lampslighting/27watt.aspx This is a similar light for $49.95!
  6. Well, to be more precise, guys, the thing I'm shooting for is a solution to the problem of buying over the phone. If I were to go to their shop, and actually look at the material, then I could tell whether I wanted it, or not. However, when I order three yellow bucktails two might be a pale yellow, and one might be a bold yellow. For one of the deceivers that I tie, I use the back of a chartreuse bucktail, but only one in twenty of these tails has the dark back that I need to get that color. It's not standard, but luck of the draw, unless I know someone who will hand select the tail for me. They have to know what kind of color I'm talking about to be able to ask for that specific kind of color. Flyman, I forgot about the Pantone color system! I haven't looked at it, but it might work. I'm not trying to "match the hatch" as it were, but rather to get the color that I need for the fish I'm after. I fish for wipers in the spring, and these fish are extemely color sensitive. It's not a matter of match the hatch, but the difference of two shades in tone can make or break you. I can use a bold dyed yellow for them, and catch 30 of them in a morning, while the guy next to me is using a pale yellow, and caught only one. I gave him one of my flies, and he caught 6 in 30 minutes. Now, there are times when I have caught smallmouth on 3 different colors in the same day. This illustrates that I do realize color might not always be a factor in catching fish, but sometimes it can be. It's just that it would be nice, not to have to order a bucktail, hackles, and krystal flash (of the "same" color) from three different shops and get 8 different shades! Streamside, I agree about the "specimen" kit...uh, unless you are talking about the one you give to the doctor. Anyway, I'm not after match an insect so much as getting the color I asked for. If I can get on the same page as the guy on the other end of the phone, and we agree that the color he has is not the color I want, I can go else where. I may ask,"What shade of yellow is that?" His reply..."Uh, it say yellow on the package. I don't know...it's yellow." Yea, great. So, I go elsewhere. However, this story repeats itself over, and over, because it's tough to relate color over the phone without some kind of reference. BTW, I have a Scintilla color sheet, an Anglers choice pure silk dubbing sample sheet, Angel Hair color sample sheet, an SLF color box, and the BCS booklet. The BCS color chart doesn't cover all the colors. Just the ones that closely match insect colors. What if you're trying to match a hot pink hackle to a hot pink chenille on a bugger, but the marabou in the tail that matches is fushia? Same color going by a different name. How do you know unless you have it in hand? No standard.
  7. Dble Haul, my idea was not to steal the Borger system, but to do as he did by assigning a number to a color, and making that a standard. That way, when you ordered a color, you could ask, "Is that yellow 21, or yellow/olive 44?" As it is now, you ask for yellow, you could get a light yellow, pale yellow, bold yellow, dark yellow, or flourescent yellow....they could all be sold under the name "yellow". No way to know. BTW, I'll just acknowledge that my smiley for this thread is..
  8. Just a chance to vent... I'm sure that I'm not the first to notice this problem, but with materials from different companies, different types of materials, and even different batches from the same company, they can't seem to get onto a standard. There is the Borger color system that addresses this, somewhat. However, it doesn't cover all colors. My take on this issue is that we need to have a fly tying standard color sheet that every fly shop should have that would allow them to relate to the customer what color a material is before they ship it. This can't be that difficult! There are already color charts put out by cosmetics compaies for their products, for this same reason. It is possible to do this. I was thinking about doing a book with this, in mind, that addresses this head-on. My intent would be to build off of the Borger color system to give people a reference to be able to relate colors across the board....not just dry fly dubbing colors. If this weren't enough, then there are different names for the same color, from company to company! ....One company calls it shell pink, another calls it cotton candy, but it's the exact same color! OR....several companies calls theirs chartreuse, but they vary from flourescent Yellow to a light lime! Jeeez! I know, we just deal with this, and move on, but why?! Industries always repond to market forces. If enough people do more than just gripe about this sort of thing, something will be done about it. Sorry, just felt this was a bunch of There, I feel better!
  9. I like to do things on the cheap, when I can. I use plastic cases that Rattle Trap hard plastic baits come in. If you have friends who are spin fishermen, chances are they will have lots of them. More spin fishing friends, more cases. You can put three or four of them in a small, 6x9, soft side mailing pouch. I use this quite often, but I will also use small, cardboard jewelry boxes. For really large orders that go up into the multiple dozens of larger flies I just buy a plastic Plano box. They are less than $5 each, will protect the flies, and the cost spread across the multiple dozens amounts to just a bit more added to shipping cost. I don't think it's too much for the customer to expect that the flies will have to be packed in something. From another angle, Stamina tackle sells soft plastic cases in different sizes for crankbaits, but will work for streamers up to 11" long. A 4 1/8"x1 3/16"x1 1/8" container is $2.80 per 10. Staminainc.com
  10. Sz 20 creme midge larva, 24" rainbow, private stream in Missouri...
  11. I still have the adult version of the hellgie in my refridgerator. It's in a plastic tube, and the abdomen shrank to less than a 1/4 of it's original size, but let me tell you...the adults are no less mean than the nymphal stage! Suckers are huge!! I think it was 5" long! Same color as rusty dun uni-thread. Had a heck of a time getting him into the tube. He kept trying to bite everything that got near him!
  12. I think bronze on a bamboo rod would look retro-cool. Just for the overall color scheme with the black ash burl seat. Now you just need the color of thread wraps. I vote for gold and/or green.
  13. sparkleminnow


    Well, then Mato, come on down to central Illinois. You'll have them all to yourself. You might call what we have here world class gar action! We have more of them than we know what to do with. If they were a rare sight, I would likely give them a bit more respect, but they are as thick as the carp. Frankly I get much more exited about the carp!
  14. sparkleminnow


    I've found pearl to be the best color for them. Humanely dispatching them? Umm, yeah, that's it! I'm going to do a video on tying that fly, as everyone seems to have trouble until they see it done.
  15. sparkleminnow


    Luvinblugills, the gar is another species that I catch on the sparkleminnow. They really love a flashy fly. (BTW, flash can be pearl flash, it doesn't have to be silver) When I'm smallie fishing I have to pay attention to where the gar are so I don't catch one. In withering summer heat, when nothing else is biting, I deliberatly cast to the gar. The hotter is is the better they seem to like it. Pujic's recommendations are pretty good, but I have to add that one key to hooking them is to get them to take the fly straight-on. If they take it crossways in their mouth, you won't hook them. If I can see them take the fly, straight-on, then I can set the hook, with success, 90% of the time. You will need a bite tippet, too. You can catch a few with your regular tippet, but the presence of those teeth is bite off waiting to happen. Don't worry about tippet size. I've never known them to be line shy. Actually, I chuck every one of them up on the bank. With no natural enemies (I guess I might be one, though) they reproduce like rabbits, anyway.
  16. I use cuticle cutters from the same section that guys get their Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails, and fingernail files, to cut wire and lead. I use Anvil 4" perfection scissors for everything else. I don't cut anything but thread, or hackle with the tips. I have 5 pair of these. Three need sharpened to bring them back to original sharpness, though they can still cut many things just fine. I have used four pair for the last 12 years. I just bought a new pair last week! I'd say they hold up pretty well!
  17. I've got a pattern that works for both smallies, and steelhead, ...and salmon, and browns, and crappie, and walleye, and..... I will try to get a picture of it posted to the site. Montana Fly company just picked it up so it should be available next season. I can give directions for it now if anyone is interested. If you email me I can send pics as well. I also have trouble downsizing photos to fit web site requirements. I think I'll send them to smalliehunter, so he can post them in the site's fly pictures page.
  18. I couldn't have said it any better, Bear Coat. The fish is the final judge,and what we think is irrelavent. Those Atlantic salmon flies get a lot of attention for the reason that they are truely works of art, but they are just too much work, in my opinion, to justifly getting them wet. I'm happy with what catches fish. I'll leave the art to someone else. Time for more tying ispiration...
  19. A common sense reply... A lot of guys who play guitar are the same about their guitars as we are about our vises. Jimmy Hendricks played a right handed guitar upside down, and strung backwards. Not the way it's supposed to be done, but no one can argue that he was a master. Now, most others play a right handed guitar the "normal" way, and left handed guitars are made for those who chose to play that way. However, it really comes down to what do you train yourself to get used to!! I like my Renzetti Traveler because it "fits" my hands. I can bring my hand up from under the bend in the neck to grasp the material, or fly, and perform whatever function I need to with no problems. However, I learned to use it this way!! If I were to sit down in front of a D-K Barracuda (a similar style) I would have real trouble. I'm not used to it!! I have tied everything from 6/0 Decievers to sz 24 midges, and everything in between, and I have no problem with any of them. Lest we forget, Lee Wulff used to tie his Royal Wulff's without a vise!!! Can anyone top that?!? Of course Lee Wulff is a legend, but it shows that we can get a little too deep into preferences towards devises that true masters don't even need, at all! I can play guitar right handed, but knowing nothing else, I would say that Jimmy Hendricks was doing it all wrong! Or, maybe, I need to practice a lot more!
  20. So far, my sparkleminnow has taken 28 species in fresh water, and two in salt water. However, I don't fish in Saltwater. I give the pattern to those who do, and they report back what they have done with it.
  21. Chemprof2001, I caught a 15"fallfish on a beetlespin when I was a kid. I had no idea that they got that big, but they were common in the stream that I fished when I was a tot. L.R.L. uh, I mean luvinblugills, I think I can help you with the catching a wiper over 6lbs, as they average 10 lbs where I fish! My best to date is a 14.5 lber. Caught it on a popper. However, I'm working on trying to break the state record of 20lbs. A very real possibility where I fish. As for the salmon of any kind, how does 30 -40 Kings averaging 20lbs (up to 40 lbs) sound. You go fishing for salmon with me, and you crawl out of the stream at the end of the day!! As for what I've caught on the fly rod, exclude saltwater, and I've probably caught it all. EXCEPT for bull trout, dolly varden, lake trout, and a handful of others. I even took a 13 lb flathead catfish on a firetiger deceiver.
  22. Sorry to burst your bubble Will, but I go salmon fishing every fall in Wisconsin, rainbows and browns in the summer, steelhead in the spring(sometimes), and a few muskie thrown in for good measure. Then....there's WIPERS!!!! Yeah, smallies are cool, and far more dependable, but those wipers will darn near rip the rod from your hands if you're not paying attention! I've never caught anything that hits quite like 'em. Yeah....wipers, baby! BTW, I've got a pattern for you that I was intending to send for a while, now. If you fish for smallies on the surface...you'll freak on this one! Trust me.
  23. Just wanted to add that the Stowaway 5pc/3wt is just as good. I used it on Missouri trout last weekend with zero comlaints. It was nearly as good, in fact, as my Sage XP! Kinda makes you re-think that $600 fly rod!
  24. Since I'm new to the board, I'm going to guess that SmallieHunter is Will M? Anyway, Thanks, l.b.gills. I'll probably be around alot more in the winter/fly re-stocking months.
  25. QUOTE What works here in Central Ohio may not work somewhere else. Absolutely! That is what I bring up on most posts as to what works. I have fished for smallies in lots of different states, and can say with the utmost certainty, that region makes a huge difference as to what works, and how to work it. Guys in PA will swear by a certain color of Clouser, but it won't get a single hit in Illinois. The colors I use in Illinois are not the best in MN. While Missouri guys use sort of a blend of Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota colors, and tactics. But that can vary by the stream you are fishing at the time! In other words, I think people tend to generalize far too much as to fly selection.
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