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finZilla

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  1. I can't believe there's nothing welded in that room! And more importantly....where's the beer cooler?
  2. Hey swinks... Here in BC we've got some of the best lake fishing on the planet. However, and that is definitely a capital H, there are dozens of ways to fish a lake. In fact, you can approach the same lake 12 different ways depending on the time of year. Tunkwa, for example, is an excellent chronomid lake but whether you sit in the "deeper" waters or in 2' - 4' depends on where the bugs are. At times the fish are targeting immature damsel nymphs near shore, or migrating caddis on the bottom, or scuds, or leeches if they need a bit of dessert. Time of year, topology, foliage, availability of food, elevation, etc. all contribute to the techniques an angler can use. You may want to pick up Phillip Rowley's 'Fly Patterns for Stillwaters' , or Alfred G. Davy's 'The Gilly'. Both are excellent resources for stillwater fishing. Good luck.
  3. Okay... nice fly but... where's the recipe? What on earth is it representing? Kind of looks like a mayfly nymph on steroids (no offence intended baseball fans). Any suggestions on usage? Being a west coaster we don't see too much of this species of "bug".
  4. QUOTE (Joe Hard @ May 26 2005, 12:35 PM) Then line dressing can be put on the line when it is rewound on the reel. What would you use for cleaning detergent / soap / cleanser? My backup floating is a mess but I don't want to leave a residue.
  5. Danvise is the best bang for your buck when it comes to rotary - couldn't afford a Renzetti Traveller so I got a Danvise and I am absolutely thrilled with it .... If you don't need a rotary then a Regal is the obvious other choice for quality at a good price.
  6. Definitely a geographic question. I would dive in with a 52 Buick myself, unless Cutties were on the menu then the Muddler would probably dawn the end of my line.
  7. Hey Red... Dragon's are one of my favourite past times. If you click on the "My Fly Patterns" link below I've got three of my favourites listed. Deer hair's a favourite material of mine for this. If you're using them in a stream, which it sounds like you are, you'll definitely want to add some weight as these patters are primarily stillwater designs. Good luck.
  8. Finally! I must have spent 4 hours doing the legs on my first "reality" fly last week. Looks okay but I figured it would be my last if I didn't learn a better way to do the legs. Thanks a million! Sanity restored.
  9. Nothin' like a nice fuzzy bug - looks yummy! I like it. Compared to your other masterpieces Graham this one's a whole lot easier to tie... let's see, 5 minutes for you = 50 minutes for me.... I'm on it! Keep `em coming Graham - easy ones that is.
  10. I love caddis patterns - and this one will definitely end up in my box. That coloration is very popular in the BC interior (best darn trout fishin on the planet). Nice fly.
  11. Excellent fly! Great proportions, nice choice of materials.... spun deer hair rules!
  12. Yummy. Looks productive and easy to tie.
  13. Thanks Shep et al. ... I use about a 1.5 - 2" chunk of 40lb. I've got a "Scrimp" pattern I thought up tonight (1/2 scud / 1/2 shrimp) that I uses 12lb for the tiny little eyes.
  14. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by finZilla: Fuzzy Dragon #3
  15. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by finZilla: Fuzzy Dragon #2
  16. For what it's worth I make my plastic eyes out of good old melted mono. If I want black I burn `em, otherwise you can use a permanent marker to dress them up. The one thing I like about mono eyes is the opaque look. Here's an example...
  17. Job well done! I think you need another vice and more scissors. I added magent strips to my bench (you want the good ones)... makes for a great place to hold hooks and new flies.
  18. Philip Rowley's Fly Patterns for Stillwaters has one (props must go where deserved). (a) Tie in a length of dark peacock Crystal Chenille, on a 3769 ( for the underbody use lead wire substitute for sinking or foam for floating, © cover the hook with layers of crystal chenille to build it up, (d) wrap on a hen saddle feature keeping feathers about body length, and (e) sweep the feathers back and finish off.
  19. Smallie's link is one of theeeee best scud patterns around. Vary the colour to make sure you've got a nice selection to match the hatch (so to speak). Try clear and coloured scud back. Even tying a few on a straighter hook to represent moving scuds -- bent scuds are either dead or resting. For a pregnant baggy put some orange in the middle - trout sometimes will be targeting them. Another easy scud is the bead scud... take a 2457, crimp down the barb (the only way to fly fish), throw on 5 x 3mm beads (clear or scud green), tie on at the bend, dub on some seal fur (medium or light olive), finish off at the eye, brush out the seal and you've got one spankin' fly. Used these in the winter in -10C on Black Lake in the B.C. interior in November with frozen eyes and all -- hammered `em. Nothing like fighting an angry brookie in the tube with a frozen rod and real. Good luck!
  20. Oh my goodness... that thing is scary! Mount that bad boy on the mantle. Great job Graham.
  21. If I were a fish I'd eat it up! Sweet bug.
  22. Speaking to the weight, I've seen patterns use layers of lead tape (same stuff they use for weighting golf clubs). One shrimp patter layered different lengths over a scud hook - looked completely spankin'. Has nothing to do with shad patterns I know but speaks making a thin body. Good luck!
  23. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by finZilla: Spun deer hair dragonfly #1
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