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Kirk Dietrich

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  1. Damn Ditz!, break out the Cannon! Blended rabbit, it works fine in the dubbing loop using any of the popular methods from air blasted into a closed container - with relief holes of course - to water. However, when twisting materials, they tend to blend pretty good during the twisting process. When I use two colors, I lay down the base color and put wisps of hair of the other color right on top, this can be done on your desk top without the ceiling fan on of course. So, cut your black rabbit off the hide, lay it on your table the thickness you want. Then cut a clump of your orange and olive and pick some little clumps and kind of spread them in your hand keeping lined up so that it is a thin veil, place on top of your line of black fur and repeat. When you get your orange thinly spread across the top of your black, lift up the row or part of it and place in your waxed dubbing loop. When you spin the loop, all those fibers will blend nicely. Easier done than explained.
  2. Cool Ditz. With Macro function, you still have to hold the camera still - hahaha. It helps to brace yourself and make sure you depress the shutter release button halfway and wait for the focus recognition to light up and/or beep. Some folks even use a cheapo table top tri-pod and use the self-timer function to release the shutter. Anyway. Remember too, you can mix different color rabbit hair on top of each other and when spun will mix and blend nicely. Also, I like using a toothbrush sized wire brush to brush out rabbit dubbed bodies and a wire toothed dog brush to brush out longer fiber dubbed flies. Kirk
  3. Ditz, especially for those sizes, the dubbing loop works best. It would be hell wrapping a zonker on that size hook. No pictures?
  4. A professional in the fly material business said he uses cheap women's hair dye for dying black. He uses Acid dyes for his other colors.
  5. Here is a video a friend did of fishing for catfish in the Red River at Lockport just north of Winnipeg Manitoba. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FotmqnlSglQ
  6. Stu Thompson of Canada has a great leech he makes called the DDH Leech. It has a marabou tail and body of loop dubbed rabbit hair with DDH holographic tinsel, which is very fine like Angel Hair tinsel. He makes a point of doing a few extra wraps of the rabbit dubbing loop at the head just behind the eyes saying that with the head being a little larger diameter than the body, the water movement over the larger head sends waves down into the marabou tail making it undulate a little more...fly tiers...
  7. Well Grouch, when you do a poll, you have to make sure to include questions that will help validate your point if you are trying to make one. For instance in your case, you may want to include a question such as how many hours do you spend in a strip club or bar. That way you can show your wife that those that spend so much time fishing spend a whole lot less time carousing around. Although on this board, those numbers may be just as high as the ones spent fishing...oh well, polls...
  8. Yes, it is nice, I hate that water logged tanned rabbit strip - one reason I don't use long rabbit strip zonkers on my flies. When making a brush though, you really want long rabbit hair as the twisting takes up some of the fiber length. You should try rabbit in a dubbing loop for a nymph/leech body. These bodies are rabbit in a dubbing loop with a little angel hair flash fibers mixed in.
  9. Ditz, I don't do rabbit much but the couple times I've done it, yes, I lay the butt ends on the wire. When you twist it, you get a cylindrical rabbit strip with a wire down the center. Same thing for a dubbing loop, which I do use rabbit in more often than making a brush. Same with with fox and coon hair, lay butts across the wire.
  10. Thanks Betty. Has really good side to side gliding action too. Smaller foam spider body head allows to sink a little faster, larger one keeps it on the surface. Have caught redfish and bass on it.
  11. Damn Bob, that is nice! Thanks for sharing your strategy. I just loaded a mono tip line on a few weeks ago. The fish that started this post off was caught on it but the mono tip had nothing to do with it in this instance as the fly landed just over a grass bed and I only twitched it once before the fish ate. I do look forward to fishing it more and trying to get those fish to eat my floating flies swimming under the surface.
  12. JRP, when I have done the brushes as a tail/body. I first put a drop of glue on the cut end of the wire brush from keeping the wire from loosening at the end and loosing fibers from the end although in lieu of gluing, the wire could probably be bent - not sure if Andrew does that or not with the EP brushes but I have to with my homemade dubbing brushes. A wire dog brush is very handy for combing back the materials on the brush to get them flowing back but the water will do the same. Here is my Foxy Glider done with a Faux Fox dubbing brush from Cascade Crest Tools. The Faux Fox absorbs water and sinks much like natural furs. The tail is a brush tied in as a tail and the chartreuse beard is a brush tied in at the hook eye then pulled around the hook bend under the tail tie in point and brought back to the hook eye and tied off. Dubbing brushes are pretty versatile while at the same time being limiting for some applications.
  13. Bob, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. So, what different techniques do you use? This park is about to get a bunch of pressure. A guy took an 8lber out and the week before another guy caught and released a 7lber.
  14. Interesting Philly, sounds like a nice place. Stevester, when gators get over 4 feet, someone is called to remove them. The golfers didn't mind you fishing, but the park police would write a ticket if they caught you. I used to ride a bicycle onto the courses and was never stopped. Then, when I got a car I had to park on side the road across from the course, first time, park cop was waiting for me and gave me a ticket. That was the early 1980's. My dad used to take us there in the 70's and the closest we got to fishing the courses were a few spots where you could fish a section of a pond that was off in the rough area. It is really nice now compared to back then, believe it or not. Amazing what a few million federal relief dollars will do when it is spent on improvements opposed to being pocketed as often is the case with the city - then again, the park is not owned by the city - thank goodness.
  15. Thanks Carp. Philly, thanks for updating. I did a search and the only results I got for New Orleans was Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as being #3 in the country. Nobody around here thinks about Sauvage as being a city park. Didn't see the New Orleans City Park as being listed. Oh, well. Just saw a report with picture on Lousiana Outdoors of two guys with a an 8.3 and 7.3 lb. bass. Unfortunately, the 8lber was photographed in the guy's driveway. The 7 lber was released after the photo. Kirk
  16. Stevester, I fish New Orleans "City Park" and the adjacent Bayou St. John. Philly, you're right, our City Park is the largest in the country. Although a good portion to the north of Filmore Dr. is the North golf course and off limits to fishing and just last week, the PGA grade golf course construction was approved for the east and west, which is going to make the area between Filmore and Harrison Ave. off limits to fishing. I just measured it on Google Earth and it is approximately 4.25 miles of shoreline that will be eliminated. Fortunately, there is still plenty of shoreline left. The "Big Bass Rodeo" (Oldest Bass Rodeo/Tournament in the country) will be in two weeks and you will see a surge of people fishing the park for a couple weeks after but for the rest of the year, there isn't much competition. Those are some beautiful fish there Philly! I wish I had a creek to fish that was really close by. Funny how we fly fishers seem to find a way to test our flies out on fish! Kirk
  17. Thanks Tim, I added a couple shots of the fly for a better look. My favorite color pattern. Portly, they may call the police on you, just dream. Add, if I couldn't fish in town, I wouldn't get to wet a line nearly as often as I do. Its a life saver!
  18. Nice. Good thing about that rabbit one is you don't have to deal with the waterlogged tanned hide but get the nice flowing rabbit hair. Kirk
  19. Mike, you'll certainly have to contact me if you come here again! Thanks Jeff & Ditz.
  20. Passed by my urban fishing spots on way to work and saw some fish swimming but couldn't get any to eat. Afternoon, clouds and drizzle set in so after work, I passed through the park for a little while and found some bass here and there busting on the edge of grass beds. Finally got this one to eat; really gentle sip - wasn't even sure the fish had it - it was at the extent of a fairly long cast, so I could hardly see the bug. I actually did a strip set to keep the fly in the water and the fly pulled back! The fish measured out to 17 1/2" - not bad for a New Orleans city fish.
  21. Bob, I never did meet Brooks but I would have liked to, he was very nice to me. Ditz, that is true for the Salmon streamers. I fished the #6 with the hair wing on my 5wt the other day but didn't get any takes. Didn't fish long either though. Kirk
  22. Really cool Big Fly! I used to sell flies to Brooks when he had his shop. He actually helped me perfect the action of my Rattle Rouser by suggesting I put in a keel weight. My friend that lent me those two Lucky Lloyds bugs told me his friend that gave them to him knew Lloyd and that when he tied at a show, he would demonstrate how tough his poppers were by tossing one on the floor and stepping on it. Ted told me that Lloyd painted those bugs with Herter's lacquer paint. I'd sure like to get hold of one or two of those for my collection.
  23. Kirk, At the top of the second page of the thread Tidewater mentions in his post that Accordo bought Peck's in 1980 so that would be about right. You got one in the early days of Accardo's ownership. Later, he started using the rigid plastic on the cardboard backing (can't think of what they call that - blister packaging maybe). Bob, I think you may have a Lloyd's bug! Nice, very nice - not many of those around. See the pic here that I took of a friend of mine's Lloyd's Lucky Lures that he lent me to photograph. The eyes on his and yours look pretty close to the same??? Your's also looks to have the same cupped face that you may not be able to see to well in my pic but I can see from your pic and the bug in my hand. Also, appears to have that flattened bottom and paint extending all the way over the thread wraps where the skirt was tied off.
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