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  1. Nice looking fly, Silver. I think we have Hexes here SE PA, at least I haven't heard of them. The only time I've run into them have been on my trips to NE Ontario and it's always been the case of you should have been here last week. Apparently, the smallmouth and walleye went nuts on them and would take small top water bugs or poppers after dark. I did run into a hatch off of Lake Nippissing the night before I arrived at the lodge when I was staying at a motel near the lake. It was impressive. The closest thing we have in size is the Eastern Green Drake which is normally tied on a size 8 2xl hook. I think the pattern would work well for the Green Drake hatch.
  2. I brought a couple of pens like that a few years ago when they were a "hot" commodity in stores like Lowe's. They weren't terribly expensive and if I remember correctly, the light that was part of the pen actually did cure the UV resin or goo that was in the pen. I used them for heads and other area that were too small for a brush. After they ran out of resin, I discovered that the reservoirs in two of the pens could be refilled. I cleaned them out, and refilled them one with a thin UV resin and the other with a thicker one. The lights are long dead so I just use one of my flashlights to cure the resin. Still use them for the same purpose of the original one, though the reservoirs can be a PITA to fill at times.
  3. Looking at it I think it may be an actual jig, rather than a jig hook with a black bead on it. Hook either size 12 or 10. Weight could be 1/32 oz but jigs are made down to 1/100 oz.
  4. Looks good and it should work. It may change the action a bit but since the break isn't in the tip area, you should still have a 5 wgt. I just did something similar with a South Bend Flounder rod a woman gave me at work years ago when her son gave up fishing. When I started taking the guides off I discovered it was painted(white) so I had to carefully sand the paint off. When I took the grips and reel seat off I found the blank was surround by an aluminum "pipe" which I wasn't going to be able to cut off. So l cut the rod off at that point. Rummaged around some rod blanks a friend had found in the trash. Turned out they were blanks from Dale Clemens' old store. Found a piece that fit tightly into the rod piece and epoxied the new butt end into it. Added a cork foregrip, Pac Bay reel seat and a cork butt grip. I now have a decent medium action spinning rod which I used a couple of times when I was up in the Poconos two weeks ago.
  5. What brand: I built it 15 or so years ago. I think on a Lamiglass blank. Might be a Loomis Rod length: 9' The weight of the fly rod: 6 weight Action: slow to moderate Is it a Fly Rod Combo? If you mean can I use it as a spinning rod, yes. I build my fly rods with single foot running guides(spinning). If I plug in a a 4 or 6 inch fighting butt, I have a passable spinning rod for emergency use. What do you fish with it? Usually a WFF line, but I also have an intermediate and a sinking line for my reel which is an Orvis Battenkill IV What did it cost you? At the time $125 I use it for just about everything. I've used it for trout. I use it for panfish(Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Redbreast, Green Sunfish)Rock Bass, Crappie, Smallmouth and Largemouth, Chain Pickerel, Pike and light saltwater fly fishing.
  6. Here's a picture of my original box of small mop fly nymphs tied back in 2018 on size 12 hooks. The green one has replaced the Green Weenie in my fly box. Green/Chartreuse has been the best producer. It's a pretty good imitation of a Green Rock worm which are pretty common here in the NE. It will also pass for a drowned/sunken green inch worm. Red/Pink was second. My best guess is they represent small aquatic worms Not far behind were Olive, Black, Tan(not in the picture) and Grey. I figure the olive, black and tan are good generic nymph imitations. The grey, small Crane Fly larvae. The orange and yellow didn't produce. As far as the shiny pieces Rich mentions. I got some, I think from him, in a mop piece swap we had a couple of years ago. No luck with the silver at all. No luck with the yellow or blue sub-surface. However, they were deadly as floating mop flies for panfish and bass. Yellow, Blue and Chartreuse are my top floating mop fly producers for panfish and bass. As far as "Green" weenie flies, green/chartreuse as number one. Red, pink, olive, black and gray, in no particular order.
  7. That looks like it's going to need more than painting.
  8. Philly

    Lock down

    It could be arthritis. My hands are definitely arthritic. Recently, I was diagnosed with, what the doctor I've been seeing for therapy for possible carpal tunnel syndrome, called "trigger finger" on my right hand. Fortunately, it's not my real trigger finger. The finger bends and locks..and I have to push it back into position. It's a bit painful but bearable and annoying. There is what appears to be a callous on the palm of my hand below the finger caused by the muscle contraction. He did give me an exercise to do that stretches the muscles which has helped. The other options, which I'm not even considering at this point, are an injection or surgery. Try the potassium and see if that works, and check if and see if you have what looks like a callus on the palms of your hands. If the potassium doesn't work, get it checked out.
  9. I've placed three orders on line so far. All three told me what was on out of stock or on backordered. I had the option of removing it from my order or leaving it on backorder. I just left them on back order. I just got one of the backorders this week. What was interesting that one of the companies suggested I use UPS rather than USPS for shipping. I chose UPS and got the order in three days. I'm placing another order either tonight or tomorrow, but not fly fishing. There have been a lot of out of stock or backordered items on the websites. In the past I've had the two fly fishing sites call me if an item went out of stock after I placed my order. No real complaints on the service.
  10. I store mine in the plastic boxes with the spool holders. I can get two spools on each post. Since Hobby Lobby is fairly new in the area, I most likely picked mine up at either Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics.
  11. I know there are gar around here but they're not very common, or at least I haven't seen or caught very many over the years. If we did catch one it was usually on minnows and they weren't very big. It was a different story when I was in NW Tennessee. They were all over the place, but we didn't fish for them. Most times we'd set up on the bank and plink at them with .22's, some of my friends would go after them with bow and arrow. I knew some Canadians who lived in southern Ontario, who would fly fish for them and they used rope flies. They did a video on how to catch them. Now a days, around here, you're more likely to catch a snakehead in the places gar would hang out.
  12. I just finished up tying up my frogs I plan to use for bass, chain pickerel and possibly pike. The first batch, I posted a year or two ago. The larger ones I scrapped. They were just to bulky for my 8 wgt, plus they always landed upside down. The smaller ones landed upside down most of the time. I took out my only plastic frog from my dark side box, and discovered that it was weighted in the back. So I inserted some worm weights in the back of the smaller ones, hopefully that will offset the weight of the hooks and they'll land hook up and be weedless. Hook - Gamakatsu double hook, size 1/0, attached to 40 mm Big Game shank. Body - two pieces of 6 mm foam(white, yellow, chartreuse) glued together. Hook and shank are sandwiched between the pieces. ` Thread - White, Big Fly Legs - Spinner bait skirt layers Eyes- 8.5 mm Living Eyes Colors- Permanent Markers These are another re-do. I stumbled on the "Gutless Frog" last year on another board and tied up a dozen. I tied them on 3/0 hooks and glued the body together. They turn out to be to large for the Ontario smallmouth and body didn't slide down to expose the hook point. I tied these smaller, and in an oval(?) shape with plenty of space for the body to slide down. The one change I made is I didn't add front legs. None of the plastic, soft body frogs, that are fished by dark side bass anglers have front legs. Which makes sense, since when a frog is swimming the front legs are pressed against the sides. Hook - Ahrex Trout Predator Long, size 1/0 Body - 5 mm wide, strip of 6 mm craft foam(yellow, white or chartreuse) Thread - White, yellow, chartreuse, Big Fly Legs - Spinner bait skirt layers Eyes- 6 mm Living Eyes Colors- Permanent Markers Here's a larger version tied on an Ahrex PR378 GB Swimbait hook(a worm hook) size 2/0, only tied two up if they work I'll tie a couple more. Same materials as the "Gutless Frog". Only change, instead of the ends pointed out, I glued them to the sides, giving it more of a frog head. The last of the frogs. These came out of one those, "Why did I buy this material" When Dragon Tails first came out I brought a couple of packs, one large one small. Didn't particularly care for the fly that I tied with one. So they've been gathering dust. I was sitting at my tying desk after consuming some vodka looking at them. They sort of had a frog shape to them. "Let's see what I can come up with". Here they are. Hook -Ahrex Trout Predator Light, size 1 Body/legs - Front third of a large Dragon or the front third of two small dragon tails Thread - White, yellow, chartreuse, Big Fly Tail/feet - pieces of a brush I brought but never used Head - 40 mm piece of 7/16 inch foam cylinder Eyes- 8.5 mm Living Eyes Colors- Permanent Markers Where did I put that vodka?
  13. One of the adds for it says it's made out of nylon. Not sure I've seen any thing like it in the craft stores, unless it's in the materials(cloth) section. I'll have to check it out. I have a few pieces of it in white but I've never used it tying flies.
  14. I use the TMC 2488 for small dries, midges mainly, and for all my caddis patterns. It has an extra wide gape/gap, but not near as drastic as the Fire Hole Hook.
  15. Just a follow-up to my post where I mentioned I'd like to go back to Guam and give fly fishing another shot now that I sort of know what I'm doing. Can't tell you exactly where, but it was on the Philippine Sea side and twenty years ago. I still have and use the rod in the picture. A Cabela's 4 piece 8 wgt travel rod.
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