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  1. Check out the Global FlyFisher site. They used to have a downloadable Leader Calculator in an Excel format. You may have to search for it. I've used it in the past to make trout leaders and warm water leaders. These days I use heavy weight thread furled leaders that were made for me. They will turn over bass and pike flies. I normally use about 6 feet of 20 or 25# fluorocarbon tippet with them.
  2. I 've lost more than a few warm water poppers/sliders to rubber legs, not only they didn't age well, but they, if I wasn't careful, "melted" into the coating of my other bugs or melded with other rubber legs.. I was very happy when I stumbled on spinner bait skirts and skirt layers while thumbing through a Barlow's catalog looking for hooks for my bass bugs. I have a small spool of 1 mm "stretch magic" and it seems to be a bit heavier than a similar length of "sili legs" though I am planning to use the wrapping method to make up some perch colored and fire tiger legs to go with some sliders. I'll probably just use one strand rather than the two strands of "sili legs" I'm using for the others. You can still buy rubber legs from Barlow's and Jann's Netcraft. Maybe the newer versions have a different composition and don't melt or age as quickly.
  3. Capt Bob, I'm looking at a small spool, called "Stretch Magic" that I picked up as body material. It doesn't appear to be rubber, at least I've never seen clear rubber. It might be silicone or a polymer. I I looked this up. "Stretch Magic is a strong elastic-like beading and jewelry making cord. It is made of a unique proprietary polyurethane. It is constructed of a mixture of polyester and polyurethane." Sounds like it would be pretty durable. I doubt that it would deteriorate, melt or react with the bodies of other flies like rubber does. If you stretch silicone skirt pieces they will break, this stuff just stretches. I was using clear mono to tie my bait fish patterns. I stumbled on some clear polyester thread in the craft store. Not only is it cheaper, 400 meter spool for around $2 but it's stronger than the mono. It's a large spool but if you have and old bobbin around you can stretch the legs so the spool will fit.
  4. Good idea. I've used the clear stretch cord for bodies on some nymphs and large soft hackles. Never thought to use it for legs. Since I have a life time supply of "sili legs", aka spinner bait skirts, I'll leave this with "youse guys" to play with this idea. So are any of youse guys gonna down da shore this weekend?
  5. I had something similar happen to me years ago on the White River in Vermont. I had been fishing the upper portion for trout, and the last spot was a deep pool where I needed a sinking line to get down to the trout.. I caught a couple of small browns and then moved on as I made my way down river fishing the deeper pools I moved from the trout areas to the lower sections where smallmouth are predominant. I found a nice spot where I could wade out to a gravel bar with the main river on one side and deep pool between it and the rocky bank. I tied on a size 8 Estaz bug, made a couple of casts, something took a swipe at. I switched to a large white woolly bugger. Lobbed it out into the pool and let the current swing the fly. The line stopped moving and seemed to be moving upstream. I stripped in the slack and set the hook and this huge smallmouth exploded out of the water. At that time I had already caught a couple of 20 inch smallmouths on my trips to Ontario. This fish was a lot bigger. It jumped a second time and the tippet broke. I flopped down on the gravel to let the adrenaline go down. Reeled the line in. As I looked at the remains of the tippet I realized that I had not changed it when I switched over to chasing smallies. The 6X tippet didn't stand a chance.
  6. Nice. I've never had much luck with divers, wiggle bugs. Main problem was getting them to dive in still water with a floating line. They would dive in a current but half the time they ended up twisting rather than running and wiggling. Did have some luck with them with an intermediate or sinking line. I've got about a 1/2 dozen to tie up for a Canadian trip which is looking less likely. Plan to use a piece of a worm weight on the bottom of the shank just behind the hook eye to get the bill to sit under the water. Not sure a bead would work on the style I'm tying,.. The bead is a good idea.
  7. Nice flies. I had to check where you're located as the Eastern Green Drake is totally different fly. The adult has a greenish white body and is usually tied on size 8 2XL hook
  8. I've used Supreme Hair, Super Hair and Ultra Hair for bait fish patterns. They're all about the same diameter. I haven't used EP Fibers because they seem to be too coarse, not sure if the diameter is any thicker than the other hairs. One suggestion would be to twist the fibers together once you have them tied in and then wrap them, that should give you a more defined segmentation. Another thing I've used for nymphs is a single strand of "sili legs" These are size 12. The only problem is that they're not as durable as the artificial hairs. I put a coat of UV resin on them to prevent fish with teeth, like trout, from cutting through them.
  9. Welcome. I've been to Arkansas once in my life. Went to a folk music festival in Mountain View when I was in college in NW Tennessee back in the 70's. Other than the music the only thing I remember was crossing a river on a ferry which was basically a barge we drove the VW van that we were riding in onto. Even though I live in SE PA, it seems I'm better situated than a lot of folks in that I have several stocked trout stream between 15 and 30 minutes of my house and a wild trout stream 30 to 45 minutes from my house depending on traffic. I would recommend the Sowbug Roundup, if you can get to it. I had a standing invitation from Tony Spezio to come down and tie, but I never did get down there. These days I fish mainly warm water.
  10. Nice video. I liked that you tied your jigs sparse. Most hair jigs that you buy commercially use way to much bucktail. Same is true for the Clouser minnow. I've got to tie some jigs for a trip to Ontario, assuming the border is open, in late August. I think most of the jigs don't have a collar, but that was a nice trick for spreading the buck tail around the collar. I need to keep it in mind. Rather than a loop of thread to pull the tag end under the wraps I use a loop floss threader which I also use when wrapping guides on rods. One suggestion, on the Clouser minnow, which is the closest thing to a buck tail jig in fly fishing, the pieces of flash extend 1/8 to 1/4 inch beyond the buck tail. It might be worth a try.
  11. Philly


    Nice, I may have done something at one point for and eel fly in three pieces. I see a lot of these in the lakes that we fish in the Poconos, though I've never seen a bass or chain pickerel go after one.
  12. Much better than Spam. Sliced thin and dusted with flour to give it a nice crust, a couple of eggs and home fries. You'll find it on the breakfast menu of most dinners around here. My niece and her husband kept three or four chickens when she was living in Austin. Not sure what type they were but they laid light green, light blue and light tan eggs. She would send me feathers when one of them quit laying and ended up in the pot. I was able to tie some nice size 12 and 14 nymphs from the wing feathers. Here's a couple of them.
  13. Where are you planning to fish, Noah? I fish mainly South Jersey, from Brigantine to Cape May Point. Most times I'll fish from a jetty or alongside the jetty or along the inlets. I've fished from the beach a few times. I'll use an intermediate line or a sinking line. Most often a sinking line since there's almost always an on-shore breeze blowing in. The South Jersey beaches are sloping and there isn't a whole lot of structure off the beach. There are a few sand bars but that's about it. Unless you see fish working the surf it's purely blind fishing. That's one of the reasons I use a sinking line. I might have a shot at a flounder, sea robin, ray. As Capt Bob said an intermediate or sinking line will keep you below the wave action. You'll also have to pay attention to the tides. I've always found fishing two hours before and after the top and bottom of the tide to be most productive. Dawn and dusk are also good times. If you are going to be fishing an area where the sand bars are closer to the shore, pay attention to the troughs between the bars and the shore. Summer is not the best time to fish from the shore. Depending where you are, late September through November that's when the bait fish start moving out of the back bays and inlets, will be the best time. Peanut Bunker, Finger Mullet, Bay Anchovies and Silversides are on the move and the stripers and the bluefish will be wherever they are. Flies, Clouser minnows, Deceivers, Half and Half, Bait Fish patterns that imitate around here, Peanut Bunker, Sand Eels, Silversides and Bay Anchovies. Stripers will take crab and sand flea imitations..
  14. I'm not sure I watched this particular video but the subject has come up on a couple of other boards. Now that I think about it wasn't this video, since there was no tippet ring used. The other difference is that it was a tapered leader as far as tapered go. I used 20# fluorocarbon. It produced around a 5 foot leader. The butt portion ended up with 4 strands of the fluorocarbon and the tippet portion was two strands. The leader was 80#, 40# with a 20# or 25# tippet. I also did one with 12# fluorocarbon ending up with a 48#, 24# using either 12# or 10# for the tippet. They definitely work. I found a spool of 20# Gudebrod Dacron stashed in one of my storage drawers. I'm going to try and make a couple of leaders out of that. I like the idea of the surgical gloves. I have some left over from the beginning of the Covid crisis. I'll give them a shot next time I try to make up a leader.
  15. Most caddis are in the size 12 to 16 range, Baron. The micro-caddis are much smaller, size 20 or smaller. The October caddis is usually tied on a size 8 or 10 hook. I've run into them, but the patterns I've seen would make an excellent pan fish fly. As far trout go, it's match the size. Trout have large mouths with teeth, if there was a size 4 caddis out there, and that's what was hatching they'd take it.
  16. It's an excellent pattern, Baron. It's the only dry caddis pattern I carry in my trout fly box. Tied in larger sizes, 8 and 10, it's a good pan fish fly for a creek, pond or lake. I tie mine on a different hook than Hans uses. I use a TMC 2488. If you happen to catch a caddis, you'll notice that the wings extend past the body. Plus it gives me a larger gape when tied in smaller sizes. Give it a try.
  17. Nice looking area. My first thought was that doesn't look like the Montauk State Park I know. Where is the lighthouse, the surf and the seagulls. We always called it Montauk. Turns out its now Montauk Point State Park. No trout there. A lot of the fly fishing is done from boats, but you can also fly fish from shore.
  18. What are Shannon streamers? If you mean the two white ones on the left side of the box, They're variations of Bob Popovics "Semper Fly" Tail is bucktail, saddle hackle and flash. Body is alternating wraps of Spey Hackle and Estaz Grande.
  19. Finally, finished up my warm water boxes. First, crayfish patterns The whole box and the first two I tied up back in April Zonkers/Rabbit strip streamers(they have heads which may remove them from the Zonker class.) And what's a warm water box without some mop flies. Actually streamers, they run from 3 inches to 7 inches in length. The two white streamers to the far left are old ones I added to the box, just in case. Here are the floating mop flies I tied up. They will push some water, but I've treated the mop pieces with floatant. What I call the Boobie Bugger does that. It will sit vertically when it's not moving. I know pike and smallies like it.
  20. There are crayfish in those lakes. I've seen them a couple of times. This will be the first time I'm fishing them, so I'll let you know how they work. They'll be a better fly for the lake I go to in Ontario, if we can get across the border by the end of August. Next week. Have a good trip.
  21. Finally, finished up my warm water boxes. First, crayfish patterns The whole box and the first two I tied up back in April Hook: Eagle Claw Aberdeen Crappie hook, 3/0 Thread: color to match pattern or clear polyester Weight: medium dumbbell eyes tied on top of the shank behind the hook eye Body: Estaz and Schapplen or Webby Saddle hackle, to match color. Twisted together and wrapped on shank Claws: Zonker strips Eyes: Black Map pins Zonkers/Rabbit strip streamers(they have heads which may remove them from the Zonker class.) Hook: Various size 6 2xl streamer hooks(straight eye) Thread: various metallic threads, glow in the dark threads, and plain old tying threads Weight: strips of lead wire on the bottom of the hook shank Rib: Clear polyester thread Head: Hard plastic Fish Skulls and Living eyes(5 mm) Body: Various threads wrapped over the the lead wire Wing(?): Zonker strip And what's a warm water box without some mop flies. Actually streamers, they run from 3 inches to 7 inches in length. The two white streamers to the far left are old ones I added to the box, just in case. Hook: Large flies- Daichi 2461, size 3/0 Small flies- Gamakatsu B10S, size 2 Thread: color to match fly Body: Large flies- mop chenille Small flies- Long mop pieces Weight: none Tail: Marabou, color to match fly Head- Hard plastic fish skulls/Living eyes 6 or 7.5 mm Collar- Estaz,
  22. The ones I picked up are either 5x7 or 6x8. I lined them with 5 mm white foam cut to the shape of the boxes. I got the outline by pressing the box, not the lid into the foam, then cutting the shape out. The distance between lines depends on the size of the fly. The smaller ones are 10mm apart. I did some 15 mm. All the bass fly boxes have lines 20 mm apart. I can get a dozen bass flies(size 2/0 or 3/0 hooks) in a box and as many as 30 of the smaller ones(size 6)in a box. I really didn't cut down on the number of boxes, so much for that brilliant idea, but at least the flies are separated by type. I'll have to see if they have a case similar at one of the craft store similar to yours or pick up one of those soft tackle bags that holds Plano boxes. Right now I have two small tackle bags, one holds 7 or 8 of the larger boxes and the other holds 6 of the smaller ones. I'm not planning to carry all the boxes in the boat next week. The only time I'll do that is if we can get into Canada by the end of August. Next week is sort of a test run to see which flies work the best and only carry those boxes with me. I'll post the bass boxes down in Warm Water.
  23. Pretty much the same flies I plan on using the last week in May. I prefer fishing top water for them. So the majority of my flies are "dry" and made out of craft foam. I just packed these up today, so I won't have to rush around at the end of the week trying to pack them and end up forgetting them. These are all tied on various size 6 hooks. There are more yellow flies than other color. That seems to be the hot color on the lakes I'll be fishing. I don't do a lot of fishing for them sub-surface. I am going to give soft hackles a try. These are also tied on size 6 hooks. Some are weighted, some aren't. I plan to fish them by themselves or the unweighted ones, like denduke mentioned, as a dropper. The weighted ones I going to try fishing with a slip strike indicator(bobber). I've got the leaders set up. Intended more for crappie, but they should work on gills also.
  24. I know if I were tying them, because of the time put in and some pricey materials, I wouldn't fish them. If there is a Fly Tying Symposium in NJ this year. The last one was in Parsippany in 2019. Covid cancelled the 2020 one. You should go to it. There's a bunch of official tyers there who are happy to share their methods, including many who tie Salmon flies. There's also tyers at the various club and organization tables who will share how they tie their flies. Worth the trip and the price of admission. Plus you could drain your bank account buying materials that are for sale. Just remember folks who tie their flies in public, may have other bad habits.
  25. Just about. Finished up my mop fly streamers. I have a few zonkers to tie up. Might do some small bait fish patterns, in the one to one and a half inch range. Didn't have to tie up any pink soft hackles, I found a couple. I'll take some pictures when I finish up and post them. Now, I've to got work out my brilliant idea of reducing the number of boxes I carry. I ended up with 15 or 16 small boxes, rather than the two really large boxes I normally tote around when I go on a fishing trip. Not all of them will go with me in the boat.
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