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  1. Nice looking fly simplejack looks like you fixed the problem.
  2. Awesome looking fly and for such a worthy cause. As for tying a fly with a bald eagle feather, that would be very illegal. The only people allowed to have a feather in their posession would be a native american indian and I believe they must have the appropriate paperwork. It is used in their religious ceremonies.
  3. Hey fish shaman, sorry I haven't been on much, been working 4 pm - 2 am, which really knocks the snot out of me. Hopefully, my schedule will change and I will have more time soon. As for gear I have a 7'6" 4 wt and an 8'6" 3 wt that I use for panfishing...I just love the rod bend with those things. For a leader, I use about 6 foot of an old tapered leader with a 6 lb test Ande clear tippet about 4-6 foot or a furled/twisted leader of 6 lb Ande with a 4-6 ft tippet. It seems to work well. The flies I use are normally floating flies usually made out of foam...poppers, flat foam spiders, hoppers etc tied onto a 6-10 aberdeen or a 3x long curved shank hook. Haven't been able to get out much lately due to hours and rainstorms here this summer. They both seem to coincide (if I'm off, it's raining). But things may gel this fall for me and I'll be able to get some fishing in. Feel free to send me a private message and I'll give you my email address and you can message me anytime.
  4. I leave all of the fins on them, just scrape off the scales, cut the heads off and remove innerds. That's the way they like them. No, they don't survive the winters up here. They are in a more southern part, and especially in miami to okeechobee. It can get down into the 20s here at times and they don't care for less than 50s I believe for peacock bass, not sure what temps the cichlids can withstand. Most of the lakes here are shallow saucer lakes and they heat up and cool pretty quickly. I heard that they tried years ago to stock peacock bass up this way and they didn't survive. I have never eaten a cichlid, but on a trip to okeechobee one time, a bunch of guys out of NC went down along the tamiami trail and hit the canals and came back with large coolers full of them. They filleted them just like bream, but never heard how they tasted.
  5. Nooooooooo, wading is definitely out down here as are belly boats and float tubes. Too many gators and water moccasins, not to mention you would probably sink knee to thigh deep in muck if you waded. The gills are deep here too right now from the heat. A week or so ago, I caught a few bream for a good friend of mine (a veteran) who is in the final stages of cancer. He enjoyed a fish dinner every now and then, but has gone to an all liquid diet. Things should pick up for us again about October/November when it cools down a bit and the shallower bite is back on. Good luck with your fishing.
  6. Welcome out of hiding. I too love the pull of a panfish on my line, in fact, even though in Florida we are completely surrounded by salt water, I have only fly fished it once. Panfishing is my passion, not so say I will never fish the salt again, I just prefer using the lighter weight rod.
  7. I think your site and blog are really nice, hope to see more of your flies in the future. Maybe you will get some more time on the water soon, instead of daydreaming about it. Very nice box of flies, it would be welcomed by any fly angler I'm sure.
  8. Nice SBS, looks very easy. Thanks for the video.
  9. I use the 3m contact cement, I dip a plastic putty knife into the contact cement and spread it over the surface evenly in a thin coat on both pieces, let sit til just tacky then place the pieces together and use a roller to seal them nicely after each layer is added. Make sure the pieces are squared up or even around the edges when you place each piece on top of the next. Once you put it down, you won't be able to move it around. Some people use small dowels between the glued layers to line it up, then remove the dowels to allow the pieces to come together, much like laying down a formica counter top. You could add weight on top of them if you wanted, but not sure it's necessary. Just start rolling from the center to the outside or from one side to the other on smaller blocks to alleviate any air pockets between layers. Let the blocks sit for a few days to cure and voila! Drill or cut and shape then apply to hook. I normally put super glue or crazy glue on the thread wraps before sliding the foam onto the hook and this helps hold it together more along the hook in addition to keeping it secure to the hook so it doesn't slide or roll. If you use a slit at the bottom to place it on a hook, ensure the foam is rejoined all along the slit after placing it on the hook to keep it securely where you want it
  10. Might do well for small to medium snook, red fish and trout, wouldn't use it for tarpon, prolly undergunned for that, probably light for permit and Jack trevally also, could work for bone fish and flounder also. Way too light for sharks. So it depends what you are targeting.
  11. My swap flies came in the mail yesterday. They are great. Everyone who sent flies in did a wonderful job on them. I forgot the toe tag on mine (sorry) it was the turned chartruese foam popper with olive maribou tail. I tied it on a B 10 S size 6 Gamakatsu hook for a larger hook gap. Let me know how they work, or anything I could do to improve them.
  12. any pics of a complete set of them for the swappers to drool over and others who didn't join can see what they missed until they arrive at their destinations? If not, that's cool, just asking.
  13. as swapmeister, you are entitled to mine, or donate to casting for recovery chapter or wounded warrior project if you'd like.
  14. anyone heard from hooked01, looks like the last time he was online here was 20 April. Hope everything is ok and nothing has happened to him.
  15. That's awesome. Very nice looking fly, better than I tie currently.
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