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  1. I'm thinking big Pike. Still working up to decent mouse and frog flies up here. A baby duck would also be a good one for Pike. Looking forward to seeing everyone's little critter samples!


    This Mink Fur Mouse works great for trout in Kamchatka same as for other surface predators (taimen, pike, lenok)


  2. so these are the first that i have done up. I like them but i think they could use a bit more work. they are balsa wood with acrylic paint. I will eb giving them a coat of clear nail polish in the next few days.

    My plan is to keep them smaller for trout and the small large mouth bass by my cottage in BC. A large bass out of those ponds in 1lb, i have heard of a few 1.5s but not much larger and i am really hopping that the 15lb rainbows in my lake will kills these at night.


    do any of you have colore or tips on these?




    I was making the poppers out of foam sole of the beach slippers. The best type was black-and-red. Here are two examples - with the rubber legs, and with the hackle and synthetic tail. I was catching trout, char, and lenok with them.



  3. Are these foam bodies? How do you get them on the hook? Do they just slide over the hook eye, and you cement them in? I've never tied them, and want to try 'em on bass this summer. These look like a fun tie!


    An easy way to a popper is to prepare foam cylinders with a plastic straw glued in. Thread your tippet through such a cylinder before tying on any streamer, and you have a "composite" popper. The cylinders can be painted into desired colors, but I am mostly using the sticky "metallic" tape sold for the lures. In this case there is no need to use the extra-long hooks which cause lots of lost fish.


  4. To match what flyderaght is describing, I like a tan foam back with spun white hair clipped on the bottom. Between the hair and foam, they won't sink and make a nice, noisy splash.


    Remember a mouse swimming - its body is underwater, and only the top of the head and snout are out. I am trying to imitate this by tying this Drowning Mouse with a buoyant head out of the moose fur, and rabbit tail. The head and the hook are connected with a loop of a pike tippet material (plastic covered steel cable). I was catching fish up to 30 pounds with this fly.


  5. about catching the smallest fish you can.

    There are too many big fish out there which I have not caught, for me to worry much about catching the baitfish.


    We are still trying to catch the biggest, but.. Compare the size of my offers with the fish.. poor greedy bustards..






  6. I have contemplated using the superglue knot but have some reservations with the functionality of changing leaders. I noted the comments about and will have to consider that at some point. One other change I am considering for this season is to use a tippet ring to attach my leader to the tippet. In my mind it seems to be a good idea. Actual practice may change my mind back to old style triple surgeons knots.


    The tippet rings are the best solution. First of all this connection is stronger than any knot (give it a try)!


    Use the Improved Clinch or Double Clinch knots, moisturize the line before tying the knots.


    I have the tippet rings on all of my floating and sinking leaders. On the sinking ones I don't tie them in, but glue them in with a thread.


    Best luck!

  7. I went a few times too. But it was too hard to hit that little hole with my fly :)

    Hey, What's going on in the background? That's quite a fire.


    The valley of the Lower Amur River is a flat grass-country. In spring and fall the tall dry grass is burning a lot.


    To succeed make bigger holes, and shorten your rod a little (don't you own an ax)?




    Kirk, I agree, lipped flies are not for all situations, and as with all fly choices, it is a trade-off. Flies with the lip facing down are definitely not meant to be picked up at great distances, not only is it difficult, it's hard on the lip. However when I'm sight casting to redfish, I don't throw a fly of this size and weight to begin with, as I am sure you are aware, shallow reds are mighty spooky. I do throw a lipped fly for them however, actually several, but the lip is tied in an "up" facing direction. This causes the fly to swim up, actually quite quickly , and then it can easily be picked from the surface. If the water is clear and the reds are searching the bottom I throw my 'Scapin' Shrimp, a realistic pattern that sinks slowly and then swims up off the bottom. If they are super shallow and extremely spooky, I throw my Topwater Seaducer. This fly lands like a whisper and then sinks very slowly and actually suspends. When retrieved it will swim to the surface where I allow it to "sea"-ductively swim along, creating a subtle but distinctive push. I also have the option of popping it on top, causing it to spit along with the pop sound.


    Sorry to go on, but hope this answers most of your questions. Be glad to help more if I can

    Greg Saunders

    The Fly Samurai


    Thank you for the excellent idea with the shrimp!


    The lipped flies with the lip directed up are just great. I love fishing with them. Most of the flyfishemen have even no idea that this design is existing - it is an underestimated idea.



  9. Went ice fishing once; had trouble getting my net thru the hole. :rolleyes:


    It is because the chunks of the dynamite you had tied to the net rope were way too big


    The image = ice-fishing extremes (November, no snow, a bush fire)



  10. Awesome!


    There WERE at some point in the past, Amur Pike stocked in a few lakes in Pennsylvania and possibly a few other places.


    This is extremely interesting! Have you any idea how these fish do now?



    I love ice-fishing - sometime by the "old style" with skies and pulling sleds, sometimes by snowmobile.

  11. I've decided that ice......is for drinks...mainly tea! Just went out Monday with my son in law (a native Cape Bretoner) and very nearly froze my extremities off. He was wearing -100 boots and a Artic polar suit and felt nothing. My grand daughter (7) looked at me and said," Grampy how many layers do you have on?"

    "Uhhhh 2?"

    "Oh, I have 4...I'm warm"

    10 minutes after drilling the holes in the ice , I was trying to find a way to sit with my feet in the air, hands in my pockets, nose buried in my chest...eyeballing the car parked up on the hill....

    Nope! Ice is fer drinks, not fer fishin' thru.... :lol:


    I wouldnt fish on the ice either,its cold its windy...its cold, but man I can just smell them under that ice when I drive by a lake. they must be mine!! muhahaha! :lol:


    When it is cold I prefer to fish from a heated tent which is not always possible..


    Some Russian fishermen are innovative. Here you can see an old car with a wood stove and chimney.. at the ice of the Amur River.



    Probably you should try to do the same with your vehicle..

  12. Im curious, what material are you using on your furled leaders. I furled mono sections. I keep seeing these elaborate board set ups and complex math problems in some discussions to make a furled leader and I have to admit I am lost on them. Either I am benifiting by having time tested process handed to me (Hatches Magazine article) or that furled leader is way different than the ones I made. They definitely look different??


    As to why, you know I cant really say what is better. I am just putting together my first fly rod and reel ever so I have no experience to talk from.


    I am using the common board design found in the Net - with 6 pegs. Material - 0,1 mm mono fishing line, or clear, mono sawing thread sold on the craft stores in large spools. The number of the threads on pegs before the furling depends on the weight of the leader you want to make. 3 wt weights about 0.4 gram, and 9 wt - 1.4 g.

  13. I keep seeing fly tying videos and their thread doesn't seem to have any problems. No matter the color or what not. Every time I'm tying a fly my thread always seems to get frayed, though it never breaks it still always seems to get all frayed up and then looks bad on the fly as well. I have several different spools of color and type, but they all seem to do it. So what is the problem with it? Am I using cheaper thread they are? Is my bobbin not as nice?? It is very frustrating!


    I tie 90+ % of my flies with the 0,1 mm mono fishing line - it is transparent and very durable. It is especially handy to use on streamers and on any big flies.

  14. I prefer lines with a welded loop, once that wears out I nail knot a piece of heavy mono with a loop on the end. If the line doesn't come out of the box with a loop I use the nail knot/mono deal. I HATE those chinese finger trap dacron loops.


    I am trying to buy the lines with a ready loop, or make one with thread & Aquasure glue. The furled leaders I use all have a loop to attach to the line.

  15. Hello, my names is João, and I live um Brazil..

    I'm registered on this forum about 1 year, but now, i will share more stuff here..


    I have a blog, with all my fishing reports,if someone like these things, this is the address:


    Blog here


    Sorry, my english suck's :lol: Thank's


    Interesting blog! I love Brazil and the Amazon fishing. It is a pity I was not able to see these areas for long..



  16. However, in your example, citing the fellows making the very long casts without success, I would say it won't matter what fly they use. Very long casts are sometimes needed, but in most situations, the longer the cast, the more difficult the line is to control, and subsequently the fly. If you can't control what the flies doing, how can you know you're getting it where it needs to be, in front of the fish? Sure, an angler can get lucky sometimes with very long casts, but that's not how most of us want to catch fish, just by being lucky. The percentages are against you!


    One of the best casters I know is not catching the fish too often. I have seen him come to the river, wade out, and make a beautiful cast right to the opposite bank... At that pool I would stop 10' from the water and cast exactly to the point where he was standing...


  17. So being up noth in sault ste. marie and Iv been itching to try some of these lake dwelling brookies and lake trout for my first winter here. It wasnt really what I expected, not alot of action and alot of time spent on the ice in th cold. I visited my first lake a few days ago for brookies and managed one 12.5 inch female, I felt really good about that, infact out of the 18 holes I put down that day that hole I landed my brookie from 2 other anglers wih me landed a female and a really really nice male. Today I have just returned from a cabin outing for lake trout. There was 3 of us and we each managed one over the 2 days we where there, very slow action still with the weather being about -20 c. Hav lots of pictures for everyone and ill post them up soon, the scenery is just fantastic. So anyone els out on the ice these days?


    I am surprised to see an ice-fishing topic at this site.. In our region (Russian Far East) everything is frozen.

    I tie flies, dream on the summer, and do some ice-fishing. We catch mostly the Amur pike Esox reicherti.

    This pike looks like a trout..


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  18. I don't mean to take away from your question, but I am honestly curious, what is the story with the furled leader? why do people use them? advantages? disadvantages? I always read about them but truly know nothing about them. Sounds interesting.


    I had started to make the tapered furled leaders 2 years ago. Now I am fishing only with these - same as my friends. I have even started to furl some commercially. If you try one, you will never shift back to the mono stuff. The furled leaders are soft, turn over easily, make vary narrow loop, and have no memory. I make them in different weights (from 0,40 grams for 3 wt to 1,45 grams for 9 wt). They have a loop to connect with the line, and a tippet ring - at the light end. Material - 0,1 mm or 0,11 mm mono line; length - about 7'.





  19. If it don't land on a hamburger at a BBQ, then it ain't a fly. If it can be cast with a flyrod, it is a flyrod lure - if it ain't live bait, its a lure. The problem comes in where some time ago, people casting insect imitating lures on a flyrod began calling them flies.

    If it can be cast with a flyrod, its a fly to me including my spoon and foam swimbait.

    I've had people not want to use my Spoon Fly because it wasn't a fly until their buddy on the boat caught one fish after another.




    I love non-classic flies! Where can I see your Spoon Lure? Thank you!

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  20. Awesome! Very nice fly! Actually, very co-incidental - last night watching World Fishing Network there was a short segment with the guy who designed fly lips, he had a pattern that looked almost exactly the same as this, and said interestingly some of his patterns can have the lip on upside down, it will still wiggle but wiggle 'upwards towards the surface', sounded very interesting for use with a weighted fly such as a shrimp. Think he also talked about how he was initially a spin fisherman and the idea of the fly lips came from chucking rapalas and the fact that his flies now caught a lot more fish because of the action. Great when you are watching tv and a guy appears on at the bench tying flies!


    I think i may be sold on getting some lips, just have a question - is it much harder to cast as far as wind resistance or does the lip tangle and spin in the air?


    *oh edit* for some reason i hadn't read Kirk's reply! Too much coffee! Or maybe sitting around all this head cement and sally hansen is taking its toll <img src="http://www.flytyingforum.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />


    People are thinking similar way: I am working with these lip-up flies for quite a long time..


    I am calling such one "Antiwobbler" - see attachment. Hard to make correct, but when properly fine-tuned, it works great for any pelagic fish. I am using the Antiwobblers with sinking line or fast-sinking sink-tips. They move higher than the fly line, and do not snag too often. See more on these flies in my blog at the bottom of the post. Tight lines!


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