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Everything posted by Chefben4

  1. Ive tried and tried to make mono shrimp eyes and just haven't found a technique I liked. It would save me a money too!! Good posts here from PJ and Capt Bob. I should make a go at making eyes on some of my flies. I like the added step actually and "artists" touch.
  2. Thanks PJ! They are called Crabby Pattys. A fly that mostly is glued together! Ive been working on the house a lot which left me little fishing time, ie less time at the vise. But Im back at it with a Tarpon trip (or lack thereof tarpon trip) coming in April. Trying to gear up for that. Morals charges were dropped because of Baaaaaaddd witnesses. See what I did there?
  3. Its been awhile since I chimed in, but have been lurking a bit. Here is a crab pattern I tie for several guides. It has a weighted carapiece and hook so it falls fast and flat.
  4. Mostly bucktail..some marabou at the articulation
  5. Thanks Ditz! I will do that. I leave Friday for Traverse Bay. Cant wait. Will definitely report back
  6. I absolutely love sculpin helmets. Dont even know why..but I just think they are effective and cool!
  7. I have not. Where I am fishing I need weight (per the guide). So..I listened lol. May do some just bead chain though to have!
  8. Finally sat down at the vise over the weekend. Its been a few weeks. Just too nice out and too many projects going on. In any case here is a bunch of carp flies.. all patterns I found online. I forget most of the names but they all looked pretty good. I changed some things based on material I had. Going to be fishing the flats in Traverse bay in a couple weeks so I am gearing up.
  9. Man, quite the pictures Dave! Good job on the reds in the original post too!
  10. I love the Tarantula brush. Nicely done with the tarpon!!
  11. Tomato or Tomaaatooo lo I can appreciate the question and it looks like youve gotten the help you need. Im here just to derail the thread, as usual.
  12. Looks awesome! Id like to see more of it.
  13. That hook is too small in my own opinion. Ive been fishing for them for years and use generally 6/0-8/0 hooks. Fish for life.. I use blades a lot for musky. I generally do a two handed retrieve with them to keep the blade thumping.
  14. I use spinning blades quite often on my musky flies. They will catch you flack from the "purists" but they certainly work. I would use it. As a hint... use some material like bucktail in the body to create more bulk!
  15. I will have to double check but i believe it is from feathersmc, ChefBen knows Thats FeatherMc Indian Crow sub!
  16. I live in Michigan..as do lots of people on this forum. There may not be laws against fishing ON beds but it doesn't mean its the right thing to do. Michigan salmon season disgusts me. There are more weekend warriors snagging fish and trashing the river then I even care to think about. Not saying thats what you do by any means by it still doesnt help us anyway. I saw a picture recently of a fish on the banks of the Manistee or PM gutted for its eggs. Someone caught it..gutted it for its eggs, and left it there. That is no sportsman and really turns me off personally to even get involved with that chaos on the banks up there. So Im with steeldrifter and avoid it. To each their own, ya know. The name of the game is conservation. Everyone should be smart and stay within their legal boundaries as I sure most people fly fishing do.
  17. Jam...what is with these small things? Are you ok? I have my concerns.. Quick start marrying feathers or something!!
  18. Welcome aboard. Great EP tie and good job on the baby poon. They are a blast!
  19. Nice ties! The copper crab is a great pattern
  20. There is really something to be said about embossed tinsel. Love that stuff! Nicely done.
  21. I love embossed tinsel. Cool stuff. And the chartreuse stuff = awesome
  22. Cant believe this is resurrected. My desk looks much different now. More crap of course, a myriad of smeared marker colors, and stickers. Hopefully will have a house with a dedicated room soon
  23. Post this is the classic forum and they will chime in. It has nothing to do with not being able to get metal tinsel right now. Lagurtun and Uni make metal tinsel. I believe it is more the classic tyers wanting to tie with the actual classic materials.
  24. Thanks everyone! Ive been working on the style and techniques of steelhead and salmon stuff for a couple months now. Doing my first steelhead trip at the end of the month. Love the challenge of these flies.
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