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Hatchet Jack

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  1. I don't want to use a kinked shank "popper hook" but a fine wire xlong hook to allow me to pull the bugs out of deadfalls. Any suggestions please!


    DrippingSprings, I think I know exactly what you're getting at.

    Deadfalls = panfish, especially crappies.


    Don't laugh but here goes - jig hooks!


    Might be a tad dodgy because of the 90º bend but many light wire jig hooks are

    made specifically to bend with a strong pull and thus tear free of snags. You'll have

    to play around with the design and your tippet size, but I think it's workable.


    Just be sure to wrap a good thread base on the shank, as others have mentioned.

  2. Is there a best method to apply this stuff.

    Something I've picked up from watching Davy McPhail's vidoes -

    I apply a wee bit of glue on the thread triangle that goes around the whip finisher.

    The glue stays on the thread, doesn't get into hackle, etc.

    One has to clean the whip finisher occasionally but no big potatoes.


    Best glue?

    Not a clue unsure.png

  3. Great post & head's up there, Rocco.

    Dronlee is a brilliant tyer, one of those 'naturals'.


    There's a river I fish which has translucent minnows. Their lateral line is turquoise and damn near glows under

    the right light conditions. The smalljaws key in on them and Dronlee's pattern is almost an exact match.

  4. SpokaneDude's recent post picqued my interest & I though using some old hooks
    with such a narrow gape might help the flies stay upright in the surface film.

    Some are tied with paint brush tail fibres (a nod of thanks to FlyTire), others are tied with Microfibbets.
    Took me a while to catch the drift on Davy McPhail's technique of trifurcating the tails.
    Hope the trouts like them come soft water.

  5. Draconain, but we have had to resort to this -


    If we do not recognize the phone number/person/voice, we NEVER pick up.

    We've told all we know to please leave a message.

    Our phone also has an internal OGM that seems to stop short messages left by sale marketers and their ilk.


    When you pick up an incoming call, the robo-schmucks learn they've reached a good number

    and then comes the avalanche of more & more calls.


    I've even refused the bank our phone number, and it's interesting how they hounded me for it

    when they had admitted they would only send a letter, never a phone call.


    Interesting times we live in.




  6. I have a few Orvis Access full sink lines. I can cast them fairly well but it took a while to get the timing down.

    Biggest thing that helped was to shorten my leader to no more than 3 - 4 feet.

    (it's just a length of level monofilament, no taper)


    I do not try to get nice tight loops when casting a full sink; it's counterproductive and leaves my head covered with spaghetti.

    A constant motion, constant load "Belgian sorta cast" works good.


    I use them mainly fishing lakes, but there are times I'll use them on a trout stream to get streamers down deep.


    Give a full sink a try, & just be patient with it when casting, you'll get the hang of it.

    They do have a benefit over a bead line of lead sinkers dry.png

  7. From Dave G - "On small flies a dubbing loop may produce too much dubbing or body material."


    Definitely so!

    On small flies, I try to think 2 to 3X the thread thickness when building the 'noodle'.


    FreshH2O, I've had good luck starting the dubbing noodle on thread, then pushing the noodle up so it contacts

    the hook shank, then making one thread wrap around the shank. This anchors one end of the noodle, and from there,

    continue on with building the noodle as necessary. It's a trick I've learned from watching Davy McPhail's videos.


    Also, for small flies, my best results are from using super fine dubbing to begin with.

    It does make a difference.



    Lots of good solid advice from others on this thread!




  8. Might be splitting hairs, but if you find your feathered Game Changer constantly spinning

    on retrieve, try alternating the hackle wrap direction on each section (CW-CCW-CW-CCW).

    And perhaps a bit of contrast with the colors, something darker on the head?


    Other than that, I'd say you've a killer fly there, Troutbum.


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