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Hatchet Jack

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  1. I've had decent luck doing this:


    Thinly spread the resin and the hardener out onto aluminium foil.

    (separate puddles, mind)

    Take a small diameter drinking straw and blow through it,

    holding the straw's tip just above the fluids. You should see a small

    depression in the fluid, from the jet of air. The warm air

    will slowing evolve the bubbles to the surface where they will pop.

    Might not work on micro-bubbles, but the larger ones will vanish.


    Caveat - this doesn't work with paste epoxy, only the less viscous types.

  2. dont worry about marrying the feathers for now


    the example i provided was for the wing itself and can be made without marrying feathers


    learn the simplest first. it takes many many attempts to get the wing right. use 2/3 the the gap of the hook for the width of the wing. that was taught to me by the master himself, don bastian


    if its not right dont continue. unwrap the thread or start over. practice practice practice


    leadwing coachman




    Need to tie up some of these flies.

    A very nicely done video & Lead Wing Coachman.



    I watched Matt cut the slips close by the quill & I'm assuming his thread

    wraps falling on the slips are 'above' this bloodline mentioned prior?

  3. A Wee Pig Story


    A man was on a long walk in the country.

    He became thirsty so he stopped at a little cottage and ask for something to drink.

    The lady of the house invited him in and served him a bowl of soup by the fire.

    There was a wee pig running about the kitchen, running up to the visitor and giving him a great deal


    of attention.

    The visitor commented that he had never seen a pig this friendly.

    The housewife replied, "Aye, but he's not that friendly. That's his bowl you're using."

  4. "Yup, I have less snags when tight line nymphing and my hookup percentage

    appears at least to me to be greater using the jig hooks...."



    I've had similar results as FIN-ITE 34.

    The 'snags' tend to come free with a good pull.

    I especially like the barbless Hends brand.

    Horribly sharp point.

    Very easy on the trouts, just back the hook out with a hemo and they're off.


    No experience with the JS2's though.

  5. Thanks for the recipe, willhamo.


    What's the bright tail material used on the flies that don't have the pheasant tail fibres or bronze mallard?


    The flies are captivating & I bet they would work in riffles immediately above a plunge pool

    in the evening. Like around dusk, right before the Hex come off the water, heh-heh-heh........


    BTW - what species of trout are feeding on these flies?

  6. Any recommendations?

    Am using a 13' 7/8 wt. Spey and an 11' 8 wt. switch rod, both for overhead casting.

    (but on a certain river, the overhead cast won't work - almost zero backcast room)


    Are OPST heads & running lines able to cast big flies?

    I'm interested in these lines because they seem to be meant

    for casting where there's little or no backcast room (???)


    Am throwing stuff like this, don't know if an OPST head can tear the fly out of it's water-anchor.



  7. They make a much lighter weight PVC than the normal schedule 40 weight one that is more common. Not all places carry it but some Lowes and HD stores do. It's about half the thickness and half the weight of the schedule 40 one. Makes for a much lighter rod tube.


    My old DB Dunn rod case uses SDR 26, 2.375" O.D./0.091" wall thickness.


    Here's some useful info on SDR plastic pipe:


    Smaller SDR numbers have greater wall thickness.


    I've not had much luck finding single 10' lengths for sale.

    One place would order me some in lots of 1,000.

    Maybe others would have better luck.


    I finally opted for some 10' white plastic downspout type

    tubing (squarish) and so far, it's worked quite well.

  8. How does the wire tippet affect the action of a topwater fly? Seems like it might make pull the front down a bit, changing the action?


    My experience has been that for popper muskie/pike flies, the action is somewhat attenuated but still satisfactory (the popper heads are large enough so they're not swamped out by a 9" wire bite guard).


    It's a tradeoff between slightly muted action or losing the fly entirely from a toothy strike.

  9. Caught a flying bat once, fishing the Hex.

    Just cut my tippet & let the squealing bastage float on down river.

    I've also snagged & brought up two anchors, trolling streamers deep.


    But honest to Dog, the cake winner is snagging a torque converter. Yes, that thing that acts as a

    fluid clutch in your auto trans. I pulled my line & canoe into the shallows and looked down

    at the metal shape, wondering if someone out there had any shifting problems lately.

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