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Mark Knapp

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  1. Hi James, Are the silvers in the Delta Clear Water yet? I have never heard of anyone catching salmon on top water. I suggest wets. I have had very good luck catching silvers in fresh water with egg sucking leaches (lean to the larger sizes), sparkle egg sucking leaches (one time, that's all they would hit for some reason), flesh flies, also, look up "coho fly patterns" I've had very good luck with them. For all other species, egg patterns dominate, except reds, go to krill patterns for them. Most people, like 99.9 percent agree that sockeyes (reds) will never hit a fly in fresh water, they have to be flossed. There are just a few fly casters (I met a couple in Kodiak) that swear up and down that you can catch reds in fresh water consistently with a krill looking fly. (With the hook inside the mouth as apposed to from the outside as with flossing) One of my life goals is to do that - catch reds that actually bite a fly. Here's a blog post that shows the flies and techniques I used on a trip a few years ago. http://akflytyer.blogspot.com/2013/ Good luck. Let us know how you do.
  2. That's a nice picture Norm, do you get to fish there? What a beautiful place.
  3. Thanks for the nice comments. The UV bodies do bend to a degree they, are not completely rigid. Its hard to say what effect these stiffer bodies will have, and hard to say if more durability equals more fish to the net or not as compared to a shorter fly life and more re-tying. I suppose the foam body flies (and straighter bodies) are the answer but I didn't care for the look personally (though I am sure they catch fish). I like to tie what I think is pretty, not necessarily what I think will be effective. We have mostly stupid fish up here, and lots of them. It doesn't concern me as much as if I could only get five strikes in a day and they could all be misses due to a stiff fly. The only way to tell for sure is to go fishing. I guess I'm going to have to take one for the team and do the research.😄
  4. In pounds per square inch, the pressure from the outside would be minuscule. Here's a couple of other things to consider. On the outside, patches might be more vulnerable to things peeling them off like brush and stuff while you are on the way to your secret hole, or barbed wire fences 😄and stuff. Also, patches on the inside, generally, have a better surface to bind to, as apposed to the sheer rubber on the outside.
  5. By popular demand, I just added a couple of more methods the the extended body SBS. @McFlyLures, @bdngrd,@chugbug27
  6. That was in the complaint that was recently posted to all us Moderators. "Judging by the state of his fly tying room I can’t imagine he knows much about fly tying" It's a non issue now, just kind of funny. I wouldn't want to embarrass anybody by saying his name.
  7. Sorry Bruce, I had spelled your name wrong. Fixed it.
  8. I'm actually going to fish them hard within a week. I'll let you know. I suspect they'll float well because they are hollow and full of air. I'm pretty sure they'll be much more durable. I'll let you know.
  9. Yes, exactly like the two videos I posted for you before, then I added the floss. No, I cure the resin after I slide the body off of the needle. The Loon thick resin is what I have been using like in the picture. I think any thick Goo would work but I haven't tried them all. Sometimes stuff wants to spin but if you wind the floss under the dubbing first and continue winding in the same direction over the dubbing, it doesn't spin.
  10. It seems like the great lakes fish are a lot less predictable than the Ocean counterparts when they get into the fresh water, as you might expect. Here what Bruce Derington had to say about it in another thread. "Here in Michigan we get a great run of Kings and Coho, and in some areas the Atlantic’s show up in numbers. They ALL take egg sac’s, Roe, flies and streamers" Pretty interesting.
  11. My wife ain't allowed in my fly tying room, that may be obvious. Here's something funny, somebody complained that I was a moderator of this site. He said, by the look of my fly tying room he can tell I don't know anything about fly tying.😁😋.
  12. A few people asked me to make an SBS on how I make segmented Mayfly bodies. You can see it if you like in SBS sub-forum. The first one is for the easiest method, the floss method. Others will follow using hackle and other things to make the bars.
  13. This is a tutorial for how I make barred or segmented extended tails for Mayflies. Other tiers may have posted similar tutorials to this one, any similarity between mine and any others is purely coincidental. This is how I do it. This is the first of several I will show starting with the easiest, the floss method. This method makes a very durable, attractive Mayfly tail. You will need; A fly tying vise, a true rotary version is the most effective for this technique. A needle Thick Clear Goo UV Resin, this happens to be Loon Mayfly tails, these are Micro-fibetts, you can also use boars hair, moose body hair and others. Fly tying floss, colored to match the bug you want to imitate. Fine or super fine dubbing to match the bug. Flow or super thin Clear Goo UV Resin. Put the needle into the jaws of the vise in a horizontal position and adjust the vise so that the needle rotates in nearly the center when the vise is turned. Apply the thick UV Resin almost the length of the needle. Stick three tail fibers into the Resin. Starting near the jaws of the vise, start the floss on the needle as you would on a hook shank and wrap it in loose turns along the needle to the tip. Next apply a small pinch of dubbing to the needle while turning it to form a long slim body. Starting at the tip of the needle wrap the floss around the needle and floss body to form a solid bar of floss about 1/16 of an inch wide, advance the thread (Palmer it) to leave about 1/16 of an inch of bare dubbing, then make another bar of floss just a little longer than the first, make another bare spot a little longer than the first, and so on until you run out of needle at the vise. Pinch the body near the vise and slide it off of the needle. Push the body of the tail against something convenient to form a nice curve and expose the body to UV light to cure it. Last, coat the tail with thin UV resin to smooth it out and make it more durable, cure the resin. I usually make these in batches and then go to making the flies. The Biot Method Prepare the needle the same as above, choose a biot the color of the ribbing you want to make. In this case I am using brown peacock wing feathers, the long side biots. Tie the biot in at the tip of the needle just as you would on a hook shank. Whip finish the thread and restart it at the vise end of the needle. Apply a small pinch of dubbing to the needle like we did above. It should look like this. Wrap the biot in a spiral, back to the vise, with just a little of the dubbing showing in between the wraps. Tie it off and whip finish. Slide the body off of the needle and push it against something convenient to form a curve in the body. Cure the resin in UV light. The Hackle Method. You will need; Thick UV Resin Tail fibers like Micro-Fibettes, moose body hair or boars hair. Super fine dubbing. Grizzly hackle with bold fine bars Thin cling wrap (like for food storage) Thin UV Resin. Prepare the needle as we did above with the tail fibers and the dubbing. Choose three died grizzly hackles the color you want your extended tail to be. In this case yellow and black. Prepare your cling wrap by folding it into thirds, this will help with cutting the thin material. Cut a 1/16 inch wide strip from the material and unfold it so you have one long thin strip of material. Cut the grizzly hackle tips just a little longer than your body needs to be. Stick the hackle tips to the needle so the tips of the hackle are closely lined up with the end of the needle. Align the bars on the hackle so they are lined up all around the needle. Starting at the vise end of the needle wrap the strip of cling wrap around the needle, start it as you would fly tying thread on a hook shank. Wrap the cling wrap around the needle to the tip with almost-touching wraps. Then wrap it back to the vise and tear it off. Smooth the resin around the body and slide it off of the needle. Form it into a shape you like and cure the resin. For different colors you can use Cree hackle, black and white grizzly hackle with different colored plastic wraps or color the cured tail with markers, coat again with clear resin and cure. Mottled turkey tail feather
  14. I made a call today to an old friend of mine who used to work for Bill Pinnell (Bill Pinnell is no longer alive). I called to see if he could give me some background on that picture. As it turns out, the picture was taken in the mid fifties. Bill Pinnell had found a human skull on the south end of Kodiak Island. They had the broken rifle and the bear skull. They had staged the picture. All these years I had known about the picture but didn't know the story.
  15. It's more of a diabetes thing. My quack (I mean doctor) says I have pre-diabetes. A blind knife maker with no fingers isn't going to making many knives. So.....
  16. Hi Norm, I did a little checking on this, there were some sponsors at first, J Stockard was one of them. It seems there were so many complaints about the sponsors that (I am told) Will couldn't get a sponsor for this site now, for love nor money. I haven't spoken to Will, this is second hand knowledge, so take it for what it's worth.
  17. All good thoughts. I did a similar thing using acetate floss and acetone. I got some pretty cool effects. It also glued the fly together without adding glue. It was fun.
  18. I'm not sure which salmon you are talking about or where you are fishing but four species of pacific salmon readily take flies here in the Pacific North West. All but the Red (Sockeye) Salmon are very easily caught without flossing. I don't know much about Atlantic Salmon but I have read they take a fly without flossing too. I'll leave that to the Easterners Brits to discuss.
  19. I've wondered about the fusible threads. Does that mean you heat the whole fly to 250 degrees? That scares me. But I scare easily.
  20. Wow, I've never heard of that. Enjoy.
  21. Oh man, it was good. I substituted cauliflower for potatoes because the potatoes aren't kito-compliant. Couldn't really even tell.
  22. Glad I could help😁. I think that fly would be fine like it is if you fished it on the other side of the equator, like in New Zealand or Australia. Thank you for your kind words too.
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