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  1. smbeck

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    This is in Central Maryland. They've just arrived in this stretch of the river and will be here into July before disappearing back to wherever they winter.
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    Ate a rust meat whistle
  3. I'm reading through "Fleye Designs" and Bob mentions wetting flies a lot. The end result is a nice looking tapered fly. I am wetting my flies with warm water and hang drying them, but the fibers don't lay back nicely like Bob's. Is there something I'm missing? Should I be soaking the flies? I just run them under hot water for a few seconds.
  4. You can always get pike skinz, Ahrex hooks, and rattles from rusuperfly. Pat makes some good stuff.
  5. Woolly Bugged on YouTube seems to always tie on a pink lively legs nymph nowadays and the brookies he chases in PA eat them up.
  6. Thanks mikechell. We've got pike and muskie in the reservoir nearby that like to eat large articulated crank baits so this should hopefully work on them. It's surprisingly light for its size and I'm confident my 9wt can handle it.
  7. Tried my hand at a T-bone last night. Some definite imperfections but I think it's alright for a first attempt.
  8. Trutta Goods for nymphs: upside-downie for jig-style, altoona curvy for any nymph requiring a curved shank, old man for your standard straight shank nymph (though this is designed as a dry fly hook). You could use the old man for soft hackles, but it's a thin wire. Gamakatsu B10S or SL12S for chunky streamers. I tie BTDs and CF baitfish on these. Also articulated patterns. I also really like Ahrex hooks and use them in my game changers. I have Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight hooks on order for soft hackles. 3x heavy wire. Firehole makes nice hooks for a good price as well.
  9. The spawn run for them should be starting soon here in MD and I plan on tossing some small shrimp patterns for them.
  10. I'll second the tear mender. I use it to glue eyes to craft fur flies.
  11. Beautiful flies. I'll add some to my euro box.
  12. I don't see him stating that the thread broke. He's stating that the the thread is slipping off of the already tied in bucktail which is a symptom of there being too much of it. Tim's video is a demonstration of how to properly tie in the bucktail so that the thread won't slip off. He's more than welcome to still use multiple clumps of bucktail in different colors or swap in bead chain eyes for the lead eyes usually used on clousers.
  13. Your problem is you're putting on too much bucktail. The more you try and cram onto the hook the less holding power your thread is going to have, especially with two thick clumps stacked together. Keep it sparse and you won't have a problem. I'm a big fan of Tim Flagler's videos. You can watch him tie a clouser minnow with high resolution close-ups in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLUN6BFLolk Edit: I re-read the original post after looking at the picture more and noticed you are tying your double clump on the "bottom" (top of the hook shank but bottom of the fly). Natural materials have a side effect of righting themselves, in that the side of the hook with more materials on it is the side that will try and ride up. You're going to have a crooked clouser in the water if you tie that way. Instead, tie in your eyes, then a clump of olive, flip the hook, then tie in your orange and olive clumps.
  14. No, I mean I don't get a notification when someone replies on my post.
  15. Looks like reply notifications don't happen on forum posts by default?
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