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  1. Native wildflowers usually do pretty well and are quite attractive while being pleasantly low maintenance. That's how I groove with it, anyway. Take note of what grows naturally when out fishing and birding, grab seeds after the bloom seasons and plant them at home. If your spouse is the talented horticulturist you describe her as, this can open up a whole new realm for her to explore. Some get munched...Butterfly Milkweed, Dill, and anything for butterfly attraction/propagation because that's it's main purpose. Beebalms, salvias, coneflowers...there's a huge category of botanicals to work with here and they seem largely resistant to most insects. There's something in Okie you can work with outside of what I suspect are attractive, yet very weak choices in marketed cultivars. For what it's worth, my horticulture hobby started as a vegetable gardener (actually growing weed earlier in life😁) and evolved into a native pollinator gardener largely for the reasons your wife is bummed. I'm no chem on herbicide/pesticide and it works great, but you gotta plant the right stuff. My sister lives down in Okie and does great with the same approach, actually vastly better due to the awesome sun exposure and long growing season. Get out for a few hikes with a camera and take note of what's out there, nice to look at, and doing well in the conditions present. A different look, but surprisingly attractive and very rewarding approach to playing in the dirt and growing stuff.
  2. Looks like a fun day, those Koi are stalking you. What's up with the dropper, you getting more on the top or more on the dropper fly? I've done it before, but it always seems to end up a tangled mess or snagged fish on a missed strike. Then there's the part where I forget the dropper is attached and wonder WTH is going on with the topwater bug...then it disappears, I remember, feel dumb.
  3. Kreh also likely tied a lot of (very) large Deceivers for stripers and salt species where a more casual approach to feather orientation might be perfectly reasonable, maybe even preferable. On smaller ties, the random orientation might spin or end-up looking more like a craw or frog pattern and kill the minnow profile.
  4. Thanx, man!👊 I did not know this and just assumed they were mostly a clip-off source. They're actually one piece, continuous twist/pull-throughs and can be used several ways. Here's an autopsy pic of my gray & green... This does give more options for working up the shank after tail tie-in or perhaps even incorporating the remaining section of material in a brushy dubbing loop.
  5. knotjoe

    Skits

    Dude, you're a flytyer. You have a stash of fur, feathers, and dubbings galore. Cats hock-up hairballs at 3 in the morning. Do I really need to spell this out further for you? I suggest a slow-mo hairball expulsion into the camera eye. This would be proper use of all the nifty video effects folks try to use on YouTube, but often do so lamely. You can be different there, you can be the shining ray of light they all look to. Make it (the hairball) pretty with Steelhead colors, flash, etc and for crying' out loud don't choke on the friggin' thing. Do it soon for I have a feeling your video equipment may be the victim of parental confiscation sometime in the near future. Never jive your Ol' Man on the internet or there'll be a foot headed for your a$$ soon. The microwave quip on the push-up video was pretty good.😁
  6. Love the Porkchop fly🤣. Absolutely imperative that you catch at least one bass on it...just because. Think the hook-up problems on smallies was due to them hitting the head of the fly? I've always wondered this on longer streamers, seems the smaller fish are hard to hook and I think it's because they aim more for the head section on bigger baitfish patterns. Kelly Galloup mentions this theory quite a bit with trout, never seems a problem with LM bass, but smallies have given me fits in the past with it. Great big one's get hung fine, but a lot of misses on the smaller customers.
  7. That’s exactly the idea I speak of, Joe. Good bead bearing there, solid metal or even a tungsten bead is a smart option. The wear and tear with props is no big deal underwater, but whizzing back & forth with flyline can spin them at incredible speeds so a hard metal bearing is essential. Overtime, some of the more used blades would develop a slightly larger hole and polish the hook shank pretty well, but they still functioned just fine for me. It’s the airspeed that does it. Bigger blades can actually clean algae off themselves on the false cast, too. The 3/8” dumbbell shape from Jann’s are freaking salad choppers on the double haul.😁 If the blade doesn't spin freely, just play with the bead to blade size a bit. Small blades do better with smaller beads, big blades spin against anything. I liked a 2 bead stack...one large and secured, one smaller against the blade surface so the blades don't rub if they tilt a bit. You might need a bit smaller diameter bead against that little blade so the only contact point is the "center bearing surface" around the hole. Small props can be quite sensitive to friction, bead sizing is a huge factor with them. Fortunately as a flytyer you probably have every imaginable size of high quality bead to select from.
  8. Have to correct myself here, the lure alluded to above is NOT called a Sweet P…it’s actually a Cutie Pie and they are still produced. Used to make a smaller size, now they appear to just make the bigger one’s and have a slightly different look. https://www.hhlure.com/products/cutie-pie I think one can do this idea pretty effectively with tungsten Insta-Jig weights these days, they keel hooks even more efficiently than dumbbells in most cases. Take up little room on shank as well, nice if adding a bearing bead or two for a prop. Not something I’m going to pursue in the near future in current waters, but just an FYI from a guy who played with some spinner flies in the past. Definitely work better when stabilized for flight and swim on fly tackle.
  9. Yeah, long ago I played with some prop flies which was mostly a remnant/revisitation of my GL Yellow Perch fishing era. We used a lot of Roostertails and Sweet P’s with propellors on them, the latter lure had a small lead(?) body which keeled it better. You won’t find a Sweet P anywhere these days, it’s an old lure. For what you seek, dumbbell eyes worked for me in terms of keel/upriding hook. Just tie the eyes in mid shank with a bead/prop in front and you’re good to go. Works best with Clouser style ties because you have the advantage of a bucktail wing to help keep position upriding. They caught fish, but I hate flycasting spinners and probably fish a standard fly better without the prop blade. Then there’s the moss thing and it takes very little to stop a small prop from spinning. I spent way too much time cleaning moss off those lures and don’t care to revisit the experience. Same for tail spins and Roadrunner style ties. However, if you are in less weedy/mossy water and need to cover areas and find fish, they are a pretty decent option. Kinda noisy on the cast and make a Whistler fly seem rather quiet by comparison. I used the larger prop blades from Jann's, they are a bit thinner and more contoured, but easier spinning.
  10. You wouldn't believe how loud these guys are when they go at it with their reflection. The Cardinal's beak is a stout seedcracker and when he puts it to the window, there's no ignoring it. Uses the trim piece as a foothold anchor for extra power.😆
  11. knotjoe

    Pro tactics

    Good article and illustrations, probably could answer a great many questions about rigs. Folks always ask when it comes to EN, this could be a useful bookmark if one cares to address their inquiries. Have to hand it to the anglers cited in the article, they make a clear and strong argument for the method regarding strike detection and presentation. Heck, even one of April Vokey's recent podcasts was a chat with Clint Goyette so it's gaining acceptance. Possibly because I'm a lifelong multi-tackle angler I like it when flyfishing lore and discourse directly addresses strike detection and the advantages/disadvantges of flytackle in general. It's a good concept to understand by a broad range of experience regardless of whether one is rigging to optimize at any given moment.
  12. knotjoe

    Back at it

    Impressive! That's like losing an entire person, no small feat unless you have the Siamese twin thing going on. Even then, it's big load to shed. No doubt you'll achieve the current goal and probably just extended your life by more than a few years. Being fat's great in the cold, but if you're not already feeling the absence of it's wonderful insulating properties you certainly will. Gotta dress warmer now, at least that's been my experience.
  13. It works quite well everywhere, I learned of it back in my apartment days when management sent out fliers in winter. I still do it in my house, cabinets on outer walls can get cold when doors are shut.
  14. Contour for slick weedless heads.
  15. Revisit some patterns of old in my fishing history, there's a few I'd like to see with newer materials and techniques. Fish less productive ties which are often more fun at the vise and water. Yeah, I know...that's somewhere between counterintuitive and downright asinine, but it's the truth. I know longer care as much about absolute effectiveness and I've caught both numbers and sizes in my time so it's no sacrifice. There's a rut one can get into when everything is distilled down to what works best, sometimes who cares and Oh, WTF is a more fulfilling approach to selecting a fly on the water. Definitely more interesting and entertaining. Look forward to torrential floods which compromise most fishing options and head for the Fertile Crescent. Scoped a good floodplain which gets loaded with carp on high water and I think I might try to get some on topwater this year. Iffy, but compelling. If not, still gonna whore out on 'em with standard streamers like last year. One of the few chum-free stillwater zones I've found where a Purefly Carp is not only possible, but common. Get some Partridge feathers, on skin or in a bag. There's some materials that don't have attractive synthetic subs (I'm done trying). Finally build that new dubbing board I have plans for! Still cranking off the 2x4 throw together after my old board warped and got weird in a moisture event. Works, but it make me feel cheap.😞
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