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  1. QUOTE (steeldrifter @ Jun 16 2004, 04:39 PM) QUOTE (breambuster @ Jun 15 2004, 01:45 PM) . I suppose that just sticking it in your mouth is sufficient? BB Yup thats all ya need to do,just to keep the heat from mono rubbing mono from building up and weaking the line. SD Is it just me or is anyone else concerned about sticking the line in your mouth to lubricate a knot. We have had a thread going on the ISA forum about wet wading. Most are saying that they would not think of wet wading some of our suburban waters. I've read horror stories of a small cut on one's shin turning into a very nasty infection that won't heal. For that same reason, I am very wary of putting a leader in my mouth and wetting a knot. Call me paranoid, but I'm not sure that is a chance I want to take. When wading, it is easy to simply dip the line into the river to wet a knot. Shore fishing a pond does present a challenge. More later, Ken S.
  2. It seems to me that the answer to your question is pretty unanimous. We all spend as much time as we can fishing. I fit in as much time as I can on the local ponds, streams and rivers. I don't have a boat so it is all wading and hiking the shorelines. When I get to make a day of it, I try to be on the water between 6-7am and won't come in until lunch time. Then it is eat, push fluids, re-tie leaders and such. I'm back on the water by mid-afternoon and fish till dark. Then it is a late dinner, unwind, catch some sleep and if I'm lucky repeat for the next day. More later, Ken S.
  3. Lately my favorite has been a Cactus Chenille Damselfly. Super simple. My wife thinks it is one of the few flies I tie that looks like a bug. The cactus chenille really adds some sparkle. It is a killer for bluegill, sunfish and crappie. We had a fly tying session for fly fishers of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance at my local fly shop last night. Three new tiers all tied two of these Damselflies as their first tie. We also showed them how to tie an MMC (Mini Marabou Clouser, aka. M&M Fish Candy). I enjoy tying most nymphs. I'm still new enough at fly tying that I really am not yet comfortable tying with spinning Deer Hair. I'm not bothered that much by soft hackles, but I too poke my fingers plenty often while working with the stuff. I still find dry fly hackles to be a challenge. My big fingers are much better with computer keyboards than they are with tiny flies. It will all get better with practice. More later, Ken S.
  4. I'm guessing that the most new members come in on Friday or Saturday night. Seems that is when people are on the computer, visiting boards, checking things out before the Saturday fishing outing and such. I'm guessing Friday evening (6/18) will be the big 1K mark. More later, Ken S.
  5. I'm from the western suburbs of Chicago. You can learn a lot about who is on the forum and where many are from by reading through the postings in the "Introduce Yourself" section. My own posting there was titled "Fishing in NorthEast Illinois", if I remember right. So is MS the abreviation for Mississippi or Misouri? I have some family out west of St. Louis. I've yet to try the fishing down that way. It seems whenever we go down it is for a weekend visit and there is not much time for fishing. My Bro-in-law said he does not fish much down there since he grew up visiting Hayward every summer. Me and mine will be joining my sister and hers at her In-laws place up in Hayward WI in August. I know we will make time for fishing on that visit. Come to think of it, my wife's half-brother lives down in Mississippi. I should try to get down and visit with him. I bet the fishing down there is great. Fish can't tell if there is a Yankee on the other end of the line, can they? More later, Ken S.
  6. QUOTE (slenon @ Jun 14 2004, 09:56 AM) I make a small label with my word processing program, clip it and loop it around a a mono loop through the eye of the fly. That also makes sure the eye is open and ready for the recipient to use. Slenon, That is a very good point about using mono to make sure the hook eye is clear. That also has the advantage that if you do tie barbless, you don't have to worry about the label sliding off the bend of the hook. I like that idea very much. BTW, I love your Avatar. My grandparents imigrated to the Chicago area from Sweden. Gefilte is a word which brings back memorys of parties where I was exposed to what I thought were some of the strangest foods I'd ever seen or smelled. When I see Gefilte fish, I think of Lutefisk (sp?) and herring. I remember my Mom's uncle Dick putting a raw egg in the old perkolator (sp?) with the coffee grounds. I almost lost it the first time I saw him remove the now poached egg and eat it, crunching coffee grounds as he chewed. When I was very little, it was all sort of scary. Now they are all very fond memories. I really miss Uncle Dick. I did not learn until he passed away that he used to be quite the fisherman. More later, Ken S.
  7. I use the "Snack size" ziplock bags. They are about 1/2 the size of the sandwich sized bags. They work very nicely and are relatively inexpensive. More later, Ken S.
  8. QUOTE (breambuster @ Jun 10 2004, 08:06 AM) kschu. You can post the poll. Scroll to the end of this thread reply and on the right side of the screen you will see three clickables. One is "Reply" the second is "New Topic" and the third is "New Poll." Click on that and fill in the details. Breambuster Thanks for pointing that out. I have gotten into to many of these forums. I can't keep straight which board does which features. I should have seen that button. It is getting easier as I truely believe this forum is the best (for me and what I am looking for). I am not submitting much on other forums any more. The poll has been submitted. Please visit the thread and submit your opinion. More later, Ken S
  9. So the question is when you submit flies to a fly swap, do you submit them as barbless or do you leave the barb intact? This is not a general question of how you tie flies for yourself. This is specifically what you submit for swaps. I listed the answer choices as: Barb intact - You left the barb on the hook. Barbless - as in the hook was barbless when you bought it Barb smashed - wether you smashed it in the vise or with a tool Barb filed off - removed as opposed to smashed Varies by type of fly I expect that the "Varies by type" answer would be the true winner. I expect that more nymphs are tied barbless and more streamers are left intact. I expect that if I did a search of the forum, there has already been a discussion regarding barbless or not for flies one ties for personal use. Let the opinions start rolling in. More later, Ken S.
  10. This board is so awesome. I post a question and less than twelve hours later I have six answers. I knew there would be a simple answer. The answers did raise two good points besides. I like the idea of putting the recipe in with the fly. Either that or making sure the recipe is availlable on the board in a pattern database. Mark mentioned small ziplock bags. I assume we are talking one fly per bag, so that they fly and "paperwork" stay together when the swapmiester divides things up. It would be quite interesting to take a poll to see how many of our swap participants submit barbless vs barb intact flies. Is there a way with this forum software for the moderator to post a poll? Thanks guys. More later, Ken S.
  11. Greetings, So I have joined my first swap on this forum, The Nymph Swap. I just read through the rules and policies to make sure I do all this right. So far so good. There was a section in there that talked of putting a small tag on each fly with the tier's name. My question is, what do you folks use for these tags? I know when I look at flies at Gander Mountain, they have these tiny tags on them with a very small bar code for the cashier to scan. I know that my local fly shop has a small sticker sort of tag. They fold them over and the two tabs stick back to back with a thin piece that wraps around the bend of the hook. Will, do you carry some sort of toe tag item through Green Caddis? If not, is that something that you could add to your line, or would it be more trouble than it is worth? Or is there some quick and simple trick that someone can share for this. My initial idea is to wrap a heavy thread (3/0) around the bend a few times and then fold some sort of small label in half over the two tag ends of the thread. I don't think that would be too much of a pain for the final recipient to remove from the fly. Thanks in advance, Ken S.
  12. QUOTE (SmallieHunter @ Jun 9 2004, 12:40 PM) Ken, Man I would think you should be able to cast a size 12 bugger with a 4wt. I have never used a 4wt but my 5wt seems more than capable of throwing a broad selection of sizes, from small trout stuff to the size 1 Clousers I throw for Smallies. I do have a question. How long of a leader are you using? I have noticed if my leader is to long that I have a very hard time turning over bigger flies which alot of the time results in my fly falling short on the cast. These days I try to match the length of my leader to the length of my rod and it seems to be a good ratio. Will, My leaders run anywhere from 8 ft to 12 ft. I was taught that when the leader got to be less than the length of the rod, it was time to add tippet or to change out the leader. For the most part, I have been using the store bought tapered leaders. I have been favoring a 4x leader for the 4 wt rod and a 2x leader for the 6 wt. My best guess is that I need to use at a 2x or larger when trying to throw one of the wind resistant buggers and such. I've had a few people suggest I need to start tying my own leaders. We did tie one at my first fly tying class. After we did about three patterns, they had us all tie a leader and then we did one or two more patterns. I still have that leader, but have never fished it. I am a bit shy of using the knoted leader after using knotless for so many years. Guess I just need to get over it and try this handmade leader out. Mark, Did you really say a 6 ft long fly rod? I've never heard of a fly rod that short. Makes it hard to call it "long rodding". Thanks for the feedback that you are not having problems with a #6 fly on the 6 wt rod. The more I read the feedback from you guys, the more I am convinced I need to talk to my fly shop about some casting lessons. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. More later, Ken S.
  13. QUOTE (kschu @ Jun 3 2004, 10:17 PM) I own a nice 4 wt St Croix outfit and an older 6 wt "glass" rod. I know that part of this equation is experiance with casting in the wind and just plain technique. But I also know that if I try to throw a #4 clouser and I'm using the 4 wt with a 4x tapered leader, I'm asking for trouble. My leaders are always full of "wind knots" (which are probably as much bad casting technique as they are wind related). I could have worded my original posting much better. The biggest size clouser in my box is a #8. I tried to cast that on the 4 wt one windless day. It was not pretty and I don't try that any more. My bigger clousers are left for use with my 6 wt rod. The main question I was trying to ask was what size flies one would typically try casting on a 4 wt vs. a 6 wt vs. an 8 wt. I have #12 Woolly buggers that I have cast with the 4 wt. But this to is not pretty. They have lots of wind resistance and my casting technique does need some improvement. What I don't know is if those of you who have already developed better casting techniques than I have would consider using a #12 Woolly bugger on a 4 wt or not. I guess I'm trying to understand my goals. What sizes of streamers and such should I be able to cast with which of my rods. Dry's and Nymphs I seem to have figured out. They don't offer much wind resistance. I will ask my friends at the fly shop about casting lessons when I see them this weekend. Perhaps this topic/question is something we will discuss as part of those lessons. I'd still appreicate other opinions. More later, Ken S.
  14. kschu

    Need prayer request

    I'm attending my weekly Men's bible study at church tomorrow at 06:30 CDT. I've printed out this thread and will share this with the guys. Your friend and her family will be in our prayers. Jer 29:11-12 (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. God's Peace, Ken S.
  15. Alright. Might as well jump into the pool. I've not participated in a swap on this forum yet. I'll tie a Prince Nymph. Now I just have to decide which size and wether or not to use a little weight under the body. Maybe I'll fish a few variations on my lunch hour tomorrow. Which ever catches the most fish is what I'll tie. Or something like that. More later, Ken S.
  16. kschu

    Snap hooks

    My big clumsy fingers have enough problems dealing with knots. I can't see how these things would be much easier to deal with. In my first fly fishing class, day one, the instructor explained to us that one of the greatest advantages of fishing flies over other hardware was that they look so natural. A few have already made comments and I would have to agree that adding the clip would not enhance the "look" of the presentation. I don't fish dry flies that often, but I can see where this could effect the float. I have seen these little clips and they are very tiny. They can't weight much, but I still have to wonder. So is there anyone who can speak from experiance as far as using these things? I know I'm just "supposing" since I have not tried them. More later, Ken S
  17. Even in the western suburbs of "The Windy City", we get plenty of strong breezes. Sometimes, rather than fish the part of the water where you planned to fish, you have to move to an area that is better protected from the wind. I'm trying to get better at matching the whole outfit so I can cast accurately, even when the wind wants to move my fly to the side of my target or keep me short of reaching my target. I own a nice 4 wt St Croix outfit and an older 6 wt "glass" rod. I know that part of this equation is experiance with casting in the wind and just plain technique. But I also know that if I try to throw a #4 clouser and I'm using the 4 wt with a 4x tapered leader, I'm asking for trouble. My leaders are always full of "wind knots" (which are probably as much bad casting technique as they are wind related). I already know I need to look into some casting lessons, or even a casting clinic with a local club. Aside from that, I would like to know what you folks would recommend as far as size of the fly, matching with a leader and all that matching with a line weight. I am not so much interested in thoughts related to nymphs or even drys. I'm asking about streamer type flies for the most part; clousers, woolly buggers, leaches, mudlers, etc. I am planning to pick up an 8 wt St Croix outfit this summer. I'm expecting that most of my streamer fishing will be with the eight and most of the nymph and wet fly work will be with the 4 wt. Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom. More later, Ken S.
  18. QUOTE (luvinbluegills @ Jun 3 2004, 07:16 PM) What a great looking catch! I've got some Clousers in those lengths in Olive over White and Chartreuse over White, both with a Black dorsal stripe and made entirely of "Unique Hair". I'll try to post pictures of them. (Hey, if I can't post pictures of a fish like that, I can post the streamer! ) So now I am really curious. I've heard of "Unique Hair", but I have not seen it and don't know what it is or how it is used. Maybe it is time for another internet search. I'm also curious about the black dorsal stripe. Is that just a "layer" of black hair tied between the light and dark hair on the top and bottom? Ken S.
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    Two fly setup.

    The first time I saw this done was just a couple weeks ago. I had taken three guys from the ISA over to the ponds where I work. Tim was fishing a fly rod like I was. The other two guys were throwing spinning gear (soft plastics and crank-baits). The weather had been lousy so none of us was having much luck. That is until the sun started setting. Tim was using a 6 wt rod. He had a Stimulator dry fly and I think he had a Pheasent Tail set up as a dropper. When he got near the pump house, he had found a school of crappie. He was pulling one out on almost every cast. I had been further down the shore doing nicely with the Bluegill and Greenies. The closer I got to the pump house, the more I was getting crappie instead of gills. I was rather interested in his dropper set up. He said about one out of every five that he was catching was on the dry fly. He said he was hooking more with the nymph by having the dry for an indicator. The only rod that I had with me was the 4 wt and I don't think it would have handled a double rig like that. I should take my 6 wt out to the pond tomorrow (planning to fish the lunch hour, again). So does one just use 2x or 4x tippet to attach the dropper fly to the bend of the dry? More later, Ken S.
  20. Hello again, This is probably the first time in a week that I have had a chance to check in. We had several people out on vacation at work last week. It was rather hectic for those of us left behind and filling in. I owe you replies to several postings in this thread. Sorry, most of these replies have nothing to do with the Hare's Ear fly. I will say I am going to pick up a Hare's Mask the next time I am at the fly shop. Steve, I'm very glad you enjoyed my site. Thanks for your kind words. I know that you folks in Michigan have been rather rain soaked lately. I don't know if it is any comfort, but we have been getting dumped on here in NE Illinois as well. The Fox River and the Fox Chain of Lakes have been closed to all boat traffic due to the very high water levels. My Monday morning holiday outing ended with a downpour. Our rivers are starting to go over the banks. Our creeks look like rivers. The fish really seem to be rather put off by it all. A fly fishing friend at work was predicting that it could be July before we can safely wade into the Fox River again. Will, I do notice a lot of friendly jabs between the Smallie fans (like me) and the trout folks. Sometimes I can't help myself and I have to add fuel to the fire. It is a bad habit. Anyway, I envy you having both trout and smallie waters in close proximity. I'm surrounded by good Smallie waters. Plenty of good local waters (by local I mean less than 20 mins) and many excellent choices within a 60-90 min ride. Trout fishing is at least 2 hours away, with the better fishing 3 to 6 hours ride. Ted, What can I say. Whenever I get calls from Headhunters, I ask if the position they are trying to fill offers several excellant fishing options on-site for lunch hour fishing outings. Very few of them ever call me more than once. When one has a good thing going, you have to make the best of it. Let's see, last Friday over lunch I got a 16" largemouth on a #12 Marabou Leech with the 4wt. Just this morning I fished for an hour before work. I got a 15.75" Smallmouth on a #14 Fox Squirrel Nymph, again on the 4wt. Both of those outings also included numerous Bluegill and Green Sunfish. I saw lots of Carp, but I could not entice them into biting. This is on two different ponds, on the property at work, one just 1/4 mile from my desk and the other 1.25 miles. More later, Ken S.
  21. About a month ago, a friend and I were fishing a favorite pond here in NE Illinois. We saw bunches of carp floating belly up around the shoreline of the lake. We were not seeing other fish, just the carp. We caught a few bass that day, but not as many as we sometimes do. Since then, all fishing has picked up. Including the carp fishing. I never did find out what happened to cause the fish kill. Obviously it was not a major problem. More later, Ken S.
  22. If you can see the fish in the shallows, I like to toss a foam / sponge spider. It is such fun watching them get sucked off the surface. Otherwise, the old standby is a lightly weighted nymph. I'm particularly fond of bead heads. I find a Prince nymph or a hare's ear work very well. I've also had good luck with small pheasant tails. I like a slow steady retrieve. I'm thinking that makes the nymph look like it is swimming through the water. Personally, it seems that a quick strip has to look very un-natural. My first fly fishing class back in High School made a big point about one of the greatest advantages of the fly rod is that the fly looks more natural to the fish than any jig or crankbait. If the water is a bit murky, I sometimes just watch the end of the floating fly line. The leader may be sunk into the water with the nymph, but when the end of the line starts to twitch, you know something it going on with your nymph. When it starts to twitch, I'll stop retirieving. If the tip of the floating line starts to move away, it is time to set the hook. If you wait too long, you'll have a task ahead of you trying to get the fly back out of the mouth of the bluegill that has now taken the fly deep. Wait too long and you will not have a lip hook any longer. More later, Ken S.
  23. kschu

    After a storm

    For North East Illinois (Chicagoland) our weatherman was saying that we have gotten more rain in the last three weeks than in all the weeks prior in 2004. And today's weather report says that we will have some rain every day for the next week. He went on to say that historically, when we get this much rain in a short period during the spring, it is normally followed by a very wet summer. I guess we will not be hearing the word "drought" this year. Guess I'll have to fish between the raindrops. More later, Ken S.
  24. QUOTE (kschu @ May 20 2004, 07:18 PM) That's right, there is a mirror in it. And I do recall George (or was it Kyle) dropping a fly in there and having me look at the mirror to see what it looked like from below. I just assumed that George came up with this thing himself. I hope to visit the store on Saturday. I'll try to remember to bring my son's digital camera. More later, Ken S. Well, I did not get to the store till Sunday. I forgot to bring my son's digital camera. I did see that this display box did have a C&F Designs label on it. I've tried searching for a web page that might have a picture of this case, but have had no luck so far. Sorry. Ken S.
  25. QUOTE (SmallieHunter @ May 24 2004, 07:59 PM) I tied up some recently and used brown hackle fibers as the tail, I took plently of trout on them the last time I went out Did you say Trout? Isn't your name Smallie Hunter? Man, I miss one day of checking in on this site and everything starts turning upside down. Someday I will catch a trout on a fly. Guess it would help if I hauled myself up to SW Wisc. where the trout are. In the mean time, we got Smallies in the ponds at work. I can catch them on my lunch hour. No planning a trip or taking a vacation day. Ted, I like the idea of using Pheasant Tail for the tail. I just can't picture tying a Hare's Ear with biot for a tail. Ken S.
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