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  1. Not in my wheelhouse but got some hooks so am trying some of these. And it’s sposed to challenge. So I tied the GP. Added the gold rib. Not into splitting schlappen yet so came out a lil bushy. Sixty years ago I got some of these Hellgrammites and cut one apart to figure out how it was made. Beginner with meager tools I was able to duplicate it. Well I had to use couple of lil black hackles for the tails; didn’t have a clue about ostrich. Since we are challenging one another I’m picking this woven Hellgrammite. Really just need to tie something woven. The biggest help to give is after you tie your “back” and “bottom” body mat’l on, whip finish and cut your thread off. Lots easier to weave with that outa the way. Then when you have to stop to add say a hackle feather lay your thread where you have the weave pinched and restart it to fasten what you have off. Whip and cut thread off again. Proceed/weave ahead to the finish and restart thread to anchor and the hackle brought forward and add biots and finish. Oh, forgot. You can first create a tapered under body and add lead wraps first. Heavey cord or d-rib makes good backs and yarn or floss for bellies.👍 FeederCreekHellgrammite.
  2. Intruders! Shank and hook outa the back.
  3. https://www.refugeforums.com/threads/the-mad-duck.1092202/post-12112067
  4. This joint needs this but there’s always somebody offended.
  5. Very radical there. Kinda like my “egg glob”😛
  6. I’ve used these to solve that problem a few times. Gotta chum with bread first works great then 👍 I wanted to get him for a Bud’s pond. There’s a market for the big ones for sure. The bottom pic is around SanAntonio at animal park on a Guadalupe trip.
  7. This popped up on Facebook
  8. Nice. The glass ones are nicer than the cheaper plastic. You can get creative like ships in a bottle. Haven’t done any lately but I see them turn up on the family’s trees. Keep in mind great time to pick up flash in the ornament sections. Have done resin casts for peeps too. Key fobs, business cards, jewelry...
  9. Good thing got all the little ones out front for “DropTheHandkechief” before I ate too much. Trying now to gettem around the table with deck of cards for hilarious game of “Dumbbell”. Been kinda bleak during the holidays last few years with no little ones. Now great crop of great grands getting big enough. Problem is to get them to put their fones/pads down to play the old traditional games. 🤗
  10. You can do resin casts too. Given most away. Got this one from Hardware store guy when he stopped stocking a brand of knives. Heavey duty. The ones like this you gotta come up with mounting scheme I glued lil corks or foam cylinders to insert the hooks on these.
  11. I’ve done a few. Lately they have some hinged cases with backing at HobbyLobby. They have many sizes. Every other week they’re half price on shadow boxes. Got this one for $13. I put a cardboard behind to make the backing press harder on the flies so they wouldn’t move.👍 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Home-Decor-Frames/Frames-Photo-Albums/Shadow-Boxes-Display-Cases/Shallow-Front-Load-Display-Case/p/38600?gclid=CjwKCAiAyfybBhBKEiwAgtB7fopF_XsNnKx8O4eOYY--LDu7O5Vu11aObjhCU_F6ftZ5AFEMhlrF7BoC43kQAvD_BwE
  12. These will prolly never be polished enough for the arts but fishable. GreenButtSkunk and FreightTrain. Zoran great looking bug! Tried one with the “BirdFur” feather palmered followed by oval tinsel to secure. Kinda a pain and not the best outcome. Just placed this eye on to look dont ostracize me yet 🙃
  13. Last year tried my dangdest to catch this guy in a State lake. Tried buncha flies before he left. Just cruising by the boat launch. 3-4 pounds? F&G biologist said prolly a Koi somebody dumped in. Amazing he hadn’t been eaten! Have never seen him again. Keep a few $.29 ers in a couple of rain barrels to keep out the skeeters. They grow pretty fast on food pellets.
  14. I can post some mops. I too don’t do them anymore. I didn’t like the sogginess and missed strikes. Some peeps like em. But here’s a CaddisPupa, DrownedHopper, and some lil bright deals for gills. if this flies with youse guys, I’ll suggest something pretty. RoyalCoachman...dry , wet, streamer whatever or all three 😳
  15. Lil intrusion from the peanut gallery. Don’t have the best and proper mat’l yet but got a few hooks and since can’t get Rhea or Raptor feathers, especially black, I found some “BirdFur”. Prolly never a salmon or steelhead on my horizon but wanted to play with these so got me some classic salmon hooks. I’ll bet these would work though up on the WhiteRiver in the winter when the browns are “egg” oriented.... I guess they are “Intruders”?...Dying to glue on some eyes? You recon? Oops, have since learned Intruders are tied on shanks with a trailer hook....Oh well...
  16. I try to use what’s available in sporting goods stores but that’s tough. Made an order on Mustad Duratin coated rather than SS. 3407DT awhile back. Use them for the bigger stuff. 3/0 to 4s just recieved a FlyShack order to try some $7/100 Saber. Gonna see how they work out. Been wanting to try some stuff with Rhea or Raptor feathers. Had to settle on the BirdFur to try.
  17. Few scuds. Wraps of Ostrich for legs over the back with Drib and mono rib finished with Solarez build up. Pics w/IPhone.
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