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Lookin good Mark, I see your gearing up for spring. When is the earliest you start fishing for bass? Usually by mid April I am ready to go headbang.gif

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Mid April. Is your water still to hard to put a fly down? The ice was gone on our ponds last weekend. Granted there is a thin layer back today, but I should have my first Smallie of 2005 in a couple weeks.

 

The 16 inch fish in my Avatar was caught April 16th 2004. That was about my third week of fishing last year. I was going after Green Sunfish in the shallows when that Smallie hit the sponge spider. It was great fun on the 4 wt outfit.

 

Ken S.

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ya i have to weight till the last saturday of june to get out for bass thats our regs up here in ontario in my division. hopeing to get a big bass like the one in my avatar on a fly. that one was caught while spin fishing. but it was almost dead in our boat and it woudlnt revive so we had to keep it. it was 7 lbs even.

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Will, mid-April is about the time here too. Ice-out in a "normal" year can be by the beginning of April and that's a great time to chase Pike and Crappie. The Bass start biting well not long after.

 

I thought I'd put up a better pig boat pic on the assumption that it might actually be good to be able to SEE what's in the picture! dunno.gif

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Looking nice. I see you are using fewer strands of rubber/silicone skirt. I assume that is to get the fly a bit deeper quicker? I know Tom Nixon on the opriganl pattern used 56 strands of rubber hackle, but down here where Tom first made the pattern, you usually have tosih pretty shallow.

 

Mark Delaney

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Nah, nothing so insightful. I just don't have all that much rubber and was too far from payday to pick up more! That's why I added the marabou tail, to compensate. Plus I think it has the qualities of a bugger combined with a Bass jig. I put on what I believe were enough legs to provide a good "shimmy", and the hackle is saddle on the Black, White and Olive 'boats so that will add to the shimmy. I used a stiffer hackle onthe brown one cause it'll represent Craw legs.

 

Incidently, I didn't put eyes on any and I put weedguards on the Black and Olive because those I know I'll be dragging through the weeds. The Brown is more for Smallies and I expect to fish them around rocks and gravel more, and the White one being a minnow imitation will be used more in open water so no guard on it either.

 

The next warmwater fly I wanna do is the 56%er which I learned about from your site Mark. I looks like a good fly!

 

 

 

By the way, warmwater fly fisher has a good step by step on the CPB with some nice bio info on Tom Nixon.

 

http://www.warmwaterflyfisher.com/flymonth/FOTM052002.htm

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I've seen .56%er's tied from #2 down to #16. they seem to work on bass, bluegill and trout. Not bad for a fly that started just a s bluegill fly.

 

Mark Delaney

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