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EH Softhackle Spundun

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Deer is a bit easier to work with, but I liked the coloration of this elk and it spins well enough.

hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 tan
tail - elk hair
body - Ice Dub hare’s ear 
collar/thorax - elk hair 
shoulder - sharptail grouse

Regards,
Scott

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On 4/25/2021 at 7:07 PM, Chasing_Tails said:

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Whopper Flopper (mullet)

Hook: Mustad 3407, 2/0

Thread: Monocord 3/0 white, Uni-thread 6/0 black

Tail: Krystal Flash, pearl/Micro-marabou, grizzly/Standard estaz, pearl

Tail support: 278lb stainless leader wire

Prop: 1/4" lightweight bead, silver/Large propeller, nickel/5/32" lightweight bead, silver

Spacer: Body Braid, red

Back: Closed cell craft foam, 2mm, black and gray

Body: Standard estaz, pearl

Eyes: 3D molded 5/16", yellow

Head: Clear Cure Goo, thick

The Whopper Plopper has been one of my most effective conventional tackle topwater lures for redfish, snook, and trout since last fall. So the goal tonight was to create a version to throw on the long rod (hence the "fl-opper" vs "plopper" nomenclature). Early testing shows a good commotion on a strong strip, and a lower buzz on a longer rod sweep. Might try to sneak out to a snook hotspot for a real world test.

 

Interesting concept.Let us know what the fish think.

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TriUngulate Hairwing Dun (Michigan body)


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A coordinated effort; took a bit of latitude with this pattern.

hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 camel
tail - moose body 
rib - tying thread
body - deer hair 
hackle - grizzly 
wing - elk hair 

Regards,
Scott

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2 hours ago, SBPatt said:

tail - moose body 

Impeccable as usual.  Really like how you surround the tail material with the body material  on your flies.  

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TriUngulate Hairwing Dun II

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Switched the orientation on the deer hair from horizontal to vertical. Just dicking around (and it shows); the tail’s too short and skimpy but the overall effect is interesting.  

hook - Maruto 7989 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 camel
tail - moose body 
body - deer hair (loop dubbed)
hackle - grizzly 
wing - elk hair 

Regards,
Scott

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For those who are in the midst of the Grannom Fly Hatch from North Country Flies by Pritt the Greensleeves.

Hook. Alex Jackson North Country Fly size 13.

Silk. Pearsalls gossamer bright green #18.

Body. Green silk.

Hackle. English Woodcock under covert feather.

 

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Michigan BiUngulate Spinner

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The elk I have doesn’t spin or flare as easily as deer hair but it has nice tips and color so it’s worth the hassle.  Only brown hackle available was hen; oversized it for a Jingler-like effect.

hook - Dai Riki 300 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 camel
tail - moose body 
rib - tying thread
body - elk hair 
wing - Congo Hair white 
hackle - grizzly/hen furnace (oversized by 2)

Regards,
Scott

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On 4/2/2021 at 10:25 AM, Sandan said:

Last night's Bugs and Bourbon. Rene Harrop's standard CDC biot dun. Flav style 

Hook: U002 size 16

Thread: Uni 8/0 olive

Wing: Dark gray dun CDC paired

Tail: CDL med pardo

Abdomen: BWO goose biot

Thorax: Harrop's Pro BWO dubbing

Hackle: Whiting grizzly dyed med. dun saddle. 

 

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Almost missed this fly by Sandan. Very nice.

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1 hour ago, Moshup said:

Almost missed this fly by Sandan. Very nice.

@MoshupThank you my friend.

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@feathers5 Thank you sir

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