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  2. There's more! The sections of the video on setting deer hair collars and spinning deer hair have broad application. It reminded me of some very effective jig patterns from the past. These two warhorses-Muddler Jig and Crawford Crawfish are examples. (Today I would tie the Muddler collar with a wider flair to get a sculpin look.) The jigs pictured are tied on 1/4 oz jigs. I have used the same patterns on 1/16 oz jigs. Collarjigs by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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  4. Colin, I have been meaning to comment on this for a while. First I will fill out he picture on jigs by mentioning the smaller 1/64, 1/80, and 1/100 jigs on #s 8 and 10 hooks AKA trout jigs. There are all kinds of patterns including the easily tied mop flies which are obscenely effective on trout I have heard. You can fish these under a casting float on light spinning gear or on fly gear or tenkara. I frequently fish them with a strike indicator, aka small bobber. It looks like you are doing very well with tying. To get better, I recommend you warch videos by the masters. Galloup and Brammer come to mind. IMHO you cant beat Galloup's video on tying the ZooCougar since it has techniques that apply all over. More to Come.
  5. Very nice Andy ! I haven't tied that Lipp into a lot of my standard flies yet so I'll hold judgement, but so far I'm not amazed at the movement that it imparts.
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  7. Some of the lips will work better than others, and I use a good bit of cement to keep them from spinning on the shank. I'd recommend using them on articulated flies. I've caught a few fish on them but I don't typically throw them much any more. The first time I made one, I took it to a local area to try out. I was tossing a short cast to see how it would act and this muskie crushed it with about 10 feet of line out!
  8. i tried putting them on a shannon streamer. fly rolled on its side. directions that come with the lipps show the lipps can go on either top or bottom.
  9. Has anyone tried these Fly Lipps before with their flies ? Obviously used to copy the wiggle or wobble of a Rapala. My first attempt with this Zonker like fly caused it to move erratically and somewhat rolling, nothing like a true running Rap. I might need to weight it more but it did impart a lot of movement to the fly though it did not really cause it to dive deeper like I was hoping. I'm wondering what you can create by modifying that front lip? Also, do you think I'm paranoid or do you foresee that lip getting in the way of solid hook sets? Anyway, just curious if anyone has played with these and what were their results.. Thanks
  10. Article is geared more towards someone not from around here, or totally unfamiliar with them but overall a good summary of those rivers. What you could condense it a couple pages. Also an article of interest, possibly to those of us that frequent Sylvania.. about the Middle Fork of the Ontonagon. This was all trout stuff. I love the photography in this magazine, which I would call understated.. They have a feature in each one called "exposure" , which features nothing but photos and a one sentence caption.
  11. he is a good speaker with plenty of knowledge in the central illinois outdoor scene. very good choice .
  12. Jim Crowley will be the featured speaker. I’m not sure who the conservation speaker will be yet.
  13. has a speaker or speakers been lined up yet. just curious as i have a show i may attend .
  14. Mark K

    early show

    Here is some bamboo being prepared to be made into a flyrod. This blows my mind how they do this.
  15. My first time too. John and Co. did a great job. The grounds are impressive too, never been there.
  16. Mark K

    early show

    Cool, you can just drag pics in. Here is one of Cory's Deer Hair flies.
  17. Earlier
  18. rich mc

    early show

    forgot to mention i had a nice chat with bill sherer of we tie it fly shop in boulder junction wisc.
  19. This is the first year I have been able to attend (usually I'm fishing Muskies somewhere!) and I have to say it's a nice little show with some good deals at it. It was great to see some old faces. There were some great deals by some of the vendors. I bought some materials and tools from Hawkeye Fly, a tying bag and line (both 50% off!) from Matt at the Driftless Angler, a couple new/improved version Shannon's streamers from Rich, and a few used DVD's from another shop for 5$ ea. Jeremy from Dupage Fly Co was there with some great deals on Lamson reels but I'm all set for reels at this point. I was even able to grab a brat and rootbeer on the way out that were pretty tasty. Thanks to John for putting this together. It was a nice assortment of vendors for a smaller event like this.
  20. Andy, funny you mention that. A friend and I are going over there tomorrow to pick up a few rod building supplies and fly tying materials. I know they have a large assortment of jig heads and I'll take a look at them tomorrow while I'm over there. lurepartsonline or also known Angler's Workshop is a great business to deal with. Really fun to go thru their warehouse.
  21. This is a good place to get jigs. You can custom order with whatever size hook/lead you want. It's out of springfield IL as well, so rather local. Most of my hair jigs for smallies are olive/dark olive or baitfish colors. Can't ever go wrong with white or black as well. Best to keep them sparse most of the time ;). https://www.lurepartsonline.com/Lure-Making
  22. What Rob said for me too. I'll add this. I like chartreuse for sauger and walleye. I've also done well in the fall with orange/yellow for sm bass.
  23. Colin, I generally use 1/8 oz. jigs for most of my walleye fishing but occasionally will use a 1/4 oz. if fishing deep or if I or the water is moving faster. As to Crappie, generally 1/32 oz but might go to 1/8 oz again if fish are deeper and/or suspended at significant depths. Btw, I like that pink and white for crappie and that white and pearl for everything. Darn, now my secrets are out there for all to see. As to where to purchase jig heads, Cabelas were generally of decent quality but my favorites came from Northland FishingTackle.
  24. rich mc

    early show

    mark took a pic of one of my dragontail worms.
  25. Rob G

    early show

    Wish I lived closer. I made it to a couple of the shows in the past and had a great time. See if you can get someone to film you and other tiers and post links here in this forum. Would love to see your works of art.
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