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  2. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    I can tie back to back to uni's in my sleep. That's a great knot.
  3. Rob G

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Another simple blood knot tool that I would use while on the water because of its small size making for easier carry is a toothpick. This fellow already has a quick video so I won't go into it but it works well on thinner test line. Heavier line is generally more "coily" and more difficult to work with.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    typo-lot neater and wearier> should be "easier" wearier.
  6. Jim Wright

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Good stuff! Thanks
  7. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Thanks. I made a tool like this https://www.hookandbullet.com/gear/fly-fishing-leaders-tippets/frog-hair-blood-knot-tool/ It makes the whole thing a lot neater and wearier. But overall I think that 40-30lb connection and the next one is way too big. I am going to experiment with this stuff and a smaller knot. https://www.amazon.com/Loon-Outdoors-UV-Knot-Sense/dp/B01EONA0R6 It's like 30lb test- how freaking strong a knot do you really need!!??
  8. Paul Trybul

    Keep your hands warmer

    I love the winter fishing passion. It's tough in winter conditions but the peace and tranquility can be worth the effort. There could be a window this weekend to fish in milder conditions. You don't have to worry about other people in your spots.
  9. Jim Wright

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Good stuff. I’ve been having issues with blood knots of late. For me it’s failing eyes. I’m going to have to expand my knot repertoire. That sounds like an awful condition for you Mark. I hope you can find some relief for it.
  10. Rob G

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    I agree with John, the double Uni knot is a fine one for connecting two pieces of line and the only reason I don't use it more is that I can tie a double or triple surgeon's knot in less than half the time (for me that is). One comment on the double Uni, don't feel like you have to pass the tag end of each line thru the loop 4 times as is often stated when attaching two heavier pieces such as 20 lb to 30 lb. Three passes is more than adequate and if you're careful, you can get by with just two passes in order to create a smaller knot, meaning you might catch less foreign material on the water. You're not likely going to break off your leader at these heavier line junctions anyway, since your line will probably break off at your fly and only very occasionally at the tippet junction, in my case the 10 lb to 20 lb test. A while back I experimented with coating each knot of my leader with a drop of UV glue and rotating the line horizontally to create a smooth football like covering and then curing with UV light. The knots looked neater but didn't hold any better and hung up just as much "stuff". YMMV
  11. John Loebach

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Uni to uni is all I use. Not sure if that's the same as Rob's suggestion. Easy to tie even in low light. I use the uni knot for terminal too.
  12. Bart Durham

    Better see some reports

    Dupe is looking appetizing, with forecast of 40s, low wind and partly sunny tomorrow, not bad for mid December.
  13. Last week
  14. Paul Trybul

    NW Region 3rd Saturday Breakfast Meet

    All this talk about the B&G but do they have one of these? Count me in either way.
  15. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    I tied a few, before running into a problem with my left hand. I have been noodling around with a guitar which is what I think caused it. Actually had my hand "lock up" tying blood knots, specifically that muscle controls your pinky abductor digiti minimus. This goes back a couple months and it's still bugging me. My hand actually starts pulsing where you can see the muscle spasming like an alien is going to spring out.. That happens out of the blue. It pretty freaky. I don't find the blood knot tough, especially with a jig I made. I think it's hard to get the spacing right. I casted one I made and it laid out a bug just fine. The first knot is gigantic, I can guarantee it would be a nightmare in the Kank in floating weeds, but again anything is. I think I am going to try the Rob suggestion.
  16. Kev-mo

    Keep your hands warmer

    I don't think we are going to get dumped on so you should be good for Friday. Btw I'll be off for Christmas break, lmk if you want to hang.
  17. Terry Dodge

    NW Region 3rd Saturday Breakfast Meet

    So we sit at an even 3 with a possible fourth, if Paul Sr. happens to show. Plus, I invited Kevin from Rocktown Adventures to join us and he says that he plans to, which would put us at a possible total of 5. It should be noted that the establishment does not have the means to run a debit card. They do have an ATM machine.
  18. JOHN SCHENCK

    Keep your hands warmer

    Yes I was thinking of getting out Friday but not sure what the scheduled rain will do to that idea. I’ll play it by ear.... I was thinking of covering some water during Christmas break looking for spots I can drop anchor and pick apart slowly.... I’ll be in touch before with some questions as I don’t winter fish much bit would like to more. Thanks for the feedback
  19. JOHN SCHENCK

    Keep your hands warmer

    Oh most definitely I’ve seen his videos fishing rivers in horrible conditions! Love his passion for it.
  20. Jim Wright

    dropjawflies.com

    Cmon Rich! You are so great at creating a fly that will hunt. They are not “lifelike” yet seem alive 👍🏻
  21. Jim Wright

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Knot tying is a skill. Take time to be precise, just as we do while tying our favorite patterns. Perfect practice makes perfect 😎 Go to globalflyfisher.com. There are many leader formulas to choose from.
  22. Andy H

    Dropshot shot keeper

    They have specific dropshot keepers, but I've used one of my wife's hair ties. Will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!
  23. Will have to try them. Off the wall in Rochelle is pretty top notch. Would have liked to made this one, but prior engagement.
  24. Terry Dodge

    NW Region 3rd Saturday Breakfast Meet

    I'm not going to be nice anymore. 11th. Street Cafe has THE best B&G in the Rockford area, hands down, without a doubt. End of story.
  25. In. I'm gonna judge the hell out of their B&G.
  26. Terry Dodge

    NW Region 3rd Saturday Breakfast Meet

    Would like to call in a number for reservation on Wednesday, if necessary. Let me know.
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  28. rich mc

    material

    recently on a black friday special i ordered some new bernat velvet chenille. this stuff will make great buggers, bodies on crappie jigs. unfortunatelyit doesnt furl so nicely . you may find it at joannns, michaels stores. 350 yards for about 10 bucks. also picked up some spinella eyelash yarn this stuff is perfect for furling , and making ned rig type jigs but furl two strand together for the tail. it come s in a cake form roll with 5 colors in each cake . all this in time for the indoortying season
  29. Philf

    Keep your hands warmer

    The canoe or kayak helps on the rivers near me. Tough to walk the shoreline with hills and hunters. The bigger rivers like the Kankakee are easier from shore. Once you know what to look for. Small slack water spots. You can hit a bunch and have coffee and sandwiches in the car. Just recovering from the flu I decided to skip getting a shot this year. I should be back on the water in a week or so. I’ve spent a lot of time winter fishing so if you have any questions let me know.
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