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Tom L

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    Fly fishing & Fly tying

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  1. Tom L

    Puglisi Hair Substitute

    Genius, Thanks for sharing.
  2. Tom L

    Black Stealth Cougar

    Lately I've seen some tiers tied these divers on 60 or 90 degree jig hooks. I wonder if that helps the fly dives better and get more action than on straight eye hook. Rich, does this look familiar? Brushing the eyelash yarn with a steel brush sounds like a good idea.
  3. Tom L

    Tying @ DFF with Tom Loo

    Thanks John. I'll be tying the Hollow Minnow tonight. This fly is very deadly. It took many smallies from the Fox last year, including a 20.5"er. Hope to see you all there tonight.
  4. Tom L

    This Tequeely for Ronnie

    Nice ties Rob. And thanks for sharing a picture of Ron. Ron never smallmouth fish without a Tequeerie and a Meat Whistler. In fact he mentioned about these 2 flies so much in his fishing reports that it served as a foundation of my success when I first started fly fishing for smallmouth and later served as a foundation of my development of the Foxy Craw. A toss to you Ron! A Tequeerie & Meat Whistle and of cause follow up with a Gin & Tonic.
  5. Tom L

    Ron Kurasz has Passed Away

    This is very sudden and sad. I was looking forward to seeing him at the Blowout. We had planned to steelhead fishing in a few weeks. We also planned to fish the Menominee and Alaska together later in the year. I'd known Ron since I first joined the ISA in 2012. He is a great guy, great fly-fisher, and a great friend. I'll miss you Bro!
  6. Tom L

    New member intro

    Welcome Mike! If you are into fly tying, the tying season for the Chicagoland will start soon. Look out for the announcement.
  7. Tom L

    New member introduction

    Welcome Erich. The Fox is a great smallie fishery but well underated. Glad to have you on board.
  8. Tom L

    Winter

    Fake News???
  9. Tom L

    Who's tying what?

    Nice articulated steelhead popsicles.
  10. Tom L

    Hand shaped balsa popper

    Very nice looking bug. Definitely will hunt. Like the way you used a net to paint and gave the fly its textures.
  11. Tom L

    Excited to be a part of the club!

    Welcome to the ISA! Sounds like you will fit right in.
  12. I will be working today at the restaurant. Looking forward to seeing the gang. Thai Garden 225 W. Golf Rd. Schaumburg,
  13. Tom L

    Who's tying what?

    I've been filling my steelhead box. My typical go-tos; all on tubes: eggs, wooly buggers, stone and wet flies.
  14. Tom L

    Dubbing Loop vs X-cut Rabbit Strip

    I'm a big fan of Dubbing Loop also. Timothy hit on several good points (less bulk, less weight, fun to tie) of the Dubbing Loop. One other thing I would like to add to that is the flexibility to customize the loop and let your imagination rolls, for example: you can add flashes, mix up colors or materials and so on. For small flies (size 10 or smaller), I like to split the thread instead of looping the thread. The downside to the Dubbing Loop technique is that it is more time consuming to tie, it requires a little bit of practice, and it can be downright messy. One final note on this: WAX is your friend in this technique.
  15. Tom L

    Winter go to smallie flies

    Good start and good looking flies. Try hanging them in water to know for sure if they will stay horizontal. Some materials (e.i. Zonker strip) are buoyant in nature and will lift the tail up.
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