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Mike G

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  • Birthday 07/16/1942

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    Davis, IL
  • Interests
    Fly, Baitcast, Spin Fishing
    Fly Tying
    Preferred Fish LM and SM Bass

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  1. Mike G

    Latest Bronzeback Bulletin

    I liked the issue too. There's an article by Ken Darga. Is that the Ken Darga?
  2. Mike G

    What are good beginner bass flies

    20120311_9 by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr These are my top four. You don't have to match patterns exactly. 1. Sponge Spider, #6 or 8 2. Stealth Bomber #4 (Sub any popper or diver.) 3. Custom Hairy Fodder #1/0 - 4) (Sub Clouser Minnow) 4. Red and White #2-4 (Sub any streamer.) The idea is not to have specific flies but to have flies that cover the water column top to bottom--surface, diver, mid/depth, deep.
  3. The party advocating endangerment to the point of extinction is not a political party; it is a society founded to prevent the extinction of the super wealthy. Their motto is, "We only really need one species" Therefore this is not a political discussion. These comments should not be removed.
  4. Gordon, Don't hold back. Say what you really mean; I'll back ya!
  5. Mike G

    Berkley Choppo

    Lots of knock offs coming. A while back I reported on how a crafter could assemble and finish a plopper using a body from Barlows. Costs about 1/2 of the original. Bass Pro has a double plopper, $8.99 -9.99 https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/Bass-Pro-Shops-XPS-Double-Down-Plopper Die hard DIY crafters can make this one for less than $2.00. Rototail by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
  6. Mike G

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Mark, Thanks for the offer and thanks for reminding us of this great leader design that in buried in one of Bob Clouser's books. I would take you up on this if I had not already made my lifetime investment in leader material. Since I can also use the 40, 30, and 20 lb stuff for weed guards on flies I tie and the 15, 12. and 10 on my baitcasters, I am not stuck with 100s of yards of line that I may never use. I have used this "big butt" designs for some time. They are great for turning over bulky flies as the article says. Anyone who has not tried the design should take you up on the offer. They should learn to tie the classic Blood Knot and Perfection Loop anyway. Up to 1950 these knots were go to knots when tapered leaders were constructed from segments of drawn silk gut. There had to be a lot of knots because the max length of a strand was about 15-20 inches. The knots are still among the best for mono-mono, mono-flouro, and braid-mono. The perfection loop can't be trusted on super lines however. A fixed loop for braid is another question. I should mention that like Rob, I have simplified my big butts based on Lefty' advice. It is a 4- 2,-1 leader. The numbers give rough proportions for both the lb test and the length. My basic leader is 4 ft of 40#, 2 ft of 20#, and 1 ft of 12#. I will put 2 ft of 10# on the end for a tippet. This gives me a nice 9 ft leader with only 3 knots to catch debris. You can scale up or down as needed like 30-15-8 with 4-6# tippet for your panfish rod.
  7. Paul, Terry, Jude It's true. A great lure from a great City. It comes with a great story. Check this out. https://www.bluelinelures.com/
  8. Mike G

    Fly Hacks

    In the dictionary of my youth, hack was slang for a crude or unskilled person like a political hack or an golf hacker. Lately I see hack used in an almost opposite way. A hack is a good tip. Some of us remember Tap's Tips in F&S. Today F&S continues the tradition with Fly Fishing Hacks instead of Tips. I recently came across this article featuring 12 good fly tips. They are all good, but if you read only one, read #9. Besides featuring the Blood Knot, a favorite of mine for over 60 years, it gives a possible was to beat the algae gunk that we hear about so often on this site. Enjoy! https://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/2015/10/12-simple-ingenious-flyfishing-hacks?image=5#page-9
  9. Mike G

    Glue for Fabric to Foam?

    Crazy glue or 2 part epoxy would work with the 2 part being stronger. Both will be stiff when they cure. If that is a problem, there's Pliobond Multi-Purpose Flexible Adhesive. which I use for fabric to fabric connection. Application is a little more complicated than the other two products.
  10. I risk repeating myself. The one topwater for me would be my Streamer Stealth Bomber. It is a 4-in-1 fly. Depending on how you work it it will slide, dive, pop, or rise and fall (on a a sinking line. Favorite size is #4 Mustad 3366 shown here. The legs are optional. PS on the rise it has a nice wobble. 4wayPopper by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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    Eric, Thanks for reminding me of the Gallo Plopper. Rototail by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr I should be able to do some head to head comparisons when the topwater bite is on. Now I am not sure about comparing modern lures to cell phones. Can I test Uber on a Whopper Plopper?
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    Rich, A simple R/W would work and put the cost under $8 hooks and all. 2 for the price of one 4 3/8" Wopper plopper.
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    Scott, Part of the equation that makes this work for me is that I like to tinker with lure building. Thus my time is not a problem ,and I already have the rings hooks and tools to finish the lure left from other projects. I could have gone with a simpler paint job. I splurged $2 on the jig skin because I wanted to see how they work. It also leaves me with a lure that compares with the $16.99 4 3/8" Perch finish Wopper Plopper. BTW the skin is fairly easy to put on and really tough. I used a brand new Xacto blade for some minor trimming around the shrink. It still required a lot of pressure to cut the stuff.
  14. Terry is on track, I think. Our old place in LaGrange had a round catch basin made of brick and mortar. But it was buried. In this case, I speculate that there was a house up on the bluff once. Over time it washed into the creek. No bluffing.