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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

    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
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Mike G

    Plopper

    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?
  8. Mike G

    Plopper

    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.
  9. Mike G

    Plopper

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Mike G

    Plopper

    Who would have thought that Poe Lure’s 8” Awaker would inspire a Bass bait half its size? Who would have thought that the bass bait would cost almost as much? Since Dahlberg’s Whopper Plopper is firmly established as a fish getter, I was glad to see a lower cost plopper appear in Barlow’s lure lineup. If you are handy at basic lure building and painting, you can get in the plopper game without taking a second mortgage to cover the $15 cost of the Dahlberg model. It comes in 3.5”, 4” and 5” sizes for $7.00, $7.50, and $8.00 respectively. You do have to finish the body and add hooks. Since clear baits have become popular, you might consider just painting on eyes and gills. For the one I built, I decided to try out the new Jig Skin system-a sleeve that slips over the lure body and shrinks tight over the body when dipped in boiling water. I used their Perch pattern. Here’s what I started with. PartsA by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Here is the lure ready to go into the boiling water. Readytoshrink by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr The results. FinishedplopperB by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
  12. Mike G

    Booby flies

    Google Booby Fly, and like magic you will get all the info you need. From the images that come up it looks like, you replace the hour glass lead eye with a section of cylindrical foam and, if you like, paint eyes on the ends. I see all kinds of patterns, streamers, buggers, bunnies... mostly using marabou wings and tails. Hats off to you as casting a sinking line is not for the faint of heart.
  13. Mike G

    Black Stealth Cougar

    Rich, after fasting and abstaining from no-alcoholic drink, I got the same vision you had. Substitute an eyelash leech for the complex Zoo Cougar body. Brilliant! Tom Enlightening! I never knew you could fluff up eyelash like that. Now I hope I can find my old suede brush. The blue shoes are long gone. If I don't find the brush, I will use rich's trick. Mike's trick: when wrapping eyelash on a body, I keep a cup of water near the vise. I constantly wet the fingers of my off hand and stroke the fibers up and back to avoid overwraps. Flies usually look great when they dry though you can primp and groom more. Where can I get a tiny hair dryer?
  14. Mike G

    Puglisi Hair Substitute

    rich, told me about this new video and asked me to put it here. My tip: Wrap your finished bundles of fiber in Wax Paper instead of magazine paper.
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