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Mike G

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About 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
  1. "Anybody listening who?" I see both Holschlag and Clouser reverse their popper heads to create divers. Holschlag http://smallmouthangler.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2543_B_sliding-Diver-2-colors-smallmouth-bass-fishing-fly_800.jpg Clouser ClouserEZcrop by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Untitled by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Anybody doing this?
  2. Dubbing Loop vs X-cut Rabbit Strip

    TJ, I sees the point about bulk. And dubbing loops certainly have become popular. In one video I watched a guy use the bulldog clamp method to cut the fibers from a Puglisi brush, use those fibers to recreate the brush in a dubbing loop, and wrap that on the front hook of a tandem streamer. Since I see you make boo rods, I should not be surprised you like loops "doing things the hard way." (If God wanted us to make bamboo rods, he would not have created glass and graphite blanks.) Let me guess. I bet you like to spin deer hair bugs too. Tom, Thanks for bringing out more advantages of loops. General I have in mind making some super sized Schenk Minnows # 1/0 or 2 3xl. Since I want the hair of the bunny fur to be as long as possible, I think the strip is the way to go. In those sizes bulk is not such an issue. Thanks for comments.
  3. Lately I have seem a lot of videos where fur is cut from a rabbit hide, spun in a loop to create a hackle and then wrapped and trimmed to shape. I think it was a Shank pattern. Why not just use a rabbit strip for this?
  4. hollow pleyes

    I think rich meant to say the guy in the video uses those eyes. It's odd that the guy used eyes because he kinda dissed eyes before he put them on the fly saying that few of the flies he used for guiding had eyes. That is a real can of worms anyway. I am not big fan of eyes other than dumbbells that add weight.
  5. Winter go to smallie flies

    Right. Warm days for winter now. You should be field testing.
  6. Flasher Help

    Hook the flasher to your brand new 12v car battery.
  7. Winter go to smallie flies

    In the spirit of my original comment, I can answer your question. "Neither." The purpose of the art of fly tying is to produce bugs that show well in the shop and fool fools like me into buying them. The guy at bench has to decide between tying scruffy things that fish eat and creating works of art that sell well anywhere in the country.
  8. Winter go to smallie flies

    Have you ever heard the rule that for each 1 degree off of true horizontal that the hook shank is deflected, you reduce your chance of catching a fish by 10 per cent. I haven't either. By the time your float and fly is engaged in current and wave action, moments when your fly lies perfecttly horizontal will be rare indeed. Go fish.
  9. Winter go to smallie flies

    Manny, You are right. This thread needs pictures. Here's one of the balance leeches that rich mentioned. Here is a link to an article that shows how to use a straight pin to create that front extension/ http://www.flycraftangling.com/index.asp?p=145&szArticleButtonCommand=view&nArticleID=59 A while ago we had a similar discussion. From that one I recovered some of my pictures that were buried in mud by Photobucket. Bending a 90 deg jig hook back to form a 120 deg hook lets you tie one of Holschlag's Winter streamer. Eagle Claw Aberdeens are soft enough that you can bend the shank to the right angle. I used round nosed pliers to avoid a sharp bend that might break. My "think out of the box" contribution to the discussion is the Wacky Fly. Here's a Hornberg Wacky.
  10. How to cast for distance

    Um...Jude, that's not a fly rod.
  11. Photobucket Fix

    It seems to work. I can see my photobucket photos in the Blockhead stream as well as some that I replaced with Flickr links. there is a step or two after where Rob's instructions leave off. I will try to add that. Also I had to do a restart to get it to work.
  12. Photobucket Fix

    Very nice, Rob. I will have to give it a try.
  13. hanukkah

    Happy Chanukah! All eight days.
  14. My best memories of great Smallmouth fishing are the trips my father and I took every year for many years camping and fishing in the MN Boundary Waters and the adjoining Ont Quetico Park. I figure it won't be long before ISA sends an expedition up there. well, maybe. There's news about a foreign mining operation with big plans to mine right next to the park. Congressman Tom Emmer (R) MN is promoting a bill to allow the mining. Please read and act as you will. Those parks are Smallmouth treasures. https://midcurrent.com/2017/12/04/speak-out-for-the-boundary-waters/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=988fd0d639-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-988fd0d639-18956357
  15. Bronzeback Newsletter

    It came. Thanks Scott. I like the paperless approach. It was something we discussed a while back. Since this first round had some glitches, should people just pmail Scott if they did not get the link? No need to post here, right?