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  1. "Anybody listening who?" I see both Holschlag and Clouser reverse their popper heads to create divers. Holschlag HSLGDiver by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr 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. Reverse Popper Head to Make a Diver

    Thanks Rob. Consider me doodley warned that that design does not perform as advertised. On the other hand, Holschlag features his design in his book and sells it on his site. Clouser sells both finished divers ($4.00 +) and the bodies on his site. One bad apple...
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Winter go to smallie flies

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

    Hook the flasher to your brand new 12v car battery.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. How to cast for distance

    Um...Jude, that's not a fly rod.
  12. 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.
  13. Photobucket Fix

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

    Happy Chanukah! All eight days.
  16. 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?
  17. Bronzeback Newsletter

    I think Scott has my correct eMail. But I did not get the issue.
  18. Lefty's Latest

    Here's an interesting conversation between Lefty and Dan Blanton. Be aware that it included some sobering events. http://www.danblanton.com/viewmessage.php?id=207429 Though he has problems, Lefty's spirits are good. So prayers and best wishes for his future. It is impossible to overestimate Lefty's importance for Smallmouth Bass fishing. He is a major force in promoting Fly Fishing for SM and LM Bass. Guys like him, Bob Clouser and many others got fly fishing out of its trout fixation. Sometime we ought to have a Lefty Fly swap.
  19. Blockheads

    No new flies here since November? Everyone must be tying in secret for the Blowout contest. Or is everyone into ice fishing? Though my wife's recovery from surgery is still job 1, I did manage to fit in a few. the article on blockheads in the last bulletin inspired me to get some blockheads and try them out. I also figured out how to use the auction feature on my camera to put several views of one subject into one frame. Results. Lefty’s Blockhead https://www.flickr.com/photos/141375071@N06/24761999688/in/shares-921909/ Miller's Roadkill pattern reminded me of Lefty's classic. I eliminated the hackling as Lefty would. Gerbubble Blockhead This is a 4th incarnation of the Gerbubble Bug. The first from the 20s featured a balsa body gruved along the sides for hackle wiskers. Dave Whitlock reincarnated it as a deerhair bug with hackle wiskers along the sides. Dave Bartlett used a keystone shaped body with marabou wiskers. I was having trouble figuring out how to do the body till I saw the blockhead. Gabe Blockhead Yet another Gabe. The head just seems right for this fly. The banjo string brush guard goes with the theme. For best results hum, "Froggy went a'courtin'..." as you cast. PS Converted to Tiny Pic for these. Can't figure out how to link to Flickr. Yet.
  20. Blockheads

    That was a drawn gut tippet. 1950 was probably the end of the line for that material. Nylon mono replaced it, though that mono was nowhere near as strong as todays formulations. Resolved: for bass used a 10# or stronger tippet unless you are going with #6 or smaller flies.
  21. Blockheads

    Thanks Mark. Good instructions. I also learned to copy and paste on my Kindle.
  22. Blockheads

    20120311_39 by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Did it work? 20120311_41 - Copy by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
  23. Blockheads

    Mark, I see you used Flickr as a host for your pic. How did you do that? Rob, The charts are very relative especially when it comes to lb test. In A dry Fly Code, 1950, Vince Marinaro talked about the finest tippet material he could get 5X. It broke at 1/2 lb.
  24. Blockheads

    Spin can be a problem unless your bug head is torpedo shaped with the eye centered at the tip. The Blockhead eye is off center and the face slopes forward. A simple fix is to use a heavier tippet; its stiffness will resist twisting. I know as a carryover from thinking "fine and far off," I used to use 6# mono (3X) for tippet material. A standard chart will tell you to use 0X (10#) for size 4 to 1/0 flies. Since bugs are bulkier, you might go larger too. The heavier tippet also turns over bigger flies nicely. In this case fly fishermen have to match the tippet (leader and line also) to the fly.
  25. Blockheads

    Great question, Mark. The squared off face of the blockhead has more surface area; thus maximum disturbance in proportion to the body size. You have to decide if you want that disturbance.