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  1. In a couple weeks I will see if Smallmouth on the Kankakee like it.
  2. Hook is a PR350 2/0 ,Magnum cut rabbit,.35 lead free 11 wraps on back , Kileys version uses a medium thin finz 2mm foam 1/4 wide strip wrapped around hook This is the original versions I’ve tied Regular estaz (lightly trimmed on front then coated with BSI Foam cure glue first then at very end after eyes are on a light coat of a flexible UV My Variations. Dive blade, rattle, and wiggle tails (small or medium ) I attach the wiggle tail to a small swivel and connect it to fly using articulated wire Here’s his video on the original. I’ve also made a bunch of his thin finz minnows and micro minnows with and without weight.
  3. Rainy day creation. I’m calling it a Wiggle Tail Fluke Fly. Combining ppacchiarini’s wiggle tail with Jonathan Kiley’s fluke fly and using purple estaz, rabbit and a black holographic wiggle tail. Going to make it in Pearl and chartreuse also. Easy to cast (7wt) and the movement is cool swimming just beneath the surface. First test caught 3 species. Largemouth, catfish and crappie.
  4. Nice fly! That should catch several species.
  5. VanH


    I’ve been looking at them too. I have a sit in kayak and wanting to switch to a sit on top to make my fused lower back happy.
  6. I had to substitute body chenille for the head since I didn’t have the stuff you were using and after almost gorilla gluing my finger to the fly (Gluing and Zooming don’t mix) I may have to consider getting some tabbed eyes. Notice I left the damn eyes off the chartreuse one 😁.
  7. My annual trip out west didn’t happen last year but I’m looking forward to making up for it this year. I’m hoping we can start out this year catching some White Bass together in the spring.
  8. I will be there! Doing a similar tying session with some of my fishing buddies that have moved out west (Colorado & Montana) earlier in the week.
  9. I would think 8lb for heavy poppers with 1 or 2x tied on and 6lb for lighter ones. Let me know how using fluoro turns out.
  10. Good point. I left that part out about not casting well for longer distances but along as you bring it back and toss it and avoid false casting it works well for shorter cast in fast water .
  11. I tie several types of leaders depending on the species and conditions but for smallmouth my go to leader is a Harry Murray's bright butt leader I learned to tie while out in Virginia, but if you are tossing heavy streamers a straight piece of fluoro works fine .
  12. Looks better than the store made poppers! What size kit did you use to make them?
  13. Merry Christmas Phil Let's fish in 2011 Van
  14. VanH

    The "pull up"

    Phil, I think a better name would be called a "Huggie" What was the water temp today?
  15. That would match up nice with the 1ft 3wt ice rod Sage just came out with.
  16. Does that wax fly have some weight to it? Looks like we need to have a ice fishing outing to test out these patterns.
  17. Is that a Indiana or Illinois smallie?

  18. Rob, I unfortunately have to work Sunday but a couple of my friends will be there.I will make a point of making the next one in CU. Van
  19. Mike, The $39 dryer seems like the best option.The time spent finding parts and building a homemade dryer could be used to fish or tie more flys. Van
  20. Rob, I currently don't have a rotisserie but that would sure be cheaper,and I could use it for more than one purpose. Maybe I will start a new TV show called Grillin & Tying
  21. I think tadpoles are the forgotten baitfish. A fat woolly bugger is a close match. I just started tying and successfully fishing a thing called a spoonfly that just about every fish in the river is going wild over. It's profile could be mistaken for a tadpole. Here's a link to the pattern. http://www.bvipirate.com/spoonfly/ I have used black,silver & gold but I'm working on some purple and chartruse ones. Anyone know a source for a cheap epoxy drying wheel? Spinning them on the vise by hand is a little time consuming but I don't want to spend $60 to $70 on one. Van
  22. For smallies it would be "John Coleman's Depth Charge streamer in chartreuse with a black tail" with a blockhead popper and black woolly bugger tied for second.
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