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Ryan S

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  1. Just wondering to what extent any of the smallmouth in the Chicago area (or Illinois as whole) are native. I'm mainly thinking about places like the Fox, Dupage, Des Plaines and Lake Michigan. Thanks!
  2. Welcome. Can't wait to see some of the ties!
  3. Ryan S

    Mixed bag

    Well done. Loved the fishing shots and the small edits of the up close bugs in the middle. Nice drone shots. Great job. Looks like you had a lot of fun fishing. I assume you probably had as much fun on the video editing end as well . Pleasure to watch!
  4. Good question @Terry Dodge. I had the same question. Thanks for the answers!
  5. Update on the filling of my first box. Targeting small bass and panfish. Tied all to throw on my 4 weight. Had a lot of fun learning some basics. Some patterns I chose to tie simply because I had the right materials lying around. Still have some poppers I need to add. Let me know what you think. Cheers!
  6. Welcome Jay D. I joined last year and the people on this forum have been a huge help as I begin fly fishing. Sounds like we may fish some of the same waters. Maybe I will see you out there sometime. Cheers.
  7. Seems like logical advice fishing it before tying a bunch. I've mostly been tying a few in hopes of practicing and tying some that might fish haha. Already seeing how much the fine details make the difference between a fishable fly and something that really looks nice to the angler. Already have a few ideas to make the ants more consistent. Some beadhead buggers are up next since I already have those materials. Thanks for your help Mark.
  8. Awesome. Based on most of the recommendations I'm receiving the size 6-8 seems like a general good size fly for the 4wt. Thanks for the recommendations on the popper heads. I will start studying the murdich minnow. Nice looking pattern. thanks!
  9. Here is a look at a old crappy bass pro fly box I am trying to fill with my first tied flies. Started tying in January. Hoping to have it full with some basic patterns by the spring. I currently have a 4 wt that I began fly fishing with last season after making the transiting from conventional tackle. Hoping that these sizes and patterns will be castable/fishable on my 4 wt. What do y'all think? Also, if you have any recommendations on some foundational patterns to add let me know! Size 6 clousers Size 8 chernobyl ants (someone on here recommended this pattern... I think Mark? Thanks for the rec very fun to tie! How'd I do? Size 14 Pheasant tail nymphs (these still need a lot of work) Size 14 Elk Hair Caddis (first couple attempts) Next will be some bead head wooly buggers. What else do you recommend?
  10. Mark- I have some Hard as Hull Hareline Dubbin head cement that I coated the belly wraps and head with. Same thing? As a beginner, is there really a difference I will notice in those fancy UV resin + light I see on social media?
  11. Gonna give this one a try! Thanks for the advice!
  12. Thanks all! Figured a classic, easy to fish, and effective fly like the clouser was a good one to start tying at the beginning. Yep a couple strands of crystal flash not showing well due to the wood and light. Is the idea to keep the clousers pretty sparse? Practicing the wooly buggers, pheasant tail nymphs, and bought some materials for some chernobyl ants (I think at the recommendation of Mark). I've got a 4 wt so not quite ideal for smalies but hey.. one step a time. Let me know what other beginner flies I should look to next! Also got to make one of these upcoming fly tying tutorials! Didn't get a chance to make it the first one.
  13. Hey all! Beginner fly tier here. Fresh off a intro class from Chicago Fly a few weeks ago. My first rod is a 4 wt that I picked up a few seasons back. Tied up about ten #6 clousers to fish on it at the recommendation of some of the members here. Thanks for the advice! Let me know what you think!
  14. I have a Redington 8 wt collecting dust that I bought a few years back when I first tried to dabble unsuccessfully, so make next purchase will probably be a 6 wt. However in the spirit of economics, I am going to continue using my 4 wt for a little while. This was very helpful Thanks all.
  15. Wow thanks for all this information everyone. I'm blown away by all the support. I bought the Clouser smallmouth book to start. I also got into a fly tying class at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters over zoom right now. It's going well and learning the basics. Learned to tie a wooly bugger and pheasant tail nymph. Class has been very helpful and worth the money all considered (materials supplied, gift card, and three 2 hour classes). Going well over Zoom and the instructor has been able to make the adjustment (Zeph). Thanks for those links Mark. Going to look into these techniques and patterns to help me expand beyond the classes. My first rod is a 4wt. I'm having a hard time gauging what size flies, leaders, tippet length to use to cast most effectively. Maybe I'm overthinking some of it (coming from the conventional tackle side) and should worry more about my actual cast... Mark- those hook recommendations you mentioned, should I be able throw flies of that size on my 4wt? Thanks!
  16. Rich. Thanks for the advice. That is probably a good place to start. I'll also check out the clouser book!
  17. Thanks John. I'll check this one out!
  18. Hey everyone! Happy Holidays! My partner gave me a wonderful gift of a fly tying kit that I have been eyeing for the past few months for the holidays. 2020 was my first season fly fishing and I am looking forward to spending the next couple months of social distanced downtime to begin tying my own flies. I have a cheap vise I bought years ago to tie jigs so I plan on using that until I get better and upgrade along with these tools to start. A couple questions for all the tiers here... - I mainly fished a #4 Redington Crosswater combo for smallmouth, largemouth, and panfish (it is my first fly rod). What patterns, hook sizes, materials would be good for a beginner to start with thinking that I will continue using this and probably upgrade to a 6wt next season? -What foundational materials and supplies will give me the most bang for buck when getting started? -Any good beginner fly tying books, articles, blogs, youtube videos etc. I should begin with? I plan on probably buying my materials from Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters since I took a few casting lessons here earlier this year when I began. What do I need to start? Happy Holidays, Ryan
  19. Thanks for the welcome. Definitely caught the bug. Much to learn (and many questions to ask).
  20. Here's a nice smallmouth on the fly video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUU-_roOwTs
  21. Hey ISA fly people. Been a long time conventional angler, I have started making the dive into fly fishing this year. Its been a great and difficult learning experience. The fish I caught this year weren't as big or plentiful as previous years but that made each even more special. Here are some pics from the first fish I caught on the fly.. an Illinois smallmouth. Cheers. Ryan
  22. Off the top of mind I can't think of any other. Growing up near the Des Plaines, I can attest that there are many wadeable stretches and I know many who do well fishing it. Overall, its quite a bit tougher to fish due to the faster current but quite a great fishery overall if you can crack it!
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