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Jay D

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    Tinley Park, IL
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    The Fishin' Musician. Fly fishing, fly tying, violin making.

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  1. I work on violin family instruments (violas, cellos, basses) exclusively. I also work on bows, which are periodically re-haired with horse hair (tail). It helps to be a fly tier when doing that job...
  2. Yep. The best way I've found to get large blocks of EVA foam is to buy yoga blocks on eBay, They run about $5 each including shipping and can yield dozens and dozens of blockheads and popper plugs. I resaw the yoga blocks into slabs on my bandsaw, which does a beautiful job of slicing them. If I want plugs the $3.50 plug cutter set from Harbor Freight does a fine job of cutting them out on my drill press. Cutting blockheads is a lot trickier, but with practice and a good, long sharp utility knife its doable. Nothing against the fly shops, but I aint paying no $1 a piece for a block head, when purchasing materials in bulk they're about 4 cents each.
  3. Instrument repairs and sales of imports is my main gig, building is a hobby, as selling your own instruments you can't make any money at.
  4. Well, my tying room/bench is actually my workshop where I make violins, but it has to do double duty. It's something of a sh*t shambles at present. Right now fly tying is taking priority, but that's likely going to turn over in the coming weeks.
  5. I currently have an over abundance of Bernat Blanket Yarn in School Bus Yellow. I wouldn't mind trading some for chartreuse or white. If I was just tying mop flies I'd just pick up a dust mop head or wash mitt, but I'd like longer pieces for tying Shenk Streamers, so I'd like to lighten the excess of yellow yarn for some additional colors. I also have a few nice chunks of chartreuse and yellow EVA foam chunks if someone happened to have some orange pieces. These could be cut into blockheads, plugs or whichever.
  6. The article states that they haven't made much of a migration past I-55. I'm guessing they're in there. I know one was caught out of the Kankakee a few years back, maybe 5 or 6 years ago.
  7. Just read that. I was reading an older thread regarding Hickory Creek, and someone had mentioned the Pilcher Park dam was potentially blocking the movement of carp upstream. I hadn't considered Asian carp. Hickory Creek flows into the Des Plaines right at the base (just below) of the Brandon Rd. Lock and Dam in Joliet. I'm not sure of the potential of an Asian carp migration through shallow riffles, but that would be one potential argument against the removal of the Pilcher Park dam.
  8. Just watched the video, looks like a good one to try. The challenges with the Shenk Streamer are that you need to get it weighted right (at least the version I tie), the rabbit fur is messy and a challenge to wrap properly, then you have to trim the crap out of it. A great fly, but takes a good bit of practice to tie it well. I'm going to grab some of the yarn and give the Shannon Streamer a whirl. For those interested in the Shenk Streamer, here's a good tutorial:
  9. Thanks Bart. I am indeed a tier, and would like to know more about your ZOOM meetings. I tend to fish the creek with 3 flies, Chernobyl Hopper, Wooly Bugger and my secret weapon, the Shenk Streamer. I like to keep things fairly simple and one of those usually does the job. I used to belong to DRIFT and Tim Holschlag's presentation was very helpful, one of these days I need to master the crawfish hop.
  10. Greetings all. My name is Jay and I'm a SW suburban resident and longtime fisherman of Hickory Creek. My preferred weapon of choice is a fly rod these days but do manage to bait fish for panfish at the Lemont Quarries a good bit over the summer. I'm glad to see there was discussion here in recent years regarding a clean-up. Much to my dismay someone decided to have a numbered rubber ducky race in the creek maybe 2-3 years ago, which left numerous unclaimed toys along the creek. I reported it to someone at the New Lenox municipality (water district) and didn't get a response. Never did find out what that was all about, or who sponsored that. At any rate there are any future talks of a clean up I'd be willing to get on board and offer my time and thoughts. Not sure what's happening with the possible Pilcher Park dam removal, either. I haven't heard any discussion of it in the past 5 years. I personally have mixed feelings about it, and I'm curious as to how a removal would affect the fishing upstream of Pilcher. There have been rumors of pike in the creek, even upstream of the dam, persisting for years, in addition to solid documentation of sauger below the dam. I fish well upstream of the park and have seen no pike, however someone I know claims to have caught a bass he believed to be wounded by a pike. Overall it's a nice creek and it is a bit of an underrated gem, I feel fortunate to have it close to home.
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