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  1. Yes, sparse wings add to the transparency of the fly and allow for better movement. Bob Clouser thought that transparency was one of the best traits of his minnow as he felt that many baitfish are almost translucent in water. Also I once heard Bob mention that he ties his own Clouser Minnows so sparse that he couldn't tie those in that same manner for his own fly shop because no one would buy them, even though he felt the really sparse ones were more effective .
  2. My opinion, for what little it's worth. To address what Mike said, full sinking lines are no fun to cast while sink tips are definitely a little easier because of less drag since less line beneath the surface. Now I rarely use a sink tip on rivers or streams, because I'm generally not fishing my fly more than 4ft deep and a weighted Clouser can easily get down to that even on a floating line. In theory it sounds good to carry a sinking line with you on a separate spool but as I move down a river, I'm often changing between a floating surface bug and a weighted streamer and I detest want
  3. From the above site: Trout flies are always welcome. Dries - Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, Stimulators in Sizes 10-16 Nymphs - Prince, Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Beadheaded in Sizes 10-16 Soft Hackles - Green, Orange, Red in Sizes 12-16 Terrestrials - Hoppers & Ants in all Sizes Patriot Flies - Red or Purple Pink Squirrels or Similar in Sizes 10-16 Tricos - All Stages and Sizes Streamers In the midwest some of our favorite species include: Trout, Large and Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes
  4. Terry, do you know what type of flies that they desire. I have donated before to one of the organizations listed above and they were specifically seeking trout and panfish flies. Btw, thank you for the heads up. Rob
  5. Thanks Mike, I'm sure I'll enjoy the new material. Have you tied some up already for show and tell ?
  6. Beautiful flies, the man does a nice job with deer hair. Like his bullet head or Thunder creek flies as well.
  7. Mark, I know our own John L. uses glass in heavier line weights for bass. I have a couple 4 wts. that I will occasionally use when fishing for bluegill, red ear, and crappie. Btw, the first fly rod that I as a young boy purchased for myself was a Fenwick Fenglass rod around 1971, an 8' 5 wt. paid for with my paper route money. It was so light weight compared to the heavy bamboo fly rod my father started me on. So wish I still had that rod.
  8. Those are excellent and will fool many a fish. Nice work John !
  9. I have a photo somewhere of my father from the early 30's as a young boy holding up one of those huge flat heads. Of course now, that area where they used to be able to stand so close to the dam and swing those large cane poles is all fenced off.
  10. John, my grandfather told me that they used to use long cane poles to swing large pieces of chicken like a leg and thigh below the dam which formed Lake Decatur. They would allow the under current to tow that bait back up underneath the dam in search of 4 ft flat heads. Though I had never seen their poles, I'm betting that the cane pole above is what they were using. Thanks for sharing. Btw, my father told me that when my grandmother would fry up one of those huge flat heads that it would smell up the house for a week, Ha
  11. yes, for protective purposes only
  12. John, I'm not a clean freak but I can't handle a lot of clutter very long. Ha I almost tossed that out there that people could gain bonus points towards Mike G's prize if they knew what that apparatus is. Suffice it to say, one similar to it served as my first fly tying vise almost 40 years ago. I know it's difficult since you're only seeing part of it but any ideas ? Timothy, you can't play in this one. Ha
  13. John, you couldn't have timed this thread much better as I just finished cleaning up my bench. Behind my table, I keep all my materials organized in those plastic drawers. I know, my work area is rather boring, not nearly as fisherman cool as yours.
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