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Been getting the fly fishing and fly tying itch after doing it sporadically the last 10 years.  I finally have space to tie so I figured I'd get back into it.  Decided to go with the ever popular game changer fly which will catch anything that swims.  It is articulated with 4 joints and gives a crazy good action in the water.  The first one i tied was the green on in the blow pictures.  The next two were tied after thinking through the issues i had on the first one and trying some new things and they turned out much much better.

 

I almost forgot how much I enjoyed fly tying.

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On 2/22/2020 at 7:32 PM, flyfisher said:

Been getting the fly fishing and fly tying itch after doing it sporadically the last 10 years.  I finally have space to tie so I figured I'd get back into it.  Decided to go with the ever popular game changer fly which will catch anything that swims.  It is articulated with 4 joints and gives a crazy good action in the water.  The first one i tied was the green on in the blow pictures.  The next two were tied after thinking through the issues i had on the first one and trying some new things and they turned out much much better.

 

I almost forgot how much I enjoyed fly tying.

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Do those hold a lot of water making them hard to cast?

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4 minutes ago, Scott F said:

Do those hold a lot of water making them hard to cast?

Did they hold a lot of water, yes, were they hard to cast not really.  Two things work in my favor when dealing with heavy flies.  The first being i started fly fishing as a poor college student and had one rod, a 4 wt, that i used to cast everything from #18 tricos to weighted closures for smallies, so I developed an ability to cast weighted flies on underweighted rods.  The second is I am no longer a poor college student (just a semi poor elementary school teacher) so I have a Sage Bass II LM rod that I could cast a wet sock with pretty easily should the need arise :)

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following. i've been slaying dinks, small bass, bluegill, etc. i figure if there's small bass there's big bass too right? 

 

right now, just tossing nymphs & buggers. i guess i need bigger flies right? 

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22 minutes ago, marsfromva said:

following. i've been slaying dinks, small bass, bluegill, etc. i figure if there's small bass there's big bass too right? 

 

right now, just tossing nymphs & buggers. i guess i need bigger flies right? 

 I have always liked throwing bigger flies.  Even when my primary focus was brown trout i threw the same flies i did for smallmouth and did pretty well.  I mean bass eat big stuff so why not throw it.  It is also nice when someone asks you about "what can you catch on that thing, sunnies", and you show them a 6" fly you are throwing :)

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On 3/1/2020 at 5:30 PM, flyfisher said:

Another little baitfish imitation, trying some new materials and techniques.  

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Puglisi?

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4 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

Puglisi?

yes and no....lol so i was reading about the puglisi material and i have used it and like it but i also read about getting bonnie cord which is the same material and basically brushing it out so that is what i did.  I bought a few colors and brushed it out and it works great.  I know also have probably 5 lifetimes worth supply of the colors i bought for a fraction of the price.  I also got some wire to make the brushes so you can wrap the material as well which is what I did on the other baitfish fly on this post.  Just ordered some stuff to tie some different patterns so we will see how it goes.

 

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I never seen good YouTube clip and source how to use them for bass fishing.

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Head is laser dubbing and the tail is a kreelex craw turned sideways.  You can't tell but these are both articulated with one joint.  I turned the wire sideways so the craw tail would face the proper direction.  

Didn't give a ton of action but i think that is because it was just one joint.  

The laser dubbing is awesome stuff, i never used it before but i saw it when i was researching some patterns, belly bumper in particular.

I am gonna see how they do on some game changers i am gonna tie tomorrow. Went out today and threw a white game changer but i am thinking i need some different colors.

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ive beeb really digging the appearance in the water of flys tied with a material on top and bottom like how the gamechanger is tied. I think its refered to as stacking. Ive been using marabou for my stacks. Gives a distinct baitfish profile.

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I haven't spilt colors on a game changer yet, most people i know use some sort of chenille, body fur or body wrap etc...

Marabou is a wonderful material.  I don't think anything synthetic will ever match it to be honest.  

If you are looking for a good video on stacking materials, check out this video from Kelly Galloup on the belly bumper.  you can fast forward to near the end when he was working on the head portion.  He isn't sticking the hair per se but the end result is the same and way easier to tie.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-belly-bumper-bunker/

 

 

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Actually hes the one i picked it up from, i think a variation of the sex dungeon might be the one ive been tying, but cant remember for sure. Extremely simple, marabou tail, chennile wrap, marabou top, marabou bottom, repeat

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57 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

Got some new materials and I think I like them.  Tried them out on another keel weighted fly going for a more slender profile and a little more flash.

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How are you weighting it, lead wrap? 

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