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6 hours ago, Fallser said:

Looks good.  If you're thinking of it as a top water fly, I agree with the above that the rabbit strips will pull it down.  I've caught bass and chain pickerel on sub-surface frog patterns.    An option would to use marabou for the legs.  Again, if you're shooting for a top water,  pack on as much deer hair as you can, and pack it tight.

Thank you. Definitely struggled getting that little mousy one packed. I think i lost as much as i put on. Just have to keep practicing. My natural hair was very short and it kept inverting on me and i broke the thread a couple times. Havent tried it out yet to see what the zonker does. 
my green frog i did test out and it floats and pushes water. The legs kick nicely. I didnt pack that one as tight as i could have so we will see how it holds up. 

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Spinning deer hair is hard and rewarding.

 

A couple things that helped me along the way.

-quality deer belly hair

-Stack don't spin-allows more control and color locations.

-fugly packer

-pack as tight as you can

-flexible straight razors to trim

-Pat Cohen will show you how to do it right 

-GSP thread is your friend-I use 100 denier 

 

It is about time for me to get to tying for the spring as I have been slacking.

 

I don't remember if i posted these up but it is the lunch money pattern that is super easy to tie.  The original recipe calls for legs but i don't bother on the colored ones but I do put them on my white ones.  This was a great fly for my local small flows for the spots and smallies and has been a great producer for browns in a spring creek I frequent as well.

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, flyfisher said:

Spinning deer hair is hard and rewarding.

 

A couple things that helped me along the way.

-quality deer belly hair

-Stack don't spin-allows more control and color locations.

-fugly packer

-pack as tight as you can

-flexible straight razors to trim

-Pat Cohen will show you how to do it right 

-GSP thread is your friend-I use 100 denier 

 

It is about time for me to get to tying for the spring as I have been slacking.

 

I don't remember if i posted these up but it is the lunch money pattern that is super easy to tie.  The original recipe calls for legs but i don't bother on the colored ones but I do put them on my white ones.  This was a great fly for my local small flows for the spots and smallies and has been a great producer for browns in a spring creek I frequent as well.

 

 

 

 

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I have deer belly hair in my barlows cart. The ones i made were body hair/ rump hair off bucktails. I have a brassy packer in my cart as well. I’ve been watching a ton of videos lately. I will check him out. I used UTC 140. Its what i’ve been using for everything for the last couple years. i havent done much flyfishing in general. I bought a 7:8 weight a couple years ago but never really put any time into it. 
 

i’ve tied about 25 bucktail flies to pull for walleye plus a couple spey flies and one galloups bang-tail. I’ll post pictures once i take some. I need to finish some hair jigs so i’m prepared for the spring bite. Got distracted by fly tying and about out of my jig patterns.
 

 

A few pictures i do have.

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That brassie packer is worthless on bass bugs to me.  It will work but the difference between that and the fugly packer is pretty major.  The UTC140 is a good thread but i am not a fan of it laying flat for stacking hair.  I like the small round GSP for that really as it takes less bulk and you can crank on it, which is needed but you can pull to hard and actually cut the hair too.  

Your ties look solid and no reason to not catch some bass :)

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1 hour ago, flyfisher said:

That brassie packer is worthless on bass bugs to me.  It will work but the difference between that and the fugly packer is pretty major.  The UTC140 is a good thread but i am not a fan of it laying flat for stacking hair.  I like the small round GSP for that really as it takes less bulk and you can crank on it, which is needed but you can pull to hard and actually cut the hair too.  

Your ties look solid and no reason to not catch some bass :)

Thank you. Makes sense about the thread. 

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On 2/26/2024 at 11:14 PM, Bdnoble84 said:

Trying my hand at spinning deer hair. Its definitely a learning curve. Cant wait for the summer frog bite.

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A little clear silicone caulking on the leather will help. Dont get any on the fur though.

Just regular 'tub and tile' silicone 

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