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That's one reason most of my flies are unweighted.  My Clousers, that I use, and my crayfish patterns are tied with just enough weight(dumbbell eyes) to make sure they sit hook point up.  I sometimes use lead wire and the bead heads I use will get the get the fly down to where I need it.  Fortunately, I build my own rods so I can repair most problems.   Over the years I've turned a couple of fly rods that I broke off a few inches of the top into spinning rods.  I had an 8 1/2 foot 5 wgt, that I broke a couple of times and ended up with a 7 foot 8 wgt.  I still have what's left of it as a parts source. 

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Those flies look good, guido.  Lots of spare time here, too bloody cold to go out so I've been tying a bit.  I don't think I posted these before.  If I did, I'll blame it on a senior moment.

Some Ned flies.  They're tied on 1/20 oz Ned jigs

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I dropped a couple of them in a jar of water.  This is what they look like sitting on a relatively flat bottom.

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These are based on the "Booby Fly"  popular in England and somewhat in the States for trout.  These are made for bass.  I made the eyes from worm floats I once used for fishing nightcrawlers for walleyes.

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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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You should watch videos on yt by a guy called "Louisiana Blackwater fly fishing"

 

He does lots of vids on tying flies, etc.

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10 hours ago, Fallser said:

Those flies look good, guido.  Lots of spare time here, too bloody cold to go out so I've been tying a bit.  I don't think I posted these before.  If I did, I'll blame it on a senior moment.

Some Ned flies.  They're tied on 1/20 oz Ned jigs

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I dropped a couple of them in a jar of water.  This is what they look like sitting on a relatively flat bottom.

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These are based on the "Booby Fly"  popular in England and somewhat in the States for trout.  These are made for bass.  I made the eyes from worm floats I once used for fishing nightcrawlers for walleyes.

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Your creativity and skill is amazing my man.  On the ned flies, did you just extend some stiff mono out and wrap that?  I have actually superglued a ned plastic on a ned rig and used that on more than one occasion.  I found that without the superglue, you will cast the plastic off.  

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13 hours ago, flyfisher said:

Your creativity and skill is amazing my man.  On the ned flies, did you just extend some stiff mono out and wrap that?  I have actually superglued a ned plastic on a ned rig and used that on more than one occasion.  I found that without the superglue, you will cast the plastic off.  

No, I twisted/furled a piece of the material tied the furled piece in at the hook bend, laid one tag end and wrapped it down on the shank with thread, then wrapped the other tag end up the hook shank to the head.  I think you can see in the picture that the body is a bit thicker than the tail.

  I've tried that with small Fin-S minnows, and they came off after a couple of casts.  Figured I could tie flies with similar profiles.  I've been tempted to pick up some of the more realistic hellgrammite soft plastics and give them a try.  I've got to place and order with Barlow's and Jann's Netcraft.  I may order a pack if they have them 

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On 1/23/2022 at 2:13 PM, flyfisher said:

Decided to tie up a sunny pattern.  Added in a rattle and designed to ride hook up which helps a ton coming through Lilly pads and through cover better.  

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"They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky"

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Nice.  I just don't have the patience these days to mess with trimming deer hair.  Plus I get OCD when I start trimming.  That color combination and shape would make it a great pike fly.

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1 hour ago, Bigassbass said:

Do you sale any of your flies?  I'd like to have some that look like Spro Phat hair jigs to fish under a cork, I don't use a fly rod but I love to fish bugs and marabou jigs crappie love them and I'm going to see if I can catch some bass using the float fly technique.  

I haven't but I did take a look at the jigs you are talking about and they would be very easy to tie if you could get the jig heads.

 

Messed around with a sculpin helmet of the first time...I think these are gonna be killer on a bunch of different patterns.  

 

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These are a take off on the booby buggers I posted earlier.  I tie my standard poppers with the pre-made soft foam poppers.  I have plenty tied, but still had some of the popper bodies lying around.  Figured why not.  

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A couple of side views

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Front views

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I figure they'll push more water than the round bodies, should be able to get them to pop a bit.

 

 

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Some ugly bass/panfish/chain pickerel flies.

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and a couple of fly rod buck tails.

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Tied up a few shad flies and a couple for largemouth.  Was going for the sexy shad color scheme using one of the ahrex swimbait hooks with a piece of body tubing to provide the flared body.  The popper was jsut something i was playing with..used the same hook as the baitfish connected to a short shank to allow for the length needed for the popper head.  

 

Also got out last weekend and caught a couple but this guy was hungry....the fly was half his body length probably.  

 

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30 minutes ago, Bdnoble84 said:

Is that spun bucktail all the way back to the hackle?

they aren't usually spun but rather reverse tied where you flare the tips at the tie in point up so they create the bulk for the next layer to help prop the materials.  The head itself is usually spun though which creates the turbulence which helps to activate the materials behind it. 

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9 hours ago, Bdnoble84 said:

Is that spun bucktail all the way back to the hackle?

Actually the bucktail for the collar and head is spun up on Powerpro into a brush and then wound onto the shank like chenille. It gives a tighter pack and is easier to control. Plus the Powerpro gives it a lot of durability. I'm only scratching the surface of what can be done with the technique. You can also spin the bucktail in a GSP thread dubbing loop. By varying how you balance the butts to tips in the loop/brush you can go from hollow tie to reverse bulkhead to full bulkhead techniques.  

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1 hour ago, guidoStow said:

Actually the bucktail for the collar and head is spun up on Powerpro into a brush and then wound onto the shank like chenille. It gives a tighter pack and is easier to control. Plus the Powerpro gives it a lot of durability. I'm only scratching the surface of what can be done with the technique. You can also spin the bucktail in a GSP thread dubbing loop. By varying how you balance the butts to tips in the loop/brush you can go from hollow tie to reverse bulkhead to full bulkhead techniques.  

when using the power pro for the brushes, what glue do you use to hold it in place?  I have a bunch of basically useless spools around that have 20-30 yards maybe and I thought about brushes with them but when I tried, it was all slipping out

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13 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

when using the power pro for the brushes, what glue do you use to hold it in place?  I have a bunch of basically useless spools around that have 20-30 yards maybe and I thought about brushes with them but when I tried, it was all slipping out

No glue. Just some wax. And wind the brush with a cordless drill to that magic point where the fibers don't pullout but not so tight that you shear the fibers off...

Check this out:

https://weightsandmeasures.co/blogs/news/spinning-bucktail-brushes

 

Erik Johnsen is a super nice guy who does some awesome work and materials are first rate too...

 

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