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William Schlafer  
#151 Posted : Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:51:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: OTC_MN Go to Quoted Post
Love those articulated streamers.

What do you use for the collars on your Squirrels? Chenille?



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I follow the original Bethke pattern for my Pink Squirrels (with a few minor changes) using Shrimp PInk Chenille in size medium. I also like using the heavier TMC 2457 Scud hook, instead of the lighter Daiichi 1130. Dubbing is my own mix of Red Fox, Grey Squirrel and some sparkly Antron fibers to bind it together and give it some flash. I don't bother with a wire wrap, but do use Tungsten bead heads as they help get the bug quickly down to where the Trout are. A drop of Loon Water Based Head Cement under the Chenille knot and a few whip finish ties behind the bead head binds everything down well.

Works well on Trout of all sizes!
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-Bill

Edited by user Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:02:57 PM(UTC)  | Reason: added photo

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IL.flyfisher  
#152 Posted : Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:03:14 AM(UTC)
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The flies and streamers look great. I tie the bugger with the cone head and wire also. What do you cast those with? Rod/line/leader/tippet. The streamers I tie would be better suited for a spinning rod.
William Schlafer  
#153 Posted : Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:02:11 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: IL.flyfisher Go to Quoted Post
The flies and streamers look great. I tie the bugger with the cone head and wire also. What do you cast those with? Rod/line/leader/tippet. The streamers I tie would be better suited for a spinning rod.


My Buggers are tied with 12-16 wraps of wire so they tend to be on the heavy side. I like all my flies to get down quickly and I've had good success with that. Normally fish a 4W Carbon XL (medium fast) with 4X WF fly line. This last season I fished 3X leaders chopped down to 6-7 feet with a tippet ring and then 4X tippet to extend out to 8 feet total length. This worked much better than the furled leaders that I used last year. Better casts, control and accuracy. I also like to aggressively strip and jerk the retrieve streamers. I might miss a few strikes from passive fish, but it really gets the bigger ones attention.

For dry flies & terrestrials I move down to a 4X leader with either 4X or 5X tippet. The exception is for hoppers were I run a shorter rig with 3X leader/tippet. The heavier line makes it easier to pull the fly off the weeds. Strikes often come within moments of the hopper hitting the water, so they're never spooked by the heavier line.

I once watched a guy casting large Buggers with a spin rod at a very large pool below a dam. He even added an egg sinker with a split shot at one point. He was plucking Small Mouth Bass out with every other cast.


-Bill

Edited by user Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:03:51 PM(UTC)  | Reason: grammer

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William Schlafer  
#154 Posted : Sunday, December 24, 2017 5:18:36 PM(UTC)
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A fresh batch of fly tying supplies arrived in the mail.
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With a few days off from work, I decided to tie up a supply of my simple hoppers for next summer. I managed to miss a month of excellent hopper fishing weather last fall due to work. I won't miss out next year and my fly box will be well stocked!
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Pre-cut hopper bodies from The Hopper Store make these easy to assemble. I like to use Daiichi 1130 curved scud hooks in size 10 & 8 as they provide a much better hook gap from the foam body. Purple was the hot color for me last summer, so I tied up a bunch of those. Zap-A-Gap binds everything together and makes for a very durable fly. You can fish these all day and they won't fall apart.
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I also tied up some small articulated Woolly Buggers in Olive and Black. These are small, 3 inches or less in size.
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I used #6 (rear) and #4 (front) Stinger hooks and one or two 5mm glass beads between the two. These move and pulse seductively in the water when lightly stripped and jerked. I prefer these small articulated patterns rather than a large single hook bugger or streamer. A brass cone-head and 8-10 wraps of lead wire on the front hook make it dive and dart when jerked. This pattern was very effective for me last season, drawing some aggressive strikes from Brown and Brook Trout. I'll tie up some with rubber legs as soon as I can find some in smaller diameter in the colors I want.
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-Bill

Edited by user Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:13:40 PM(UTC)  | Reason: 1130 Daiichi hook, not 1120

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William Schlafer  
#155 Posted : Saturday, December 30, 2017 9:19:09 PM(UTC)
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This weekend I've been playing around with Rabbit Strips tying some small streamers. I based these on Gunnar Brammer's Seasoned Geezer micro streamer pattern. I like this size streamer for the small streams I prefer to fish.

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These are 3-4 inches in length with a dumbbell head tied to a size 6 streamer hook. I wasn't able to find the material Gunnar uses to for the head, so I just experimented with different dubbing and body materials I had on hand. My stuff was either too thin, or too course and gnarly to get the proper form. But I think they will fish OK.

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BTW: Check out Gunnars videos on YouTube. He's a bit chatty, but he knows his stuff and ties some real nice looking flies.


-Bill

Edited by moderator Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:33:10 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Spelled Gunnar's name correctly. It's Gunnar not Gunner. :)

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EddieRivard  
#156 Posted : Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:34:51 AM(UTC)
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Those are some nice flies Bill. I was lucky enough to fish with Gunnar a couple times last summer. He's a great guy. ThumpUp
William Schlafer  
#157 Posted : Monday, January 1, 2018 12:29:30 AM(UTC)
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Thanks Eddie.

I've given up trying to stack deer hair and sculpting it with a razor blade to form a head. It's just too difficult and messy. I'm searching for the right consistency of dubbing material to use in place of the stacked hair. Something stiff enough to push water, but pliable enough to be stacked and formed. I'm hoping to get into the Driftless Angler shop next weekend to see what they have that I can use. I might try these Clear Fish Masks which would make finishing off a streamer a lot easier.

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I've learned a bunch of useful things watching Gunners videos. I highly recommend them to folks who want to improve their ties.


-Bill
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AKinMN  
#158 Posted : Monday, January 1, 2018 2:17:56 PM(UTC)
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Senyos Laser Dubbing
rschmidt  
#159 Posted : Monday, January 1, 2018 3:56:50 PM(UTC)
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Nice work! Here's a few biggetters :) R

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OTC_MN  
#160 Posted : Tuesday, January 2, 2018 4:51:46 PM(UTC)
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The only good thing - and I mean the *only* good thing - about the shite weather the last few days has been that I've had time to sit at the bench and start restocking some boxes... Jigs especially.

Tungsten Surveyors

Tungsten Surveyors

Romanian Pearl

Romanian Pearl

Red Dart

Red Dart

Jacked Up Hare's Ear

Rich Strolis' Jacked Up Hare's Ear

Still have some more Red Darts and some Sulphur flavored Iron Lotus to go, but the jig box is almost done...


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