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Discussion in 'Fly Fishing' started by matthew, Jul 19, 2010.
Two new ties, one for the sheepies and one for the bulls. Going to be testing both tomorrow.
Over the past few nights.
Well, my top fly from a post up worked on the slots today. 12 fish without a single refusal. Didn’t get a shot at a sheepy unfortunately but the results were good enough for me to tie up a 6-pack of them. Some got a little more dressed up than others.
Nice ties Rick.
I've never really worked with rabbit but I plan on grabbing some next time I hit my local shop. Would those strips be upside down in the water with the dumbbell eyes positioned where they are? If so, have you found that it even maters if its upside down or not?
No. With small or med bead chain that close to the eye it rides hook down and fur up. I typically use a full flouro leader so I can get away with small bead chain. If you’re going to use a lead eye bigger than xsmall tie the lead eye on the bottom side. To keep the hookpoint down. Also that gives a nice jigging action as well. Tying magnum bunny strips are easy. One trick I learned by accident was I take curves scissors and cut a point on all my bunny strips, this leaves a v shape on the tie down end. One day I took a 2” peice and slapped it on a hook before trimming the v off. Found out that the v wraps around the shank and provides a nice taper to the bunny and there’s no hard edge to fill. Also I always put a small line of gel glue down prior to my bunny. Last but not least, I’ve tried both styles of fouling loops, and the type that goes through the tail as the 239 guy does works great, but reduces action on small flies. The traditional loop works better on small stuff. I can say I’ve went to only gsp thread which has made dubbing loop brushes much easier and with a pack of sharpies you can make any color you wish. Now I hope to improve on the toad patterns as I suck at the crab stacking that people make look so easy.
Destination shrimp and a craft fur head big poon bug.
Digging that shrimp @texasag07 . What kind of eyes are those?
I make the eyes. I glue two black small glass beads onto 40lb mono then dip in 5 minute epoxy then stick in my drying wheel. I can normally coat about 10-12 eyes in epoxy before it kicks off.
Once they harden I usually spray with a clear coat spray paint to keep the from being tacky.
It’s a pain of a process but it’s cheaper even with labor costs than buying the amount of eyes I would need in a year.
Looks more like a mullet than a shrimp. Doesn't matter, I'd tie it on! We got eaten this year by this fish, tied just like this one you have above. A buck 25 to the boat! Looks like the same Owner hook too!
I have my buddy Steve (United Fly) here putting the heat to her and working her up from very deep water. I think we got her to the boat in under 20 mins in over 20ft deep of water. Way to go Steve!
@Backwater the white one is the destination shrimp.
The other I don’t have a name for since so many people tie variations of it.
It’s tied a little longer/larger than most my poon bugs at about 4” or so and tied on a tiemco 2/0 600sp.
I fed that exact bug to a big fish that we believe to be in the 150 ish class recently. We got the leader many times but were trying to grab her while still a little green and had the bite tippet knot get caught in the glove as she freaked out.
For reference her head was in front of the front bulkhead of my 18hpx and her tail was equal to the back bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit which is Approx. 7’
My two for the night. A bunny shrimp and old faithful
Filled the box with a couple of these guys
Awesome man thanks for all that. I'm pretty excited to try out some rabbit. Whenever I can make it over to the shop I'll be buying some.
So you prefer to fish the bunny with the hook down as opposed to up?
Depends the fly. The shrimp fly is hook up, Big sliders and toads are hook down
Getting into spinning deer hair. Haven’t tried them out yet though.
Been busy lately playing around with new ideas, hopefully I'll be using some of these when I make it back down south to Daytona.
My two for the night. Both on a mustad c47sd. Shrimp on a #2, the Avalon imposter on a #1.