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    Very nice Blue Gill, especially for your neck of...

    Very nice Blue Gill, especially for your neck of the woods. When I first read your posting, I thought you were stating that you were in the process of landing a five pound Blue Gill, which would...
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    Ralph, I tie a two-lipped Gurgler pattern...

    Ralph,

    I tie a two-lipped Gurgler pattern somewhat similar

    1. I cut the strip of foam 2 1/2 times the length of the hook and the foam on the hook and slide it to the eye of the hook with the...
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    There's no doubt that warm water fishing expands...

    There's no doubt that warm water fishing expands your opportunities, and bluegill are such great fun to fish for. For the last four days, my wife and I have been embracing the heat a bit more than...
  4. When you hook a really big one, it's like hooking...

    When you hook a really big one, it's like hooking onto a submarine. I hooked large catfish in the lake I live on and I never even slowed him down. He just leisurely swam away while I tried to turn...
  5. Nice fish! The catfish aren't very acrobatic,...

    Nice fish! The catfish aren't very acrobatic, but they put up a good fight and are fun to catch.

    Jim Smith
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    I made a two-piece into a three piece one time,...

    I made a two-piece into a three piece one time, but that was by accident. Actually, I've heard this question asked before and if I remember correctly, the ferrells (or lack of them) is what presents...
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    I must admit that I am a bit jealous of you for...

    I must admit that I am a bit jealous of you for having access to such good smallmouth fishing. We have great LM fishing here in the south, but I sure miss the tail walking excitement of catching...
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    I have a 1 wt and a 2 wt and they are both a...

    I have a 1 wt and a 2 wt and they are both a blast to fish. Melk, a 2 wt would be perfect for fishing for Brookies in the small streams you have in your neck of the woods.

    Jim Smith
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    Nice fish with absolutely beautiful colors. I...

    Nice fish with absolutely beautiful colors. I always like it when gills decide to take a fly intended for bass. I love a fish with attitude and gills have it in spades.

    Jim Smith
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    Ralph, I'm with you on tying flies to catch fish...

    Ralph, I'm with you on tying flies to catch fish rather than trying to tie works of art like I used to do. I find that when spinning deer hair it is critical to get the right kind/quality of deer...
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    Beautiful fish and congratulations, any Redear...

    Beautiful fish and congratulations, any Redear over 10 inches in your neck of the woods is a VERY nice fish. The longer growing season down here in the South lets them grow bigger and fast than...
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    When it comes to putting something down and...

    When it comes to putting something down and losing it in the next 5 seconds, I am the Harry Houdidi of that particular skill. I'm fairly bad at the tying bench, but since it's a relatively small...
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    Nicely done!!! Jim Smith

    Nicely done!!!

    Jim Smith
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    Interesting story. I've often had flies break...

    Interesting story. I've often had flies break off either on the initial hook set or when I apply too much pressure while trying to stop a fish from getting into submerged brush, but I've never been...
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    Melk, I fish from my kayak about 90% of the...

    Melk,

    I fish from my kayak about 90% of the time now and while a striping basket could be useful at times, it just doesn't seem worth the effort or the space it would take up. I have an old Hobie...
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    I have used a Payette stripping basket (very...

    I have used a Payette stripping basket (very similar to the Willam Joseph model) for over 20 years and love it. I purchased it for the exact same reason you mentioned because where I fished, my...
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    appalachian angler, Yes you are correct, stump...

    appalachian angler, Yes you are correct, stump knockers is one of the common names for Red Ear Sunfish. They are the largest of the bream hat I know of at least in Georgia. That said, I read an...
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    Sorry about that. This is sort of one of those...

    Sorry about that. This is sort of one of those made-up patterns.

    Hook: Size 6 2XL hook
    Thread: You can use any size or color of thread that works for you. I like to use very thin...
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    I had almost fogotten

    Sometimes the old adage "If it ain't broke don't fix it" doesn't apply, especially to fly fishing. I primarily fish warmwater for bass and bream in the lake I live on. For the past few years, I've...
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    I've never used powerbait before so I am only...

    I've never used powerbait before so I am only assuming that you wad it up like a small ball and put it on the hook shank. That said, if you decide to "tie" these flies, the easiest way to do it...
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    Whenever I have a question like that, I ask...

    Whenever I have a question like that, I ask myself what will it cost to bring the item along? The answer is almost always zero, so I always try to come prepared. At the very least, you will learn...
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    Newbee, Thank you again for being our eyes and...

    Newbee,

    Thank you again for being our eyes and ears for watching over Warren. Warren is a good friend to many of us here on FAOL and we are all praying for his complete recovery. Please give...
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    Great way to get away to reflect on all your...

    Great way to get away to reflect on all your blessings.

    Jim Smith
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    Beautiful fish and from the looks of your rod,...

    Beautiful fish and from the looks of your rod, they put up a great fight as well. I envy you having additional warmwater species to chase.

    Jim Smith
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    When I fish from my kayak, I go with a minimum of...

    When I fish from my kayak, I go with a minimum of equipment, basically two boxes of flies, an extra furled leader or two, 4 spools of tippet, clippers and forceps. When I fish for bass along the...
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