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    It depends on how you make the rig. If I make an...

    It depends on how you make the rig. If I make an articulated fly now, I'm more inclined to use a barbless treble hook rather than a two hook rig. I also use the articulated shanks that are now...
  2. I'm headed up to Northern Ontario about the same...

    I'm headed up to Northern Ontario about the same time you're headed up to Leech Lake. I've had excellent luck with all white flies between 5 and 8 inches long. The majority of my pike have come...
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    I tie mine to the bend of the hook. Easiest way...

    I tie mine to the bend of the hook. Easiest way for me to do it.
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    I would go with a soft hackle Bead head pheasant...

    I would go with a soft hackle Bead head pheasant tail nymph. With the pheasant tail feathers I have I can tie them in natural, brown, olive and black. Vary the wire color, bead color and hook size...
  5. Thread: Hook eye?

    by Philly
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    I prefer a straight eyed hook for any type of...

    I prefer a straight eyed hook for any type of pattern. Pure speculation, but I think down eyed hooks come from a time when the fly needed to be snelled onto the leader, a step up from the spade...
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    Nice fish. A bit lighter in color than the ones...

    Nice fish. A bit lighter in color than the ones in my local creek. I usually use an 8 lb tippet when I fish the local creek. It handles the smallmouth an largemouth that take a liking to the fly or...
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    This happen years ago. I was into carp fishing,...

    This happen years ago. I was into carp fishing, and I would get up early to fish the tidal rivers and creeks near my grandmother's home in Maryland. There was one small tidal creek I liked to fish...
  8. Thread: bluegills

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    I prefer top water, size 8 to 12 standard or fun...

    I prefer top water, size 8 to 12 standard or fun foam poppers, gurglers and Chernobyl Ants, same size as the poppers, usually tied on 3XL or 4 XL hooks, Tony's Froggie. At times I'll tie a dropper...
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    As Jim said, Chris Helm's site would be a good...

    As Jim said, Chris Helm's site would be a good site to visit, a good source of information and material. You need deer belly hair for spinning bugs, a heavier thread so it doesn't break when you...
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    When you say cold water fish, most folks would...

    When you say cold water fish, most folks would think trout. I guess cool water fish might be more appropriate. I've caught pike in mid-July in Northern Ontario when the surface temperature of the...
  11. Thread: Leader for pike

    by Philly
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    I use 25 to 30 lb fluorocarbon when I'm in an...

    I use 25 to 30 lb fluorocarbon when I'm in an area with pike. Since the main target is smallmouth, I really don't like to use wire. I've had a few bite offs but not enough to make me want to switch...
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    Here's a couple of the flies that I use. They're...

    Here's a couple of the flies that I use. They're 5 to 8 inches long




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    I have pretty good luck with Crease Flies. The...

    I have pretty good luck with Crease Flies. The can be fished either as a top water or subsurface fly. I "tie" them 2 to 3 inches long either the standard way or or like the one below. I like this...
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    I tend to drop them or misplace them when I'm...

    I tend to drop them or misplace them when I'm tying but they serve a couple of other purposes for me. Being whip finishing challenged, I'll make 3 to 6 wraps of thread over one and put the tag end...
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    Like Buddy, I prefer the synthetic materials for...

    Like Buddy, I prefer the synthetic materials for bait fish patterns and use a lot of buck tail, spey hackle and long estaz for my other patterns. My patterns aren't very flashy just a subtle hint of...
  16. Thread: St John shad

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    We have an American shad run on the Delaware...

    We have an American shad run on the Delaware River usually in April and early May. There's even a Shad Festival in Lambertville, NJ. They run up the river to spawn and you can fish for them as...
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    I like poppers, size 6-10, Fluorescent Yellow ...

    I like poppers, size 6-10, Fluorescent Yellow and White work well. Chernobyl Ants, tied on size 8-12 3XL hooks. Orange with green pumpkin legs has been hot for me the last couple of years. Gurgle...
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    I've used the siwash hooks for baitfish patterns....

    I've used the siwash hooks for baitfish patterns. As already pointed out, I just think the shank is too short. My favorite hooks for bass baitfish patterns are the light wire worm hooks from Eagle...
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    I cheat on my weed guards and use the hooks that...

    I cheat on my weed guards and use the hooks that have the weed guard already attched. The Gamakatsu and Eagle claw are the ones I usually use. Here's a couple of patterns tied up with them.
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  20. One thing you can do to help with the taper is...

    One thing you can do to help with the taper is blend some flash material into the artificial hair before tying. Look up Steve Farrar's Flash Blending technique on the Web.

    High tying will also...
  21. Thread: Aberdeen Hooks

    by Philly
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    I tie a lot bass and panfish patterns on the...

    I tie a lot bass and panfish patterns on the Aberdeen crappie hook. I'll use both the gold and bronze hooks. I've found the gold ones in Walmart, K-mart and Dick's Sporting goods locally, but in...
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    Dry flies CDC and Elk size 12/14 dark gray...

    Dry flies

    CDC and Elk size 12/14 dark gray body, light tan wing. If I have an idea what caddis will be coming off the water. I'll match body, wing color and size

    Snowshoe Emerger/Cripple size...
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    Sounds like the stream where I fish. What's it...

    Sounds like the stream where I fish. What's it look like on either side of you? If you've got room start your cast parallel to the bank. Once you feel you have enough line out, start a roll cast. ...
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    Nighthawk: DLA.

    Nighthawk:
    DLA.
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    Wow. I've worked for DOD for almost thirty years...

    Wow. I've worked for DOD for almost thirty years and never had to do that. Just a heads up to my supervisor that I may be out during a particular time frame, and a leave slip a week before.
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