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    Dave, the term bendback refers to the bending of...

    Dave, the term bendback refers to the bending of the hook but as you have discovered just tying the fly upside down will work with fairly bulky materials like bucktail. It is less successful with...
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    Bendback streamers do not need to be that...

    Bendback streamers do not need to be that drastic. Simply bending the very front portion of a hook a few degrees and tying the fly upside down is sufficient. I sometimes hide a strand of heavy...
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    I had hopes to attend but was not able to drive...

    I had hopes to attend but was not able to drive that far or fish with a very swollen right hand requiring too much medication to be safe. Doc seems to think there may be an end to this so maybe next...
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    When Chris Helms sold me my first spool of GPS...

    When Chris Helms sold me my first spool of GPS thread he emphasized the need to put a drop of super glue on the tie in. Of course we were talking about spinning big bunches of deer hair which calls...
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    Grayling returning to the Au Sable

    The link is to an article on the subject http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/michigan_grayling_reintroducti.html#incart_river_home:
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    I agree with the pandas. I'll take bamboo shoots.

    I agree with the pandas. I'll take bamboo shoots.
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    I have one older reel that I use with that type...

    I have one older reel that I use with that type of reel seat that has a small foot. I put a small shim (a bit of a fiberglass from a printed circuit board) between the reel seat and the foot of the...
  8. Thread: Hex Mud

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    I'm not sure of the nomenclature but I've been up...

    I'm not sure of the nomenclature but I've been up to my thighs in the silt and mud that the hex nymphs love to burrow in. On one occasion when I carelessly stepped into an older beaver pond I had...
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    The biggest problem I see with self taught...

    The biggest problem I see with self taught beginners when I meet them on the river is that they don't take care of their leaders. If your nine foot leader is down to seven and a half feet it is...
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    And someone from the North would just toss the...

    And someone from the North would just toss the dang okra down there. It has to good for something!:)

    O.K., I confess I like an occasional okra pickle and love good gumbo but I still don't...
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    The mortality rate is real. It's the reason fish...

    The mortality rate is real. It's the reason fish for pay ponds don't allow release of any fish even if they would make more money when you pay by the inch. Myself I believe the biggest factor is...
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    Never go trolling with someone who carefully...

    Never go trolling with someone who carefully stays clear of all weed beds and snags so as not to lose expensive crankbaits. Five hours of slow boat ride followed by working on an outboard in the...
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    Not surprising. I know Jack was very active in...

    Not surprising. I know Jack was very active in the community where he lived in Michigan and it sounds like nothing has changed.
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    should I fish it?

    A good friend has invited me to go trolling with him for either salmon or pike depending on the conditions being safe for his 14 foot boat on Lake Michigan. Trolling is really my least favorite way...
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    The first thing to try is simply re-tapping the...

    The first thing to try is simply re-tapping the threads in the head. If that can't be done you might be able to ream the hole out oversize and press in a sleeve to be tapped. The best thing is...
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    I think it's about getting the word out. People...

    I think it's about getting the word out. People only go to the fish-in forum if they already know about them. I'd like to say I'm coming this year but right now I don't think I can pitch a tent or...
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    A few years ago I bought a bunch of fly fishing...

    A few years ago I bought a bunch of fly fishing stuff from a guy who couldn't fish any more. It included a parts bin with hooks in many of the compartments. Somewhere on the way home I had to stomp...
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    Try googling Karl Richards caddis patterns. He...

    Try googling Karl Richards caddis patterns. He talks of this pattern in one of his co-authored books. I read it from the library and can't remember the title.
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    Lefty Krey said many years ago most $100 rods...

    Lefty Krey said many years ago most $100 rods were capable of better performance than most fly fishers could get out of them. The dollar amount may have risen with inflation but I think it is still...
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    Here in Michigan putting the weighted fly below...

    Here in Michigan putting the weighted fly below the other fly without a dropper line to the upper fly would be legally considered a snagging rig. Even if that is not your intention you could be...
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    chart from a pack of cyclops beads: Sorry The...

    chart from a pack of cyclops beads:
    Sorry The software keeps eliminating my spacing. The fraction is the diameter in inches. The next three numbers are recommended hook sizes.

    1/16 ...
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    Cool, just don't push too hard. We don't want...

    Cool, just don't push too hard. We don't want you disappearing again. Actually if your feeling good you should have gone with the doctor (strictly as a medical precaution so you could charge it to...
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    Why not try one tied the other way, that is tied...

    Why not try one tied the other way, that is tied in by the butt? That would put the taper in proper direction for a caddis and let you try the tip if any is left as an underwing. I'd give it a try...
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    I agree that it will fish. One thing I want to...

    I agree that it will fish. One thing I want to point out is that when you bury the hook point in the vice like that you are stressing the weakest part of the hook which can lead to hook breakage...
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    Try Hook and hackle's web site for a variety of...

    Try Hook and hackle's web site for a variety of kits. They also have a lot of instructions and hints on the site.
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