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SportFishin'

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SportFishin'    1
SportFishin'

Materials:

Hook 2X light streamer, size 14-6

Craft Foam Any color to match natural or color of choice.

Thread Color matching foam

Krystal Flash Chenille(color of foam/or contrast).

Legs nylon broom fibers.

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Tying instructions

1.Cut two foam strips.

2.Shape one as shown.

3.Tie in the narrow end of the strip that was shaped. Use loose turns or a flat thread, otherwise the thread will cut through the foam.

4.Take the second foam material – it will help you form a nice body.

5.Tie in.

6.Bend forward, tie in.

7.Then backward,and so on. Finish when you will be satisfied with the shape of the body.

8.Cut off the excess.

9.Tie In Krystal Flash make wraps to rear.

10.Here is the time for the broom. It is better to use broom with thick plastic bristles. Pull out some bristles. If you don’t have a broom, you can use hair brush (if you dare).

Tie in the bristles. It will be bug legs. Secure it with some Super Glue.

11.Some more Krystal Flash to cover Leg tie in & trim excess.

12.Stretch the 1st foam strip forward and fasten it to form rear body.

13.Wrap forward to form the head then bend back & wrap again to finish head & trim foam.

14.Now it’s candle time. Take a paper clip, forceps, heat the clip on the candle light (be careful with the open flame!!!)

It needs to be just a small touch to bend the leg. If you go too long it will burn through.

15.Trim the legs to disired length.

And that’s it – you have a "MONSTER BUG"

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Enjoy gentlemen & tight lines!

Chris

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WxGuy    0
WxGuy

This thread is the place to post your fly recipes. I hope many of the tiers in the bunch can put up some of their favorite patterns from the most basic to advanced. Include instructions on how to tie the fly, and the how/what/where of fishing it.

Please keep posting to patterns and recipes only.

I'd also like to make it very clear that this thread is not limited to expert tiers. If you're new to tying or an old hat, please feel free to contribute a pattern...any pattern, just try not to post any identical patterns. Variants are certainly okay, however.

Thanks!

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WxGuy

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Whisky Fly

There are quite a few patterns with the same name, due to the fact that it's a fly tied solely with wild turkey feathers. I tied this fly recently for a friend's fly swap.

Hook: Size 10 nymph

Head: Size 5/32 dark bead

Thread: uni-thread rusty dun 6/0

Tail/ Body: wild turkey; marabou from base of feather

Ribbing: brassie size gold wire or whatever you choose

Instructions: Very easy to tie, and the turkey has a nice “buggy” look to it. Put bead on hook, hook in vise, tie on tail, tie in ribbing, wrap thread forward, wrap turkey forward, tie down turkey, wrap ribbing forward, tie down ribbing, finish. Depending on length of available feather, I occasionally add more marabou as needed anywhere along the process of tying…usually toward the head.

Notes: A friend of mine gave me a couple of these flies last summer. I fished them both, promptly caught a few fish, and lost them both while fishing deep. They’re a quick, easy tie, and work very well as the lead fly in a 2-fly rig. Fish like a streamer, or fish like a nymph.

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DEADhead

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Buffalo Soljah

Here's my entry from the Winter 2008 FM fly swap.

hook: size 10 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown

head: copper bead, 5/32”

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: peacock herl

legs: pheasant tail

body :pheasant tail

rib: Ultra Wire red, medium

tail: pheasant tail

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 5 or 6 pheasant tail fibers for the tail, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length. Tie in the wire rib. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire to midway across the hook shank. Wrap (palmer) the PT fibers along the hook shank, tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the PT fibers, tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in three or four peacock herls and wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the peacock herls to the beadhead, tie off and trim. Tie in 4 or 5 PT fibers on each side of the thorax behind the beadhead, length at about one hook length. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Fish the fly slowly along current seams, riffles, or backwater sloughs for suckers, redhorse, carp, or buffalo. This fly also works for catching panfish and trout.

Tight Lines!

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X Factor Nymph

hook: size 10 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown

head: black bead, 5/32”

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: antron yarn, brown stone

legs: silicone grizzly legs, silver peacock

body: antron yarn, brown stone

rib: Ultra Wire gold, medium

tail: antron yarn, brown stone

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 3" of antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Tie in the wire rib. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire to midway across the hook shank. Wrap (palmer)the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the yarn, tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in a sili leg on each side of the hook shank at the thorax. Tie in a piece of antron yarn. Wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the yarn to the beadhead, building a thorax, tie off and trim. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Fish the fly like a standard nymph. Experiment tying with different color wire, antron yarn, and sili legs. The possibilities are endless.

Tight Lines!

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DEADhead

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LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa

hook: size 10-18 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, brown

head: tan or beige antron dubbing.

wing: elk hair

body: antron yarn (or dubbing), amber, amber/ginger mix, or gray

pupa case: amber antron

body: amber antron

tail: antron yarn, clear or white

Placehook in vise and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in white antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Wrap thread to mid-hook and tie in two bunches of amber antron yarn, one on top and one on bottom of hook shank. Wrap thread back to hook bend. Tie in another piece of amber antron yarn. Wrap thread forward to 2/3 of hook length. Wrap (palmer) the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building a body. Tie off and trim. Pull amber antron forward, over the the top and bottom of the hook shank, to form the pupa case, making sure to leave a pocket around the hook shank. Tie off and trim. Take a small pinch of elk hair, clean the underfur, and stack. Tie in as the wing, one hook length. Trim. Add beige/tan dubbing and wrap to just behind the hook eye. Whip finish, forming a slight head with the thread. Tie off and epoxy the threads.

Using antron yarn to form a pupa case is unique, as it simulates a trapped gas bubble often found in emerging caddis pupae.

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DEADhead

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One Yarn Nymph

hook: size 10-18 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown

head: black or copper bead, 5/32”

wingcase: antron yarn, brown stone

thorax: antron yarn, brown stone

legs: antron yarn, brown stone

body: antron yarn, brown stone

tail: antron yarn, brown stone

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 3" of antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length as the tail. Wrap thread forward, a few leye lengths behind th eye. Wrap (palmer)the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie in and leave tag end on bottom of hook. Cut 1" piece of yarn, and tie in as a wingcase. Wrap the existing tag end of yarn forward to behind the beadhead, building a thorax. Tie off and trim. Tie in a small piece of yarn on each side of the hook shank behind the bead head, forming the legs, about 2/3 of a hook length. Tie off and trim. Fold the wingcase forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

I was involved in a challenge to tie a fly using only one material, yarn, and thread. Bead heads or bead-chain eyes, optional. It was time to get creative and I had already been experimenting wtih antron yarn. I was trying to tie an all synthetic nymph. This was one of the results. Fish this like a standard heavy nymph.

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Brown Antron Special

hook: size 10-16 Tiemco 2457 or other 2x heavy scud hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown

head: black or copper bead

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: antron yarn, brown stone

legs: antron yarn, brown stone

body: antron yarn, brown stone

rib: Ultra Wire gold, medium

tail: antron yarn, brown stone

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 3" of antron yarn, leaving the length of fibers about one-half of hook length as the tail. Tie in wire rib and wrap thread forward, a few eye lengths behind the eye. Wrap (palmer)the antron yarn around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie in and leave tag end on bottom of hook. Wrap rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the antron body, cut. Cut 1/8" wide strip of flashback, and tie in as a wingcase. Wrap the existing tag end of yarn forward to behind the beadhead, building a thorax. Tie off and trim. Tie in a small piece of yarn on each side of the hook shank behind the bead head, forming the legs, about 2/3 of a hook length. Tie off and trim. Fold the wingcase forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

This is a designed carp fly but could be used for just about any fish species willing to take a fly. Fish this like a standard heavy nymph.

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Rubber Legged Copper John

hook: size 10 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, black

head: black bead, 5/32”

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: peacock herl

legs: silicone grizzly legs, silver peacock

body: Ultra Wire black, large

tail: goose biot, black

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in two goose biots for the tail. Tie in the wire for the body. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire and goose biots to midway across the hook shank. Wrap wire around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in a sili leg on each side of the hook shank at the thorax. Tie in a couple strands of peacock herl. Wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the herl to the beadhead, building a thorax, tie off and trim. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Fish the fly like a standard nymph. This should be a deadly roughfish fly with the sili legs.

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Eclipse Nymph

hook: size 10 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, black

head: black bead, 5/32”

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: peacock herl

legs: pheasant tail, black

body :pheasant tail, black

rib: Ultra Wire black, medium

tail: pheasant tail, black

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in seven or eight pheasant tail fibers for the tail, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length. Tie in the wire rib. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire to midway across the hook shank. Wrap (palmer) the PT fibers along the hook shank, tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the PT fibers, tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in two or three peacock herls and wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the peacock herls to the beadhead, tie off and trim. Tie in a small bunch of PT fibers on each side of the thorax behind the beadhead, length at about one hook length. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

The PT fibers on the dyed black tails seem to be finer than those on a regular tail. You may need to double the amount of fibers added to the die, to give the desired look and appearance for the tails and wings. Fish this in rocky riffles like a little black stonefly, or traditionally like a mayfly nymph.

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so haaad    0
so haaad

Blood nymph

recipe to follow...

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so haaad    0
so haaad

BBG spiral nymph

(Brown-Brown-Gold wire)

recipe to follow...

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so haaad

Copper Dropper

recipe to follow

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DEADhead

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Peacock Flash Nymph

hook: size 10-16 Tiemco 2457 or other 2x heavy scud hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, black

head: black bead, 5/32"

wingcase: flashback, pearl

thorax: krystal flash, peacock

legs: krystal flash, peacock

body: krystal flash, peacock

rib: Ultra Wire black, medium

tail: krystal flash, peacock

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 4 or 5 strands of krystal flash, leaving the length of fibers about one-half of hook length as the tail. Tie in wire rib and wrap thread forward, a few eye lengths behind the eye. Wrap (palmer)the krystal flash around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie in and leave tag end on bottom of hook. Wrap rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the body, cut. Cut 1/8" wide strip of flashback, and tie in as a wingcase. Wrap the existing tag end of krystal flash forward to behind the beadhead, building a thorax. Tie off and trim. Tie in a bunch of krystal flash on each side of the hook shank behind the bead head, forming the legs, about 2/3 of a hook length. Tie off and trim. Fold the wingcase forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

I like the look of the krystal flash when it is tied as a yarn. The twisted mylar gives a unique appearance to the fly, and the peacock color is a little more subdued than some of the other varieties of flash, so hopefully it will not be too flashy. The suppleness of the mylar should allow for lifelike movement in the water. This is pretty much a synthetic version of my eclipse nymph pattern, and hopefully will be much more durable. There will be some serious competition in the bugger barn for fly choice. The hardest part will be figuring out which fly to fish first.

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carpmanjake

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hook- size 10 straight shank

body- ostrich herl

tail- gold marabou flash

wing- tips of ostrich herl from body, folded back and tied so they stick up

eyes- bead chain eyes placed so the hook rides point up

this fly is great for perch, sunfish, crappies, carp, basically anything that will eat nymphs.

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carpmanjake

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hook- size 8 straight heavy nymph hook

tail- rope core

wing- bucktail

head- thread (any color, i like red for triggering a responce from predators)

this fly is great for crappie, bass and pike. fish it like any other streamer. the rope core tail adds a natural type flash as well as alot of movement. this fly has yet to fail me

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SportFishin'

StoneFly Pattern

Side View

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Top View

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Bottom View

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Hook: Sz 8-12 Nymph

Thread: Brown

Tail: Brown Turkey Biot

Abdomen: Brown Half Round Larva Lace

Wing Case: 1/8" Brown or Gray Scud Back

Thorax: Brown Hare-Tron Dubbing

Legs: Brown Turkey Biot

Instruction:

1.Tie in 2 biots at hook bend

2.Tie in larva lace and make 6-7 wraps and tie off

3.Tie in Scud back and move out of way

4.Add 2 Biots for legs

5.Add small amount of dubbing 2-3 wraps

6.Add 2 more Biots

7.Another small amount of dubbing 2-3 wraps

8.Add final 2 Biots

9.Dub 2-3 wraps not to crowd the hook eye

10.Pull Scud Back over top and tie off to create wing case

11.Form Small Head, Whip Finish, & Cement Head.

Enjoy, This is a local stonefly pattern I have learned recently for out here on the Blue ribbon waters of Montana.

Reagards,

Chris Buller

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SportFishin'

Skwala Fly

Side View

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Top View

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Bottom View

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Hook: 8-12 Dry 2x

Tail: Elk Hair

Abdomen: Light Brown Olive Hare-Tron Dubbing

Wing Case: Mallard Flank prepared with Fleximent or Wing Fixative

Wing: Elk Hair

Thorax: Black Hare-Tron Dubbing

Hackle: Grizzly Hackle wrapped over Dubbed thorax

Head: 6-0 Iron Gray or Black Thread

Instructions: Tie in order as materials listed.

The Skwala Fly hatches in the Western US Rivers late spring to early summer. May also be used as an alternative Hopper pattern.

Regards,

Chris Buller

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the rod tosser

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glow in the dark soft hackle

hook size 10

thread black 8/0

body one strand of yellow glow crystal flash, tied in at mid point wrapped forward then back and forward again

hackle pheasant feather

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itchmesir

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Buffalo Soljah

Here's my entry from the Winter 2008 FM fly swap.

hook: size 10 Tiemco 3769 or other 2x heavy nymph hook

thread: 6/0 UNI, dark brown

head: copper bead, 5/32”

wingcase: flashback (mylar or other wing material), pearl

thorax: peacock herl

legs: pheasant tail

body :pheasant tail

rib: Ultra Wire red, medium

tail: pheasant tail

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 5 or 6 pheasant tail fibers for the tail, leaving the length of fibers about one hook length. Tie in the wire rib. Wrap thread forward over the tag end of the wire to midway across the hook shank. Wrap (palmer) the PT fibers along the hook shank, tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the PT fibers, tie off and trim. Cut the flashback material in a 1/8” wide strip. Tie in. Tie in three or four peacock herls and wrap thread to beadhead. Palmer the peacock herls to the beadhead, tie off and trim. Tie in 4 or 5 PT fibers on each side of the thorax behind the beadhead, length at about one hook length. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

Fish the fly slowly along current seams, riffles, or backwater sloughs for suckers, redhorse, carp, or buffalo. This fly also works for catching panfish and trout.

Tight Lines!

only kynd folks would come up with a "buffalo soljah" fly... love it.. if i knew how to tie.. i would make one

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carpmanjake

Splayed alive

the "splayed alive" pike fly is basically just a

hook: 1/0 - 4/0

Tail:

A small bunch of bucktail, deer or similar stiff hair. Four soft rooster saddle, strung hackle or similar feathers. Optional: a few straws of flash

Body: Underwool from hair or coarse dubbing

Hackle: Two feathers, as tail

Head: Flash chenille or flash straws

(i took these pics off a store website, i couldnt get my camera to focus right)

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carpmanjake

BIG EYE BAITFISH

Hook : amakatsu SC15 # 2 - 6/0

Tail : Saltwater Saddle Hackle White And Polar Flash Pearl

Belly : Bucktail White

Shoulders : Bucktail Light Gray

Wing : Krystal Flash Pearl , Olive , Peacock And Peacock Herl

Gill Plates : Prismatic Pre Cut Gill Plates

Throat : Krystal Flash Red

Eyes : Holographic Eyes Silver 1/4

Epoxy : 5 Minute Epoxy

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OnAFly

Crazy Goof

This thread has been pretty quiet lately so I figured I'd throw this fly up. I already put it up in the trout section, figured it should go here too.

Hook: Long, curved shank #10-#16

Body: Ice chenille (orange)

Wing Case: Elk Hair (light)

Tail: Elk Hair extended from wing case

Hackle: white grizzly

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Add hard cement to the wing case and you're good to go.

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OnAFly

The Cray Fly

Hook: Long Curved Shank #10 and up (also could use streamer or jig hooks)

Bead Chain or Brass Eyes, depending on suze

Pinchers: Fox Squirrel Tail

Body: Ice Chenille, can use any color, I used rootbeer/brown

Shell: Wapsi Thin Skin, I used mottled brown.

Legs: Wapsi Sili Legs, yellow barred

Wire: Gold Ultra Wire

It's best to use GSP thread for the larger sizes to really get the squirrel tail on tight.

Start by bending the eye slightly downward if it's not already down. and wrapping the eyes in at the bend, above the eye. You want the fly to ride hook-up.

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Next, tie in your stacked squirrel tail. Throw a wrap around the hair only to get it to ride to one side, then do the same for the other side to create the pinchers. I will add a bit of cement to the hook shank now for durability.

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Now, tie in your Thin Skin as shown below.

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Tie in your ice chenille, ultra wire, and legs. Wrap the Chenille tightly and tie off above the eyes. Then, lay the thin skin over the chenille and tie off above the eyes. you may need to trim the skin a bit for it to tie off well. Now, wrap your wire with one large gap at first, the smaller gaps to give the look of an abdomen and tail. See the nearly finished product below.

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Add cement to your last wraps of thread and trim the chenille near the eyes so the fly site with it's pinchers slightly upward in a defensive looking posture.

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Here's the same fly on a #2 Streamer hook:

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Here's the fly on a 1/0 jig hook. I like this hook for the larger sizes as it seems to sit better and isn't so long looking.

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OnAFly

Pike Popper

Hook: 3/0 Saltwater standard

Body: Foam Block (got it from Joann's Fabrics for 1$)

Tail/legs: Marabou and Saddle feathers w/Krystal flash tied in

It's a fairly self explanatory tie.

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    • Muskieman1977
      Thanks Rick, we will be launching out of Long Lake, so Becker may be our best bet.  I assume Schneider is a long haul from Long Lake?  Do you think we should just fish outside weed edges or do you think the fish will still be on the docks?  I'm a bit concerned with the lower temps this week. 
    • Rick G
      Cedar Island for smallies, Becker or Schneider for largies
    • Muskieman1977
      My partner and I will be fishing a 10 boat bass tournament this Sunday (Oct 1st) on the Horseshoe chain.  We have never fished this water, so we are at a loss right now.  Do any of you have any recommendations on what areas to fish, types of lures, etc..  No sure where the fish would be around this time of year, but any advice would be much appreciated!!!  Thanks so much
    • Rick
      Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with the final game in this offer coming up Saturday, Sept. 30, vs. the Detroit Tigers.  As part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket and receive a special Twins cap. Ticket prices vary by game and seat locations are either in the Field Box or Home Run Porch sections. All ticket holders under this partnership will pick up their cap at the game. Instructions for purchasing tickets are at mndnr.gov/twins. Buy fishing and hunting licenses at any Minnesota Department of Natural Resources license agent, online with a mobile or desktop device at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, or by phone at 888-665-4236. Mobile buyers receive a text or email that serves as proof of a valid fish or game license to state conservation officers. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      New fall hours take effect Oct. 1 Hours for the bison range road at Minneopa State Park will change for the month of October due to decreasing daylight hours. Starting Oct. 1, the range road will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road will be closed on Wednesdays for regular maintenance.  Hiking trails around the bison range provide more bison viewing opportunities. Trails are open daily year round during regular park hours. A vehicle permit ($7 daily or $35 year-round) is required to enter the park. Bison range road hours will be adjusted again to follow daylight hours for the winter. Beginning Nov. 1, winter hours will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Minneopa State Park’s bison herd arrived in September 2015 and has been a popular attraction for the park since then. The bison are part of the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd, managed through a formal agreement between the DNR and Minnesota Zoo. The partners are working together to preserve American plains bison. The plan is to grow the herd to 500 animals at several locations, including Blue Mounds State Park, Minneopa State Park and the Minnesota Zoo. Genetic testing of the herd from 2011 to 2014 found them largely free of any genetic material that would have come from cross-breeding with cattle. Less than 1 percent of all American plains bison tested so far have been found free of cattle genes. Bison viewing tips: Bison may be difficult to spot at times. Visitors should drive slowly and keep a watchful eye as they go through the range. Remain inside vehicle while driving through the bison range. Bison should be given clearance of at least 75 feet from people and vehicles at all times. Dogs can make bison nervous, so pets must be kept on a leash while in the park and hiking around the bison range. Bison get nervous around loud noises or lots of activity, so keeping voices down and movements to a minimum may help keep the bison within easy viewing. Hiking is not allowed inside the range, but there are hiking trails all the way around the outside of the range that can provide some fantastic views of the bison. For information on the Minneopa State Park bison herd, see:  mndnr.gov/minneopa-bison. Resources on bison can be found here:  mndnr.gov/bison. For more information on Minneopa State Park, call 507-389-5464 or visit: mndnr.gov/minneopa. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Youth, ages 10-15, can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 19, to Sunday, Oct. 22, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  “Youth deer season is about putting the youth’s hunting experience first,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Many students get a couple days off school for teacher workshops during the youth season so the long break is a great time to plan a hunt that can teach valuable skills and help grow a youth’s interest in the outdoors.” Deer permit areas open to the hunt are: 101, 105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, 267, 268, 338, 339, 341, 342, 343, 344 (including Whitewater Game Refuge), 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 601 and 603. Blaze orange or blaze pink requirements apply to all hunters, trappers and adult mentors in areas open for the youth deer season. Public land is open, and private land is open if the hunters have landowner permission. Youth ages 10 through 15 must obtain a deer license. Youth ages 12 to 15 need to have completed firearms safety or, if not, can obtain an apprentice hunter validation. During the youth season, a parent, guardian or mentor age 18 or older must accompany the youth and only need a license if the youth is taking advantage of the apprentice validation option. Party hunting on a youth license is not allowed – so youth must take and tag their own deer. The bag limit for the youth season is one deer only. Youth may use their regular license or a bonus permit if they take an antlerless deer, regardless of the management designation. Bucks must be tagged with the youth’s regular license. Participation does not affect eligibility for the regular deer season; however, the harvested deer counts against the youth’s annual statewide bag limit and the bag limit for the deer permit area. If hunting in permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603, the early antlerless only season is in effect from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, so adults and youth can hunt at the same time in these areas; however, if a youth harvests a deer and wishes to continue hunting during the early antlerless only season they must purchase an early antlerless permit. Youth hunters in permit area 603 must have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease and cannot move the carcass out of the permit area until a negative test result is received. Properly cut-up deer and boned-out meat can be taken out of the area provided no brain matter or spinal column material is attached. Information on proper steps to follow after harvesting a deer in permit area 603 is available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd/603. CWD testing during the youth season is not required in the other permit areas where mandatory testing will occur on Nov. 4 and 5 during the first two days of the firearms deer season. More information about the youth season can be found on page 34 of the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      With 59 state forests that cover 4.2 million acres, Minnesota state forests are a great place to view fall color, according to the Department of Natural Resources. “Forests with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees offer a wonderful fall color experience,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “The dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees.” Here are a few routes to consider: Late September Bear Island State Forest loop. From Ely head south on state Highway 1 toward Isabella for about 20 miles. Take a right on New Tomahawk Road toward Babbitt for about 17 miles. Turn right on County Road 21 for 15 miles back to Ely. Kabetogama State Forest loop. From Orr head north on state Highway 53 for 4 miles. Turn right on County Road 180 to head east for 16 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 203 to head east for about 4.5 miles. Turn right on Vermillion Falls road to head east for 8 miles. Turn right on County Road 24/23 and follow to Orr for 26 miles. White Earth State Forest starting at Roy Lake head east on state Highway 200 for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Strawberry Mountain Road to head south for 5 miles. At Norris Trail turn left to head east for 3 miles. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. For a longer loop follow Strawberry Mountain road to state Highway 113. Turn right on state Highway 113 to head east. Turn left on Height of Land Road to head north back to Highway 200. Early to mid-October St. Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From I35, take Hinckley exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48 for 19 miles. Turn left to head north on County Road 24 and follow as it curves east and north for 7 miles. Turn right on County Road 25 to head east for 9.5 miles. At Markville, head north on County Road 31 for about 12 miles. Turn left on Park Forest Road/Park Truck Trail to head west for 13 miles. Turn right on County Road 171 to head north for 2 miles. Turn left onto County Road 154/Kerrick Road to head west for 5 miles. At Kerrick, head south on state Highway 23 for 18 miles to I35 exit #195. Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest loop. From downtown Red Wing head south on Highway 61 for 10.5 miles. At Frontenac take a right onto Country 2 to head east for 9 miles. Take a right onto County Road 3 to head east for 4 miles. Take a right onto state Highway 58 to head north for 1.5 miles. Take a left onto Hay Creek Trail to head north for about 4.5 miles. Hey Creek Trail turns into Twin Bluff Road at Pioneer Trail. Continue on Twin Bluff Road for 1.5 miles and turn left on East Ave to return to downtown Red Wing. Visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/fall-colors.html for additional scenic routes and state forest information. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night. Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Event to take place at Marshall’s Southwest State University Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall.  “I am proud of Minnesota’s great hunting traditions, and I have enjoyed pheasant hunting here for over sixty years,” said Dayton. “For the past seven years, we have held Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Openers, which have been very popular. I thank our wonderful hosts in the Marshall area for all of their hard work to make this year’s Opener such an outstanding event. I invite all Minnesotans to join us for this special Minnesota tradition.” Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and available until sold out, at the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 507-532-4484. The banquet features a social hour, dinner and program which will include Dayton, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Explore Minnesota Director John Edman and local presenters. The banquet is part of the weekend festivities, hosted by Marshall, that showcase the many hunting, recreational and travel opportunities the Marshall area has to offer visitors. This is the seventh annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Marshall previously hosted the second Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in 2012, after Montevideo hosted the inaugural event in 2011. Marshall has a population of 13,680 and is located 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities at the junctions of U.S. Highway 59 and state highways 19, 23 and 68. Marshall and southwest Minnesota actively promote hunting and outdoor recreation. Within 25 miles of Marshall, there are 37 Walk-In Access areas totaling just under 3,000 acres, 20 waterfowl production areas totaling approximately 3,779 acres and 132 WMAs totaling 24,407 acres. In Lyon County alone, there are 47 WMAs totaling 11,184 acres. All are open to public hunting. Explore Minnesota and the DNR are assisting the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce in planning the event. More information and updates on the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener can be found at exploreminnesota.com/mngpho. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      Results from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ 2016-1017 wolf population survey suggest Minnesota’s wolf population has increased 25 percent since the 2015-2016 survey.  After remaining stable during the past four years, the survey estimates that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were approximately 500 wolf packs and 2,856 wolves. The survey’s margin of error is about plus or minus 500 wolves. The 2015-2016 survey estimated the number of packs at 439 and the wolf population at 2,278.   Minnesota’s wolf population remains well above the state’s minimum goal of at least 1,600 wolves and also above the federal recovery goal of 1,251 to 1,400. The DNR has consistently managed wolf populations at levels that exceed both state and federal minimums. Survey results suggest packs were slightly larger (4.8 vs. 4.4) and used smaller territories (54 square miles vs. 62 square miles) than the previous winter. Although neither individually represented a significant change from recent years, collectively they explain the increase in the population estimate and are consistent with a continuing increase in deer numbers observed in many parts of wolf range. From spring 2015 to spring 2016, deer density within the wolf range is estimated to have increased 22 percent. “From approximately 2005 to 2014, a decline in prey appears to have translated into larger wolf pack territories, fewer or smaller packs and a reduced wolf population, said John Erb, the DNR’s wolf research scientist. “Now, the reverse appears to be happening.” Although other factors such as pack competition, disease and human-caused mortality can influence wolf population dynamics, prey density typically determines the carrying capacity for wolves. “Changes in estimated wolf abundance generally have tracked those of deer over the past 5 years,” Erb said. The wolf population survey is conducted in mid-winter near the low point of the annual population cycle. A winter survey makes counting pack size from a plane more accurate because the forest canopy is reduced and snow makes it easier to spot darker shapes on the ground. Pack counts during winter are assumed to represent minimum estimates given the challenges with detecting all members of a pack together at the same time. A winter count also excludes the population spike that occurs each spring when the number of wolves typically doubles immediately following the birth of pups, many of which do not survive to the following winter. The DNR’s goal for wolf management, as outlined in the state’s wolf management plan, is to ensure the long-term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing wolf-human conflicts. Minnesota currently has no direct management responsibility for wolves now because a federal district court ruling in December 2014 returned Minnesota’s wolves to the federal list of threatened species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages all animals on that list. Visit the DNR website at mndnr.gov/wolves to find the full population survey report, reported wolf mortalities and an overview of wolves in Minnesota. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • hnd
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