Thanks. I'm not up on all the new materials. I looked at all the stuff at Sandy Moret's and the evil empire (Bass Pro)
, but didn't find anything I thought would work. I've got a good supply of the straws now, and my initial trial off the dock was really much better than I was expecting.
I may give Cam Sigler a call, ( he's really a good guy, by the way) and see if he'd be interested in making some foam tubes from the stuff he uses.
One good thing about the straws though is that I can use a stiff threading needle, and run the wire through it so it is touching the ID of the straw so the foam is facing the top of the water. This, I think is what made the lead hook track down (without having to add lead) even though the trailing hook was dead vertical too, but rotated 180 degrees from the front.
Now it could well be that the foam you are talking about may even work better because it could be tied to the top side of the wire as well. I will definitely check it out, and I thank you for the suggestion. It has to be very bouyant to hold up 7/0 hooks though.
The topwater bite is often nothing short of spectacular, which is why I am getting so excited about this setup. The actual catching can almost be anticlimax. We use live balyhoo teasers which jump and go ballistic when a Sail comes up , and the fly should resemble them as closely as possible.
If they are not really hungry, but hang around for a while, you can sometimes get a bunch of casts at them. I had one fish that refused about 4 what I thought were perfect presentations, but finally said WTF and ate on the last one. I think he had gotten fixated on the live teaser and was reluctant to eat the fly because it didn't look close enough to the real ballyhoo. That's why I'm really happy with how easy this thing is to cast. Our fish aren't like the Pacific ones you see on the videos for those guaranteed Sail on a fly charters. They are much more picky about what they eat.
OK back to my tying.