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Forum: Share Patterns 03-26-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 226
Posted By tpo
Re: Some chironomids and a scud I tied up today

Nice ties, I really like them. I've also been tying some midge patterns, hope to make it out to my favorite local lake in early April.

Tom
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-22-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 830
Posted By tpo
Re: When do you like to fish poppers?

For bluegill on a fly rod, spring spawning time is best. In Iowa, I imagine that is sometime in May to early June (I grew up in southern Indiana and 1H May was prime. The fish will spawn in shallow...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-17-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 959
Posted By tpo
Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Not the first time I've posted these pictures, but they are my favorite bass flies:

1) Grinnell Fly, with a long tail, this fly is deadly, I love fishing it:...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 02-18-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By tpo
Re: Loreto Mexico in March

JBird, thanks for the advice, its much appreciated! Yes, I heard about the wind problems in the offseason. Maybe I'll wing it and check out the options/ conditions when I get there.

Tom
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 02-18-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By tpo
Loreto Mexico in March

The wife booked a cheap cruise out of LA to Mexico in March. One of the stops is Loreto, which I know is famed for its summer dorado fishing. My question is this: is it worth dropping $400-500 for a...
Forum: Pacific Southwest 02-10-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By tpo
Re: Northern Cali fishing

Tyler, even though I've lived in California for years, I've hardly scratched the surface of the fly fishing opportunities. The North Coast has terrific salmon and steelhead fishing, but it think...
Forum: The Lodge Den 02-08-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By tpo
Re: Broke my vise!!

Perfect reason to get a new Dyna-king or Renzetti. You lucky dog!
Forum: Fly Swap 02-06-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,710
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

Thanks, and understood. I think I'll bow out then and wait for a swap where I know I can commit the time to do it right.

Tom
Forum: Fly Swap 02-05-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,710
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

Yeah, I'll be honest, it takes me a while to tie a deer hair bug, and I'll be gone most of early March, so tying a dozen identical bugs in time is going to be a challenge. If its not breaking the...
Forum: Fly Swap 02-05-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,710
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

OK, got it. Given that its a dozen flies I'll probably mix in some other patterns, like marabou muddlers, deer hair bluegill, etc. Looking forward to it, I've got some work to do!

Tom
Forum: Fly Swap 02-05-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,710
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

If you still have room, count me in. I really like tying deer hair flies, and bass bugs are my favorite, so I'll contribute a couple of bugs: deer hair popper, diver, and/or slider. I'm not...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-25-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 863
Posted By tpo
Re: Leader tying

I don't use a Tippett gauge/ micrometer to tie new leaders but to repair used ones. Maybe I wouldn't use it if I stuck with one leader formula, and I probably would survive without it, but I find it...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-24-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 863
Posted By tpo
Re: Leader tying

I also like to tie my own leaders. I have spools of Maxima from about 40 lb down to 10 lb, smaller than that I use tippet spools. I've experimented with a variety of formulas and still use several,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-15-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 623
Posted By tpo
Re: Regal vises?

I too have a Regal (standard jaws, I use it with a Griffin pedestal base) and a Renzetti (Traveller). The Regal is rock solid, every part is steel or brass; it feels like it would survive a nuclear...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-08-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 287
Posted By tpo
Re: Deer hair poppers

Trying to paste a link to the bass bugs I've posted in the fly gallery:

TPO Bass Flies - My Photo Gallery (http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=603&ppuser=0)

Tom
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-30-2013, 01:23 AM
Replies: 3,385
Views: 145,716
Posted By tpo
Re: What have you been tying today?

I've been working on restocking my stillwater box for the spring. Blood midge is a big spring hatch at Lake Davis here in Northern California, one of my favorite trout lakes. Here are some blood...
Forum: The Lodge Den 12-22-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 437
Posted By tpo
Re: What are you guys reading?

Strategies for Stillwater by Dave Hughes; a Christmas gift ot myself, I have one other fly fishing book on the way.

Tom
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-21-2013, 12:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By tpo
What patterns drive you nuts?

What are your most challenging, frustrating ties?? My top three are:

1) Deer hair bass bugs: I love tying them, and when you get it right, its a great feeling, but they can be very frustrating,...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 12-02-2013, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By tpo
Re: Bass Bugs

Great job! What bass fly do I like? That rabbit strip diver looks like a killer fly to me. I've had my best luck with rabbit strip flies, preferably a long tail, and on a slider that slithers...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 968
Posted By tpo
Re: Which common flies don't work for you?

I've never had much luck with PT nymphs, copper johns, humpies, adams, stimulators, royal wulff's, hoppers, or beetles. I've had a lot more luck with various midge patters, wooly buggers, wooly...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 11-24-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 648
Posted By tpo
Re: Do you smoke when tying flies?

I occasionally smoke Fox News when tying.

Tom
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 11-21-2013, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3,385
Views: 145,716
Posted By tpo
Re: What have you been tying today?

Wow, beautiful deer hair work! Well done.

Tom
Forum: General Discussion 11-10-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By tpo
Re: Hate at first sight

I respect everyone's views, but I have been happy with my Prestige Plus's. My summary assessment is:

Good:
- low cost (while list is $50, they often on sale for $25-30)
- I don't think they...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,288
Posted By tpo
Re: Great Fly Rod Debate: Trout

For Stillwater trout here in California, 9' 5wt fast action is my "go to" stick. For smaller streams I go with my 8'6" med fast 4 wt.

Tom
Forum: Share Patterns 10-31-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By tpo
Re: Chironomids and bloodworms to share

Great job. Definite fish catchers. Love the colors.

Tom
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