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Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 09:09 PM
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Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Back-up to the back-up...

A man can never have too many fly rods! :D
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-26-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 715
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Two minute ties and Guide Flies

If I set my mind to it I can crank out small Clouser Minnows in under 2 minutes, but I don't worry about how long it takes me too often. Even when I tied commercially I didn't worry about such...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-25-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 120
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Tips on tanning hides for zonkers?

I never cut hides on anything solid. I prefer to have some space behind the hide and always cut from the hide side. I hardly ever cut the hair this way. You can certainly tack the hide to a board,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,003
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Preferred method for trout

Old Timer, you need to read up on your entomology.

From Wikipedia:






So, even mayflies, stoneflies & caddis are not true flies. :rolleyes:
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 828
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Anyone else just slop it out there?

Thank you for that explanation! :thumbsup:
Forum: Fly Tying Articles 02-25-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Tying versus Buying

Joe, I agree with what's already been said, very well done and some excellent points that should be considered by anyone who may desire to start tying their own! :clap:

I started tying before I...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-25-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 120
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Tips on tanning hides for zonkers?

I've used the chrome tanning process in the past, and that produced a very usable hide for cutting strips. It also produces a hide that is resistant to hardening once it gets wet. That's one problem...
Forum: Belize 02-25-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 106
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: to tie in a weedguard or not??

I've never fished there, but when I tied commercially I was often asked to include weed guards on many "Flats" type flies. In most such destinations there may be waters that require them. Weed guards...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,907
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Have you ever put a worm on your fly ?

Certainly! When I was a kid learning to use a fly rod I used many types of baits and often on a bare hook, including grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, and caterpillars. I used flies I had tied too,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 828
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Anyone else just slop it out there?

Silver, I'm assuming here that these casts are using a dry fly? Could they be used with subsurface flies effectively?

I've caught fish in similar places, Smallmouths primarily, and on streamers &...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 828
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Anyone else just slop it out there?

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not an expert & my casting could improve. Sometimes my sloppy casts are due to inattentiveness on my part, but sometimes too not always done unintentionally.
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Forum: Gear Reviews 02-23-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By bigjim5589
Uintah Fly Shop Flies

The good folks at Uintah Fly Shop of Salt Lake City, Utah, Justin & Richard Dickerson, offered sample flies in exchange for honest reviews of their shop tied flies. I responded, and being quite...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-22-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Striped Bass Rod

IMO, if you're only going to target those biggest fish, or are that concerned about hooking up with the bigger ones then go as heavy as you feel comfortable with tossing. 12 wt perhaps.

Here in...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,003
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Preferred method for trout

I don't get the opportunity to fish for trout very often, so when I do I try to go with what I feel will work well for the time of year. I have both a 3 & 4 wt graphite custom rods I enjoy using for...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-19-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,461
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Best way to tie a woolly bugger?

This has been a very good thread. For anyone, but more so for those just beginning to tie or with little experience, IMO it should be obvious that no hackle will be best for all tying applications....
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-18-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 840
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Pros and cons of soft hackle "feathers"?

Todd, I believe you'll find that the primary difference is in the size of the hackle.
As flytire pointed out, there are substitutes that provide similar appearance & often at less cost. However,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-18-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,461
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Best way to tie a woolly bugger?

Most strung hackle is a "whatever" material, as whatever is sewn into that particular length is what you get. Other than a general length, there's no sizing to it. This applies to Chinese & domestic...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 02-16-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Found some awesome flies

Welcome both of you to the forums then! Uintahflyshop, thanks for sponsoring the site, and Shawn, good to have another new fly fishing member! :thumbsup:
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-15-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Finally got around to tying a couple things...

I wouldn't hesitate to fish with any of them! :thumbsup:

Yes, your proportions are not ideal, but those will catch fish. Even after all the years I've been tying, I also sometimes tend to jump...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-15-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 793
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: What do you guys use to transport fly tying materials?

I don't transport tying items too often, but being a truck driver I have taken some with me, as I sometimes do layovers in the truck.

I carry tools & smaller items, such as hooks, beads & packs...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 02-14-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: North Carolina Saltwater HELP!?!?

Most of the salt fishing I've done has been up here in my area, but I've found similarities in other places. The primary difference has been time of year & the species encountered.

I've fly fished...
Forum: Flies 02-14-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 156
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Different flash types and their success rates?

I like Polar Flash the best, but also use the KF & Flashabou. I have more colors than I really need, and likely use gold, silver & pearl the most. I do like the holographic colors, but again gold &...
Forum: The Lodge Den 02-12-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 389
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Look what they are labeling as "fish" nowdays

It says "FISH DEPT", but that doesn't mean they're trying to pass it off as fish or even seafood.
Forum: The Lodge Den 02-11-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 389
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Look what they are labeling as "fish" nowdays

I read the article, but no where did it say they were selling Raccoons labeled as Fish? :confused:

I've eaten Raccoon meats many times. It's a bit greasy, but quite tasty. IMO, it's similar to...
Forum: Flies 02-10-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: What Size!!

Turbineblade, that's a good point too & you & I have discussed big flies versus smaller ones.

Getting away from the hook sizes, most of the bass fishing I now do is with flies that are in the...
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