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    Fly Tying Tips

    I thought I'd shre something a bit different for some of the newer members. I like to find ways to "simplify" my tying when I can. I am not a production tyer, so I don't keep my scissors looped on...
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    Articulate Wiggle Leech

    This is the Articulate Wiggle Leech I use for big bass. I've included some photos of the steps along the way to show the tying process. I use stiff wire that I wrap to make the connector. With the...
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    Fly tying tip

    I like to find ways to "simplify" my tying when I can. I am not a production tyer, so I don't keep my scissors looped on my finger at all times. I put them down when I'm tying in materials or...
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    Bubble Head Poppers

    A few more of the Bubble Head Poppers (AKA Round Dinnies). As you can see, I'm playing around with some frog versions. I suspect that the froggie patterns will attract some bass as well. I'm also...
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    Bobber-head popper

    I'm tying up a bunch of these little guys for the spring season here in Central Florida. I use an 8mm cork ball which is usually used in carp fishing in Europe. I put a coat of UV nail polish on...
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    John, You can find the Seashell sequins at any...

    John, You can find the Seashell sequins at any Michaels or Hobby Lobby. As far as I know, they only come in once size which is 1/2" (13MM) across the widest part of the sequin. One package will...
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    Wiggle Leech

    I have been using these Seashell sequins for a number of years to add lips to my floating minnow patterns to get them to dive and have a wiggle action. A while back, I decided to give them a try...
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    They look good. Add a coat of fingernail polish...

    They look good. Add a coat of fingernail polish to the heads if you want a different color/look.

    Jim Smith
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    Feather Baitfish

    I tied up a couple more of the Feathered Baitfish pattern I'm working on. Still a work in progress. but they ride properly with the hook in the up position and track well. They slim down a bit in...
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    Thanks for the kind words. I plan on taking it...

    Thanks for the kind words. I plan on taking it out for a trial run tomorrow evening. I'll post the results.

    Jim
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    I looked at another spool of it that I have with...

    I looked at another spool of it that I have with a shiny silver surface. It is called Leather Ribbon and I think it will have lots of application in different patterns that I tie.

    Jim Smith
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    Large Guinea Fowl Streamer

    I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to use the larger Guinea Fowl wing feathers for so I thought I'd try them on a large streamer tied on a size 4/0 Ahrex hook. This fly consists of four feathers...
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    Nice looking collection! That looks like some...

    Nice looking collection! That looks like some time well-spent at the vise.

    Jim Smith
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    Guinea Fowl Streamer

    I am tying up some streamers to imitate baby crappie and sunfish. I wanted to create a deep profile without adding too much bulk. I used a bit of dyed arctic fox fur for a tail and added some...
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    Great! I look forward to seeing them. Here's a...

    Great! I look forward to seeing them. Here's a Crease fly I tied up just to see how the Iron-On kind works when super glued to foam. It works okay but it's a bit of a sticky mess to position the...
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    It comes in a wide variety of colors. There are...

    It comes in a wide variety of colors. There are two different kinds of this vinyl material. One the removable which is like the old contact paper. It sticks fine to the sheet foam, but but you...
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    Shimmer Vinyl Minnow

    I like to mess around with different "non-traditional" materials when tying flies. I picked up a couple of colors of this Shimmer Vinyl on sale at Hobby Lobby for $4.48 for each roll. The rolls are...
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    ...of course you must know that the flies they...

    ...of course you must know that the flies they tie on those hooks are the only ones they give to you to use when you're out fishing together;)

    Jim Smith
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    One thing that you may want to consider is saving...

    One thing that you may want to consider is saving them to use with your fly tying. I would see a use if you cut the hook off above the bend and perhaps using the hook shanks by securely tying it to...
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    Only if you are willing to risk loosing the fish...

    Only if you are willing to risk loosing the fish of a lifetime because the hook breaks. Other than that, I'd toss them.

    Jim Smith
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    Carter's SEM Sculpin

    This is a version of Carter's SEM Sculpin that I tied using Whiting Dyed Guinea Hen feathers I bought a while back. These Guinea hen pelts are so beautiful that it's a shame to use them. That said,...
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    Second iteration of the spinner fly

    Here's a second iteration of the Spinner Fly I am working on. I added some photos to show the spinner assembly and attachment. You can't see it in the photos, but I gave the wire a coating of epoxy...
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    Greg, Thanks for thekind words. I took it out...

    Greg, Thanks for thekind words. I took it out for a test run yesterday evening. It casts fine on my 9 foot 7wt Sag RPL which is a medium action rod. I opened my loops a bit and made sure to give...
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    Proof of Concept Bass fly

    I thought this up in the wee hours of the morning and thought I'd give it a try. It's a bit crude and needs work, but it looks like it will work well in adding a bit of movement and flash to some...
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    Trying something a bit different

    Sometimes, I like to try different materials and ideas at the vise, just to see what I can come up with. While this isn't a different material in that it is closed-cell foam that is precut into the...
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