captkenroy

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About captkenroy

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  • About Me:
    I've been fishing for 63 years and still going strong
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, fly tying kayaking
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired Charter boat operator
  1. Tarpon and Snook candy. Heck, I might bite one too. Your flies are way beyond my skill level. When moving from one area to another, I often troll a big hollow with a Pulse Disk. I'm often interrupted by huge splashes behind my yak and a wildly bucking fly rod. Some days, trolling these flies is the only way I get a bite.
  2. I just bought a Rossi .22 auto. I love the rifle but hate the sights. I learned to use "Quick Point" back in 1964 at Ft. Polk, LA and still use it. For close shooting, I do not need a sight at all but for really precise shooting, I'd like a tiny "Ghost Ring" sight that doesn't obscure my sight down the barrel. I've removed both front and rear sights on this little rifle and have no problem what so ever rolling cans all over my back yard or hitting thrown bottles and cans. Factory sights on this little rifle totally suck but it is so sweet to carry and shoot. At 4 pounds on the nose, it feels like a toy. After close to 2000 rounds I still haven't had a miss-fire or feed problem. BTW, the little Peep sight on the new Thompson/Center 10/22 clone has a great little peep but the gun is $350, and is bulky and unwieldy like the 10/22. For $99 this is one great little gun. Anybody know of a peep sight that will work on a grooved receiver. The lady I talked to at Rossi didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
  3. Re: Keeping the hook point up. I've just about quit wrapping the hook shank with solder. When wrapping, you often add more weight than you need to keep the point up. My first step in tying an inverted fly these days is to tie a length of wire the entire length of the hook--underneath the hook. Leave extra lead out the back of the wraps. Tie the fly as usual then bend the lead/solder wire forward and secure with the head wraps. This really lowers the COG. Another help is to tie a little buoyant material on the "up" side of the fly. When all else fails, use a paper hole punch to cut disks from craft foam. Side one or two in the hook shank just behind the point. I sometimes do this on the water. I can punch out a hundred of these little disks in less than 5 minutes. Keep in mind that wind resistant flies seldom cast well.
  4. I just tie a Cockroach in colors that match the shrimp in the area and am done with it. The Cockroach looks kinda like a shrimp and acts just like a shrimp. Un-hurried traveling or feeding shrimp barely move. I fish them only slightly faster than the tide moves them at the most. Shrimp seldom move into the current by swimming although they can flee that way. Going up current, shrimp crawl along the bottom. They can't handle strong current. Any "twitching" I do with the Cockroach is to get a fishes attention. Some folks think Shrimp move like baitfish. That doesn't happen. Yes. I often see shrimp skipping on the surface but only when there is a fish hot on his butt.
  5. I seldom tie rabbit strip flies but do tie a bunch with Chamois curl tails. A little bucktail works well for me as does adding a little paint or glue to the area right next to the hook. If you are having a lot of problems, check your casting technique. I can't cast long with strip flies. Actually, I can't cast far with much of anything.
  6. I often use a solid brass bead ahead of my flies. Just let it slide on the tippet. It adds lots of action as well as increasing the sink rate.
  7. Finally, the flies. I tied these yesterday and tested them too. They come alive at the slightest twitch or slowest pull. I'm sure they will swim in light current. I've caught lots of fish drifting one of these flies behind my yak. The second fly is just about as easy as it gets. I added a drop of sparkle fingernail polish to the end of the tails. Could use fluorescent colors to the ends too.
  8. I have a question regarding the back of the head of the fly shown in the initial post. How did you get the smooth back end? Mine always ravel (or is it unravel?)
  9. Nope, It is a cutting guide. I lay the material on a starboard cutting board and cut it with a scalpel. Here are a couple ready to tie with.
  10. There is a wavy cut pork rind that may or may not work. OK, here is a template cut out of a sandwich spreader.
  11. I honestly don't know if there is a pork rind curl tail. I'll google Uncle Josh and look at their catalog. I caught tons of Redfish on the Uncle Josh pork frog many years ago but haven't used one in years because I hate how pork rind bottles leaked salt water into my tackle box. GULP juice is a lot worse because it stinks. A small soft plastic frog (Bass lure) is a killer for Redfish and Snook too. I think they mistake it for a swimming crab. Chamois is a thin leather made out of some sort of sheep or goat. It is super flexible and pretty tough too. You gotta limit the amount of chamois you use because it soaks up water and gets heavy. I don't have that problem with synthetics like Mylar and Lame. I started grinding a cutting template out of a stainless steel sandwich spreader just before dark. I'm using my Dremmel tool with thin cut off wheels. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day so I'll spend some time in my shop. Using stainless steel, I will be able to use my wood burning tool to cut and seal synthetic material like Lame.
  12. I don't advocate hanging cut bait on my fly but I am dang sure not a purist. The Pulse Disc makes casting a PITA for me but they make a fly so incredibly effective in some situations that I use them a lot. It's not just the incredible action they give to long flies. The vibration must be felt to be believed. I wish I'd been the one to invent the Pulse Disc. A large Bulkhead Mullet with a Pulse Disc is, hands down, my favorite Tarpon bait when they are feeding on Mullet I incorporate spinners into some flies as well as stick on fingernails. Yeah, I use a drop of Shedder crab oil to a fly fairly often when blind casting in muddy water. Re: Shedder crab oil--it makes the difference between 1 bite for 20-30 cast right in the face of 10-40# Black Drum to a bite every 5 casts or so. When I was chartering, murky water made for poor catches unless I chummed in an area with a little visibility. It made catching a fish pretty often with minimal poling a lot easier rather than poling several miles with precious few shots. I explained this to my clients and most agreed to the chumming. There were a few purists, however. Flies for saltwater are sort of a misnomer. There are almost 0 insect species in saltwater. Niches that insects fill in freshwater are completely filled by crustaceans in salt water. Re: spinners and spoons. The Hilderbrandt Flicker Fly is, hands down, the best big Bluegill (fly) ever invented. I've caught 20 Bluegills on 20 casts many times when the situation was right. I'd rather fish a popper, though.
  13. I just remembered something. Some synthetic materials, wide stuff in particular, sound like a buzz bomb going over on the cast and I never know where my fly is going to land--usually not where I wanted it. I try to use tough materials like Ultra Suede. I probably wouldn't notice the sound these days because I am just about deaf. Speaking of sound--I've watched Tarpon move 20 feet to eat a fly with a Pulse Disk in water so muddy they couldn't possibly see it until it was right in their face.
  14. Don't bother with the area north of Tarpon Springs on the west coast for the next few years. Our first cold front killed many thousands of Snook. I've seen several hundred dead floaters at once. Kinda makes you want to puke. "Global Warming' my a55. Water temperature at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River dropped to 42 degrees for a while. I've lived here since 1975 and have never seen the water temperature that low.
  15. Bonefish are really easy to hook so even a dull 3407 will catch them however, you will hook more with super sharp hooks. Super sharp hooks make catching a fish that you didn't see or even feel easier. Bonefish are pretty easy to catch if you can find an area with no boat traffic--fat chance now days.