jabster

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  1. Beautiful Flatwings. @Mike Oliver Hit me up with a message if you need help finding Flatwing materials this side of the pond. I got some solid sources for bucktail and suitable hackels are not hard to find if are willing to pay for them.
  2. Big flies are always a compromise. Slip&Slide brings up a good point about keel and weight though - the more material there is around the hook to create that full profile the more keel you need to have and the more wind resistance your fly has the more weight it need. However, it is very important to realize that at some point more weight is just more weight and an overweight fly won't be nice to cast. I personally tie and fish big flies all year long. 7-10inches of profile is plenty big for most cases but never leave home without a 11-12" beast. 7-8" "normal" big flies are really easy to make in the Hollow Deceiver style either by using feathers, ostrich or some suitable synthetic to extend the back. Using ostrich is the lightest casting option. 9-10" I usually end up extending the tail with a synthetic or use a short extension tube, shank or mono. 11-12" for me means Beasts on a mono or sometimes a tube extension or then at time when I'm not that worried about casting that much a full synthetic bugger. When it comes to casting 8"+ flies you can't beat flies natural materials. Especially when you have to cast in to the wind. They have so much less wind resistance(slim profile in the air, big in the water) and retain water = weight that makes them cast well in to the wind. Most synthetics have almost the same profile in the air then they have in the water so they pretty much always end up having more air resistance then their natural counterparts.
  3. I'm not 100% sure. There might well be differences between products. For me a high power(single led) usb torch with a 365 wave length has been the best. It works very well with DC, Solarez, Loon and Gulff Uv products. I do still pop my finished flies to my wife's uv nail studio to get that final cure though as it's much more convenient that way then playing around with the torch for a few minutes.
  4. 365 is the best that I've found
  5. Yes that's basically it. Simplicity with a purpose.
  6. The front part is long craft fur. Thank you!
  7. Yes, they are tied on a tube. Adds a bit of buoyancy to the fly and lets me use a short shank hook.
  8. Not a big difference. A bit more V and more body for the fish to target at.
  9. Thank you and yes, it is a POP Fleyes Flex fly. The fly does not swim like the soft plastic. The name comes more from it's color and it's ability to catch fish out of thin air just like the soft plastic does. However, it does have a nice swimming motion to it and well, it does catch a lot of fish.
  10. Thank you sir! Ps. I do wind my thread clockwise if you look at it up front.... I do wrap and tie in the "wrong" direction though if judged by the way most people tie. Always have and it does not bother me at all. If I was a right handed tier then I would tie counter clockwise, but as a lefty I'm tying clockwise when according to all "standards" I should be tying counter clockwise... And yes, it works very well with Striped bass too especially when tied all white or all black and multiple other species like blue fin tuna, perch and pike.
  11. The Albie season is here. Soon things will hopefully get hot around Cape Lookout. Here's one fly you should have in your fly box to compete with the guys using spinning gear and albie snax
  12. What weight rod are you using? I like the SA sonar 30 warm lines and the Rio Leviathans the most.
  13. Funny how a old video like that King video of mine starts to circulate. It's been such a long time since I've used that rod that I am not certain about what lines I used with that rod. However I have this unsure feeling at the back of my head that I used a 600gr body+tips when so called "scandi" casting and a 660gr body+tips when doing sustained anchor casts. I don't remember if i've ever overhead casted with that rod.
  14. That's a solid first try.
  15. There's definately a time and place for both big profile/big silhouette flies and sparser/slimmer flies. Sometimes the fish just need some solid meat on the pattern to get them going. At times it's the opposite. Fly patterns like fly fishing in general, is a game of compromises.