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  1. This picture is from Etsy's website.
  2. I just checked up on shad and it's life Cy clé. It is said that they stop feeding when going up river tons to spawn but they resume feeding after spawning and while going back downriver to the sea.
  3. I know nothing about shad fishing during their river run, including whether they feed or not and, if they do, what they feed on so I may be out in left field in asking this: have you ever tried "real" grease line fishing on them?
  4. The first two steps of your method are those of the greased line method used in Atlantic salmon fishing for close to 120 years (and now "promoted" for saltwater striper fishing by the Fisherman): a cast slightly upstream and an immediate mend (in salmon fishing to make sure that there is no drag on the fly. But, except for the fact that you're using a floating line as in the greased line (in 1903 what made the line float was greasing it), the similarities end there. In greased line fishing for salmon, thinly dressed unweighted wet flies (tied on light hooks) are used and mending will be repeated when necessary throughout the whole drift to insure that it remains drag-free, the object being to present the fly just under the surface and broadside to the current and thus to the holding fish. But what I think happens with what you do is that your getting somewhat of a "drag-free" drift and a more broadside presentation of the fly than you would otherwise and that may well carry in that 1 to 3 window.
  5. I can't be sure from the pictures, but the hackle don't seem to be canted, so appear to lay flat over the bucktail. What can help facilitate the "laying flat" is to make a pillow at the tying point with a little bit of fluff from the base of the hackle and lay the stem of the hackle and even a few hackle fibers on this pillow. Joe Cordeiro explains how to do this in his videos on how to tie flatwings.
  6. The posting by Orca (in the current thread "Striper's addiction") of the picture of an eel prompted me to try to come up with an imitation. I would have liked to do a flatwing as he did but I didn't have the proper hackles to do so. So I decided on a Bucktail Deceiver hybrid using ostrich herl and one hackle tied flatwing style in the tail. On a Mustad C70S #2/0 hook, about 7" long.
  7. If your saltwater pencil poppers are Wapsi's, some fly shops (J. Stockard, Bears Den, Worley's....) sell them together with the required hooks (google "hooks for saltwater pencil popper bodies"). So calling one of them should provide you with a fast and reliable answer.
  8. And, to complete my array of salmon flies shown on this thread, tube flies. Very popular in the UK and Europe but not so on the Québec salmon streams although more than they were twenty years ago. The first two are tied on home made brass tubes originated by Claude Bousquet (these were made by a commercial fly tier friend), the front half of which is covered with a shrink sleeve and the rear end with a junction tube. The first one is the Fanfreluche, a Bousquet pattern, and the second of course is the well-known Magog Smelt. I never fished them much but a friend of mine made a "killing" (all released fish!) with these on the Bonaventure, in early fall fishing, and the star of these was the Magog one. And he fished them in a very unorthodox manner, at least in Atlantic salmon fishing: as if he was fishing a nymph, casting the fly directly upstream. Claude Bousquet's Fanfreluche Magog Smelt This is the popular and successful Sunray Shadow tube fly. This one on a plastic tube. And finally two hitching tube flies, of course on plastic tubes. On these, the leader will not be put through the tube from the front but either from one of the sides or the bottom of the tube, through a hole that is pierced just behind the head. These two are the Fishmadman's Silver Tippet V-Fly, one with a wing of pine squirrel, the other black squirrel. Pine squirrel V-Fly Black squirrel V-Fly
  9. Two for sure. But I read somewhere, as coming from Bob Pop, that it was important in the schoolie fly that the baitfish (patterns) be parallel one to each other. So 3 or 4?
  10. No apologies needed. And just gentle and friendly ribbing on my part.
  11. Really?: aerodynamics, lift, angles of attack, chord line, pressure wave, drag, vertical and horizontal planes, flight direction, action-reaction, downforce, pressure differential, airfoil shape..... My head is spinning and I have difficulty breathing! It's as if I was in a chat room with Cape Canaveral scientists (mad?) discussing the design of the next outer space vehicle. So earth to out there: let's get back to where us common mortals live and.... flycast.
  12. When I was heavily into Atlantic salmon fishing, I always tied the butts of my leaders to the fly line with a needle knot and of course the knot was tied a little bit above the tip of the fly line. And it's only after I wrote that post that I realized that the knot was flush with the tip of the line. My bad! I guess I was focusing too much on the butt seeming to come out of the center of the line in the picture when it looks a little bit off center when tied with a blood knot.
  13. The butt seems to come out of the line, so maybe a needle knot?
  14. The body-head is made of SF Flash Blend. I've posted these in a few color schemes and detailed how they are tied in the still current thread "Striper flies for a friend" in the Fly Tying Forum.
  15. Great post indeed. But I'm puzzled: why do you conclude with "6' butt, 18" mid, 24" tippet" for your leader? Under CaryGreene's formula for a saltwater leader a 6' foot butt would call for a 3' mid section and a 1' tippet.