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  1. Nice ties Jasper. My first squid flies, all based on Capt. Ray's Squid-cicle, the top one as per his step by step description and the other two on a longer 4xl hook to get a longer body and, in the bottom one, adding a second rabbit strip in the tail (tentacles) under the eye assembly.
  2. Nice flies Ginclear. Slip n slide : found your posts of 2014 and 2016 on your squid flies and how and when to fish them. Very good info. One question on your floating pattern for which you share a lot of tying info: how do you attach the foam cylinder on the hook shank? À la Bob's Bangers as in the shorty you refer to? Or some other way? You provide less info on your "wet" patterns and the pictures are not clear enough, at least to me. You seem to tie those 2 ways.: one with an estaz chenille body (as you mention in your post for the female squid) covered with a rabbit strip that completes the body and imitates the tentacles with something else tied underneath as a "tail"; the other with a body of "hackled" rabbit strip (crosscut?) as in Capt. Ray's Sicle-Squid with another strip tied as a tail to provide tentacles. And in each case I can't figure out how you attach the eyes. More info would be helpful and appreciated.
  3. Thank you once again. You guys are generous in transmitting your knowledge about fly tying. Although I've been a fly angler (mostly Atlantic salmon, brook trout and smallmouth bass) for more decades that I care to remember and a fly tyer for 35 years, I'm only a beginner as far as fly angling in, and fly tying for, the salt, having begun in 2014 when a season was open for stripers on the Southern shore of the Gaspé peninsula. This is what's fun about fishing, and more so about fly tying, when you have an opportunity to go after a new species: becoming a beginner anew (well sort of...) and discovering and learning which is always a great pleasure when it's about something you love. So I went roaming on Internet and very early came upon SOL and it became my Bible about striper fishing and fly tying for it. And I discovered a community of great anglers and great fly tyers, including some who are really masters of the craft, those imaginative (something I'm not, at least when it comes to fly tying) great tyers who come up with new tying techniques to use materials, even old standbys like bucktail, and thus create wonderful new patterns. And, as I mentioned before, a community generous in sharing its knowledge and expertise. So I've been taking a lot out of SOL for the past 4 years without putting in much (as evidenced by the small number of posts to my credit), something I hope to remedy as I learn more and more about striper fishing. The least I can do is thank you all sincerely for your "gifts".
  4. Many thanks Capt. and I second HT's motion!
  5. Thank you and with pleasure Snapper1 but... how do I pm you ( sorry I'm really a neophyte at this)?
  6. HT: I don't know from personal experience:as I have never fished the Miramichi although I fished regularly for salmon for 35 years but only in Quebec. I do know however that salmon anglers in the Maritimes and Quebec and more so in New Brunswick are seriously concerned about depradation of young salmon (for example smolts on the Miramichi when they swim down to the sea) by stripers. There are now regular reports here in Quebec of stripers being caught in salmon streams by salmon anglers, sometimes 50 to 60 miles from the sea. To be followed...
  7. I'm a Montrealer who started five years ago fishing for stripers on the Quebec side of the Baie-des-Chaleurs in the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence. According to Fisheries Canada, the stripers we find there all come from one stock, that spawning in the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. From a low of 5,000 around 1990, the number of spawners in that population was estimated by Fisheries Canada to be around 50,000 in 2010, 350,000 in 2017 and... more than 990,000 in 2018. These figures come mostly from a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on the Fisheries website which also relate the measures put in place by Fisheries to conserve and rebuild that striper population. I sent this info to Steve Culton who replied that this increase in the Miramichi population was probably due more to the northwards migration of stripers from Eastern U.S. fisheries than strictly from those measures and this makes more sense to me than a threefold ingrown increase over one year. So if there is indeed such a northwards migration, your fisheries regulators will have to factor this in their decisions.
  8. I was searching SOL to find squid fly patterns to tie and try next summer for stripers in the Miramichi area of New Brunswick and came upon this thread and Capt.Ray's generously shared step-by-step of his Squid-sicle pattern which is doubly interesting for me as I have a lot of rabbit strips. However I read carefully the instructions but it is not clear to me how to put together the eye assembly before tying it in and I am hoping that Capt. Ray would kindly elaborate on this.
  9. Philly, many thanks for sharing. It makes a beautiful fly. I look forward to seeing it's look and action in the water and more so to showing it to the Baie-des-Chaleurs stripers.
  10. Philly, would you mind sharing what variation you bring to the Semper Fleye pattern and what color schemes you prefer?
  11. Squirrel fur strips can be used effectively for Zonker-type flies, at least for freshwater patterns. As an example look up John Barr's (of Copper John fame) Slumpbuster pattern.
  12. But if barbells are used and the fly turns over, I suggest that once the body is tied in, the hook should be turned upside down in the vise and the rabbit strip tied on the bottom of the hook shank ( threaded through the point of the hook) so that the fur is up and forms the back of the minnow when the fly is fished.