Jim H

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About Jim H

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fly Tying, Lure & Tackle Making, Fly Fishing, Hunting
  • What I do for a living:
    Tractor Trailer Driver for Dominos Pizza
  1. I toss the ribbontail worms a good bit, as I've used them for bass & Stripers. My best colors have been black, black shad, baby bass, green pumpkin, and pearl. I have a bunch of colors, but use these the most. I will agree with Jerry Blair about the Zoom Monsters. I have ribbontail worms in lengths from 4" up to the 14" Zoom Monsters. IMO, size is often more important than exact color.
  2. You might also try some of the "SAMMY" types. Not really a Spook, but they are easier to walk. I fish from a Gheenoe & sit most of the time, but don;t really have much problems with any lures.
  3. Possibly a bit of both.
  4. No, have not. I have one that I obtained that was already loaded, so left the one in this pic as is. I also took these photo's when I first got these lures. Some of them were used, and some new. I think most have been beat up some since. I like to fish with "new" styles of lures, but the older stuff still catches fish. I'll toss a Jitterbug or Hula Popper sometimes for LM bass, just because. I make a lot of my own lures too, mainly jigs. I bought some used molds, head styles that I remember using when i was a kid growing up in MD that were popular around the Chesapeake Bay. I'm sure some folks still use them, but many have gone to new styles, such as the Spro. Yep, I like the new stuff too, but the older I get, I want to use some of the same as I did when I was younger. Call it sentimental, nostalgic or senile, they all will still catch!
  5. Still tossing these.
  6. Baits are still your best bet for those fish species. You might try some of the packaged baits, like Fishbites or Gulp on a small jig head. I've caught Croakers on flies with fly tackle, and occasionally on a spinnerbait or small jig while targeting Stripers, but not something I did intentionally. I don't recall ever catching a Spot on anything but bait, but guess that it could happen. Maybe try something like a safety pin type spinner and plastic bait combination. They catch everything. You will want something a bit beefier than what's often used for Crappies & other panfish. Strike King makes a version for Redfish. Or a small bucktail jig tipped with a Gulp bait. That's the type of lures that I would try.
  7. The MD DNR website has a map that shows parks & boat ramps, which many have access for fishing. That would be a good place to start. I've done some wading, but you do have to be careful. Many places have deep muddy silt bottoms, especially adjacent to marshes and that's not conducive to safe wading. You may be on a sand bottom one minute and in mud the next. I waded around several creeks off the Magothy River when I was a kid, and have done so on some of the eastern shore rivers. I once stepped in a mud hole and went in to my waist on private property on the Magothy River. Fortunately it was low tide. I was wearing chest waders and had to crawl my way out, which took a while. That mud can work like quick sand and creates a suction that's hard to fight. Just be cautious!
  8. I've been using ribbontail worms from the various bait companies for a long time to target Stripers. I've mentioned it before on SOL. My favorite is the Culprit Fat Max, which they make in many colors, and in 6", 7" & 9" lengths.
  9. From the album Forum Attachments

  10. Ron, I'll take it! PM sent!
  11. PM sent again!
  12. Jim, I'll take it pending answers to questions, PM sent.
  13. This same question came up on another site I frequent. I've also been tying for a very long time, and haven't noticed any issues with smells! I've caught a lot of fish on flies that I used head cements of various types, including nail polishes, to finish the heads. The fact is, everything involved with tying a fly has some scent to it. Materials, especially those that have been processed with cleaning or preserving chemicals will have some scent, or even those that have just been cleaned & dried, like bucktails will have scent of the material itself. Most synthetics will probably have some scent to them as well. Anything we touch will have our scent on it! These are smells that we may not even be able to detect, but does it have any affect on the fish, only they know that! I also use epoxy on a lot of my flies, and I use the Sally Hansens Hard as Nails too! Unless I see some reason to change I'll stick with what has worked for me these last 40 years.
  14. Good Post! I make my leaders using Yozuri Hybrid, which I feel gives me the best of both mono & flouro. I like the stuff, some folks may not. Most of the leaders I make are 7 to 10 ft depending on what I use them for, and which weight rod I'm using. I use the improved blood knot for everything except the tippet, for which I use a double surgeons knot, and I also use Pro's Soft Bait Glue on the knots for added insurance. I make sure the knots are all good before adding the glue, and I pull them tight under water. Never had a problem. I use these leaders in shallow, fresh & tidal waters, with 3, 4, 6, 7 & 9 wt rods. For deeper water, I have to agree with TT. I use a weighted leader made with lead core line & straight sections of YH, or a straight leader & a sinktip or full sinking line.
  15. Although it would not be the most productive in a lot of situations, I would have to go with a white Gurgler. At least I would enjoy fishing it the most, there's nothing like fishing topwater! In appropriate sizes, it's a fly that can be used for many species in both fresh & saltwater!