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Made a late afternoon trip and wound up with a pretty good fish after just a few casts. Found a group of playful “spawner” fish in the back of a shallow cove, but the bottom got really mushy and I was afraid to get stuck or worse. Couldn’t approach close enough to get their attention. 

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5 mins ago, Seadogg said:

Made a late afternoon trip and wound up with a pretty good fish after just a few casts. Found a group of playful “spawner” fish in the back of a shallow cove, but the bottom got really mushy and I was afraid to get stuck or worse. Couldn’t approach close enough to get their attention. 

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Good looking fish SD.

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A few from today. Only 42 degrees but with no wind it was pleasant. I was hoping for a midge hatch but it didn’t happen. Some rises here and there, but not enough to switch to dries. Subsurface got their attention well enough. 

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Finished the fly.  8/0 articulted double rattle tail section behind the 40mm shank mesh head and foam slider assembly.  Used @HillTop stainless steel rattles in tail and man this thing makes noise.

 

most of the steps are shown making front shank and rear tail.  Its attached to the shank with a 150lb split ring for better motion.

 

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Tail construction

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assembled final product

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Well, this one should certainly wake and (pardon the pun, I can't resist) wake up even the sleepers on the bottom. Fascinating what you come up with!. 2 questions if I may: what make of hook and what is the diameter of the foam cylinder used for the head?

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4 mins ago, Suave said:

Well, this one should certainly wake and (pardon the pun, I can't resist) wake up even the sleepers on the bottom. Fascinating what you come up with!. 2 questions if I may: what make of hook and what is the diameter of the foam cylinder used for the head?

Gamakatsu SL12 8/0

40mm Flymen Big Game Shank

1" Flexo PET tubing in black magic color

3/4" black foam cylinder from bears den

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Graveyard that’s an amazing fly. I visited the Squimpish people’s booth at the Long Island Fly fishing expo last year and the stuff looked and felt like The ultimate material. They had some incredible flies on display. I didn’t pick any up but plan to this winter

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