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Quacker1
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08/03/2017 11:13AM  
Doesn't seem there is much going on with this forum, where are all the north woods fly fisherman and fly tiers. Anyone been fly fishing, what's been working, what flies have been hot and how and where did you fish them. I've primarily fished small streams up here for brookies, I could use some coaching on lake fishing with a fly rod. As long as it bends my rod I don't care what it is.
 
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cschub13
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08/04/2017 08:46AM  
What kind of waters do you have around you? Smallies are pretty active down in Southern Wisconsin, and keying in pretty well on topwater in the evenings. Haven't been on the trout streams since April, and probably won't until the end of the month or next...which I am itching to do.

Been trying to get my first carp on the fly on a little pond near my home, but haven't tricked one of those guys yet.

Headed into the dub on the 12th, will be bringing my 8wt and looking to do some damage when I can.
 
Quacker1
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08/04/2017 11:24AM  
I'm up on the north shore of Lake Superior. I'm going up the Gunflint this afternoon and try Hungry Jack for smallmouth. Never fished that lake, I think I'll try some plastics and my 5# if it's not to windy. I have a variety of articulated streamers I tied that I've been wanting to try. Never fished for carp, good luck, lots of carp fly patterns on u-tube.
 
cschub13
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08/07/2017 08:32AM  
quote Quacker1: "I'm up on the north shore of Lake Superior. I'm going up the Gunflint this afternoon and try Hungry Jack for smallmouth. Never fished that lake, I think I'll try some plastics and my 5# if it's not to windy. I have a variety of articulated streamers I tied that I've been wanting to try. Never fished for carp, good luck, lots of carp fly patterns on u-tube."

Well, any luck?
 
Quacker1
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08/09/2017 08:10PM  
Always drama when I go fishing. Had to pay to launch my boat, that sucked. The flies were bugging the crap out of my lab so all he did was run from one end of my boat to the other. I only caught one small fish and didn't get a chance to throw any flies, and got rained on, didn't stay out very long. Other than than pretty good day.
 
02/21/2018 05:16PM  
Going into Wood on June 14th weekend (2018) with my fly-tying club. We'll be looking for bass, northerns, walleye or anything else that will hit a streamer.
 
FOG51
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02/22/2018 12:55AM  
I don't tie flies, I'am about as clumsy as a bear cubs with mittens on, but I did put Bucktails on about 60 jigs this winter and tied some bucktails to my top water smally lures. I did tie some bucktails onto some of my northen spoons, and waiting to see if that screws up the action, if it does I'll simply cut the hair off and use them naked, the hooks naked NOT ME, anyone seeing that would be in the shrinks office for years. They may not catch fish but they sure are pretty. FRED
 
Quacker1
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02/22/2018 01:19PM  
HighnDry, you tying anything special for Walleyes?

Fog 51, for not tying flies sounds like you're doing a pretty good job with buck tail.
 
02/22/2018 06:14PM  
I'm not the expert in my club, but probably a dry fly conditions-pending with a nymph as a dropper. Hard to tell. Some have caught walleye on a subsurface deerhair plug (think dahlberg diver although there are many versions of this deerhair wet fly out there).

To respond to FOG's comment, yellowbird spun deerhair on their dr.spoon 295s and the larger size and Rapala added this feature to there magnum x-rip minnow to fairly good effect. I have one of each and plan to be fishing them this Spring.
 
boondock
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02/22/2018 09:43PM  
HighnDry: "Going into Wood on June 14th weekend (2018) with my fly-tying club. We'll be looking for bass, northerns, walleye or anything else that will hit a streamer."

Try a largeish popper style fly with rubber legs that stick out the side, cast up near shore near dead falls, under overhanging trees and let it sit longer than you think you should. Smallies find it tough to resist those twitchy legs.
 
flytyer
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02/23/2018 08:43AM  
Been to, and camped on, Wood several times. I usually go around the second week of June. This year planning a September trip. Good bass fishing to the left of the portage to Hulu. Use Clouser Minnows (I have used black & white, red & white) as well as black Marabou Leech. For pike go to the east end of Wood at the narrows. Plenty of pike. I have used a Flashabou streamer (about 4 to 6 inches of multi-colors of flashabou on a bead/tungsten head size 1 or 0/1 hook). Have also caught walleye in front of the campsite at the narrows just drifting through that slot using a black rabbit tail about 3 to 4 inches in length. I tie those on a size 1 Aberdeen hook with a black tungsten bead. You may loose some of these since you should be very near the bottom.
 
02/23/2018 10:32AM  
Would you have a link for that black rabbit pattern?
 
flytyer
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02/23/2018 12:24PM  
Just a strip of black rabbit fur tied to the top of the hook shank. You need to move the rabbit fur to tie in your thread. Do not want to 'mat' down the rabbit fur. I like very simple flies. This one is black thread, black bead and, a strip of black rabbit fur.
 
Quacker1
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02/23/2018 04:08PM  
Pretty simple zonker strip fly. Could start the thread at the hook bend and tie the rabbit strip down matuka style, maybe a little stronger.

 
Quacker1
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02/23/2018 04:08PM  
flytyer, pretty simple zonker strip fly. Could start the thread at the hook bend and tie the rabbit strip down matuka style, maybe a little stronger.

Here's another pattern, one that's tied black, Claret and Golden Olive.

 
flytyer
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02/23/2018 07:00PM  
Nice looking flies. Over the years I have collected, and tied, many flies. In the last few years I have decided that simple works for me. I am at that stage where just being on the water is a successful trip.
 
02/23/2018 11:23PM  
Thanks! Starting shopping around for the zonker strips today.
 
Quacker1
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02/24/2018 05:36PM  
Simple is great, I don't get to fish as much as I would like so I try and tie more involved stuff more of a challenge than anything else, besides I like pretty flies. I wonder if just a piece of black wool yarn would work as a leech pattern?
 
02/24/2018 06:29PM  
boondock: "HighnDry: "Going into Wood on June 14th weekend (2018) with my fly-tying club. We'll be looking for bass, northerns, walleye or anything else that will hit a streamer."


Try a largeish popper style fly with rubber legs that stick out the side, cast up near shore near dead falls, under overhanging trees and let it sit longer than you think you should. Smallies find it tough to resist those twitchy legs."


Thanks Boondock. I meant to respond to say that I've got a lot of poppers tied up as well as some classic streamers. Bass fishing will be fun on that lake no doubt.
 
Quacker1
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03/05/2018 09:07AM  
Has anyone tried any dark colored Lefty's deceivers or deceiver like patterns?
 
03/05/2018 09:45AM  
I've generally tied these only in black, red and yellow deer hair. I haven't moved into more earth toned colors but it's an intriguing idea.
 
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