I pulled out my fly tying stuff this am and tied up a few nymphs on a size 12 "Jig" hook. The Jig hook will bump along the bottom and the hook points up.....not down as a conventional hook would do. Less chance of snagging......and snagging is always a PITA!!!
BTW....using materials such as squirrel tail, rabbit fur, pheasant tail 'n such to tie up conventional flys. So.....I guess there is some hunting in there!!!
First Sunday of deer season, the kid we had with us was out in chest waders fishing. Caught three pickeral, or one dumb pickeral 3 times? Actually, three different sizes, so they were different feeshes
Are you doing any feeshing while there? Or just wearing your fish like smelling sandals?
Never thought I would like going 25 miles off shore to fish, so I repeatedly turned down the offer from my buddy who owns a boat to go that far out. Then a couple weeks before we left to come home last spring, I caved in and went, and loved it.
He goes about once a week, so I plan to do a lot more of it this winter. Hopefully I won't suck at fishing quite as much by next spring !
I should note that on my first trip with him, I caught the smallest fish in the ocean, so I have nowhere to go but up.........
A shooting buddy of mine left for the Florida shores a few days ago. I told him to give me the nearest PO and I would tie up a few saltwater shrimp for him to try. I've never tied for saltwater before. Did this one just now and will do one more with a brown color. I used lots of glue......way more than I use for trout....as those saltwater fish can be tough on 'em.
Another one of my very professional photo's. I had to edit the original in order to get the details of these two "shrimp" imitations that I tied. One of my shooting fellows went to Florida to fish. I mailed them to a post office near where he's at. I hope to get a "catch" report in a week and see if these were useful....or not. (Still.....my photographic skills are notorious and well documented!!)
Looks like a real winner there Dave!! Now tie that on a size 2 or 4 hook vs a 16 or 18 and you may have a flounder killer as their main diet is shrimp!!!
My buddy gave me those two hoods that I tied these on as I don't have\carry hooks this big. I think these are size 6 hooks. If you compare the length of the hook to my fat thumb in the previous photo.....the hook length is about 1.5" long.
I've been tying a few soft hackles and some dries. Just a couple hours ago I bought some size 26 dry fly hooks. I haven't tied that small in at least ten years and my eyes are far worse than at that time. We'll see how it goes. I remember they were kinda hard to get hold of to release the fish and the fine tippet often broke when doing it.
I often warned my sons that they'd be doing all my tying when they grew up. The two older tie pretty decent flies-the one who lives in Washington is starting to tie some for salt water. Maybe I should tie the big flies for him to use and he can tie any that are smaller than a 16 for me?