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Root Beer Gotacha s

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Over the past 3 months, tied over 200 flies for Judy and I, in preparation for our trip to the Bahamas this December; and it is time to stop.  We have enough, and ideally, what we have will work, but I doubt tying more will make us any better fisher-people or improve the fishing.

I have  mixture of light and heavy, from small to large, in many colours.

In general bonefish flies are the simplest to tie.  You do not need many different threads, but Danville 6/0 thread is excellent.

The old standard hooks from Mustad (34007) are dull, but with a good Japanese Feather Edge Saw File, you can make this hooks sharp!  I got my files from Lee Valley, which I will state are better than any hook sharpening file you are going to get at a fishing store.  Otherwise, I would suggest Daiichi 2546 hook (in silver) or Gamakatsu SL45 (black).  For long shank hooks, I still have not made my mind up what is best for the salt.

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Since, I took a picture of these flies, I completed tying brown gotachas and light olive spawning shrimp – EP style.

So, time to work on some other endeavors.





Written by raspberryfisher

2016/08/14 at 23:37

Spawning Shrimp – Peterson’s

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A few quick pictures, to continue with showing my current output, starting with the light sand shrimp from small (34007 size 6 with bead chain eyes) to large (34007 2 with 5/32 Dazl Eyes).

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I also tied these in brown (tan) with a weed guard, from small to large, with the hope these will blend like a natural on the darker sea floors.

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One of the best YouTube tricks I picked up was tying in the weedguard, at the 19:30 time mark.

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Anyway that’s all for now.





Written by raspberryfisher

2016/08/09 at 04:54

Posted in Fly-Tying, Saltwater

Daylily – Yellow

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It is August 1, and my daylilies have past their peak. Never-the-less, what remains shows the colour and luminance that I have strived for.

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Is it hard to pick a favourite flower, but daylilies do rate on my list, not just for colour and endurance in Eastern Ontario, but also I have flowers from my father and it is the bed that Caitlan (daughter) helped me create.

Written by raspberryfisher

2016/08/01 at 22:27

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Crazy Leg Gotchas

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For light sand flats – some subtle to in your face chartreuse.  The more subtle flies are with light weights.

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If there is any other comment, I have seen flies with this name with the rubber legs tied at the rear and on top of the hair (fur). With a little experimentation, I decided to place the legs at the front to allow for movement, but under the wind, so it is not suppressing the wing.

Written by raspberryfisher

2016/08/01 at 16:41

Posted in Fly-Tying, Saltwater

Root Beer Bonefish Flies

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Small “root beer” flies for bonefish. I am being a little creative with the photographs, but also to create the impresson a fly can present in water with backlighting.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2016/08/01 at 01:33

Posted in Fly-Tying, Saltwater

the other Clousers for the Bahamas

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Written by raspberryfisher

2016/07/31 at 10:22

Posted in Fly-Tying, Saltwater

perfect lighting

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Just as I drove into our driveway, the sun light on the roadside garden was just perfect. Pulled out the cellphone and a quick picture. If the light is just as nice tonight, maybe I can capture a high resolution image.

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Never-the-less, this capture the colours I have been working to!.

Written by raspberryfisher

2016/07/31 at 00:21

Posted in Life in the back


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