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Veevus Thread – Thread Nerd Update

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I posted years ago my thoughts on thread, and at this time my favourite thread (recommendation) for your standard trout fly was Gudebrod 10/0 and Danville 6/0. This posting acknowledged my probable shift to the newly introduced Veevus as my supply of Gudebrod runs out (as Gudebrod was no longer made).

Later, I did some additional testing, and refine my standard selection to Veevus 14/0 and Danville 6/0, while ruling out 10/0.  Yet – not until today – I have not validate all 4 sizes available from Veevus – 10/0, 12/0, 14/0 and their finest “standard” 16/0.

My quick summary, applying reasonable tension:

  • 10/0 – too bulky – hard to break. No.
    • For the final fly, the thread did break when I did a whip finish to the head.
  • 12/0 – strong and can produce a fair head
  • 14/0 – reasonable strength and easy to produce a fine head
  • 16/0 – some care needs to be taken to prevent breakage, but head not much smaller than 14/0

So some close-ups, tying on a small BWO hook.

Veevus Test Spools and Flies
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Veevus 10/0 – strong, but too bulky. To prevent thread forming up the eye, I need to leave more shank free and push the thread back.
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Veevus 12/0 – reasonable, id est very strong and with minimal consideration required to create a fair head.
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Veevus 14/0 – strong and small head. Thought not in focus, note the body is relatively flat.
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Veevus 16/0 – lost of strength is noted, so come care needed, but the gain in smaller head is small relative to the 14/0. Only reason to go to 16/0 versus 14/0 is that 16/0  has a colour you need.
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Conclusion

Under the general operating principle – use the smallest thread possible with the fewest turns – my Veevus recommendation is 14/0 for trout dry flies and nymphs.

Addendum

  • I will continue to use the last of my Gudebrod.
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  • In tying the recent Mouse Series posts, where I was applying a lot of pressure to secure the deer hair, the Veevus GSP 100 performed very well. Do recommend this thread when you need to apply some heavy pressure.
  • For very small, I will also continue with a fine GSP, such as Uni 17/0.
  • For wet flies and streamers, I believe the Danville 6/0 and it ability to lay flat is the best.
  • And of course for North Country Spiders, Pearsall’s Silk.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2019/02/25 at 03:33

Posted in Fly-Tying

Mouse – small – for fly fishing

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Using a Mustad C52SBLN Size 2., for a smaller mouse versus the previous tie.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2019/02/17 at 22:46

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Streamer

Bonefish Lines for 8wt

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In continuation of my series looking at fly lines in one page, looking to Tropic Bonefish Lines.

What do I want?

Given my flies are light and small, and my preferred rod does flex well (Scott Meridian), there are two idea lines for me:

  • Windy days: Ghost Tip of 5′ (intermediate sink tip) and a short front taper (3-5′), with a total head length less than 30′.  I would add an 7’+ Airflo Intermediate Polyleader
  • Default or with Guides (who do not like clear-tip lines): 9′ taper in a light sand and a total head length of less than 30′.

Other details and notes:

  • Head Length should be viewed, as the length having the mass I need to generate an effective cast into the wind, and ideally the rear taper having begun by 30′.
  • I am not looking fur bullet tapers, though will use them as general saltwater line.
  • Front colour:
    • Since I am laying the line out in front of the bonefish, I want the line to match the sand and ocean, not the sky.  And the sky is not always blue.
    • Ghost tips must be intermediate – though a ghost tip is clear, it still refracts and if it floats, disturbs the water pattern.  Stealth is gain, when the tip slips below the surface.

To the survey …

Airflo

Airflo, a line manufacturer I do like, but they do not have a “bonefish” line I am incline to recommend or buy (again).

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Airflo Clear Tip Tropical Short 12′ – List Price: 90 $US

No > I really like Airflo, and this taper is reasonable, but I am disappointed the tip floats. I have this line in my arsenal, but it is regulated now to “just in case”.

Airflo Super-Dri Bonefish – List Price: 90 $US

No > Really meets none of my criteria

Airflo Supri-Dri Tropical Punch – List Price: 90 $US

No – but > Nice bullet line to keep for general tropical saltwater fishing.
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Ballistic

Ballistic Pro Performance Saltwater

No > Nice taper, but it is blue.
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Barrio

No targeted offering.

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Cortland

A nice diverse selection of lines.

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Cortland Ghost Tip 5 – List Price: 80 $US

No > I like the profile and the tip sinks, but dislike the green and feel it is more associated with freshwater  fishing.

Cortland Ghost Tip 9 – List Price: 80 $US

Look > Intermediate Tip, though with a long body.

Cortland Guide – List Price: 90 $US

No > Green.

Cortland Bonefish – List Price: 100 $US

Look > Head maybe a little more aggressive than the idea line, but it is reasonable given its long back taper.

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Guideline

No targeted offering, but they do re-sell Airflo

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Monic

Monic keeps to a traditional 1980 WF Taper, which in this case, I do not object to. There lines are fine for general deeper tropical water fishing, where a hard strike is necessary.

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Monic Skyline – List Price: 80 $US

No > Insufficient detail on website.

Monic Impact Intermediate – List Price: 85 $US

No > It is green.

Monic Genesis Phantom Tip – List Price: 100 $US

No > Clear tip floats.

Monic Genesis Covert – List Price: 90 $US

No > It is a full intermediate line.

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NextCast

No offering, as their market focus is spey.

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Phoenix WF Silk

There is no line drawing, but it is straw colour traditional WF taper with a 6′ front taper and 33′ head. Given its tight loop through the wind behavior, I do fish this intermediate line with no floating treatment and a 9′ leader.

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OPST

No offering, as their market focus is spey-skagit.

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RIO

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DirectCore Bonefish – List Price 120 $US

No > Maybe there is some magic that happens, when you fish, but I cannot see it as being effective when walking the flats.

Bonefish QuickShooter – List Price 100 $US

No > I really like the shape, but again blue. I want stealth when the line is in the water.

Bonefish – List Price 100 $US

Look > Body is a little long.

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Scientific Anglers

The tapers and colour are similar, so what differs is surface preparation. These lines are worthy of a look.

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Amplitude Bonefish – List Price 130 USD

Look to the Smooth (next) > As bonefishing is casting to sighted fish, the premium to shoot more line does not feel like a great investment.

Amplitude Smooth Bonefish – List Price 100 USD

Look > Ok.

Mastery Bonefish – List Price 80 USD

Look > Mastery has been a classic line that has produced some fine lines, so I am incline to the Mastery Line versus spending another 20 for unknown (real) gains with the Amplitude.

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Wulff

May or may not be a good fit, but manufacturer refuses to disclose details to its customers.

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My selection from best to acceptable

  1. Cortland Bonefish and Ghost Tip 9
  2. SA Mastery Bonefish (or Smooth Amplitude)
  3. RIO Bonefish

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Written by raspberryfisher

2019/02/04 at 04:51

Posted in Fly-Fishing, Saltwater

Lambroughton Skater

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With Moose Hair on a short shank size 6 hook.  Much smaller than the previously posted Mouse, but it will cut a large wake in the water.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2019/01/17 at 06:00

Mouse (for fly fishing)

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I have update my Mouse pattern, reflecting from a more natural (less sculpted) body taking in inspiration from Andreas Andersson (great youtube video available > Andersson Deer Hair Hair Mouse).

Comments:

  • The head is my fuller, reflecting my preference for Muddlers to. Now, this does increase its wind resistance, so I am looking to use a 9wt rod).
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  • I experimented with eyes and ears, but I after some playing, I think these features catch only fishermen.
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  • First time, I trimmed with razor blades and yes, I will keep doing this. Be prepared to go to the next blade before your fourth fly. I was using Japanese Feather double edge razor blades, and will continue to do so.
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  • I used the Veevus GSP 150 and it is strong and do recommend this for lager deer flies.  On smaller flies, I may try 100, but the 150 was awesome.
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  • I really like the Ahrex Predator Stinger Hook PR320.  Much stronger than the old Mustad, great shape leading to a definite recommend.
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Written by raspberryfisher

2019/01/13 at 02:38

la venaison bourguignon aka road-kill stew

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As this is an adaption of Boeuf Bourguignon, I have used the French spelling for venison, id est “venaison”.

Deer (here) are abundant.  This fall, we pulled a deer out of our pool. Recently, within 10′ from the house, a few dogs-wolves bloodied a deer (from a small herd). We follow the blood trail in the snow for a few hundred, but the spotting became infrequent, and we did not find the deer.

As they will eat my hosta and tulips at our bedroom window as we sleep, strip my daylilies and raspberries; plus as we have hit 3 deer (with the car),  I relish the opportunity to have local venison, which is good, as venison can make a great stew.

The frequency of deer collisions is high, quietly a set of rules has been established when helping your neightbours, when you come across a car that has hit the deer, the fundamental Qs to cover ….

  1. You confirm the driver and anybody nearby is ok.
  2. You ask if they need help – tow, other, et cetera
  3. “Do you plan to keep the deer?”If the deer is still alive and to injured to survive, kill (ASAP) it humanely. Death happens to all, but death should be dispatch with consideration for the soul, ours and theirs.

This is not you traditional recipe, but to reflect the enjoyment and consideration for eating local.

Ingredients and Steps

  • Red Wine – 1 Bottle > Get a nice bodied read wine out of the cellar. Open it, and have a glass.  If you need to buy, again local. For me, this could be a Quinte House Red Wine.
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  • Strips of real Smoked Bacon – 12 strips – cross-cut into 4mm strips > My local favourite is Seed to Sausage in Sharbot Lake, On.
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    As food producers focus on increasing profitability-lowering cost, quality bacon is disappearing as it is replaced with pork injected with phosphate, nitrate, liquid smoke. My old standby of Schneider’s is a chemical infuse product now, and my replacement Dutch Bacon has also tradition to a chemically infuse with pork as a by-product
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  • Clean prepared Venison, 2lbs preferably from my yard.
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  • Sweet Onion (1) or equivalent from our local farmer community.
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  • Carrots (2) from our local farmer community.
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  • Flour, there is a limited supply of Artisan flour here, but I will put out of my stores of global common white flour.
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    The flour is to make the roux, so which ever flour you use (I have also done well with spelt), it is one you feel good in making a gravy.  A deceased friend use to get his from Upper Canada Village in Brockville, from the old stones.
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  • Walnut Oil (or Olive, if there is a nut allergy) – keep on hand.
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  • 1/4 c local Gin, with Juniper (redundant, as all Gin should have Juniper). With the explosion of local breweries and distilleries is a boon to the consumer. I suspect we seen the needle wing too far and there is an “over-supply”, and possible a contraction of suppliers is likely to happen, but the choice available to us is a good thing,
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    The traditional french version call for cognac. As a sister plant to Juniper is Cedar, I find it fitting to use Gin. .
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  • Mushroom and-or Vegetable Stock, up to 3c
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  • Tomato Paste, 1 tsp – here I break down and get a cans of Hunts, this reflects my grandmother’s insistence to use Hunts when making cabbage roles.
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  • Garlic, 4 large gloves. get local or from the Ottawa Valley!
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    The general supply of garlic is a shameful story of corporate greed from the Canadian food retailer, who buys low quality garlic in bulk from China (there are claims of dumping to, plus poor labour practice to). The Canadian corporate argument is that they can ensure the garlic they offer on the Pacific Coast is the same as on the Atlantic coast, is the same, even if it  some of the worst – worthless – tasteless – garlic possible.
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    Fresh garlic from my area – Ottawa Valley – is a treasure. I have also tasted great local garlic in Italy, Yorkshire, so I know others are also blessed with this great condiment,
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  • Butter, 3 tsp, I am happy that our milk and dairy industry is protected from the US, for we do get quality milk and butter,
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    Conversely, we do need to continue opening the cheese market. The dairy industry got lazy and rested on producing mediocre cheese. Good cheese – aka from France, UK, Germany, Spain, et cetera – was limited and control by these boards, sadly protecting an inferior Canadian product.
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    Good news, local artisan cheese producers now have access to customers, and we are seeing good products at the small shops.  The Canadian diary industry needs to take heed, you can own the market, if you provide good product, but if you are providing only rubber orange dyed cedar cheese, you deserve to loss the market. Control comes responsibility for safety and quality.Do not expect loyalty, if you deliver poor product.
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  • Mushrooms, 1 cup minimum.  Wild mushrooms can work, or small brown mushrooms that have been quartered.
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  • Soft Apple, like a MacIntosh, chopped (option).
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    Applies represent another case of corporate greed, where the majority of the stock is flown in from New Zealand and South America – Crisp, Fujis, Pink Ladies, when GREAT apples are grown within 100km of where I live – Cortland, MacIntosk, et cetera.
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  • White Potatoes – preferably small – cut into 3/8″ cubes

So above, I made a passionate plea, experiment with local produce, and do not let the greed/control of large corporations whose actions do not reflect quality produce first.  They can product good produce, but they are willing to throw quality under the bus to improve on their margins.

The steps

  1. Oven to 350F.
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  2. In Dutch Oven, brown the bacon and remove, leaving dripping begin,. (This is why a quality bacon is important, it is your base!, one of the foundations of a good meal).
  3. Brown the Venison  and remove.
  4. Add the chopped carrots and onions. Sauté until the onions are tender and begun to brown.
  5. Transfer the onions and carrots to a bowl, and added apple.
  6. Add flour and make the roux. If you need more oil, add walnut (olive) oil.
  7. As roux is being made and has reached a medium brown, stir in onions and carrots.  At the completion, the onions and roux should be well coated.
  8. Add the Gin, you may flambé – if it is safe to do so.
  9. Under medium low heat, add remaining wine, tomato paste, garlic, meat, bacon.
  10. Cover with stock, but do not flood it – just enough stock to cover the stew.
  11. Transfer to Oven (with lid on), typically 2-3 hours,
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    Bake until meat is tender. My pots (Dutch Ovens (Staub)) do a fantastic job on maintaining moisture, but if you are losing to much, add stock and consider a secondary parchment barrier, laying on top of the stew.
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  12. Under low heat in a secondary pan, sauté the mushrooms in butter.
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  13. When stew is ready, combine with mushrooms and serve.
  14. Great meal for 2 days.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2018/12/28 at 03:58

Hollow Fleye

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Lately, my tying has been focus on skills and not quantity, as I have enough flies for 2019.

Focusing on Pike and Smallmouth Bass, my first attempt of the Hollow Fleye with Deer Hair. Staring off is a damp Pike Fly with Red, Orange, Yellow to White.  The same fly is then shown dry, and thenclose in.

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and then the shad fly

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In time, I may create a couple of other versions for barracuda (green) and consider what would be good for steelhead.
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Written by raspberryfisher

2018/12/27 at 22:27