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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Crossing to the darkside, articulated streamers

I had a guy ask me to tie him up a box geared for bass, and panfish. I told him I could do buggers, crayfish, and leeches for bass. I decided to take a leap and give articulated streamers a try. Now I don't have all of the right gear for these guys yet but am going to be picking up the artic shanks and all of that.

I had an absolute blast concocting these things. LOL I am going to invest in some fish skull heads and such. Get some better materials but I think they don't look too bad for the first crack.

I think I will be trying these more often while fishing. I really want to get something going for summer time. I tried bass fishing with lures and top water and such but its just not the same as a fly rod for me.

Any tips on what are some go to materials, reference items, any thing like that would be greatly appreciated. I cant wait to go try these things out. Heck half of them could eat the flies I tied this year.

Are the premade shanks worth it? What are good materials to use? I want to try some for pike is there a preferred connection on those?

Thanks again, and I think I am going to be doing a lot more of these.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 11:03 AM
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Thanks Mike. Did you learn how to tie flies on your own or take lessons?.I have been tying for a couple of years on my own. Hope to get my flies to look as good as yours, a job well done
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the kind words about my flies. I really try my best to make killer stuff.


My uncle gave me a couple pointers when I first started. But that was when I was 16.... I'm 29 now. So I'm pretty much self taught. I may hit up some guys on new stuff, but I have never had any formal lessons or classes. Maybe watch a youtube video or so. Really tying is pretty much a few steps, and then you modify those a little to do different patterns. Just trail and error for the most part. Biggest think that I focus on #is Durability, and # consistency. Durability is the most important. When I first started a fly may last like 2-3 fish. Now I have caught upwards of 17 on the same fly before it started coming apart. That is all material specific of course.


I may start uploading some videos to youtube on some of my patterns and such but they will just be on my phone.


I just fell in love with it all over again last year. I originally started selling them because my wife was on maternity leave and we didn't have enough money to pay the bills. Since then life is crazy. I pretty much wake up, get 3 kids ready, go to work, have a high stress job, come home, eat do dishes, play with the kids, Relax with my wife a little, then tie flies. I am up pretty much every night until 1-2 oclock tying. I have shipped flies this year to PA, NY, NJ, NC, CA, IL, and will be shipping to MI, FL, and a few others. Last year I shipped to Northern Ireland. The friendships you make, and people you get to know are why I still do it. LOL Its not about the money, as as soon as I make money I do what I am doing now and buy new materials and such. I did however get Corbin his own Regal Travel vise. I also trade flies for turkey calls and such. LOL
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 01:33 PM
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Thanks Mike for sharing & giving back. Our fly club will be giving lessons next month for beginners. I am by no means really good but I figured I would volunteer to help out. I think I a. Profieint enough to get someone started
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