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Fishnhunt
Posted: Mar 17, 2021 - 06:24 pm


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I caught some splake on the weekend and when I checked the stomachs they were crammed full of 1/2 inch worms/ creatures that looked like baby crayfish or freshwater shrimp . I wish I had taken a picture but they looked like some of your creations. I bet they will work.

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Posted: Mar 17, 2021 - 09:42 pm


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QUOTE (Fishnhunt @ Mar 17, 2021 - 06:24 pm)
I caught some splake on the weekend and when I checked the stomachs they were crammed full of 1/2 inch worms/ creatures that looked like baby crayfish or freshwater shrimp . I wish I had taken a picture but they looked like some of your creations. I bet they will work.

Exactly. Packed so tight it looked like a charcoal briquette probably

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Knuguy
Posted: Mar 18, 2021 - 09:29 pm


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any idea what those 'worms' were?

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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 08:25 am


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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 08:25 am


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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 08:26 am


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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 08:26 am


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Drew
Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 03:09 pm


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Chironomids. Second last picture. That's what I find packed into the bellies of lakers in Algonquin in May. If you find the empty casings laying on the surface, somewhere nearby is a hatch of those things, coming off bottom, and trout will be feeding like crazy there.

That's why I think some of your hooks will work great.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 04:14 pm


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The bugs in the trout I caught had those little feelers at the front. I think they were scuds as they were also segmented and in a quarter round shape. I mistook the frontal feelers for undeveloped claws.

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Knuguy
Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 09:04 pm


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I hope to tie a few as well.I found some wire kinking around----some sort of phone wire----with multi colors. The green is a lot brighter than the OP used but who the heck knows what's best.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2021 - 09:21 pm


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QUOTE (Knuguy @ Mar 19, 2021 - 09:04 pm)
---some sort of phone wire----

maybe keep the wire hooked up and you can talk them into biting?

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Knuguy
Posted: Apr 13, 2021 - 07:56 pm


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OK, so here is my first crude attempt at making up one of those 'wormy' hooks. I think I added too much wire---prob should have left the green off altogether. You can prob guess that I am not a fly tyer.I don't have the vise etc. I just held the hook eye with my needle nose pliers and wrapped the wire as best I could.  I know fly tyers-----my bro is one--- like to make their stuff all neat and tidy but I'm not sure if the fish  really care.
A couple of questions: (1) how do you stop the ends from coming loose? Crazy glue? (2) What's the best way to get these to sink?----they are very light. Maybe a sinker a short dist upthe line would interfere with any action?

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021 - 12:45 pm


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throw a weighted bead on first up top or get some of your bro's metal/copper thread if he has and wrap the shank w it for some weight - maybe even layer it thick at eye and gape as an alternative to glue and some added flash for bonus

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Posted: Apr 15, 2021 - 10:20 am


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The farthest one to the left in the first picture on the thread has done me the best... iced me at least three Lakers end of ice season. I definitely use a heavier copper... but if you were to strip the wires, you could fit more copper and it would be heavier. I start mine by putting the tail end through the eye of the hook and using it as an anchor to achieve extremely tight wraps (roll em tight!). Then I trim it off after and don’t need any glue at all.

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Knuguy
Posted: Apr 16, 2021 - 05:26 pm


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I tried a couple with bare copper wire. I think you can see that it's quite a fine wire. I might have a look for heavier wire. I think the thin version has 2 layers and the 'fat' one obviously has more. Not quite as neat and tidy as yours but maybe the fish don't care.

I used colored(unstripped) wire for my first 1 as I thought that might be more effective. From your experience though, maybe not!

Seems like a useless exercise for me now that we ware locked down until mid to late May.

Nick---The hooks still feel quite light. Did you use a sinker to get yours down.


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