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Steve Flanagan tying a spoon fly using Tuffleye(R) at the 2013 Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
The sound quality is terrible, but it is good enough to follow along.

Tying Chat / Woven stone fly body
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:46:57 PM »

Woven body, the video

This method of weaving the bodies on large stone flies was taught to me by Tony Marasco, of Fly Tyers "Vice" way back when. Embroidery thread is the key ingredient.

I've tied this fly at the Texas FlyFishers' monthly meetings, and at some of the local retailers.
Here is the recipe:
Mustad 75980, size 6-10
6/0 Uni, Black, or color to match.
Pheasant tail fibers, for tail, and wig case
Ice Jig blade,
Embroidery thread, 2 contrasting colors
Hare dubbing, with guard hairs
Head cement


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:04:25 PM »
The video:

Tying the MGM


General Discussion / Re: Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 12:28:03 PM »
Quote from: Wormdrowner link=topic=475.msg2402#msg2402 date=1390759481

This free one may work too:

This was a "free to try" and had about 4 hidden programs in it.  It took 30 minutes to get rid of them, and then it kept locking up every time I tried to open a video with it.  It doesn't deserve the glowing write-up that gave it.

Time to go shopping in 
1.  The reviews of the Movavi Video Converter 12 Personal Edition were so bad there is no way I'll spend the $40.  On to the next


General Discussion / Re: Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 12:08:09 PM »
Trying those sites, and reading about them now.



General Discussion / Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:52:26 AM »
I found that I have multiple videos of fly tying, and fishing, that I've taken over the years with my waterproof camera. 

My problem is that the Quicktime(R) format, .mov, makes the files so large that it takes forever to share them.

None of the programs I have on hand will reduce the size, and I am not an Apple fan, so Quicktime(R) is not on my PC, nor will it be.

Does anybody have any suggestions?


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:20:07 PM »
What's the name of this krew?

MGM = Mardi Gras Minnow, so named because of the material used for the eyes.


Safety first!

It as crazy today, and I can see tomorrow morning, wet and frozen.......


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:26:21 PM »
A dozen red-eyed MGMs:


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 02:51:27 PM »

I tentatively have you with Don H.

Don H. was able to put up with me last time!



If one of you have made this trip before, please contact me.

I plan to lead this trip, but if we went today, it would be a Stevie leading Ray adventure.

Any help will be appreciated.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:45:29 PM »
Can take 4 on the SS Mike if we have too.


Can you put up with me as a rider?


Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine Lake - January 25th, 2014
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:58:55 AM »
I like fishing with smart people!

And no, I did not forget a word there...


Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:33:34 PM »
Sabine River Lessons learned.
1.   Fish with a buddy.  Don’t fish this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water is part of a power generation waterway.  The water conditions can change quickly.

2.   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water.  I was missing my flippers.  Big mistake with a kick-boat.

3.   As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt.  This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.

4.   If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each.  I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule.  Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono.  I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.

5.   Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs.  I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.

6.   If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers.  Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning.  By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up.  The summertime is much busier than any other season.

7.   Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.  Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.

8.   A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water.  A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work.  The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.  With the new boat launch in place this is no longer an issue.


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