Also Props to Philster and Steve S who tied for first place in sheer massive badassery, and to David Dalan who wins the fishyness category - his fly will sink and breath well and the colors are at home on the east and westsides. I'll try to find some trinkets for your packages.
Please PM me addresses. I've been on the road for a month for work and just got back recently. Sorry they are so late, but PM me addresses and I will send them off to each individually. As long as that is good with swapmaster ms. They will be shipped on Monday.
Flies arrived today, very diverse but awesome bunch. Intruders, leeches, maribous, bunnies and a stupid mouse. Great looking ties gents, I'll be replicating as many of them as I can, but tying them to your standards will be tough. By the way, for those of you that tied these on shanks, what kind do you use? I checked out waddington shanks but there are some others in this group. I bet a few of these big nasties would be great tubers, if I can't find some shanks like you've used I'll try a tube variation.
I used a 1/0 Mustad 34011. Saltwater safe long shank, ring eye. Very versatile hook. In size 6 or 4 useful for steelhead patterns. I've used white versions of the fly I sent out around kelp beds and have killed rockfish and White Sea Bass.
I tied the big turquoise intruder style on a 55mm Waddington. I tie this fly in different sizes, colors and on tubes. This was a great swap with some awesome flies. Thanks MS for hosting and everyone for tying. Can someone post pics?
Thanks for the shank input, I need to find some for some big nasties. I echo the request for photos with everyone implicated with their patterns. I'm going to have some questions for several of you on the how to's because I'm gonna be catching some steelhead on your flies (but I'll be losing some in trees and snags too so I need to know a bit more so I can replicate them with some degree of decency).
Flyborg, yours was one of the patterns that I was talking about. I second the request for where you found your cotter pins. Both ends have a loop, or just the lead end with a string tied in like a standard hook clipped off with a trailer? Will I find them at my local large or small hardware store?
I got 'em off ebay. If I'm not mistaken, this is the exact same guy running the same deal.
I love fishing them because they're cheap and strong, and stainless steel is nice. Tying on them took a while to get used to, as you can really only vise grip them at the head. Trying to grip them from the rear they just twist for some reason. They're open at the rear, so you need to tie the articulation just like you would a cut hook shank.
I've seen people express concern about the back edge of the pin being too sharp, but using fireline for the articulation I've never had a problem, even with some monster kings yarding on the flies.
Has anyone ever resolved the weight and flat end by fitting two cotter pins together (fully or partially overlapped) then tied up to present a loop at each end? I'm not sure it would hold, but someone out there must have thought and tried the same idea.
Thanks for the link Flyborg, I will consider those.