I confess to having a hard time sitting down a tying a dozen of the same pattern. I do it when necessary but almost always wind up tying a random sampling of experiments. This happens for a number of reasons but it is most likely the delicious irish libations (Jamesons in this case) that send me down the rabbit hole while tying. I submit the following as evidence... A few nights ago I noticed my Eastern WA boxes were a bit light on chironimids. I decided to tie a dozen or so to supplement. I whipped up some Ice Cream Cones and chromies and a black metallic tinsel one that has been an excellent westside pattern as well. After a half dozen or so, I coated one with some Hard as Hull and really liked the look of it. It got me thinking I still don't have a good red side shiner pattern and I should try one. It came out a little more yellow perch than shiner so I threw it in the bass box. While looking in the bass box, I saw I was short on some craw patterns. I tied one on a wide gap hook with a cone head, but a quick bathtub test revealed that it laid on its side on the bottom. I topped off my Jamesons and went in search of some jig hooks. I smashed a lead barbell flat with pliers and tied it in at the end of the hook. Aha! It gave the right tail profile and sat correctly in defensive posture. I toasted my good fortune and tied up a couple. I decided some sea run patterns were next. A few marabou clousers and chum fry types later I needed a popper. I was digging this Hard as Hull stuff and wondered if it would work on a popper. Maybe it was all the head cement fumes or perhaps the whiskey but... I bastardized two great poppers ( Roger's Sandlance and Leland's Miyawaki popper). I should take a moment to apologize to these guys for this incestuous union of their two excellent topwater patterns. I dubbed it the "Jamewaki Smashedlance Pooper" It does resemble a turd. It made sense at the time.:rofl: The bathtub test revealed that it floats well and the sequin gives it a pencil popper type action slowing it down a bit and creating a good wake. I started tying chironomids and wound up tying turd poppers. Go figure! And thats a typical night at the vise..