Flies for OS

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  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    Getting a bit ahead of myself already, but I started thinking about flies to use for Occupy Skagit. I think I'd rather not waste good hooks by clipping them at the bend. So I noticed all these paper clips in my desk drawer. I'm thinking about bending the large bend nearly closed to make an eye. I need to get to work on one with some pliers to see if this is feasible. If it is, it would be an el cheapo Waddington shank with nothing to tie a hook on the tail end.

    Next step is a suitable OS fly pattern. My inclination is to alternate palmered red, white, and blue marabou.

    Sg
     
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  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    How about a hunk of bunny? No shank required.
     
  3. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    If I go, I'm simply going to tie a piece of yarn to the end to the tippet. Pretty easy. Why even bother with even tieing on a cut off shank (or a waddington)?
     
  4. Derek Day

    Derek Day Rockyday

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    I'll be swinging bendless skaters.
     
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    TD Active Member

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    If you have any tube flies you're already done.
     
  6. _WW_

    _WW_ Geriatric Skagit Swinger

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    You're acting like you might get a grab or something! :)
     
  7. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I like the idea paper clip flies!
     
  8. Big E

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    Another idea if you don't want to clip even cheap hooks is to use cotter pins.
     
  9. Paul Huston

    Paul Huston Swinger

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    Sk8er Tubes!
     
  10. Rob Allen

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    I'd tie up a dozen fully dressed Jock Scotts or partridge M hooks size 4/0 should do it.... then clip them off at the bend...

    or

    Why not fish skaters?????


    actually the cotter pin with a clump pf marabou sounds good to me
     
  11. Achilles

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    I'll start with some cured eggs and then switch to plugs... What? I'll use my spey rod... doesn't that count?
     
  12. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    How do you keep your eggs on your un-fly?
     
  13. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Easy, tie an egg loop. If you cut the bend off, the egg loop will still be there, Just have to make sure your eggs are a bit more firm is all since there's no curve in hook to help keep eggs on. :)
     
  14. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

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    Jerry - egg loop or not, think those eggs will still be there after a Spey cast?
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Sure, if they're cured right. I've cast into a tree and yard armed out a baited hook that had already been through the drift a few times. BUT....I know how to cure up eggs right. Lol