I like it occasionally for use in the body, but I can never get it perfect on the heads to a point where my fly walks the dog. I can only get them to kick one way. It should be noted, however, that I've never used the Chocklett's body tubing, which is a bit stiffer than the other stuff you find.
Well I guess a one way kick is better than a NO way kick !!
I’m looking to try some for some heads . I’ll post what I find out. I’m going to try your rattle idea too. I’m thinking mid April for a three dayer at the big M lake. Too busy all of a sudden to get away down there.
recently (the fly tying night) I tried out some strung fuzzy fiber for a couple of heads. I'll let you know how they swim. One one, which I didn't like the look of, I also added some Softex to shape the head a little bit and make it less unruly. haven't had a chance to swim that one yet either.
OK - not tying related but a legit question. When fishing solo from a small boat what is the preferred method of corralling the fish and releasing it? Landing net I assume?? What is a good option without breaking the bank??
large net for me. I found one at Sportsman's for about $90 (I think it's Gibbs), then promptly cut back the handle a little bit to make it more manageable on my Commander. It's rubber coated knotless nylon. I dunno the hoop size (but it's plenty big for everything--probably 3'), but it's also got a deep bag so they can just chill in there while I'm getting my tools together for hook removal (although fishing barbless, they'll often fall out themselves), or photo op.
I converted my old salmon/steelhead net. I took off the rod netted nylon bag and bought a rubber mesh muskie bag. The net has a sliding handle, which makes things more compact. When you begin fishing, I would suggest extending the net handle. Things can get a little chaotic when a fish is hooked. It's also a serious pain in the rump trying to extend the handle while fighting the fish. I speak from experience. Pulling an anchor can also add to the excitement. Just my .02.
You could also try a cradle. I'm not sure how that would work for a solo angler.