03-27-2007, 10:06 AM
So I've started filling my boxes for my trip to the York and Dartmouth June 5-10.
So far I've got doubles and singles for Black Bear Green Butts, Silver Rats, and Green Highlanders tied in sizes 2-6.
Shoot out some other suggestions for me - I'm all ears!
03-27-2007, 06:40 PM
Picasse, Magog Smelt ...
03-27-2007, 08:03 PM
Toss in a white muddler for good measure. I had Jerome Molloy tie up a few for me a couple of years ago, they're well done, and they catch fish.
Keep a small Pompier in your pocket too, just in case the water gets low early.
03-28-2007, 07:49 AM
What size and style hooks do you tie your muddlers on?
03-28-2007, 07:59 PM
I get #4's. Standard 2X salmon hook.
Just to be clear, I can't spin deer hair to save my life, that's why I get them from Jerome. His are pretty sweet, silver body, little flash in the white marabou wing. The springers just love 'em. I've had some very cool strikes swinging it really [really] fast.
03-29-2007, 08:50 AM
Troy, In addition to those already mentioned: Lady Caroline, Akroyd, Rusty Rat, and the always go to...Tiger Ghost.
03-29-2007, 01:27 PM
I'm tying some muddlers up for next season. Although I have never used them with any regularity, I know that they account for many takes. I am always hearing about the white muddler. This year I am going to give them a good try.
I do spin deer hair well. It's quite easy if you are taught some simple tricks:
1 - You must use a very strong silk or thin floss so you can really tighten down the hair allowing it to spin and "splay" out.
2 - The best results is to spin the hair on a bear hook.....with no coating of silk. This allows the hair to spin without friction.
3 - Take small bunches of hair and tie down tight and spin. After tying in 2 or 3 bunches, hold hook in vice with left hand, and pack "back" the hairs while bringing the silk through the hair to the front....so next tie is on bear steel again.
4 - Repeat this until you tie off "temporarally" and then start clipping.
5 - When clipping muddlers, you clip with good scissors with point of scissors pointing towards the bend in the hook. This will allow you to form a cone shaped head, and will leave some short hairs unclipped forming the gill areas.
6 - While clipping bombers you do can clip in any direction to obtain the nice elongated tapering bodies. And when tying bombers, you tie the tail and a few saddle hackles in first. You must tie them in and keep the tie short so the bear steel is left to spin on. You must tie 2 bunches on top of where you tied the tail and the hackles in......to start. Then you spin the rest on bear steel.....
Its quite easy if you follow these steps.....
03-29-2007, 08:12 PM
Like Chris i heartily recommend the Pompier.
03-30-2007, 08:32 AM
I agree about the Tiger Ghost. Another fly that you might want to add to the arsenal is the John Olin. I found it to be wonderful under a bright sun. Good luck.
03-30-2007, 09:35 AM
alrighty - got some great replies, and I'll be busy for the next few weekends.
Thanks for the suggestions!
04-02-2007, 07:41 PM
picasse, jones special, pompier