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03-09-2003 06:32 PM
pmflyfisher I have to get a close up lens and adapter for the Canon A40 Power Shot digital camera I have. Thats about $ 130 half the price of the darn camera which was $ 250 on sale,

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03-09-2003 06:21 PM
Mosi and Wrke

Thanks for the ideas.........see.....its a proven fact that problems are better solved in a group atmosphere

Keep em coming won't stand a chance

best regards.....Jake
03-09-2003 04:55 PM
wrke mosi
Interesting idea. I'll definitely give it a try.
03-09-2003 04:47 PM
hitch tubes

The hole don't have to be on the sides. It is just as good to have it under the tube. So it don't matter whitch side of the river you are fishing. This make it easyer to fish pools with slow curent.

03-09-2003 03:06 PM
wrke Since Hal's pics could use a little better focus, I've attached the following image of the fly. Position of the holes in the side contribute to how the fly behaves. You should be able to see the holes in the photo. Different wing materials are also used, including Arctic Fox. Tube length here is 1/2", hook is Partridge P size 10 with the eye straightened.
03-09-2003 02:20 PM

Heating those needles to red hot as we speak....all of my surface tubes will have two riffling hitch holes (if you will) one on each side of the tube. One for left and one for right side of the river.

03-09-2003 08:22 AM
pmflyfisher Why not use the riffle hitch all the time for steelies and salmon ?

In Lee Wulff's book "Salmon on a Fly" he says it works very well for western steelhead and it was kept a secret for a long time.

Thats what I will do in the very few surface/high sub surface opportunities we have here in the great lakes for steelhead when the water temps are over 45 and the fish are in the river.

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03-08-2003 11:41 PM
PM has revealed one of the deadliest secrets have uleashed some powerful medicine.

Before I started tying on tubes I used the equivalent on steel shanked hooks.....known as the riffling hitch.

It is absolutely deadly on fish that come short to the waking or skated fly......if the fish comes short....switch to the riffled hitch and they will almost always come with reckless abandon on the next pass as long as they have not felt the steel. The grab will often straighten ones arm

Thanks for revitalizing the riffled hitch for me, now I can apply it to the tubes as well

best regards.

03-08-2003 06:13 PM
Terry's Terror

Fly Tyer: Wrke (Bill)

Pattern: Terrys Terror

You might be disappointed at first glance but read ahead. We named the fly after the Irish angler who introduced it to us in Russia last August. In this size, it was responsible for taking a number of salmon including the largest --- 44lbs. A seemingly simple tube fly (doesn’t even use “junction tubing) that on close inspection reveals two small holes in the sides of the tube. Its a “waking” tube fly, used on the surface. For waking, the leader is inserted into a hole in the side of the fly, instead of the front, depending on the side of the river you are fishing. The fly is normally fished with a size 10 double, but as every one has requested a single hook, I’ve used a size 8 single, Used with several colors of bucktail, but red or orange with black probably took most fish. Use a heated needle to make the holes tying.

The pattern is very simple:

Thread: red
Under wing: Orange dyed squirrel
Over wing: Black squirrel

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