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Joined: 02:26pm - May 16,05
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Post Posted: 10:36am - May 9,16 
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Hi!

I'm a longtime lurker and I just wanted to check in now that the season is back on. I'll share whatever new patterns I have and let you know how they work.

I'm not the best tyer, but what I manage to turn out seems to work!

I primarily stick to the local areas (ponds & the Fox River), but when I hit the river, I'm usually targeting carp on the fly.

Later!

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Post Posted: 06:53pm - May 9,16 
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Glad to see another fly guy around here...

What are you tying?

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Post Posted: 01:39pm - May 10,16 
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Beside the standard go-to wooly buggers and nymphs, I've been making balsa poppers from scratch. Starting with a 1 x 1 x 1 in block of balsa, I'll put a finish nail through the center, then, with my Dremel held in a vice, I insert the nail into the collar so the balsa spins like it's on a lathe. I use graduated grades of sandpaper to shape it how I want. Another dremel attachment is used to shape the concave front of the popper. Once I get it to the right size & shape, it gets glued to a kinked hook, painted and dressed.

I'll have to figure out how to post pics and I'll put some up

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