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Friday, November 15, 2019
A Calendar and Some Hooks
Finally a calendar I like. TU sent me this pocket calendar the other day and what a great idea. It's much like there regular full sized one only in a compact shirt pocket form. Each month has high lighted holidays and the individual days have space to write your fishing related stuff. There are lots of journals out there but most are to large to bring stream side, this one is perfect.
With the coming of winter many of you will start tying flies. Most of you will replace the flies that have worked so well for you over the last season, and you may try a few new ideas. I have been wanting to improve on a fly that I consider one of the five best ever created. The Ausable Bomber. I can hear the screams and head scratching going on as I type. Let me clear it up. No changes to the material recipe of the fly, no one can improve on perfection. What I'm trying are a few barbless hooks instead of the traditional Mustad 9671. The first two hooks I'll be trying are these.
The top hook is the Orvis Tactical Dry Fly Hook. It features a wide gap, and black nickel finish. It is a light wire hook but it is strong. The bottom hook is a Hanak Wet Fly Hook. This hook features a black nickel finish, and a slightly longer hook shank. It is a heavier hook.
This bomber is tied on the Hanak hook.
This bomber is tied on the Orvis hook. As you can see both hooks were able to accommodate the amount of material needed for this fly. I have not fished these flies as of yet but I do have plans to.