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rybolov



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:14 am    Post subject: My Favorite Dad Reply with quote
Well, since it's Father's Day, I figured I would introduce the world to my favorite dad. His name is "Skip's Dad" and he hails from the mind of Skip Morris. I was introduced to him via Joe Cornwall's "Fly Fishing Warm Water Rivers".

Here in Virginia, the rivers are lousy with crayfish. I went last week to the South Fork of the Shenandoah, and in a meter-square area along the shoreline, there had to be at least 30 crayfish in it. Rolling Eyes

I fish this fly with either a floating line and 10-foot leader or a clear sink-tip. I cast quartering downstream on a tight line like a steelhead swing. Either use 5-inch quick strips or 30-inch slow strips, I've had success with either.

Sometime when I get around to it, I'll start dead-drifting Skip's Dads under an indicator.



Recipe, partially stolen from Joe's book:
Hook: Size 6 to 14, 2xl or 3xl
Thread: Tan, Brown, or Rusty Brown 8/0
Weight: Barbel Eyes
Tag: Dub a "nose" of dubbing from 1/3 of the way around the bend of the hook to the flat of the shank
Tail: Natural reddish/brown pheasant tail fibers tied in two bunches and split with dubbing to resemble small claws. (Dads with small claws are easier prey for fish)
Body: Light olive or brown haretron dubbing
Shellback: Pheasand tail fibers pulled over the dubbed body
Ribbing: Fine copper wire

Photos taken by Melanie Smith



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:16 am    Post subject: More Dads Reply with quote
More Dad pictures:

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:25 am    Post subject: Taking Dad Out to the Ball Game Reply with quote
One of my local waters is the Potomac River, it's about a 20-minute drive. I go to a little park area known as "Turkey Run".

View it in google maps:
Linkie


If you go, be careful because they will lock you in after dark.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:29 am    Post subject: More Turkey Run... Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:31 am    Post subject: Still More Turkey Run Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:37 am    Post subject: In the Course of Fishing Reply with quote
A bankside photo and a fish on.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:43 am    Post subject: Another Bass Likes my Dad Reply with quote
Reaction to Skip's Dad can be varied.

I've felt smallmouth nibble at it gently as they suck it up off the riverbottom. When I get gentle takes, I start fishing with a slow, long strip.

When I find that the fish are slamming the Dad hard, I start using quick 5-inch strips, just enough of a pop so that I see the end of my line jerk.

Sometimes I've cast and had large smallmouth take the fly on the very first strip. It's happened enough that I get the slack out of the line as fast as I can.

Don't forget to let the Dad hang below you in the current. Yuou'll catch bass when you let the fly hang and then give it a couple quick strips.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:03 am    Post subject: Yet Another Bass Photo (YABP) Reply with quote
This one liked my Dad also.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:13 am    Post subject: Paul Z and a Small Bass Reply with quote
This is Paul's first day ever with a flyrod, and once he can cast 10 feet and strip line, Skip's Dad gives him a good day on the river.

He'll be back.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:02 am    Post subject: Great post! Reply with quote
Rybolov,

Thanks for posting that extensive piece about the Dad. How about turning that into a regular article? Everything is there, and I would be pleased to do the job.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:13 pm    Post subject: Article? Reply with quote
Sure, article away.

Sometime when I can remember, I'll get some crayfish pictures. I was going to go today, but we just got a big dump of rain on my way home from work.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:58 am    Post subject: Podcast also Reply with quote
Hey you two schemers. Be sure to get another "podcast video" of tying this tidy morsel. I very much enjoyed the other video podcast and have been productive with the pattern recently... (approximately 50% of my fish taken off this pattern)

It would be a Great article, go for it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:20 pm    Post subject: Video Podcast Reply with quote
You'll pay me for my time, right? Laughing At least double what I get now, so 200% of 0 is um... 0.

I *could* do a video podcast, but would you be happy with some instructions and pictures of each step?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Video Podcast Reply with quote
rybolov wrote:
You'll pay me for my time, right? Laughing At least double what I get now, so 200% of 0 is um... 0.

I *could* do a video podcast, but would you be happy with some instructions and pictures of each step?


Rybolov,

I'll pay you ten times what we pay everybody else, of course! No problem.
Mailed you a preview link of the article with the latest images too.
It looks good and will go online in a week or so.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:54 pm    Post subject: Dads Reply with quote
I tie a similar one. I thought that I invented it. That has happened with about all of my fly inventions.

About Turkey Run. They say that you can't wade there. Any truth to that? I drive by the spot almost every day. I have good luck upstream from Riverbend Park. All the way up to the pipeline. There are lots of nice holes to fall into. My best fish there has been an 18 incher.

I also heard that the Carp are great at Turkey Run. Any truth to that rumor?

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