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A few recent ties
May 10th, 2016 at 10:08pm
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Caddis bomb


Couple of jigs


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Hi-vis humpy for dad


A wee soft-hackle
  
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Re: A few recent ties
Reply #1 - May 11th, 2016 at 1:25am
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Nice photos,  they're some phat bombs
  
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Reply #2 - May 11th, 2016 at 5:27am
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very tidy.
  
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Reply #3 - May 12th, 2016 at 4:54am
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Good work,
nice variety of patterns and well tied.
Good photography too mate.  looks like you thought about it a bit.

Some flies are barbed some not, main reason?

Great to see a soft hackle in there, do you fish that year round?

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Re: A few recent ties
Reply #4 - May 15th, 2016 at 10:11am
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Nomads wrote on May 12th, 2016 at 4:54am:
Good work,
nice variety of patterns and well tied.
Good photography too mate.  looks like you thought about it a bit.

Some flies are barbed some not, main reason?

Great to see a soft hackle in there, do you fish that year round?

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Thanks Nomads. Getting there on the photography. Regards the barbs, I'd prefer barbless and often crimp my barbs on the river although I'm not religious about it.  And soft-hackles are definitely a mainstay. Excellent fished just beneath a dry or behind a heavier fly deeper in the column.

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Reply #5 - May 17th, 2016 at 9:02am
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Good to hear.
I have fished only wee wets and small soft hackle/ emergers etc this summer season just past.
While I did not fish alot, i fished a few good streams, both North and South, and never had a blank session.
I fricken love these types of flies.  Plus I enjoy the method of fishing them.

My pic is a bit slack (Ignore the PT's on the right)


The fly beneath the razor has account for the most fish.
Browns and rainbows, fished in any depth or flow.
Next are the green guys top left with bead, fished through faster water
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Reply #6 - May 17th, 2016 at 11:19pm
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Badger and Nomads these are all cracking ties. I have just starting to fish wee wets this past season with little success, plenty of hits but few hook ups. Bit more research needed.
  

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Reply #7 - May 18th, 2016 at 12:48am
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you liked that?
Check these out.

Tied from mallard feathers i got on opening weekend.
More for decoration these flies, although i will try them, I don't expect heaps of performance.
All in size 12.

all on size 14

I sometimes get fish having a go at the fly and then dropping off too.
I have found that having a little slack in the tippet helps, but then you run the real risk of missing strikes.
  

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Reply #8 - May 24th, 2016 at 9:08am
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They certainly look the part NOMADS a bit off topic but I have read that when fishing the wee-wet you need to keep a loop of line (not sure of the size yet but maybe 400mm dia) between the reel and where you hold the line and when a fish takes let that loop go allowing the fish to turn and then strike. Going to have to keep the reactions in check!
  

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Reply #9 - May 25th, 2016 at 10:43am
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Hey DAD,
I was told something similar by good sources when I announced my season of wee wets ahead.
After a very short amount of time I understood the principle of what was being described.

What you are trying to avoid is the tippet hitting breaking strain right at strike time: EG if your rod tip is down , and the rod direction is the same as the line direction when on the swing, when a fish hits it there is no 'Give" anywhere and you get a bust off.

There are several recommended fixes:  Yours with the loop is Good.
Another is keeping a belly in the line between the rod tip and where the line hits the water.  Keep the rod tip up when on swing or in strike zone, you can see a strike when the belly lifts and straightens.  The belly takes up the tension reducing bust off.

Another way, also in addition to the belly, is simply keeping the rod direction as perpendicular as possible to the line direction when in strike zone.  EG if the line is pointing down stream , the rod should be pointing across stream, that way the rod provides some give at time of strike.

To be honest, this method of fishing has become my GO TO.  it has cost me fish (when I should have been nymphing) but it is bloody addictive.
I have used it up stream, across and also down. in all levels of the water column and it works.

Not sure how effective it will be over winter tho.


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Reply #10 - May 28th, 2016 at 1:13am
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Everything goes full circle!!! Grin
And very nice ties both...
  

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Reply #11 - Jun 2nd, 2016 at 8:17am
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nothing new in fashion I suppose...
That fish was caught from a wee bit north up the road from you Alan.

What was the date range that you can say the wee wets were "in vogue".
Was there a time for you when this style was Hot?  Ahead of say, nymphing?

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Reply #12 - Jun 30th, 2016 at 10:51am
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Prior to the mid 1970's nymphing was unheard of. It was when Tony Orman published his book on Nymphing that we all started to take notice and try these new fandangled things called nymphs... up until then we used dries or wee English wets.. hence a lot of fishing was done mid day or in the evening.
  

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Re: A few recent ties
Reply #13 - Jul 15th, 2016 at 11:38am
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Nice ties guys. My absolute favourite style on the Tongariro from Oct to April is a wee wet (very similar to Badger's bottom photo) on #16 hook on a 4" - 6" dropper under a humpy or caddis fished across and down. Probably accounts for more than half my catch (and represents about 10% of how I fish) - so its very effective. Its an economical method of fishing (no lost rigs in all the damned snags when fishing the lower reaches, and no weight on the rod (until a fish is on) as opposed to shooting head, or full sink or fast sink tip wet lines. Go the wee wets!  Wink
  
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Reply #14 - Jul 27th, 2016 at 5:10am
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Thanks for replying mate,  go the wee wets is right.

I have just tied all my rigs for each ROD ready for OCT

Can't understand why this section of the forum is so Quiet and boring in winter....! Undecided
  

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