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by mickmcco
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Partridge and Peacock TMC 3761 or equivalent 2x heavy, 1 x long nymph hook, size 14-16 Black 6/0 thread Peacock herl Gold bead Partridge shoulder feather The challenge is to protect the peacock herl so it doesn't get torn up by the trouts' teeth. You can: 1. Undercoat it with thread, then coat the ...
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Partridge and peacock is a great soft hackle fly and works well with all the caddis in the Guad. I sometimes tie a bead-thorax version of that fly (with the soft hackle in front of the bead). It's a fly that Alan Bray taught me years ago that has served me well on the Guad.
by mickmcco
Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

I don't think I have one, but I guess I could take one. I have flies in my midge box down to a size 32, which came in handy on the San Juan.

Somewhere, I also have a pic of a 26" San Juan rainbow with my size 26 midge pupa in his mouth. Landing him was a miracle.
by mickmcco
Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Each year, I tie flies for the Texas Casting for Recovery workshops, and each year I include a set of size 30 flies. The ladies love getting them and can't believe anyone could catch a fish on a fly that small. Of course, the tiny flies sometimes give Karen Gebhardt fits as she tries to sort them in...
by mickmcco
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Wiscoy, steelheaders do that alot. They'll tie their "full dress" patterns for the deeper, heavier water while winter steelheading, then the more sparsely dressed patterns, on the same sized hooks, for the lower, clearer water conditions of summer steelheading. Another option is using the Orvis Big ...
by mickmcco
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:38 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 18357

Re: Type of hooks for midges

I sometimes use TMC 200Rs for annelids, but find their long shanks (which give the fish more leverage) and narrow bites can lose me a lot of fish. For thread midges, I use a TMC 2488H (heavy wire scud/emerger hook). If I am going to add a glass or metal bead, I'll switch to a TMC 2488, since the 248...
by mickmcco
Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:27 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Good first tying vice
Replies: 19
Views: 16340

Re: Good first tying vice

My first vice was a Renzetti Traveler and it still gets used when I am on the road. I currently switch back and forth between a Dyna King Barracuda Jr. and a Renzetti Presentation series vise. Both are in-line rotary, which is in my opinion the only way to tie.
by mickmcco
Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Ant Fly Patterns
Replies: 6
Views: 6148

Re: Ant Fly Patterns

Fish don't look up much on the Guad, but I bet a drowned ant pattern would work. Unfortunately, we get some big fire ant falls in the late spring after a big rain, and they can do major damage to trout who decide to key on them. It's one of those Darwinian decisions with lethal consequences.
by mickmcco
Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Local guide in "Reyes del Rio"
Replies: 3
Views: 3277

Re: Local guide in "Reyes del Rio"

Good for Joey! I have a photo I took of him with a huge rainbow at Duck Lake in the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana that pops up on my screen saver every few days. Glad he's doing well.
by mickmcco
Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Reading the USGS site, cornfused....
Replies: 17
Views: 8079

Re: Reading the USGS site, cornfused....

Yeah! Now that Ron and Jimbo are National Media Stars (see TU's "On the Rise"), the price has gone up considerably!
by mickmcco
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Sunday on the Upper Guadalupe
Replies: 28
Views: 10409

Re: Sunday on the Upper Guadalupe

Agreed.
by mickmcco
Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Sunday on the Upper Guadalupe
Replies: 28
Views: 10409

Re: Sunday on the Upper Guadalupe

Alex:

Not much of a negotiator. Just seldom find a rod I don't like. They all seem to have their redeeming values.

We need to meet sometime. I've heard lots of good things about you and from you (via the forums).

Stay cool and catch fish.
by mickmcco
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: June river fishing
Replies: 3
Views: 2760

Re: June river fishing

Brian: Now one's trying to blow you off. It's just that the Guad is primarily a winter trout fishery, so this board doesn't get much action in the summer. Best access to wade the river right now is probably by paying $5 to park at Rio Raft (4th Crossing @ River Road) and wading up or down from there...
by mickmcco
Sat May 02, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: North Texas Neighborhood Ponds
Replies: 4
Views: 3163

I've only lived here a short while, and have done no exploration down that direction, so I'm not the one to ask. Post your question on the Texas Fishing Forum or the Texas Fly Report for more intelligent answers.