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Re: Muskie Flies

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Nice! Thanks. That's what I'm looking for.

Posted on: 1/25 14:07


Re: Muskie Flies

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Nice ties! I just use eagle claw oshaugnessy. Because they are cheap. I like TD's ideas of using a big game shank upfront and a hook in the back. I'm sure weight reduction is pretty noticeable. I imagine they swim better as well.

Posted on: 1/25 16:46


Re: Muskie Flies

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Crawdad I used to use hooks cuz they were cheap and I missed alot of fish. The hook is the most important component to any fly but when you are trying to bury that hook into bone and cartlidge it is especially important. When I switched to the partridge hooks my hookup rate tripled.

Posted on: 1/25 21:52


Re: Muskie Flies

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I might have to check out those partridge hooks, I did lose a 40-42incher last year that I know for a fact got a good hook set into her...I strip set three times to drive it home.. I know the owner hooks I tie the swimming jimmy on definitely feel sharper then oshaugnessy.

Posted on: 1/25 22:35


Re: Muskie Flies

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So I found them in 6/0 for about 7.99. Which I can live with. They come in 10 pack. Really not that bad. I'm definitely going to start tying with the big game shanks. Did you notice any change in the length of your doubles? I don't know how long the shanks are.

Posted on: 1/25 22:40


Re: Muskie Flies

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Thanks to the suggestion from TD, I'm a convert to the predator's as well now. Oddly enough, my only two hookups/landings were on Owner Akis so I can attest to their stickiness. Those are a bit short in the shank however...good for singles, but I don't see myself buying any more.

It's a confidence thing...once I tried something better, it was tough for me to have faith in the cheap stuff.

Plus, you don't lose as many of these big flies.

Posted on: 1/26 10:34


Re: Muskie Flies

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In other news, I scored some schlappen at the show yesterday.

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Celebration ensued.

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Posted on: 1/26 11:12


Re: Muskie Flies

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Jay, did I see on your blog a good pic of you holding a Muskie?

Posted on: 1/26 11:28


Re: Muskie Flies

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Quote:

turkey wrote:
Jay, did I see on your blog a good pic of you holding a Muskie?


Yessir. Haven't touched the blog in ages, but yeah...I got pretty damn lucky that day. The eat scared the heck outta me...never saw it coming, which in hindsight probably worked in my favor.

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To keep things all on topic and such...here's the fly. I think this one was a 5/0.

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Posted on: 1/26 12:20


Re: Muskie Flies

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That's just awesome.

Posted on: 1/26 12:36


Re: Muskie Flies

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Nice Musky and fly there Jay.

Posted on: 1/26 18:00


Re: Muskie Flies

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crawdad the big game shanks come in 3 sizes 28, 40, and 80mm. The 40's are too small for me and the 80's are too big for what I like. I have been taking the 80's and modifying them to about 55 or 60mm. Some companies make 55mm shanks but they are smaller wire and I don't like how they do the eyes. No worries of the big game shanks coming undone the way they are built. I will probably be buying some wire and just making my own soon. The shanks not only help you get the length you want but the single hook in the rear helps with strip setting. The fly just slides thru the musky mouth until it pegs that hook in the corner of the mouth.

Posted on: 1/26 21:24


Re: Muskie Flies

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TD55 thought on smaller hooks? I am thinking of knocking my hook size down to 2/0 to 5/0 predators.

Chocklett shanks are great. I totally agree with TD the 80mm are way to long. I do use a lot of 28mm and 40mm. I also purchased a Boggs Tacklemaker.

Posted on: 1/27 12:28


Re: Muskie Flies

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5/0 predator with two chocklett shanks and one custom front shank

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Posted on: 1/27 12:33


Re: Muskie Flies

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I still like my bigger 8/0 really no reason just like the bigger hook I guess

Posted on: 1/27 13:16



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