Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 Fly Swap: Early Birds Shipping Worms

Over the past two days I received four shipments of seven different patterns.  It seems that the idea of sending in multiple flies in sets of 10 has gained more traction this year.  That is going to make the next month extremely interesting!

Two shipments came from Zach Janssen (roughflyfishing.com) and Ben Muraski.  They are carpin buddies from Kansas, 16 years old and have already been fly fishing for carp for several years.  If these guys represent the future of carpin I am pretty pumped because these flies are extremely well tied and thought out.  I am not giving an inch of slack for age in that assessment.

They also both sent a meat pattern and a small finesse pattern with the finesse flies shown first below.  I am not sure if that was on purpose and coordinated but is really cool either way. 
 
Ben Muraski's Slim Pickins
Zach Janssen's Alien Shrimp

Zach Janssen's Wizard's Sleeve
Ben Muraski's Bottom Creeper

The next shipment came in from Nolan Majcher from Pennsylvania   Nolan is a regular on the CarpPro forum and sent in two different worm / egg hybrids.  These are relatively small and delicate patterns tied on a size 14.  Nolan does quite well on these and they are fascinating.

Nolan Majcher's Worm Spawn
Nolan Majcher's Egg Worm

The final submission this weekend was from one of my oldest fishing buddies Miles Christmas in Michigan.  We started chasing carp together over a decade ago and the Jaimee's Krazy Karper thought up by a guy at one of the local shops was the first fly we knew of that was specifically designed for carp.  It is still Mile's go-to.  

Jaimee's Krazy Karper by Miles Christmas





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  2. Sweet! Looks like I need to make the much needed website changes I have been procrastinating for so long... Thank you for your kind words! I speak for both Ben and I when I say we take pride in our flies and work very hard to perfect even the slightest details! I'm really looking forward to seeing what other patterns these guys come up with!
    Tights lines!
    Zach Janssen

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    1. I can tell, your flies were seriously top notch.

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  3. All of the flies are nice, and will all be so in the future, except mine, boring. Good Job Kids! (I'm allowed to call my 30 year old sons kids.)

    Gregg

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    1. Thanks Gregg! Don't be too critical of your own patterns!
      They look like they'd do really well in a certain carp pond not too far from my house...
      I can't wait to see what else lies in wait in this swap!
      Tight lines,
      Ben

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    2. Hah, Miles will really really appreciate the kid comment. He is well north of 30! As am I come to think of it.

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    3. Zach and Ben,

      Nice write up by The Star. You know your stuff.

      Gregg

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  4. Good stuff. I will drop mine in the mail this week.

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    1. Wow, that is fast. Didn't you just get hooks? I am still short hooks!

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  5. Nice! Is that a light box you take the photos on?
    Those are some killer pic's!
    Glad to hear you like the flies! Zach and i believe in tying flies that are tied as well and consistent as our skill level allows.
    This might come from tying up orders of flies for our local fly shops though...

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    1. The pics will get considerably better. I had a nasty suspicion you guys had been doing some contract tying based on your flies. Very consistent, very clean.

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    2. Thanks! Actually, I don't tie up orders that often, I just like tie neat(ish) flies. Zach is the one that does most of the tying for the shop -he lives three miles from it, lucky dude. I usually only tie up orders -for store credit- when I need to get something and am short on cash.

      I'm really liking the looks of that new trouser worm man!, I also really really like the looks of those scorpion gaper's!

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  6. The lineup of a finesse and a meat pattern was intentional by us individually, but we didn't realize that we both did that! It kinda works out well though!

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  7. Well, before you tame a fish, you will need to catch it from its natural home. The beginners can try fishing with the help of fresh baits, and it will be cost –effective to look for the worms for sale signs in the market.

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