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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Nice research Harry.

    It's good know that fish can shake a hook in time. Many pickerels I meet are good at doing that in the short term!

    Please check your third link. It's the same as your second. I'd like to read the rust prevention article.
    Sorry, link corrected

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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeaveToo View Post
    I used a product called Powergrab by Loctite. I put it on with a Q-tip and spread it over the first 1/2 inch of the fly, approximately. The last 5 I did I put eyes on them and ran over the eyes with the PowerGrab. The stuff dries semi-transparent and feels a bit rubbery. It is important.

    The Shannon Streamer is a big fly and a bit to cast. I wouldn't want to cast it from a smaller rod than my 8 weight.

    One issue I noted with them is that the back side can come unwrapped. I have changed the tie a little bit so that when I get to the end of the fly and make the last wrap before going forward with the Chenille I do a small knot and then wrap forward very tightly. I was tying on a 2ot hook and doing about 8 wraps behind the hook bend. I sometimes tie flashabou on top of the marabou to give it a little more action. Usually I wrap a little lead wire around the hook but you don't need too much. It will sink on its own and hover below the surface. They have a very nice action.

    Last night I bit the bullet, made a mess, and tied up some Murray's Madtom Sculpins with rabbit hair. I made a bit of a mess. I also tied them on a shorter shank hook than I usually use but they turned out looking good. The reason for the shorter hook shank was that I was using #4 stainless steel hooks that I already had. I have stopped tying on regular hooks and only tie on stainless steel hooks since I tend to tie bigger patterns. I had a few regular hooks rust in the past before I got to using the fly so I quit messing with the regular hooks.

    Is it a bad thing when you tie on a size 4 hook and think that is small. Seriously, I use to tie on size 6 all of the time but I have started using much bigger hooks and flies. I think that I catch bigger fish in the long run and my production hasn't slowed because I still catch about the same amount of fish. Honestly I don't miss tying super small trout flies! They were a pain in the butt.

    My shad flies are even tied on a size 4 stainless hook. That is partially because I have caught everything under the sun on them. I have caught flounder, bluefish, stripers, large mouth, small mouth, big bluegill, and even a catfish (that was a random hook up but it was about a 10 pound cat that bit the fly).
    To prevent the tail from unraveling i've started adding a little glue. Also you could try a thin mono line weaved through the tail. Bluegills are the worst at unraveling a fly and I've been fighting for 20+ years trying to prevent destruction of my flies. Either over engineer them or make lots of them cheaply and throw them away. The old hooks used to get dull so throwing them away was a good option. In salt I'm thinking cheaper/faster might be better than corroded dull hooks. For my repalas I'm replacing the trebles frequently for rust and sharpness. Small cost really.

    Just my thoughts.

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