Shiner, Golden Shiner, Dace, Fathead. (Left to Right)
Just a little challenge to create a gray shiner in a small size (approx. 4 cm) from a frustrated bait fishing buddy. Buying shiner minnows around 1.5” from the bait shops (for crappie fishing) is nearly impossible here. Most “small” shiners sold run 3.5-4.0 inches.
When the crappies want a small minnow, they will ignore anything too large. That request led me to a kamikaze style solution like the gray minnow style on the far left but tied on a jighead for spin fishing. The exercise brought me around to these using the pompom minnow method I’ve been posting here.
Why not yet another experiment? Does color really matter to the crappies? My gut says no, it’s the size that matters. Will have to test these out to see.
Still, in my crappie hot spots, one color kills on day one and is a dud on day two. So yet another experiment needs completion. Are natural baitfish colors more effective than all those wild color combos? This old scientist brain of mine will never rest I suppose. LOL
Hi Daniel. I stopped pro tying quite a long time ago (decades) because the fun disappears after the first few dozen of the same pattern.
Meeting orders (all word of mouth sales), became a hassle. Started out so simply tying for a few friends but things grew out of proportion as friends of friends of friends started asking.
The business grew until it became unmanageable. Lost all interest in tying. Again, timelines and repetition killed the pro aspect for me. Even before the big internet push, I had a constant stream of the same pattern tied over and over. Left no time for creativity. You may notice that many of my posts are “non-standard”. I enjoy this site because it provides me with new inspiration on an almost daily basis.
Why am I going on and on you may ask. I hate to see others fall into the trap. Get good at tying, get too many orders, lose interest in one of the really great pleasures we fishermen/women have. Catching that big one on a “invented” pattern of our own. (Actually, no such thing exists as a “new” pattern “invented” by someone.). You will see what I mean if you keep tying and getting better at each new bench session. Hope this epistle hasn’t turned you off. I know a simple NO I Don’t Sell Flies would have answered your question. Sometimes we old fishermen/tyers need to share experiences with others. Remember the classic quote:
Old fly tyers never die, they just smell that way. LOL LOL LOL
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