Thank you much, Uncle Barnsie! Yeah, deer hair does make a mess. I found a way to sort of keep it under control though. Basically, I set my vise (it's on a weighted base) inside of a shallow box top, such as one you'd use for gift wrapping. I do all my cutting and trimming over the box top, this way the bulk of the hair falls into the box, making for easy cleanup. I do like spinning and stacking deer hair as you can make some pretty nice and effective flies with it. Makes me use my artistic background, as does all of fly tying. Stanley really hit the nail on the head and figured me out, suggesting that I try tying flies for that very reason. I really enjoy fly tying, and kind of experimenting especially know that I know the pros and cons of many different materials. Like everything I do in life, I jumped in at full bore, practicing, learning from mistakes, thread strength and uses, etc. We'll just say that fly tying really speaks to my meticulous nature haha.
I actually tried this frog yesterday evenin at Lake Kirsty, mostly to get a good handle on how it works in an uncontrolled environment and of course, to catch fish. Happy to say that it moves and works exactly as intended! Creates a really nice "V" wake one the surface as you strip, the legs kicked great on the short strips, and at rest it did sink very slowly, back first with the head keeping it above water. Granted, it certainly did get a bit water logged in the legs just as I feared would happen with rabbit zonker strips (and which Stanley also pointed out), but it didn't lose much action if you kept it moving. Also, missed 3-4 strikes on it, my own fault though because I strip-set too quickly. I know better than that haha. Even had a Largemouth that appeared to be in the 6-7 lb class give a really good follow, but never hit.
I've actually heard of the Boobie before, we call them "Dollys" here. Obvious reasons haha. I know they are easy to tie, and will probably tie up a few. From what I understand, Dolly's are effective on Steelhead here in the early Fall, always nice to have a few extra weapons
Tied a couple of really nice but simple Crayfish patterns as well last night. Here's one in olive:
Pretty easy to tie, just a little tricky wrapping the dubbing underneath the hook point. That one is a #6, weighted with dumb bell eyes in the tail end near the hook eye. Gonna throw 'em at some Smallmouth. We'll see how it goes!