Those look great. What is the tail material? Saddle hackle and marabou?
Yes, itís a whiting streamer Cape I think, Iíll have to look at the package. I canít remember from which vendor I ordered it. Itís tan grizzly. One tip on each side is what Iíve been putting in. On one diver, I forgot to tie in the grizzly tips, but it seemed to fish just as good.
Iím not very picky on these with the marabou and just tie in a decent clump that looks about right. I put a bit of crystal flash in the tail on top after tying in the marabou. Just a few strands of something dark.
Thereís definitely a little variation on mine from copy to copy on how high they float and dive. But that seems pretty true on the ones that I bought from the big y that I patterned the ones I tie after. I think mine fish better than the commercial ones, but I might be biased. The stinger hooks I use are much stronger than the very fine wire hooks on the commercial ties. Their hooks are very apt to bend. They put on a mono weed guard. I havenít been mainly because the lake I fish has very limited vegetarian like lily pads. The weed guards definitely cause missed hook ups so I donít like to have them unless I have to for heavy weeds.
The water was pretty clear yesterday and I stand in the boat when I fish so I could watch some of the bass follow the divers. A few followed and never committed. Some would come from below and hit the diver as it rested on the surface of the water. Sometimes, Iíd leave the diver resting for a time well off the lake shoreline while fiddled with the loose fly line and get a surprise take.
I like these divers as they are pretty easy to cast even after getting soaked. Thereís no rabbit Zonker to get soggy and heavy and then tough to cast. I was using my 7/8 CGR, but my 5/6 CGR casts them pretty well too. The marabou gives plenty of lifelike movement in the water and doesnít get heavier after getting wet to the degree that rabbit does. The diver shape is pretty aerodynamic so they cast well from that standpoint. I have some big deer hair poppers that I got as a gift that arenít fun to cast because they donít cut through the air well at all.
The drill in the lake I live on is to cast whatever you have on, plastic worm, lure, jig, fly, as close to the shoreline as possible and bring it over or around the many submerged logs, cypress knees, and trees. Almost all the structure is within 30 feet of the shoreline and these old oxbow lakes are basically river channels that got cut off in some prehistoric flood. The deepest area weíve found by depth finder is 11 feet and most of the about 100 yard wide, 77 acre lake is about 10 feet deep and it drops to about 8 feet within about 30 feet of the shoreline. The ends of the lake are shallower. The divers work well as they can be brought over barely submerged logs without getting hung up.