The year was 1969 the last time I remember fishing the “flood pools” in Alibates. For a teenager back then, It was pretty exciting fishing.
I grew up in Amarillo and Lake Meredith is where I learned to crappie fish, down in what we called Alibates Canyon where my dad would take my mom & me camping. The lake level back then fluctuated wildly and my very first experience with jig fishing was with a white Fle-Fly 8-10 inches under a fixed pencil float fishing flood pools as the water was receding The fish would become “land-locked” and literally tore up that Fle-Fly. Like my folks though, I mostly fished minners and only dabbled with jig fishing once in a while. You know, “Young and Ignorant”.
Thanks for “reviving” this great bait!
I am so fired up to hear that you guys are reviving a classic. I grew up fishing in Louisiana and heard about these great lures via my grandfather, who used to fish Toledo Bend every summer. Love your lures!
I stumbled across a couple of packages of Fle-Fly jigs about 2 years ago at a garage sale. I have caught many crappie on Fle-Fly’s. Attached is a picture of just a few. They are a durable jig.
I only have one left, (brush piles) they don’t wear out.
Got some in the mail and Teri brought them over to the dock right before the PM trip arrived…Got them tied on just as the Canadian Bachelor Party showed up. I Was thinking to myself… “these slabs are too pretty to use” One guys arm was tatted up almost to the same pattern as one of the slabs. So, he said, “this one is mine.”
Needless to say, they work. We caught 150+ fish on them in an afternoon and they still look new.
I have been using fle-fly 1oz slab spoons on lake Ozark in Missouri for yrs.
My father gave me 2 doz when he stopped fishing many yrs. back
They are the best lure I have ever had for whites. now I am down to 3 lures and my buddies try to get there hands on one when we are out fishing, but no way.
If you want to load the boat with whites try the fle-fly 1oz slab spoon you will happy you did.
Fle Fly products are made right. The right colors. The right sizes. The right balance to catch both active and finicky crappie throughout the calendar year. The right jig to fill your stringer or basket with tasty crappie. But don’t take my word for it, that’ll save more gooduns’ at the lake for me.
If you view marketing claims from sellers of deer mineral with skepticism, you’re not alone. They’ll promise 10-15 percent gains in antler growth and claim that you’re contributing to healthier deer herds overall. But the hunting world is filled with dubious products promising the success we all crave. We see the photos of the guy sitting behind a monster buck and envision ourselves in that enviable position. We’re suckers deceived by our own pipe-dream fantasies.
These were my very thoughts while despensing my first deer mineral a couple of springs ago. To be brutally honest, I didn’t pay for that mineral. I’d been working on a magazine assignment discussing deer feed and a manufacturer sent it up hoping I’d have something nice to say about it in way of promotion. It was painless to dump it somewhere and forget about it. I had few expectations. Immediately after moving to Idaho I tossed cattle salt blocks all over our property hoping to attract and observe whitetails in my own backyard (feeding deer is legal in Idaho but hunting those spots is not). Deer weren’t one bit interested. Those blocks slowly dissolved into the dirt unmolested.
Late that summer while scouting new stand sites I swung by that mineral site to have a look. Not one speck of the mineral remained, the ground pawed into a depression by little cloven hooves! So obviously they loved it. Hmmm…this might come in handy in some other location where hunting mineral is legal.
The man who sent me that mineral, Jeff Williams, owner of Dr. James Kroll-approved Nutra Deer, was summoned and more Antler Builder ordered. I was now willing to pay for it, and dispensed the subsequent bags more thoughtfully last spring. Sure enough, deer again attacked it with vigor.
What’s most interesting, is the same deer that won’t even touch livestock blocks of any color or flavor (although New Mexico deer couldn’t get enough of the same products) would gobble this stuff like candy. Which might be the key. Besides the vitamins (A, D3 and E, for instance), minerals (calcium, phosphorous and salt, most specifically) and “micro minerals” (copper, iodine, zinc and selenium), Nutra Deer’s Antler Builder is infused with artificial flavors. I’m certain this is the secret to geting deer to consume the mixture initially.
And why is this important? While far from a scientifically-controlled experiment, I can truthfully say I observed a perceivable increase in antler growth last season. Before I started feeding Antler Builder my top end trailcam photos were nearly all 4×5 bucks. Last year, a couple hundred pounds of free-fed mineral later, I was picking up few 4x5s and many more 5x5s. Nothing changed in way of weather or moisture — only that mineral.
So is deer mineral worth the extra effort and expense? I think so. And I’d like to think I’m also producing healthier does dropping stronger fawns as well. The time to deploy minerals is now.
Jeff, my experience with the jigs goes back to the 60’s and the 70’s. We used them on both the Colorado and Pedernales River. If you tied them behind a clear teardrop plastic bubble, you cast them upriver and allowed then to drift along at a controlled depth. You could adjust the length of the leader based on water depth and the depth that the fish were holding. We often tied on two of them for double hookups. Our go-to color was blue or grey. We also used them for crappie during the spawn. They were great lures for sure.
I am a striper/catfish guide on Lake Texoma. I operate Boogs Guide Service. I have been using fle-fly slabs and jigs for a long time but they have been getting very hard to find around here. I have caught countless stripers on fle fly lures and will definitely buy lots more. FLE-FLY slabs are striper candy…
The crappie jigs are awesome too.
When I was a teenager back in the early to mid 70’s I would use solid yellow and red head with white body and tail on Village Creek that feeds lake Arlington. During the sand bass run up the creek we would catch sand bass one after the other on Fle Fly jigs on those 2 colors. The sandies would only hit those 2 jigs for the most part. I still use them today crappie fishing when I can find them. We would get them at Buddies Hardware store on Mansfield HWY which was an extension of Buddies Grocery store in the 70’s.