Friday, December 30, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Disco Midges

Red and Black

Hook - Curved style
Thread - Black
Body - Red tinsel
Thorax - Black peacock herl


Hook - Curved style
Thread - Black
Body - Purple tinsel
Thorax - Purple peacock herl


Hook - Curved style
Thread - Chartreuse
Body - Chartreuse tinsel
Thorax - Chartreuse peacock herl

Silver and Gray

Hook - Curved style
Thread - Black
Body - Silver tinsel
Thorax - Gray peacock herl

Copper and Tan

Hook - Curved style
Thread - Tan
Body - Copper tinsel
Thorax - Tan peacock herl

Copper and Brown

Hook - Curved style
Thread - Black
Body - Copper tinsel
Thorax - Brown peacock herl

I recently purchased some Peacock Eye feathers in various dyed colors and tied up some Disco Midges in different colors. Do not hesitate to tie the in different colors and mix and match the various colors.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stripping Peacock Herl from the Quill

There are may ways to strip the herl from a peacock eye feather to get just the remaining quill but I thought the following method is a little different and worth some viewing. Some of you may already be doing this method but I just found out about it recently.

The tutorial is in the following link. It site is in German, so get those translators ready.

The other methods of stripping peacock herl includes bleaching the feather, using an eraser and the good old scraping with your thumb nail.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hard to Find Tying Items

In the process of cleaning out some tying materials, I came accross a couple of items that were purchased  a long time ago and most likely no longer on the fly tying market unless they can be found on ebay.

Draper Fly Hook by Partridge

The Draper hook was used for stone fly bodies.

McMurray Ant and Emerger Bodies

Ant body prior to painting

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

River Creature

Yesterday while at the Bears Den Fly Shop in Taunton, Ma I spied some flies called River Creatures from the  Flymen Fishing Company and purchased one fly as a sample. I also purchased some rubber legs and Fish Skulls to tie some up for myself. $2.90 a fly is a bit up there if you were to buy a dozen or so.

I'm figuring these flies will work on some big bluegills, crappies and the occasional small mouth and large mouth bass that I fish for in my area. These should work in your area also..


Mustad 3366 or Equivalent


Rubber legs (Your favorite color)

Estaz (Your favorite color)

Fish Skulls

CA Glue (Your favorite brand)


Monday, December 12, 2011

Flex vs Flex


Uni-Flexx is a fine elastic strand and comes spooled in thirteen colours. The strand may be divided into even smaller strands if desired. Uni-Flexx can be used for as a body wrap,legs or skirts. Many like to use Uni-Flexx as a floss replacement because of it's easy handling qualities. Suitable for bodies of small nymphs, larva and pupa. Uni-Flexx retains the original colour when wet unlike many other materials.

Flexi Floss

Flexi Floss/Floss Flex is a crinkly spandex material that is stretchable yet handles like floss.  Great for ribbing, wiggly legs, antennae, segented wrapped midge bodies, and more.  Flexi Floss/Floss Flex is easy to use and adds a little extra shine to your flies.  Best of all it doesn't break down like rubber does, so your legs will last longer.


Spanflex is a very strong, extremely stretchable semi-translucent material with many varied used for the fly tier. Great for tails, feelers, ribbing,legs and bodies.

Life Flex

This spandex material is oval in shape and wiggles like crazy in the water when tied in as legs. Also can be wound like floss for bodies on dries or nymphs

Legs Alive

Easy to use with over 200 strands of 8" leg material...great colors and easy to dye yourself! Ties even small flies as body wrap, midge larva & "Buzzers"

One flex product may not be EXACTLY the same as the other, but i'll bet they can be used interchangeably.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fishing Places

Bighorn River, Montana

Pittsburg, New Hampshire

Salmon River, Connecticut

Hopeville Pond, Connecticut

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Basswood Popper

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I received permission to post these videos from the originator and I hope you like them as much as I do!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


For awhile now I have had an interest in making bass poppers. I had been collecting the necessary parts to make them, so I decided to document my efforts either good or bad in the following tutorial. As I went along on the build process, I quickly learned that certain steps should have been done prior to proceeding to the next step. 

So lets start this tutorial.

Mustad CK52S Size 4 hook covered with thread to give the crazy glue a better surface to cling to and for a slightly tighter fit on the popper body slot.

I took a Wapsi brand hard foam popper body and sanded the bottom to be flatter than the original rounded shape and sanded all of the mold lines off that remains from the molding process. I use a standard flat file for the operation. Sanding off the mold lines is probably not necessary but if you decide to do it you will have a smoother end product. Apply your favorite brand of crazy/super glue to the thread covered hook shank and position the popper body to your liking.

Tying Tip: Now is a good time to decide if you want rubber legs coming out of the popper body. Drilling the hole NOW will make things easier later on in the build process such as not damaging your paint job. Its your choice.

Time to paint the popper. I used  acrylic paints from Michaels Craft Store and some cheap throw away brushes.  Use your choice of colors.

Tying Note: In order to speed up the drying of the paint, I used a portable hair dryer on a low setting. Worked great.

Now its time to paint the eyes. For this popper it was a 3 step process.  For step 1 I used a 1/4 diameter nylon screw for the first part of the eye and black paint. I also have a Wasatch Eye Painting Tool set that I used for the next 2 steps.

Step 2 of the eye painting process.

And  finally the last step.

Tying Tip: If you want a black eye with a white pupil or a white eye with a black pupil, then just stop there. Use your imagination when painting eyes.

Top View

Painting the rest of the body is entirely up to use. This popper is rather simple (its only the 2nd one i made). You can go from mild to wild.

Bottom View

Side View
Remember that hole? Should have drilled it earlier but it came out all right.

Bottom View 

Now its time to protect your paint job. After letting the paint completely dry, I used Diamond Hard UV Cured Resin. What you use is strictly up to you. 2 part epoxy is another choice and its cheaper.

Top view

Side View

I chose 1 strand of orange and 1 strand of chartreuse for the rubber legs and threaded them through the drilled hole in the popper body. The rubber legs are held in by a drop of the Diamond Hard on each side.

All finished. 

I used some congo hair, northern lights tinsel, orange and black hackle.

The popper shown below was the 1st one I made.

As always, thanks for looking.