Monday, May 30, 2011

Chromie


Antron, Zlon, Poly Yarn, Darlon etc Breathers
Black Bead
Red Wire
Silver Tinsel
Peacock Herl

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Can't find that lead tape....

....for weighting those fly bodies at your local fly shop?


Try your local golf shop.





Or you can even get some flashing from your local doll house supply shop!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tak's Crystal Midge




Olive Body


Pearl Body



I found this one while doing a GOOGLE search for Chironomids

Hook: Tiemco TMC 2302 – size 10 to 22
Thread: Uni 8/0, white
Abdomen and rib: Stretch Magic, 0.5 mm, Olive or Clear
Top Wing case: Mirage tinsel, large
Side Wing case: Biots, brown or color to match the natural
Gills: Oral-B ultra floss, white
Protective Coating: Loon Fly Finish Clear

I substituted Pearl Tinsel for the Mirage Tinsel, White Hi-Viz for the White Dental Floss, Red Flexifloss for the Brown Biots and Clear Cure Goo for the Loon Fly Finish. The end product is virtually the same.


Reference

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Biot Alternative


When tying really small flies and you cant find a biot small enough, just look to a tail feather and use a single strand to get that fuzzy ribbing effect. Add some crazy glue th the shank prior to wrapping for added durability.


In the photo above, i used a single fiber from a turkey tail feather. Try using goose, swan, pheasant etc.

thanks for looking

Joe's Hopper


Tie in red feather fiber tail


Tie in yellow whatever kind of yarn for the body and form a loop above the tail


Wrap the body forward and tie in the ribbing hackle


Wrap ribbing hackle forward an trim as show


Prepare the 2 matched turkey quill sections and tie in as shown


Tie in front hackle


Wrap front hackle tie off and you're done


Joe's Hopper

Hook: your favorite
Thread: white or yellow
Tail: red hackle fibers
Body: yellow yarn of your choice
Ribbing: brown hackle, trimmed
Wing: 2 matched turkey quill sections
Front hackle: brown and grizzly (I used a cree saddle)

Thanks for looking

Sorry for the crappy turkey wing slips. Thats what I had on hand. Off to the fly shop to get some better quality turkey!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tying Tip & Tricks - Electrical Cords

This is an old tips and tricks but may help the younger tyers.

Electrical cords make an excellent source of fine copper wire. Cut your cords about 4-6 inches long and leave a short amount of the insulation to keep it all together. Pull out a strand when its needed.