Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year


Happy New Year to all the visitors and followers who stopped by this blog in 2011!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Upcoming Events in the Northeast Area


Marlborough, MA

January 20 - 22, 2012

Show Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 9 - 5:30; Sun 9 - 4:30

Royal Plaza
Hotel and Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752


Somerset, NJ

January 27 - 29 2012

Show Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 8:30 - 6:00; Sun 9 - 4:30

Admission (Marlborough & Somerset): 

Adult: $15 for one day, 

                   $25 for two-day pass,

                       $35 for three-day pass; 

                  Children under 5 free, under 12: $2

                  Scouts under 16 in uniform: free
                  Active Military: $10
                  Cash only at the gate


GARDEN STATE EXHIBIT CENTER
50 Atrium Drive
Somerset, New Jersey 08873



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Fly Fest 2012


Saturday Feb. 11, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum
Old Route 17, Livingston Manor, N.Y.

Cost: $ 5.00

Monday, December 26, 2011

Disco Midges


Red & Black
Curved Hook
Red Tinsel
Black Peacock Herl


Purple
Curved Hook
Purple Tinsel
Purple Peacock Herl



Mixed
Curved Hook
Chartreuse Tinsel
Black & Chartreuse Peacock Herl



Silver & Gray
Curved Hook
Silver Tinsel
Gray Peacock Herl



Copper & Tan
Curved Hook
Copper Tinsel
Tan Peacock Herl



Copper & Brown
Curved Hook
Copper Tinsel
Brown Peacock Herl



Chartreuse
Curved Hook
Chartreuse Tinsel
Chartreuse 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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All

Friday, December 23, 2011

KYPE E-zine

Tenkara USA Booklet


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..

Recipe

Mustad 3366 or Equivalent

Thread


Rubber legs


Estaz

Fish Skulls

CA Glue


Reference

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Tight Loop December Special


Flex vs Flex

Uni-flexx


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


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.

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!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Vintage Tying Book


I have always wanted this book and I finally found one in very good condition for under $10.

A great addition to my tying library.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Poppers

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.