Saturday, October 31, 2015

Stump Lake Damsel

Stump Lake Damsel

Hook: your favorite
Thread: olive
Eyes: see below
Tail: marabou
Body: swannundaze or d-rib etc
Wing case: olive magic foil, scud back etc
Thorax: SLF damsel olive dubbing

 Thread 2 fringe beads onto a short length of wire and twist until tight. I added a drop uv resin to help spread them apart. Tie them onto the hook and make some figure eight wraps between the beads.

Example of fringe beads. Note the offset hole.

If you're lazy and don't want to twist up any eyes just use peanut beads.

Thanks for looking & happy tying.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lopez Minnow

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: White
Under body: Lead Wire
Tail And Back: Buck tail (Brown, black, green etc)
Over body: Silver mylar braid piping
Eyes: Black under yellow
Overcoat: UV Resin

Reference: Streamers & Bucktails The Big Fish Flies by Joseph D Bates Jr

Thanks for looking

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thumb Tack Eyes

I had an idea regarding eyes for larger flies like those used for pike, musky, saltwater fish etc and thought about using thumb tacks for eyes. I had a box of white thumb tacks and a variety of lacquer craft paint and married the two together as shown below

You can start making the eyes using gold, silver, white, multi colored thumb tacks

When ready to install in your fly, just snip off the tack to the desired length and use epoxy to adhere the eyes to your fly.

I used the Wasatch eye painting tools to help make the eyes

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sinfoil's Fry

Sinfoil's Fry

HOOK: Dai Riki 700, size 10-12
THREAD: Black 6/0
UNDERBODY: Silver mylar tinsel
BODY: Clear plastic wrap cut into 1/8 inch strip and wrapped
COLLAR: Flourescent red Body Stretch
WING: Sparse widgeon flank or mallard flank fibers
HEAD: Black thread
EYES: Painted black on yellow

Creator of this trout fly: Ken Sinfoil


This British fry pattern, when properly tied, is a paragon of durability. Only when the fly breaks off will it be rendered unusable. It is an excellent pattern because of its combination of durability, ease in tying, suggestiveness, and effectiveness throughout the season. Fish this fly near weedbeds, banks, docks, and boat ramps.
Imitates small fry (very young fish). Most inch-long fry are white with a dark back, regardless of what colors they possess when they grow bigger.

How to Fish

While the fly can be retrieved, it is most effective when left motionless on the surface. That's because many small fry die, especially if they were stocked from a hatchery truck, and float on the surface.

Awesome Lake Brookie

Awesome Lake Brookie

Hook: Streamer style
Thread: Light color for under body and then black
Tail: Olive marabou
Ribbing: Red holographic tinsel
Body: orange floss, orange Uni Stretch or equivalent
Topping: Peacock herl from an eye stick
Throat: White buck tail followed by orange hackle fibers
Eyes: Painted yellow and black

Tying Note: Light colored thread is used to help maintain the body color of the fly. 

Thanks for looking.