Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
I stated off taking 8 small brown microbarbs and tying them on to the back of the hook flayed out.Then 5 Longer ones over those tied down the length of the hook shaft. I then dubbing looped a small piece of brown raccoon zonker strip.
I then tied on Some clumps of bucktail in Fluoro blue and then black Hollow fleye along the top of the hook shank. Then a clump of black along its flanks on either side. Then a clump of White bucktail then finished of the fly with 5 more brown microbarb feathers.Whip finished,stuck a couple of eyes on and bug-bonded the head.
This one I used White microbarb saddle hackles,Olive raccoon fur dubbing looped to the back.Then ran clumps of White and Fluoro green bucktail along the hook shaft, followed by a single glump of black bucktail. Some more white microbarb saddles.......well you know the rest.
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This image isn't taken from the film but gives a good account why they are such a sought after species in north America.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Getting away from Pike flies for a moment and on to the subject of Shrimp patterns. When I was fly-fishing for saltwater species in South Africa during the early nineties, new age fly tying materials were extremely hard to come by which was due to a number of factors. The first being, there were very few fly-fishing shops to be had….still are I might add, although shops like “Kingfisher’s” in Durban now stock a wide range of goodies which are supplied to them by one of the largest producers now of synthetic materials “Fishient group” found in Scottburgh on the South Coast, and secondly the internet was pretty much none existent even up until a few years ago. So as a fly-fisherman one really had to find and conjure up what ever materials I could lay my grubby little mitts on to tie curtain patterns. Hence why I’m probably such a tight arse with regards to not only saving off cuts, but also with the use of alternative materials and equipment within the sport.
Anyway Shrimp patterns were never far from the business end of my tippet and can account for 60% of the fish I caught. I literally tied hundreds of them in pretty much the same pattern. Now over the last 3 months I’ve spent a considerable amount of time looking at shrimp patterns and tutorials and have been very surprised by one finding and that is that none of them use Guinea fowl feathers for the legs which I always used on my shrimp patterns.
For me there’s no better feather for reproducing shrimp legs than a guinea fowl feather. One only has to split each filament to see the striations they leave, and once palmered on around the hook shaft the end product speaks for itself. What’s more, Guinea fowl feathers are extremely oily, which offer a much stiffer profile than say Chinese Cock neck hackles which most tiers prefer to use.
This images is of the shrimp pattern I used all those years back with the exception of using Bug-bond instead of 10 min epoxy, and the bucktail had to be dyed baby pink by myself.
This is what I would call the new age version where I’ve used tiny dumbbell eyes at the rear of the fly to give it a bit of weight and added a few strands of pink flashaboy in to the mix as well as pincers at the front and a tail, all bug-bonded together at the rear. These additions I might add aren’t necessary as the original bagged me literally hundreds of Stump-nose, Bream, Snapper, Grunter, Flatheads as well as anabundance of estuary bound species.
For those that want a tried and tested shrimp pattern for a multitude of fresh and saltwater species here’s a step by step tutorial for you to use. Move mouse over the tutorial and click view in full full screen mode
Monday, 25 January 2010
With this one I took several several grizzly variant and white micro-barb saddle hackles & tied them onto the back of the hook near the bend. I then added a generous helping of silver & blue fine tinsel. The bobble head is blue arctic fox fur dubbing looped around the hook shaft to the eye. Whip finished and a large cone-head added.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Not much to these really.Shaped the body with slinky blend then added a couple of small strips of holographic Xmas tinsel along their flanks.
Then added a couple of Ostrich hurl feathers for lateral lines.Added a couple of 10 mm rattle eyes and bug-bonded them together to form a head
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Thursday, 21 January 2010
Once the tails have been tied off I then wrap 3 or 4 strands of holographic tinsel along the hook shaft to build it up. I then added Cherry red 4 strand flat floss to the front of the fly near the hook eye and tie off. Then I add Gold/orange 4 strand flat floss to the rear of the fly. Stuck a couple of gold 3D eyes on and bug-bonded the whole head area
This one has white bucktail under belly followed by yellow for the flanks then turquoise finished off with a couple of ostrich hurl feathers.
This one has white bucktail under belly then pink for the flanks and then black with some ostrich hurl feathers for lateral lines.
This one has a white bucktail underbelly then I added some baby pink for its flank then some light blue bucktail and peacock hurls for lateral lines
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
I've tied these for the spring and have Ide in mind for these. I had a couple last season try to take some fairly large size flies I was fishing with, so hopefully these down sized versions will do the trick.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
The 1st being the popper head itself which I've started to make my own out of bottling corks. These have a wider surface area & make a louder popping sound when you strip it back.
The 2nd is their length, and this is easy to achieve with adding longer strips of Zonker raccoon fur to the end of your hook + - 15 cm, and
The 3rd feature is the use of stiffer feathers tied on either side of the hook shaft which bend outwards and displace a lot more water similar to that found on a rowing boat.If you have some time and you like using poppers then buy some bottling corks and shape a few heads and make some of these “ PADDLE POPPERS “ up. I did have a tutorial for this popper but have changed a few features on it and so have done a new and easier one for you
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Monday, 18 January 2010
This one has a mix of red, brown,black & gold fine tinsel tied over the red & black bucktail.
I like to add more white bucktail for its flanks which helps the tinsel from wrapping itself around the hook bend. I'm going to be tying more with bucktail heads next but I liked the big 12 mm rattle eyes for these ties so as to give just a slight bit of buoyancy to the front of the fly which will hopefully give it an undulating motion through the retrieve....hopefully!
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Vincenzo....These left yesterday for you + extras....Thanks for your support mate.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
With these I tie black Chinese cock neck hackles with white microbarb saddle hackles to half way down the hook. I then Palmer on 2 white Marabou feathers and then Dubbing loop some black raccoon fur for the neck n head region.
Stick a couple of 5mm 3D silver eyes on and then Bugbonded to finish. Total length 120mm. I also tie these in red n white.