Monday, 19 April 2010

The Fish Skull

Here’s a fantastic product for all those that are looking for a different alternative other than Dumbbell eyes or brass coneheads to give some extra weight to the front of your fly. The Fish-Skull™ is a weighted head that has a realistic baitfish profile and is specifically designed for tying freshwater and saltwater streamer fly patterns.

Dumbbell eyes serve nothing more than to add weight to the front of your fly. You can generally get away with them tied onto an attractor pattern mainly because the fly looks nothing like a fish…Yet, cant be said when using them on baitfish patterns. The Fish-Skull™ design mimics the head, eyes and gill plates of a baitfish producing a more realistic looking profile and if you like to tie with a lot of marabou hairline feathers towards the front of the hook eye, like I do, these heads will typically “push more water” and give a lot more movement to the fly over all.

Not only do they come in 3 sizes
Small skull is 0.48 grams (0.17 ounce) – 10 per packet
Medium skull is 1.26 grams (0.044 ounces) – 8 per packet
Large skull is 2.46 grams (0.087 ounces) – 6 per packet

But also in seven funky colours that were carefully selected to match almost any color of natural or synthetic fly tying material.
Silver Baitfish
Blue BaitfishTan BaitfishGolden ChartreuseDark GreyCoppertonePinky Purple Pearl

A full set of 3D eyes is included with the Fish-Skull™ heads in the bag which eliminates the additional cost of buying eyes but as they have sunken eye sockets one has the option to use any other make, style or color of fish eye if you choose to do so.

What I would like to see is a foam version of these heads as I think they would make fantastic alternative for a slider head. Maybe its something the company could look into producing as well. I’m really looking forward to getting hold of some of the large skulls to try out this spring here on Replot and will let you know how they perform.

Click any of the links or images to visit the Flymen fishing company website or get hold of Martin Bawden direct. He’s a hell of a nice chap and great to deal with.


Fishing Fury said...

Nice, I may have to get some of those!