I have been fishing with a fly rod since last fall and have had some great trips with the “buggy whip.” I only consider myself a novice at the sport, but I’m gradually improving my technique. Since last fall, I have also begun attempts at tying my own flies. I’ve caught fish on several clouser patterns (specs and a few undersized redfish), but I’ve really had success with the fluff butt (black body with a chartreuse tail) this spring, fishing for bream, bass and sacalait. I recently tried my hand at tying a few spoon flies.
While I was very proud of my creations, I was quite disappointed that I had two of them disintegrate during our recent Back Cast tournament. I was told that it was due to the fact that I used 5-minute epoxy and not 30-minute epoxy.
Well, after some research on the internet and the purchase of a $9 wheel used for a disco ball, I was able to make my own fly drying wheel. This would allow me to use 30-minute epoxy and spin the flies so I don’t get any clumping on the flies.
Here are my improved versions of the spoon fly. I hope to see them hanging from inside the mouth of a big redfish…soon.
For when they’re biting on anything that’s pink.
This is my version of the “black spoon of death.
This one is my version of the Johnson Gold Spoon.