I’ve been invited to demonstrate some fly tying for the CENLA (Central Louisiana) Fly Fishing Club in Alexandria at the end of the month and I’ve been thinking about what kind of flies I wanted to tie. I’ve tied simple foam spiders and other bream flies so I thought I’d do a more advanced session this time. I’m going to tie some Round Dinnys and probably some foam crease flies. To help with my tutorial, I’m going to present my recipe on this blog so tiers can use it to reference later.
First, I purchased some round cork balls on the internet. I think I got mine from Canada.
Here are the rest of the materials:
#10 kink hooks (http://www.jsflyfishing.com/mustad-signature-ck52s-fly-hook)
Black Whiting Farms Bugger Hackle (http://www.jsflyfishing.com/whiting-farms-bugger-pack)
Micro Rubber legs (I think I bought mine from Bass Pro)
Various colors of craft paint (Hobby Lobby is my friend 🙂 )
First, I cut a small slot in the cork with a hobby saw (again…Hobby Lobby is…)
Then I used a thin super glue to set the #10 shank hook in the slot. I think I got my glue from a hobby store that sells radio control air planes.
Then I use some Elmers wood filler to fill the slot and any other small imperfections in the cork.
I then paint it with several coats of hobby craft paint and create the eyes. See this link to my friend, Ron Breaux’s tools for creating painted dots and eyes.(http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=58016)
One it’s painted, I then put a coat of epoxy on it.
To tie the fly, simply start a thread base
Add a small tuft of marabou (about a hook’s length)
Add the legs:
Tie in the hackle like this:
At this point, I add a small amount of Sally Hansen’s or head cement to secure my legs and marabou.
Palmer it up (I use hackle pliers so I don’t break the hackle), whip finish, and add a couple drops of your choice of head cement. I use a bodkin to apply it.
You can get real creative with your choice of colors. I think the fish really don’t matter. The reason I use this chartreuse pattern is because I kept having fish hit my chartreuse VOSI (vertical oriented strike indicator). It’s a killer fly for all species of panfish and bass.