I was recently featured in an article in the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine about the popularity of the crease fly. This fly has been my “GO-TO” fly the past year-and-a-half and I’ve caught over 100 bass on it in a year. The really cool part is, I don’t like spending money on a lot of flies. This fly is:
- Durable – I haven’t kept count, but I’ve been able to catch 30 or so more bass on a single fly as long as a big one doesn’t break me off 🙂
- Inexpensive to make – Hobby Lobby is my friend!
- Quick and easy to make – Here goes
First, let me write this disclaimer. I did not invent this fly, so it’s not mine. I actually have to give most of the credit to Bill Laminack for showing me how he tied his and for turning me on to the beauty and simplicity of Lame
- Gamakatsu B10S (stinger) hook in a size 2
Thread (any color will do)
The thin white craft foam with peel back sticky side (I measured mine and it was about 16th inch. It’s probably labeled in mm in the stores)
The next size up craft foam (1/8 in)
Craft fur (or buck tail)
Pearl Lame (to imitate baitfish scales)
Super glue (thin and gel)
Mirage stick-on eyes (easy peel 7/72″)
Permanent markers to color your fly
Your finish of choice (Sally Hansens, epoxy, delta satin varnish)
Step 1 – lay down a thread base, tie in a small amount of craft foam (or buck tail) and secure with thin super glue. You don’t want the foam to spin around the hook when the big bass eat. If you don’t have thin super glue, you can use Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails.
Step 2 – tie in about a 1/2 by 1/4 in piece of the thicker foam to the front of the hook. I believe this serves two purposes. It gives the finished foam more surface area to adhere to and it helps to make the front of the popper more buoyant. Whip finish and cut your thread. That’s all the tying you will need to do.
Nothing Pretty Here. Doesn’t Need to Be!
Step 3 – I created a teardrop shaped templet out of card-stock to create the body of the foam fly. Trim the foam to the dimensions of the templet and remove the backing paper. Firmly adhere a piece of Lame and trim.
Step 4 – fold the foam in have and cut a small piece off the tail to allow the tail material to pass freely.
You Can See How This Material Imitates the Scale Pattern of Baitfish
Step 5 – carefully superglue the foam body over the hook to form your crease fly. It is important NOT to put too much glue or your foam will not stick and you will end up with a mess and probably glue your fingers to the fly. 🙂
If you have trouble getting the foam to stick you can try using some mini clamps. (did I tell you that Harbor Freight is my friend too?)
Step 6 – use a bodkin to apply stick on eyes, use a marker to color them up, and seal it with several coats of your favorite finishing product, being sure to coat it where the lame meets the foam.
I find that Sally Hansens is durable enough to do this with several applications but if you want to really break a record, by all means use epoxy, a very strong tippet, and this may be the last fly you’ll ever need. AND you’ll catch hundreds of these.
Here’s my saltwater version, jointed and measures 4 inches from tip to tail.