2.11.2012

Fly crazy!

After the rest of the family sleeps...I have been sneaking away to the fly room and whipping out flies like a mad man! 

First, I started out with some eggs!

One egg that I kinda like is this one........I mixed a Globug with an Estaz egg and this was the result!  

I shall call it "BFA's GloEsta Egg"
Next up, was my first attempt at a McTage's Leather Trouser Worm . I took the eyes from a torn up clouser minnow, a pink lead bead upfront, and a red hook I used for whacky rigging some StanX Stix 
This actually turned out pretty good! I need some #8 scud hooks, not pink beads, and some bead chain for this thing to be perfect like the original. 

Finally was my first attempt at a Replot Stinger. I forgot to order some schlappen feathers, so I took some hackle feathers that I had laying around instead. Mix that with some rabbit zonker strips instead of raccoon and you have my first version! 
Replot Stinger - now the "BFA kickin' bastard"
It turned out a bit different than the original, but I learned a lot from this tie! First, I need some schlappen feathers and they need to face inwards instead of outwards. Int he water, this thing looks like a killer frog pattern with kicking legs. I think I will tie this version in a couple of different colors for that exact reason. Also, I need some fur that is more bushier/longer than the rabbit zonker strips I was using. Simon's original has a lot more bushiness up front with the raccoon zonker strips. Raccoon seems to be hard to find here in the states and when you do, it's expensive!!



11 comments:

  1. Nice tying, I have tied some Woolybuggers and Elk Hair Caddis, i'll have to give a go at some of the other flies.

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    1. Thanks, Devin! Tying is really quite fun and satisfying. It's a great way to be productive when you can't be out fishing

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  2. My wife thinks I'm crazy, spending so much time to fool fish... :D

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    1. Sometimes they just don't understand....

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  3. I love those colorful eggs! They are rockin'!

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    1. Thanks, RD! I got your email, btw...check for a response ;)

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    1. That's the way to start a day of slinging eggs!

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  5. No need for it to be just like the original if it catches fish! There is certainly nothing wrong with the bead being colored. I have some red tungsten beads that I use on the trouser worm sometimes and have caught several carp with.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback!! I can't wait for the water to start warming up so I can test it. I am also happy to hear that brighter beads still work!

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  6. Looking pretty good, especially for a new tier. If you want to make that replot stinger look a little spiffier I'd strip the webby base and continue with with what you said so the feathers face inwards. BTW you could probably get the body you want with the rabbit strips by making more turns of the hide. Keep up the good work!

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