I’m still playing with the stuff Rich sent me, and I wanted to make an easy to tie baitfish pattern, with as less material as possible, with a nice profile, a very lively action, very lightweight to cast, and it had to be very durable. To put it in other words, a fly that everybody can tie and make every pike angler happy.
So I tried out all kinds of things, with very disappointing results at first (although one or two prototypes have some prospects).
But in the end, I came up with this pattern, which I have great faith in (I’ve already tested the action, in a water where I wasn’t aloud to, but that’s something we’d better keep to ourselves, unless some idiot puts it on the internet of course). Anyway, I made a tutorial so you could try them out yourselves (click on any image to enlarge).
This fly is about 14 cm long, tied on a Gamakatsu F 314, size 2/0.
- Put your thread on the hook (I’ve put some varnish on the hook shank first), and leave it at about 1 cm before the hook eye.
- At this point, tie in some Polar Flash. Make sure that the amount of fibres facing backwards are a little longer than those facing forward.
- Tie the flash material in towards to hook bend in 4 or 5 wraps (this way you will still have the flash effect along the hook shank), and come back with the thread the same way.
- Fold back the excess and tie it in the same way.
- Put some lacquer on the entire piece of the hook shank where you’ve tied in your material (durability). I also put a hairclip on the tail from this stage on, to make less of a mess.
- Tie in some white chenille (this is Vampire Plush). If you use other chenille, make sure it’s wide enough (this one is 15 mm). This way you are able to make a nice ‘ball’, which will determine the volume (profile) of your fly.
- Make a ‘ball’ and tie it in.
Now I use Rich’s Kustom Fibre for the entire body of the fly. And I only use a very small amount of it. Make sure to taper it on both ends.
- Tie in the fibre on the bottom of the hook shank (in this case white) with a couple of loose wraps, again, make sure that the amount of fibres facing backwards are a little longer than those facing forward. Then, take your time to spread the fibre evenly around the bottom of the hook shank, and then tie it in.
- Fold back the excess, spread it evenly around the bottom of the hook shank, and tie it in.
- Tie in the Kustom Fibre on top of the hook (in this case yellow) the same way (with a couple of loose wraps, again, make sure that the amount of fibres facing backwards are a little longer than those facing forward. Then, take your time to spread the fibre evenly around the top of the hook shank, and then tie it in).
- And again, fold back the excess, spread it evenly around the top of the hook shank, and tie it in.
- Make a bit of a head, whip finish a lacquer the head.
- Glue on some eyes (these are some of Rich’s Realistic Flyz Eyez) partially on the head and partially on the fibre. The reason I do it like this, is because when you epoxy the head (which is the next step), the fibres between the eyes will be inside the epoxy and maintain the volume (and of course make the fly more durable).
After you epoxy the head, this fly is finished. But the nice part of this fibre
(all synthetic fibres in fact), is that you can colour them with a regular permanent marker, and make whatever you want to make of them.
You can leave this one white and yellow…
or you can make it a bit more aggressive by adding some red smudges like this
white and blue, this blue is Kustom Flash Blend (I think it’s Sea Blue Kustom Fibre with UV Violet Kustom Flyz Angel Hair)…
some dark blue permanent marker on the back, and some orange dots…
or make a kind of mackerel pattern
white and Lime
with green permanent marker on the back, and some orange dots…
dark olive (this is done with a Prismacolor marker) and black, with some orange dots, to make a perch pattern
I’ve also made some others without dying them. I can’t make that much combinations yet, but I will surely order me some more colours, because this stuff is really great!
Kustom Yellow and Purple Blend
And Kustom Flash Blend (purple/black)