Since this photo was taken I no longer shape the
head leaving it as a standard cylinder. See below
3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail in various colours and
Head: Section of Steelhead "Dink" float.
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery or holo stick-on
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy Nail Varnish
fly should be large and buoyant yet very light and
have an aerodynamic profile. It also sheds water
instantly as soon as it leaves the water for casting.
When underwater the fly has the appearance of bulk
and if fished on a sinking line a very attractive
wiggle, the buoyant head gives an sink and draw
type of retrieve in reverse. Fished on a floating
line the head gives a popping motion and the effect
of a struggling fish on the surface. Very effective
along the edge of lillies. This fly is up to 7""
long but usually tied at around 5-6"
Place the hook in the vise and start the Kevlar
thread. Wind the thread to the start of the bend.
Cut a 1" section of Steelhead "Dink"
float (available mail order from the US and Canada)
and slide over the hook eye, gluing in place with
floats are very cheap and are the perfect diameter
for pike flies. They come in Black, White, Grey
and Green. They also colour very well with Nail
Varnish and last for a very long time.
2) Take a small bunch of Buck tail and tie in on
top of the hook. Take one or two turns behind the
buck tail bunch to make it stand out from the hook
shank. Add a spot of superglue to secure.
Repeat the process but this time tie in the bunch
on the underside of the hook and slightly forward
of the bunch on the top of the shank. Repeat this
down the hook shank until 1 cm from the back of
4) At this point, tie in a bunch on top of the shank
and another directly below this. Tie in a bunch
on each side at the same point forming a cone that
evenly flares from the body. Over this take a small
pinch of red and tie in as cheeks. Superglue the
tie in point to secure.
5) Take three Large red hackles and tie in. Wind
the hackles forward towards the back of the head.
Finish with three half hitches. Apply superglue
to the thread to seal it.
6) If eyes are required superglue them to the outside
of the head and build up a layer nail varnish (various
types are available with added pearl or sparkle).
it is not necessary to build up over the eyes.
7) the ethafoam can also be painted to produce different