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Fly Tying

Here you'll find some twists on familiar themes along with some flies original to Carl Hutchinson. We have included these flies as we have found a way of either improving them or tying them in an unconventional way Check back for more flies in a regular basis

Pike flies

 

Mylar Monster

Hook: 3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook (offset 10 degrees)
Thread: Kevlar
Body: Large Mylar tubing
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail in various colours
Head:Small rubber squid
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy

Effect required

This fly should be large 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, a flashing tail and the weighted head gives an sink and draw type of retrieve. This fly is up to 12" long but usually tied at around 8"

Tying Method.

1) Take a 6" section of large diameter Pearl Mylar and 2 inches from one end run a line of superglue around it before taking the core out.
2) Once dry, remove the core and take a dubbing needle and pick out the two inches from the superglue band making a straggly tail.

3) Place the hook in the vise and start the Kevlar thread. Wind the thread to the start of the bend and tie in the Mylar tube wit the straggly tail at the back.
4) 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.
5) Repeat the process but this tine 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 eye.
6) 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.
7) Take a small rubber squid and snip off the tip of the head. Build up the head with thread so that the squid is a good fit and tie off. Apply superglue to the thread and quickly push the squid over the whippings This is to prevent the fly from being torn apart by the pikes teeth.
8) If eyes are required superglue them to the outside of the rubber squid and build up a layer of epoxy between the eyes above and below the hook shank. It is not necessary to build up over the eyes.

head with rubber squid

Mylar sparkler

Hook: 3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook (offset 10 degrees)
Thread: Kevlar
Body: Small Mylar tubing Silver/Gold/Pearl
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail and Sparkleflash in various colours
Head:Small rubber squid
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy

Effect required

This fly should be large 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, a flashing tail and the weighted head gives an sink and draw type of retrieve. This fly is up to 8" long but usually tied at around 6"

Tying Method.

1) Take two 6" sections of small diameter Pearl Mylar and 2 inches from one end run a line of superglue around the before taking the core out.
2) Once dry, run a line of superglue along the longer side and glue the two pieces of Mylar together (usually gold/Pearl or Silver and Pearl). Do not glue the two pieces of 2" tail together. Remove the core and take a dubbing needle and pick out the two inches from the superglue band making a straggly tail for each piece.

3) Place the hook in the vise and start the Kevlar thread. Wind the thread to the start of the bend and tie in the Mylar tube wit the straggly tail at the back.
4) 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.
5) Repeat the process but this tine 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 eye.
6) At this point, tie in a bunch of Sparkleflash on top of the shank and another directly below this. Add another bunch of another colour Sparkle Flash over the top. Tie in on each side at the same point a small pinch of red and tie in as cheeks. Superglue the tie in point to secure.
7) Take a small rubber squid and snip off the tip of the head. Build up the head with thread so that the squid is a good fit and tie off. Apply superglue to the thread and quickly push the squid over the whippings This is to prevent the fly from being torn apart by the pikes teeth.
8) If eyes are required superglue them to the outside of the rubber squid and build up a layer of epoxy between the eyes above and below the hook shank. It is not necessary to build up over the eyes.

 

Slinker

 

Hook: 3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook (offset 10 degrees)
Thread: Kevlar
Body: a long strip of Sparkleflash
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail in various colours
Head:Small rubber squid
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy

Effect required

This fly should be large 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, a flashing tail and the weighted head gives an sink and draw type of retrieve. This fly is up to 12" long but usually tied at around 8"

Tying Method.

1) Take a 6" section of large diameter Pearl Mylar and 2 inches from one end run a line of superglue around it before taking the core out.
2) Once dry, remove the core and take a dubbing needle and pick out the two inches from the superglue band making a straggly tail.

3) Place the hook in the vise and start the Kevlar thread. Wind the thread to the start of the bend and tie in the Mylar tube wit the straggly tail at the back.
4) 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.
5) Repeat the process but this tine 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 eye.
6) 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.
7) Take a small rubber squid and snip off the tip of the head. Build up the head with thread so that the squid is a good fit and tie off. Apply superglue to the thread and quickly push the squid over the whippings This is to prevent the fly from being torn apart by the pikes teeth.
8) If eyes are required superglue them to the outside of the rubber squid and build up a layer of epoxy between the eyes above and below the hook shank. It is not necessary to build up over the eyes.

Snakey

 

Hook: 3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook (offset 10 degrees)
Thread: Kevlar
Body: Saddle grizzle hackles
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail in various colours
Head:Small rubber squid
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy

Effect required

This fly should be very large 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, a flashing tail and the weighted head gives an sink and draw type of retrieve. This fly is up to 14" long but usually tied at around 10-12"

Tying Method.

1) Place the hook in the vise and start the Kevlar thread. Wind the thread to the start of the bend and tie in about 6 Grizzled Saddle hackles of the required length.
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.

3) Repeat the process but this tine 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 eye.
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 a small rubber squid and snip off the tip of the head. Build up the head with thread so that the squid is a good fit and tie off. Apply superglue to the thread and quickly push the squid over the whippings This is to prevent the fly from being torn apart by the pikes teeth.
6) If eyes are required superglue them to the outside of the rubber squid and build up a layer of epoxy between the eyes above and below the hook shank. It is not necessary to build up over the eyes.

Ballydoogan Bomber (variant)

Note: Since this photo was taken I no longer shape the head leaving it as a standard cylinder. See below for details

Hook: 3/0 - 6/0 long shank pike hook
Thread: Kevlar
Wing / Overbody: Buck tail in various colours and Sparkleflash
Head: Section of Steelhead "Dink" float.
Eyes: Toy eyes from haberdashery or holo stick-on
Extras: Superglue, Epoxy Nail Varnish

Effect required

This 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"

Tying Method.

1) 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 super glue.

These 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.

3) 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 the head.
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 colour heads.

 

 

 
 

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