I haven’t done a fly tie segment in awhile because I simply haven’t been at the bench recently. I filled my boxes up before summer and haven’t lost too many flies, so sorry about that. Good thing is, new forum member Bryan who goes by the name of ‘flyfishSC’ has offered to do a sweet fly tie SBS for a spoon fly! Everybody give a round of applause for Bryan, because this tie is awesome. Here’s what Bryan has to say about the fly and how it came about:
I came up with it as a solution to stained water or low light conditions when the reds were having a hard time finding my fly. makes a little noise and does a good job reflecting whatever light is available.
Start with a 1/0 Mustad C70SD hook. Vise should be tight. Place slight bend in hook for spoon shape.
Tie on your bucktail.
Thread wrap tail “parachute
Add rattle to center of hook shank.
Tie in weighted eyes leaving enough room for tying in mono later.
Tie in two strands of 50# mono. One where tail is tied in and one slightly further up hook bend. Make sure they are both level and ends point forward.
Bring mono closest to the eye forward, criss cross, and tie in on top of hook shank. Trim off excess.
Bring remaining mono forward, criss cross, and tie in on bottom of hook shank.
Trim off only one of the mono tags and save other for weed guard.
Bring mono tag up and wrap in as a weed guard. Don’t worry about using a lot of thread on this step it will look fine once epoxied.
Take 5 minute epoxy and add to the mono skeleton working it inbetween the strands and hook. After gaps are all filled turn fly hook up and any excess epoxy should form up on the bottom of the rattle. Remove excess epoxy with whatever applicator you were using to apply. If whole appears in epoxy after it has started to set don’t panic and add fresh epoxy after the first application.
Add color to rattle side of fly with a sharpee or fingernail polish. Leave other side uncolored so thread color shows through. For extra flash gold glitter nail polish works well.
After color is applied let dry for a few minutes and coat with hard as nails clear polish to protect color and add a little more shine.
View of the side that rides up. For more contrast a darker thread color can be used.
Side view…and you’re done!
Three different color combinations!
I need to learn how to take photos this well, haha. Thanks Bryan! Hopefully you can submit more in the future…