Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Smelt . v2


This is my second Smelt pattern... 

A friend send me a photo of Smelt in his river asking can I tie this little minnow as small as 4cm... 

So... the challenge is on..!! 
After many attempt... from 5cm... slowly size it down to 4cm.. 

for this version... I have put in marabou as tail, plus a little bit of Oposum fibers to keep the marabou in place... playing with UV ICE Pearl dubbing as the belly and Pearl lateral line with some UV enhancer fiber 

It's not a difficult fly pattern but the size make it tough as you will need to minimized the material for 5-6cm when you tie smaller size.

Material list:

Size 10 hook 
White marabou + Grey Marabou -for swimming tail
Oposum fibers - additional fibers to enhance the marabou
UV enhancer fiber - enhance the lateral line
Pearl Lateral line - as lateral line
PRISM ICE Pearl - as belly
Mega dub - for head profile
2mm dia epoxy eye
Loons soft head 
UV resin

Picture step by step tying instruction :

 Prepare the thread base, tie in some white marabou fibers 

 Tie in some UV ICE Pearl dubbing as the belly

Tie in the UV enhancer

 fold back the fibers

 Add on some grey marabou

 Tie in some Oposum fibers

 tie in the mega dub and UV ICE peral dub

 fold back bothe fibers, comb it to the back

 Tie in the Pearl lateral line

 Highlight the fibers with marker

 drop a small drop a epoxy, stick the eye on

coat the head profile with loons soft head

Coat with UV resin

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Cicada X - Xtra

Cicada X . Xtra- 2016 version

There was many Cicada pattern that I have tied... this is one which I like most and simplified.

Materials list:

 Close Cell foam - 3mm thk
Luminous bead + mono line
rubber legs
UV flashabou
some transparent fiber from your paint brush
Toothpick or Ice cream stick
 Loons soft head

Picture step by step tying instruction:

Cut the foam as per the shape, insert a black foam and fused both together ( edge only )

Use a nail polisher as the support... insert your foam body

Tie in the segment

trim the edge so the body looks nice 

Use a permanent marker and paint the body to mimic the colour of the cicada in your area

Use a toothpick, punch a hole at the center of bottom ( to the location where your hook will peel thru ), insert the hook with the hook eye first... this will make sure your hook will always at the right position

Tie in a pair of toothpick or a pre-cut Ice cream stick... these will create a good 'flat' base for your foam to tie on and will stop the foam from twisting 

Tie down the foam body, also tie down the black foam, you may choose to drop a drop of super glue before you tie it down but the flat wooden base is actually pretty strong to hold the foam.

Cut the head profile foam piece and insert in from front

Tie in the eye... and then tie in the paint brush fibers, flashabou and bucktail ( or any long deer/elk hair you you have )

fold the foam over, drop a drop of super glue and tie down just behind the eye

use a needle to bring the pre-knoted rubber legs thru the foam

apply some Loons soft head on the foam, this will help keep your marker's colour and protect the fly

The soft head will also keep the rubber legs in place.

Cheers and Happy tying

Friday, 16 December 2016

Franken Mouse

Franken Mouse

Since my 1st trip to Mongolia in 2008, caught a Mongolian Northern Pike with a big mice pattern at the White lake, North West of Mongolia... I always wanted to tie a big mice / mouse pattern that have a big profile, looks alive on water, plenty of build-in action, light and float forever.
I still remember struggled with a wt10, trying to deliver the big mice pattern 50'-60' away... struggling because the mice become so heavy after it's wet.. ( I'm a lousy caster 😜 )

Articulated mice pattern fished in 2008

Years later, the ICE AGE mice pattern went tested with success, tie mostly in foam and synthetic materials ( less water absorbance )... float high, easy to cast and the head rise high just like a mice  swimming, splash some water like a gurgle when strip hard...but this pattern have it's limitation... size depending on the hook.


2015, a trip to Mongolia with Hans van Klinken... I notice that Hans was catching plenty of big Lenoks and Amur with extra large rubber legs Bomber ... ask what does the bomber looks like in the fish eye,  Hans jokingly say : mice..!!!

Yes... it does looks like a mice when it's wet. with the hackle and rubber legs moving in the water.
I need a mice pattern that is very hairy..!!!

After some study and picking up some ideas from the web, I decided to mix both foam and natural fibers for this pattern.

The Franken Mouse uses minimum deer hair, fur and natural fibers possible, to create the profile... minimize any material that will absorb water like hide or skin... inserting in foam for main flotation.
Foam mainly tie on top with a large ear profile so that the pattern will always float with hook down. Even when it land upside down, a strip will easily flip it over again. Articulated in 3 sections for more action with 2 hooks connected with a 180lbs hard wire shank.

Hmmmm.... guess I've give enough 'life' to the pattern.

Material List :

Close cell foam
Deer Hair
Opossum hair
White rabbit fur
Luminous bead
40lbs mono
Suede strip
Rubber legs

Picture step by step tying instruction:

Prepare the thread base

Tie in a mono loop

Tie in the suede tail

Tie in some rabbit fur at the bottom and some deer hair on top

Tie in some Opossum fibers on top

Tie in the 2mm close cell foam, finish the bottom with some rabbit fur

Repeat the steps above until the hook eye ( 3rd section completed )

Connect with the hard wire shank

Repeat the similar steps with the deer hair, opossum fibers and foam until the eye of the shank

Tie in the rubber legs and finished it with fibers and foam ( body ready )

Prepare the connecting wire on the main hook

connect the 3rd and 2nd section ( body ) to the main hook

Tie in deer hair and foam ear

Stack in the deer hair

Trim the deer hair ( head portion )

Drop some epoxy and insert the eye

 Luminous bead are use for night fishing

White belly

Cheers and Happy Tying