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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016



Lumino - luminous bead hidden in the head of minnow fly pattern
is a pattern I came up while designing for a heavily weighted fly or jig fly where local commonly call spin-fly
I wanted a pattern which have the same shape but light enough for fly fishing with different sink rate. and smaller in size too.
 Using a luminous bead,  It create a round head profile easily which push more water, hollow and less material, skinny tail and glow in the dark..

Spin-fly... with a round lead weight insert to an attached hard wire in-front of the hook.
heavily weighted so it can be easily cast out with ultra light spinning gear targeting mainly bass and bottom fishes. the weight bring the fly down very fast ( this is also a good concept if you are designing a heavy fly to fish deep or in fast current )
The round lead bead in the front provide a good base to create a very nice round head profile
Materials List:

Synthetic fiber for tail - super hair or similar
ICE dub - belly
Red dubbing - gills
Luminous bead 
Mega Dub or Lazer Dub - head
Super fine long dubbing - for head profile highlight
DC flex UV resin
3D epoxy eye
Semperfli Nano silk - 12/0

Picture step by step tying instruction:

 Insert the Luminous Bead, wind in some lead wire

 Tie in some super hair

 Dub in some ICE dub as the belly

 Wind in some red dubbing as gills

  tie in the Mega Dub

 Fold the rest of the Mega dub, tie in and comb the material to the back

 Tie in the fine wool dub

 Fold all back and comb it

Coat a thin layer of Flex UV resin to shape the head

 Drop a small drop of epoxy

 Apply the eye

 View from below
View from top

 This pattern is best tie from size 2" - 4"... by adding a lateral flash, you can tie a silverside, by tuning the wool colour you can easily turn it into a mullet or any little baitfish or minnow pattern.

Cheers and Happy tying...