Thursday, 24 July 2014

GnG Hollow Rattling Baitfish

Gliss n Glint Hollow Rattling Baitfish

This pattern tie with minimum amount of material, the idea is to create a large fly pattern that is light enough which will not trap too much of water, for easy casting and as hollow as possible to allow the materials to moves better in water, and to be as translucent as possible when in water

Rattle is also introduced to the pattern for extra attraction, Dubbing at the hollow near the head can be in desire color, as a hot spot or as the bleeding gill of the fish

Material List:

Gamakatsu Saltwater hook SL12 size 4/0 and 6/0
Deer Creek Gliss n Glint wing material
Deer Creek eye - Chrome 10mm
Diamond hard UV
Mega Body tubing
Fly Rattle
Ice Dubbing

Step by step tying instructions

Cut a pcs Mega Body Tubing about 1.5", burn one end with lighter, insert the glass rattle. Tie in at about middle of the hook shank. drop some superglue to secure further

Tie in some flash material... as the spine or the lateral line

Tie in the GnG wings material, notice it's finish tying very close to the hook eye
(due to it's reverse tying technique, the material that is tie in the 'bottom or inner' , after it's fold and reversed, it will be the 'top or outer' wings... so always plan your layering when you wanna create different color tone to the fly )

Tie in the lighter tone GnG wings material at the side of the shank

Tie in the white color GnG Wings material at the bottom of the shank, drop some super glue

Wind in some ICE Dubbing... you can put in red to indicate as the bleeding gills or any color that you desire as a hot spot for the fly

Tie in another batch of white GnG wing on top of the shank 
( more material should be on the top and for a bulkier head profile )

Fold all the materials to the back, make sure the materials are spread around the hook...start winding the thread on the hook shank, but never tie the material... build up the thread to 'push' the material to the back

Notice the materials are 'push' to the back by the thread ... whip finish

Stick on the eye

Apply some Diamond Hard UV inside and on top of the eye, also cover the thread, I find Diamond Hard UV are really good in this application

Dry it with UV light 

Complete and ready to ROCK....!

Cheers and Happy tying

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Micro Barb Shrimp

Micro Barb Shrimp

This is a pattern inspired by the Micro Barb Crab which designed by David Samuel... everyone was looking at Micro Barb for dry flies... but David put it into a crab pattern. 
I would have to say it's a very interesting idea... it does not even look like a crab to me... :-p

He put it in with valid reason, as the Micro Barb Crab is created for Bonefish, he wants to create a lot of sand 'Smoke' on the base when he strip.... well... he did it... and the Bonefish love it

Material list

Gamakatsu -Bonefish hook size 8
Black bead chain
PRISM Ice dub - pink
Rabbit Zonker or Marabou in light Dun or white
Micro Barb in light Dun or light dray / beight
Barred Silileg

Step by step tying instructions:
 Prepare the thread base

Tie in some Rabbit Zonker / Marabou
 Tie in a pair of flash

Tie in the Sililegs

Tie in the bead chain ( as the eye and to counter the hook's weight )

Wind in some Ice dub

Tie in the Micro Barb hackle

I would like to cover the hook a little bit more with extra fiber ( optional step )

Wind in some Ice Dub... I choose pink, but you can play with the color you like to match with the shrimp color in your water

Wind in the hackle, tie down and trim the extra

Trim the fibers at the bottom... this will help the pattern sit properly on the ground...
as you can see, there are a lot of fiber and materials on the top... This will help make sure the hook point up when the fly drop in the water... just simple water resistant principle...

Brush out some dubbing... 

and that's it... ready to fish