Latest Research and Development: May 20th, 2012

The fishing today got me thinking about how to make a fly with undersized eyes ride hook point up without adding much more weight.   The trick for me was to add about 1 cm of .025 lead free wrap on the back of the fly close to the bend, or tail of the fly, and make sure the “lead” is under the hook with the eyes while the body material is mostly above the eyes.  I also came up with some “new” squirrel clouser craws featuring some sick bristly dubing, and translucent underwings/tails.  I almost forgot the squirrel bugger, there’s a simple winner if I’ve ever seen one!

carp flies



5 Responses to 'Latest Research and Development: May 20th, 2012'

  1. Gregg Martin says:

    Good looking flies. I add a keel on some of mine of loop dubbed fur of .030 lead tied on the top, bottom in the water. The fur is trimmed on the bottom as well. With 5/32 dazzle eyes or large bead chain it turns over the fly well, a tail of marabou and a pair of Centipede Legs flanking the marabou, all on a size 4 3366. But, your point is a lighter fly, recent tries with replicating McTage’s Carp Stew looked nice, a lighter entry fly, but my rubber in a homemade blend was too large and some are rejects, I think shredded Span Flex, Flex Floss, would work fine.


    • Just a little lead and tiny bead chain eyes, or no weight has really been hitting the spot lately. I’m typically forced to put the fly on the fish and fast in shallow water….so the more delicate the better. I’m looking for that happy place where they know something just landed 2 ft away or above them but its not enough to scare them.

  2. Wayne says:

    This is something that might interest you, and apparently available in your backyard.

  3. Gregg Martin says:

    It interests me, I get Feather Craft and wondered about it when I saw it. Have you used it Wayne, or Chris?


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