Sunday, February 15, 2009

Toms Sculpin / Leech

Tail: Barred Rabbit Strip
Head: Olive Rams Wool
Legs: Spinner Bait Skirt "lol"
Throat: Red Craft Fur
Flashabou: Holigraphic Pearl
Tube: 1" Copper Tube / Lined
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Choosing a Thread for Fly Tying

By Tom Gribble

Well over time we have tied flies that we wish would last forever. Well those flies would last forever if the fish did not have teeth and the thread could stand up to the abuse. So I’m here to help with choosing a thread that can stand up to most fresh water species. A long time ago I ran into a thread called Gudebrod. I purchased this thread like crazy! This thread has the breaking strength of 38 ounces of pressure. Gudebrod would later stop making fly tying thread. I would need to find a replacement. I would try Orvis G thread, and for a time I would like it. I don’t like the way it frays as you try and use a whip finisher. I do not know the breaking strength of it, but I have never had a complaint when making musky flies. I would find that the Orvis G thread for me was a little on the large diameter size for me. I then went on the hunt for a thread that had the strength of Gudebrod but had the diameter of it also. I found a thread called Ultra Thread. This thread is nylon, and has the breaking strength at 33 oz and 140 denier. I’m currently tying spey and tube flies and the smaller my heads are the better. I need all the advantage I can get. I hope this helps in choosing the right thread type.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Black Sculpin

Tail / Spine: Black Rabbit Strip
Collar: Black and Brown Schallapen
Followed by red throat synthetic hair
Rubber Legs: Black & Blue Spinner bait skirts
Head: Black / Green / Olive Blend

The White Fish pattern tyed on Eumer tube

Spine: Peacock Herl
Followed by Olive Artic Fox
Natural Artic Fox
White Schlappen tyed in fist for collor
White synthetic hair
Thread Used: Ultra Thread Red 140 Denier

Fat Shad tied on 3/4" copper tube lined

Spine: Peacock Herl
Followed by White Schlappen tied in for collar
Iridescent Braid on tube
Purple Pearl Flashabou
Grey Blood Quill
Grey Aritc Fox
White Synthetic hair
Red Throat: Synthetic Hair
Thread used: Ultra Thread Grey 140 Denier

Mud Minnow tied on 1/2" copper tube lined

Dorsal fin: Rabbit Strip Chinchilla
Wide Flashabou Pearl
Belly Hair: Natural Aritc Fox
Thread Used: Ultra Thread Red 140 Denier

Barred Minnow tied on 1/2" copper tube lined

Dorsal Fin:Black Barred Rabitt Strips Chinchilla
Purple Pearl Flashabou
Belly Hair: Natural Artic Fox
Thread Used: Ultra Thread Red 140 Denier

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Her Maiden Voyage

I was going to sleep in, but a new friend was whispering my name. I just purchased a Deer Creek 8wt 11’ switch rod. I rolled my eyes, and pulled myself up by my boot straps. Kissed the wife bye-bye and went to the river. This is the start of my journey I hope we all learn a few things from my experiences!