Dec 31, 2011

How to put on a fish skin or foam head

This is always the hardest step. Deciding where the head should go. You want it to look good, but you must remember to keep as much gap as possible in order to get hook-ups. This is easiest by simply moving the head around until you like the looks.

Then roll the film back far enough to put a dab of glue on the fly head.

Then hold down the fish skin while it dries. Using two fingers helps the head to be concave over the fly head. This will make the two halves meet up better in the middle.

The worst thing about these heads is that they take time. Go slow, use a little super glue and do the head in pieces. Once you have done a few, the process will be easier.

PLEASE try not to glue your fingers together. Use a clothes hanger or something else to hold the two halves together.

Dec 30, 2011

Fish skin heads

Fish skin is one of my fav new materials for heads. I shines and looks nice and stamps out really cleanly in my pic punch. I will post some finished flies maybe later tonight.

Dec 21, 2011

Long 1/4 wig tinsel for flies

These are about 8 bucks each. Will probably do 100 flies each.

Dec 19, 2011

Indianapolis on the fly show Jan. 7

Just found out I will be tying on the main stage on January 7. Pretty cool. I think I will tie one of my big orange foam head flies.

Dec 12, 2011

Tying at local fly fishing shows

Here's a list of my show plans so far.

Indianapolis on the Fly on January 7

Chicago Musky show on Jan 14

Madison Fly tiers on February 11

Hawkey Fly Fisherman on Feb 18/19

Great Waters Fly fishing Expo March 24/25

Dec 11, 2011

Show diaplay is getting ready

Got my rack full and am now just working on having extra flies to put on it when they are sold. First show is January 7 in Indianapolis.

Dec 10, 2011

Orange foam head flies

Turned out a couple new flies with foam this morning. For these i used LOCO foam which has a silvery sheen to it. It has a more reflective surface than the other standard foam. The eyes are 1/2 inch in size.

Dec 9, 2011


Got a score of poppers on the drying rack.

Dec 7, 2011

Xmas already....

This will probably keep me busy till xmas, then have to order again.

Dec 6, 2011

Foam heads

Tied some flies with foam cut heads, bottom is best placed head on fly.