The idea came from a visit to Michel's Craft Store. Saw these textured sheets of sparkly closed cell foam.
Took a # 6 kink shank popper hook. Threaded it back to the hook point. Built up a body with a piece of white craft foam closed cell. Cut a piece of the sparkly green to fix around the white center build up. Mind leave the self stick backing on till the piece is cut to size. Coat the white with a glue such as brush on super glue. Peel the backing off. Place and hold briefly.
Place stick on eyes.
Coat the body and eye with a UV cure product.
Finish dressing the fly with tail and hackle.
Written and photographed by Brad Sprinkle
Special Assistance from Trashflies intern Bailey Sprinkle
I know many of you have seen the TV adds for the card organizer wallet. I got one as a gift awhile back. They are good for business cards. I kept looking at it though thinking it was the perfect size for a small stream flybox. Well I couldn't repurpose the gift. Despite wanting to :)
Today at the little grocery store they had a plastic knock off. Just $3.00 US. I got two.
Self sticking closed cell foam sheet cut to fit.
A small box for a select few small stream flies. Shirt pocket sized.
OK. You have sunken further than some in the realm of fly tying than you likely want admit. Your making your own dubbing correct? Blending fur and fiber or lord knows what. You want to use your bounty but you haven't a good way to store or dispense it at the vise. Well here's your answer.
Simply get a small beaders container at the craft sore or 'Wal Mart'. Costs $1.75 per.
Drill a hole in the bottom of each cell. Drill to size that suits you. Maybe 1/4"?
Load her up and to the bench you go. Simple as that.
Amazon.com has loads of military style hats for sale. Relatively cheap. Under $10 US. They have Velcro patch mounting points on the front, back, and often the top. This lead me to think why not buy one in my favorite camo pattern and maybe modify to use when I'm hiking in to back country streams as well as paddling on the lakes.
So here's what I did:
Bought the hat.
Piece of thick closed cell foam. Cut to the size of the Velcro.
Attach a piece of like sized Velcro.
Now to field test it. I believe it would also do well to carry a minimal arsenal of flies for quick adventures when less is more.