Friday, January 13, 2017

Faux Fish Mask's

I like Fish Mask's. I really do. Recommend them highly. Suggest you try them if you have not.

If you want to make your own try this.

Material to try 1/4", .250, or 6.35 mm clear plastic tubing.

The Idea

I was wondering if there might be a way to make the Fish Mask DIY style. Here's what I was experimenting with.

A piece of clear plastic tubing. 1/4" in diameter.

 Could it be shaped in such a way to create the face of a streamer pattern?  


Side cutters

Squirrel Leech

#6 Bass Hook
6/0 tying thread gray
3D eye's
Gray Pine squirrel zonker strip
Sparkle dub
UV Resin
Super glue
Shaped segment of clear tubing


Step1. Thread your hook.

Step 2. Tie in your zonker strip at the bend of the hook.

Step 3. Wrap your zonker strip toward the eye.

Step 4. Tie down your strip behind the eye.

Step 5. Build a thread head.

Step 6. Glue the head.

Step 7 slip your shaped tubing over the thread while wet. 

 Step 8. Pinch to shape and let set.

Step 9. Place eyes on the tube.

Step 10. Add UV glue to fill and shape the head to taste.

Step 11. Cure the UV with light.

Step 12. Go catch some fish!

Stay Clever and Trashy my Friends.

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I Love you.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017!

May 2017 see our skills improve. May we trick the fish. Copy nature with all the materials we can find. Share our knowledge and experience. Share our fruit's with those eager to learn. Practice with determination and regulatory. Support and encourage our peers on their journeys. My 2017 be clever ideas, skillful designs, and artful examples. 

Stay clever and trashy my friends.

Tip: A small Crochet hook makes a great way to start or retrieve your dubbing from a box with a hole.

Stay Clever and Trashy my friends

Dedicated to my son, I love you.

Monday, November 7, 2016

CDC tool 'Trashflies style'

Well now. I like to tie CDC flies. They just have a action and performance that can't be matched with other materials.
CDC can be a pain in the butt to work with, Some years ago I found out there was a tool for the taming of the feather from a ducks (well you know).
I bought one online. I keep it in a special spot when not in use. It's a work horse on the bench during comparadun tying, It was kinda hard to find. 
Well here's a Trashflies alternative. If you want to make one.

3 T pins
Disposable ink pen
Knife or cutter


Cut the T off three T-Pins
Disassemble a used up cheap ball point pen.
Remove the ink tube
Cut off a piece of the tube. (where the ink wasn't)
Push the pins into the tube
Push the pins and the tube segment back into the tip holder
Cutt the pen body to desired length
Work some CDC

You catch the stem of the CDC feather between the needles. Hold the butt end. Turn the tool. Stoke the fibers forward, Slip off. The fibers are bunched and the stem is clumped. Tie in the clump. Clip the stem off.

'Stay Clever and Trashy My Friends'

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I Love you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SCUD Trash Fly style with Rubber Hair Bands

As many of your are aware lots of places we fish have great scud populations. Trout love to eat them. They reside in tail waters. One of my personal favorite spots to drown a bug.

Well I was standing in line at a local little store buying supplies for another little experiment. That one was more teaching related so I'll not share here at this time. As I waited my turn I noticed this rack of hair rubber bands in a wide range of color. Flexible and thin rubber. So my mind ran to scuds and there shell back. Oh well that isn't weird for me. Got a pack or two. Cheap $1 for 500. Note you can make two or three per band. So lifetime supply. Also they come in clear and black.

In my favorite tail water the ________ _________ in  ___________ purple seems to get a favored response.  The actual shrimp alive in more of a mahogany. Dead washed out pink or orange,

Here's what came out of my find. 

Hook #12 Scud TMC 2457
Tail Grouse Hackle Fluff
Body Hairline Nymph Olive
Back Rubber Hair Band
Rib Fine Copper Wire

Step 1
Place a scud hook in your vise.
Step 2
Thread the hook

Step 3 
Tie in the tailing materials. I used grouse from the Trash bag left from tying Kembari patterns earlier.

Step 4
Tie in shell back (Rubber Hair Band)

Step 5 
Dub the hook.

Step 6
Pull shell forward. Tie down.

Step 7
Rib with the wire. Tie down.

Step 8
Add a drop of glue. (Your Choice)

Step 9 
Use a dubbing pick to pull out the dub to create legs for your scud.

Hope it gets you a few fish. Maybe saves you some coin. Even just lets you chuckle at how wierd my mind is :)

Stay Clever and Trashy My Friends.

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I Love You.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flip-Flop's are great material

Okay here is a little known fact about me. I can't wear flip-flops. Not at all. Fall on my butt and I hate the way they feel on my feet. But it appears I am in the minority of the population in the warm months. Slap slap slap goes the rest of the world. Well it appears also that a lot of these things get lost, broken, or abandon on the stream or lakes of the world.

I collect them. Imagine that :)

I cut cylinders as probably several of you do for poppers. Great bass and bluegill offerings indeed.

Recently I started down the Tenkara path. I am trying to keep a simple technique as simple as possible. aka affordable.

Above is some carving on some collected stock.

Spools for my leaders. (I furled the leaders myself)

Thought i would share. Tools shown are all that's needed. 'Stay Clever And Trashy My Friends'

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I love you.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Coat Hanger Bodkin

Ever break one of those inexpensive plastic cloths hangers?  I do regularly. Well I did this morning. Noticed it was hollow. Probably why it broke.

You can never have to many bodkins. Spread glue, clean eyelets, spread UV resin, and such.

Had a box of T-pins. And here the idea that grew out of that.

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Image result for t pin
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Fold back the pins T to the needles shaft. Heat the pin. Stick in the hole in the middle of the shaft. Cools and set. Cut shaft to your preference.

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I love you.