Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fly Tying Materials from 100 or more years ago.

Fly Tying Materials from 100 or more years ago.

I like to study fly patterns as much as I like to make stuff from trash. I know that's a big statement. I really like to make stuff out of the discards of modern society. We make a lot of trash a group. So I have become a observer of that pattern of behavior.

I also have become interested in what did those that came before have to tie with? Their trash pile were considerably smaller. They didn't waste so much. Didn't have so much to waste either. Food didn't have wrappers and disposable goods weren't a thing yet.

So what did they have to pick from? They were more agrarian. Farming was a thing that a larger population engaged in. So lets focus on natural items. Fur and feathers. If you ate it, it came in the wrapper God put it in.

A lot of chickens.

Chickens still rule supreme as the go to material. Dry flies and streamers and everything in between. Chickens wound up on the table. This lends to a lot of feathers at the end of the processing. I know they stuffed a good many into pillows. True enough. That still left a availability.

Hunting the hill sides.

Folks hunted. Deer and turkey. Turkey were obviously similar to chicken. Bigger feathers and colors. Deer hair and other large game could be saved. That hair has great buoyancy properties as well a movement when added to flies.

Narrowing the focus.

So after pondering the possibilities and resources I decided to tie a few with just those materials. I did take the liberty of using modern hooks and threads. I could bring myself to tie flies with cotton or wool threads. But I am sure the ancestors did just that.

The next few flies I would like to show you will be tied with only stuff those fly fishers here in America had. My offering may be modern patterns but again only materials found in the time period 100 + years ago.

Deciding factors.

I live among a lot of farms and folks getting back to the land. Also have a good many friends who hunt. Chicken feathers from the barn yard. Deer hair from the fields. Those will be the focus of this experiment. I will share two chicken focused patterns and two deer hair offerings. They will not be dyed or genetically raised sources. Organic if I may.

Chicken

Offering 1

Chickybugger

#10 Streamer Hook
Rum feathers from a barnyard hen ie Chickabou
8/0 Blk thread



Flytyers Weekend at Little River Outfitters in Townsend TN.
We really enjoyed getting to demonstrate Trash Flies and talk to different people. 










Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I love you.

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?  


Tools: 

Ruler
Side cutters



Squirrel Leech

Recipe
#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

Steps

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.
But
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.


***
Materials:
3 T pins
Disposable ink pen
Cutters
Pliers
Knife or cutter

***

Steps
1.
Cut the T off three T-Pins
2.
Disassemble a used up cheap ball point pen.
3
Remove the ink tube
4
Cut off a piece of the tube. (where the ink wasn't)
5
Push the pins into the tube
6
Push the pins and the tube segment back into the tip holder
7
Cutt the pen body to desired length
8
Work some CDC

Note:
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. 

Recipe
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.