Monday, November 24, 2014

Ear Plug Egg

As a younger soul I had the privileged to teach Industrial Safety as a graduate student at university. That experience planted a deep growing seed of personal safety in my mind or it scared me mentally for life. Either way I am a big consumer of personal perspective equipment.

One lasting idea from those days is to save my hearing. Thus as a consequence I wear ear plugs around every loud chore I do. By that there is always a stray ear plug in the change dish, laundry, or under the edge of the bed. Those lonely strays have sparked a couple of thoughts. Previously a ear plug as a 'popper's' head. Worked with a measure of success.

With a idea behind me it seemed like there was more that could be 'Trash Flied' with those lonely ear plugs.

Then it hit me, or more so I say someone on a outdoor show making 'bait rigs' with a float ahead of the hook. It looked like a egg bead. Those had become the rage in the Alaskan north over time. Well then lets make a 'Ear Plug Egg'. The following is that pattern.

Hook: # 8 Mustad Egg Hook
Egg: Recycled Ear Plug
Adhesive: Krazy Glue

Step 1
Select a ear plug that has the eggy colors you are looking for. Be aware that ear plugs are avliable other place beside industrial application. Drug stores carry them as well as noisy sporting events.

Step 2
Shape the ear plug the size and rough shape you desire. Some multi-colored products have the colors through the materials.

Step 3
Select a hook for the tie. Remeber trout have a tendancy to swallow eggs deeply. Pick a hook big enough to help discourage harming the fish. Also pinch that barb down.

Step 4

Slide the ear plug foam onto the bare hook shank. Place the hook in the vise. Slide the foam toward the bend of the hook. Apply a drop of glue behind the hook eye and slide the foam back to it's desired spot.

The egg can be shaped with scissors more at this point. Making the egg to perfect may appeal to the angler more than to the fish itself. Leave it a little uneven and jagged. The idea is a clump of roe.

This would probably work with a yarn veil also.

Try it and tell how it worked for you. Like to hear 'you all's' comments.

Dedicated to my son. I love you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fly Tying Show

I'll be tying at this show. Come by and check it out if your in the area.

Fly Tyers Weekend Logo

Friday, August 15, 2014


Hook: #10 Kink Shank
Tail: Goose fibers
Hopper legs: Goose fiber
Wing Case: Goose fibers
Antenna: Goose fibers
Abdomen and Thorax: craft
Front legs: Black Silly Legs

Goose feathers were collected from the shore of the lake by my son. It's a pretty cheap tie.

Body 2 pieces cut with:

Dedicated to my son. I love you.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cheap Stripper

 This pattern is in response to some really acrobatic large mouth bass on the farm pond. I have made several attempts at adult dragon flies. This one has been the most effect. The material are repurposed and easily accessible. It a compilation of many great tiers efforts with foam, extended bodies, and wings. I put several great ideas together. Didn't really invent anything just learned from some really great folks. Married their talent to mine for the use of cheap stuff or often free (trash). Feel free to put your finger print on it if you tie some. Bass surly do love dragonflies :)
The working name is tongue and cheek of some the greats in the tying world and their sick since of humor with the naming of flies. Remember a 'Cheap Stripper' is best on the pole :)
Hook: #6 Kink Shank
Body: Craft store Foam
Wings: Spinner Bait Skirt Materials
The tail is tied with using a technique of tying over your Bodkin or a large needle.
I make the head big and blunt to push a lot of water on the retrieve. 
The wings are a new twist I am trying after watching the following video on YouTube. This also is a awesome looking pattern worth trying.

Dedicated to my son. I Love you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PC Comparadunn

Thread 8/0 yellow
Thorax pale sulfur yellow
Wing the packaging from a computer hard drive.
Tail pale fibet
Cut the wing to shape with a caddis wing punch and then trimmed. Could be done with scissors entirely

Friday, July 4, 2014

Contact Lens Hook Holder


Contact lens package make a really good hook or bead organizer. Do not pitch them reuse them! 
Dedicated to my son. I love you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival 2014

Recently had the priveledge to tie flies and hang out at a great event.


Really enjoyed meeting folks and sharing some of the Trash Fly ideas. Really great to hear what other folks have tried with '

Dedicated to my son. I love you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Delayed harvest fish love this combo.

When fishing Western North Carolina's delayed harvest streams a Woolly Bugger followed by a nymph is a awesome pair. Fish it like a nymph or a streamer each cast made.

Dedicated to my son.