Tying Unsinkable Dry Flies

This blog will take off where the book "Unsinkable Dry Flies" left off, listing new and different ways to tie flies by attaching a air bubble to the hook. The flies displayed may be imitations of flies found in other reference materials or something completely unique. If you have a new idea email us, we will endeavor to post it on the Blog with your credit.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hybrid Imitator




This fly is a cross between a Royal Wulff, Royal Trude, Parachute Adams or Humpy, Spinner, and my own Wonder Bug.  I tied it for the dog days of summer and it works well to bring larger fish to the surface.  Out performs a Royal Wulff I believe because of the great silhouette it presents in the water – to see what I mean look at it from the underside with a light above as shown in the last picture above.

Hook:    Any brand 4X long size 6 to 16 with a fine wire, having as wide a gape as possible or a Mustad 3261
Thread: Black6/0 (70 denier) or larger
  Tail:       Golden pheasant tippets
Body:    (Traditional Materials) Peacock Herl/Red Floss/ Peacock Herl – (Non-Traditional Materials) Black foam or Floss/Red Heat Shrink/Black Foam Floss(as presented)
Legs:    Medium to fine speckled white rubber centipede leg material
Wing:    White material made with heat-n-bond and netting
Post:     White Polypropylene Yarn
  Hackle: Tied parachute style Grizzly and Brown mixed.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Articulating Dry Flies and Nymphs

Articulating flies have been part of streamers for some time and a gentleman named Dave Hise started appling this principle to nymphs and dry flies.. A couple of months ago before I knew Mr. Hise was out there I started tying such flies in sizes 6 to 18 using both my unsinkable method as will as more conventional materials . The first fly I tied and fished was a red ant which I call my Fire Articulating Ant.  
 
To test any new fly I generally take it to a spot on my local river that gets pounded by drift boats and well as walk in anglers.  I don't always have success at such a place, but if I can catch fish here, I figure I can catch them anywhere.  To my amazement the articulating ant was an outstanding success.  This is what made me apply this articulating style to other flies both dry and wet as shown below.   These flies have a catch rate that would make most any angler happy.
 


To tie such a fly use two hooks and tie the back half of the fly first.  Then using a small section of something like Spiderwire (Braided Cord) in at least 15 pound test attach the back half of the fly to the forward hook that will become the front of the fly (See Below). 
 

After wrapping the front hook shaft with your thread (shown in yellow) fold the Spiderwire back and wrap again to insure the attaching line will not separate under hookup conditions. Once the hooks are connected you can finish tying the front half of the fly. The pictures below show the actual attachment method.  The last picture in the series the excess braided cord being clipped off prior to tying the front half of the fly.   
 
 
The two most successful flies I have tied to date are a salmon fly nymph and my own creation the Wonder Bug shown below.
 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Making Fly Wings That Float

Making wing material that floats is a fairly simple process. To start you need the following items:
1. A pressing table
2. Iron
3. Scissors
4. Heat-n-Bond
5. Netting or Polypropylene (PP) Hair
6. Polyethylene foam sheeting
7. Alcohol ink for additional coloring
8. Teflon Pressing Pad

The next step in the process is to determine the color of the wing material to be produced. The wing material can be colored with alcohol ink or just the use colored netting or hair. If ink is to be used it is best to apply it to polyethylene foam sheeting or in some cases directly to the Heat-n-bond material. If ink is used color the entire sheet of material to be used.



After coloring whatever material you are using cut a sheet of Heat-n-bond twice the size of the wing material to be made and lay it out with the colored sheet on top. Then add the netting or PP hair. In this sample the colored sheet is red and black netting is laying on the bottom half with PP black hair on the top half laid out in a random pattern. The Heat-n-Bond is now ready for folding after application of a second colored polyethylene sheet.

With the second sheet applied fold the Heat-n-Bond over to form a sandwich. The two sheets of foam, netting, and hair are all inside the folded Heat-n-Bond. The iron has been set on the hottest setting and the sandwich placed on a Teflon pressing pad to avoid sticking of the over lapping edges of the Heat-n-Bond.


Using the iron press the Heat-n-Bond from the fold to the outer edge until one side is completely flattened. Then turn the sandwich over and press the other side making sure that all edges on both sides are covered. Set the pressed sandwich aside and let it cool completely.




After the sandwich has cooled complexly peal back one side of the Heat-n-Bond. Then peal the other side from the fold to remove the backing from the now completed wing material.



The finished material will look some thing like this or these other examples we have made (see below). If you do not use the polyethylene sheeting, as we did above, you should add another sandwich layer of Heat-n-bond to provide sufficient strength and prevent the wing material from tearing. It should be noted that you can also add glitter, flash, tinsel, or other attractor materials to make the finished wings more luminous.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

7 Killer Unsinkable Dry Flies

Red Eye PMD - Skwala - Stonefly







Mige Size 18 - Linneweh - Golden Stone








Black Caddis


These patterns are very effective





Friday, December 9, 2011

Rubber Tubing

Rubber Tubing is another material that can be used to tie "Unsinkable Dry Flies." The material comes in sizes with an inside diameter of 1/16" to 1" with the most useful sizes being 1/16", 1/32", 1/8", and 3/32." The best wall thickness is 1/16" to 1/32." The tubing has specific gravity of less than one and will float even without an air bubble trapped inside. Colored tubing is available but is expensive compared to the natural color shown here. The tubing can be colored with permanent marking pens or inside with the use of alcohol based ink. It also works extremely well to tie nymphs. An example is shown to the left -- simply wrap the hook shank with lead and slide the tubing over the wrapped shank -- Then add skin, legs, antenna, etc.



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wonder Bug

This is a new pattern that has worked extremely well. When I first tied it I wondered if it would work, when it did I wondered why -- Thus the Wonder Bug.

Recipe Wonder Bug

Hook: Any brand 4X long size 6 to 12 with a fine wire, having as wide a gape
as possible or a Mustad 3261
Thread: Purple 6/0 (70 denier) or larger (Metallic Thread if available)
Body: Purple Heat Shrink 1/8 or 3/16 diameter colored with pens: Note
other sizes can be used with smaller hooks. Tan foam.
Legs: Medium to fine speckled white rubber centipede leg material
Post: White Heat Shrink or Polypropylene Yarn
Wing: Saddle light blue dun

1. Cut a single or two twin sections of Heat Shrink as long as the hook shank plus at least a 1/8 inch. Note: Twin sections are used when using smaller Heat Shrink.

2. Cut a section of tan foam approximately the same width as the Heat Shrink.
3. Cover the hook shank with thread.
4. Attach the heat shrink at the rear of the hook one section at a time using at least three thread wraps. Use heat to pinch the heat shrink to the hook shank.

5. Attach the foam at the rear of the hook shank and work the thread up to the eye.
6. Attach the heat shrink and foam at the eye using at least three thread wraps. Use heat to pinch the heat shrink to the hook shank and finish forming the air bubble.
7. Seal the thread at the hook eye with head cement or super glue. Trim off any excess foam and heat shrink.
8. Attach the centipede legs in a crossing pattern between the foam and hook shank. Note: legs can be added at the rear and eye anchor point with thread when attaching the foam and heat shrink. This will place them farther apart as shown in the pictures above.
9. Cement the legs in place with super glue if you use the crossing pattern.
10. Add the Heat Shrink or PP post and take 6-8 wraps around the light blue dun or white saddle parachute style. Seal the thread at the hook eye with super glue.
11. Tails and antenna can be added but do not seem to improve the patterns performance.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Polypropylene Hair




Polypropylene (PP) Hair available on the Internet can be a great substitute for fur or other forms of hair. The advantage is that it has a specific gravity of less than 1, .91 to be exact which means it floats. It usually is called super jumbo braid and a large quantity can be purchased for under $2.00 plus shipping. It comes it a variety of colors and blends. The hair should be identified as Polypropylene or PP if not contact the supplier before purchasing. One supplier to avoid is ragdollhair, who may also be listed as ragdolly.net, their service is extremely poor.