Fly Tying

The Grass Crab

The Grass CRab
The Grass Crab

Put hook (Gamakatsu SS 15 – sz 1/ 0) in vise with point facing up.
(All materials tied on hook point side of shank)
I’m using the clear mono thread all the time. Make sure you don’t crowd the hook eye, which is easy to do with the two overwings and the weed guard.
Tie in:
1. 8 strands of Copper Flashabou as a tail. approximate length of hook shank from hook eye to bend.
2. Grizzly hackle tip on either side of hook bend, approximately the same length as the flashabou (try to make them point upwards).
3. Small (approximately #2 pencil thickness or less) clump of deer hair tips to stick out above the flashabou, same length as flashabou.
4. Spin a small ball of deer hair on top of a wound thread base.
5. Trim deer hair ball with a razor blade so it’s flat on top and bottom.
6. Grizzly saddle hackle wound in front of deer hair and trim top and bottom.
7. Squirrel tail overwing same length as distance from tie in point to hook barb.
8. Similar length of tan Polar Fibre.
9. (Here’s the tricky part) Take a loop of 40 or 50 lb test mono approx 3 inches long and fold into a loop. Crimp the top of the loop so it is kinked. Kink the ends of the line to make them into tiny “L” shapes. Tie in at the bends of the “L” ‘s so the loop is sticking up in front of the hook point. When you have it in the right spot, trim the loop so the tips that you trim are just over the hook point.


Gordo’s Glass Mino

Gordo's Glass Mino
Gordo's Glass Mino

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The Copperhead

The Copperhead
The Copperhead
    Materials List

Hook: SC15 or SS15 1/0 or 2/0 Gamakatsu
Thread: 6/0 Tan or Brown Unithread
Eyes: Med (1/24 oz) chrome dumbbell
Wing: Copper Flasabou
Underwing: Copper K-flash
Body: Copper crystal chenille
Tail: Copper Flashabou

After securing the hook in your vise, wrap the thread onto the hook shank.
Wrap thread forward and lay the dumbbell eyes onto the shank (Clouser style). Attach dumbbell eye by wrapping thread in figure-8 pattern around the hook shank and eyes). Secure the eyes by wrapping 6 to 8 turns between shank and eyes. Apply a generous amount of your favorite head cement (I don’t recommend Zap-A-Gap because it will react with the crystal chenille that will cover the eyes.)
Wrap back to the bend of the hook and cut 8 to 10 strands of flashabou about one inch in length. Attach the flashabou for the tail and apply more head cement to your wraps.
Tie in a 3 inch strand of copper crystal chenille and wrap the thread to the back of the eyes. Wrap the chenille forward to just behind the eyes. Tie it off. Leave the remaining chenille hanging as we will use it later to wrap over the eyes.
You will now need to turn your hook so that the hook point is facing up. Cut 8 to 15 (more is better in my view) strands of copper K-flash 2 1/2 to 3 inches in length. Tie in the K-flash just behind the eyes.
Cut 10 to 20 strands (more is flashier and better) of copper flashabou same length as K-flash and tie it in like the K- flash.
Wrap your thread ahead to in front of the dumbbell eyes.
Pick up the remaining crystal chenille and wrap once or twice behind the eyes and then figure-8 the chenille over the eyes and finish by wrapping once or twice in front of the eyes. Leave yourself enough room to whip finish.
Whip finish and apply head cement.

Other flies I like:

Chernobyl Crab by Tim Borski





and others that I come up with from the depths of my mind.

One thought on “Fly Tying

  1. Jason Darden

    See? If I hadn’t lost all of your flies, you wouldn’t have the opportunity to tie a mess up and post them to your blog. You’re welcome.

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