Ian Collin James may have inhaled a few too many epoxy fumes, and so I guess he’s qualified to spread a bit of advise about the subject. If you ever have the chance to take one of his seminars, I highly recommend it. Anyway, he’s put together a nice list of tips for working with the epoxy. Take a look around his site as well, and have a read of some of his other material. At the very least, it will brighten your day, and you may pick up a thing or two.
I’ll be honest when I say I’m not a big fan of this style of fly tying / gluing, but it does have a place in the sport. Anyhow, here is a nice demonstration of how to tie a fly in this style. It’s a bit of foam colored and glued onto a hook and then covered with epoxy and fished in a manner similar to that of a popper. (See Ian Collin James’ tips) Enjoy the demo, it’s very well done and easy to follow.
A creation from the vise of Jack Gartside, the sparrow is a simple little fly that is useful in helping to fully consume a ringneck pheasant skin. Jack is well known for his guide to using pheasant feathers and if you have a pheasant skin, this is a must read. The fly is said to work effectively for smallmouth bass, steelhead in the great lakes region, trout of all types and pan fish. It’s a hybrid of several tying styles, nymph, soft hackle and streamer but perhaps this is where the strength of the pattern lies.
Hook – Mustad Signature Series CS53 4-14
Thread – Brown 6/0
Tail – Ringneck pheasant “marabou” rump feather.
Body – Dubbed mixture of red fox squirrel body fur and rusty orange Antron.
Hackle – One wrap of well marked ringneck pheasant cape feather
Head – One or two ringneck pheasant filo-plume feathers.