Welcome to “Tie Your Own Flies with Stan Lowe”. Some things just need to be seen to be believed. Stan guides you though this “floater” pike fly pattern and shows the viewer how to properly use glue and how to avoid injury at the vise.
Stan Lowe’s Pike Fly pattern recipe
Tail: White Fishair
Body: Deer hair
Youtube Channel: Samuel Johnson
Youtube Video: The Art of Fly Tying (IAC) Ep.1
Steve Stanley whips us a super simplified non-articulated fish grabbing version of Andreas Anderson’s Rag Doll fly pattern he calls the Rag Dolly. The fly is boiled down to the essentials and is a killer looking baitfish pattern. The fly has a high action body and tail made from craft fur and flash, combined with a more challenging aspect of fly tying, a deer head head. You’ll want to make sure you have a sharp blade to carve out the head, and some extra goopy dabs of glue to really anchor down those eyes. This should get some bucket mouths, bronze backs and snot rockets moving in for a taste.
Rag Dolly (Mini) Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: TMC U502
Thread: Danville 210 Denier
Tail: Craft Fur
Body: Craft fur & Flashabou
Head: Deer Belly Hair
Eyes: Living Eyes
Glue (Zap-a-gap) and a double sided razor blade
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This big (very understated) Blane Chocklett Head Pike tube fly is a creation by Daniel Holm from Flytying.eu. If you have never fly fished for pike or musky, you are missing an exciting species to chase on the fly. Daniel’s pike fly is basically a collar of material nestled in between 2 cones created from the body tubing. The cones are wonderful as the rear cone helps to flare out the materials while the front cone protects the material tie in pints from sharp predator teeth. The fly uses gutted coloured Flashabou Magnum, and new product with some interesting flat and barred colors. While the fly looks quite large, there is actually not too much material tied onto the tube, as the cones and revert tying of the hair give it the illusion of volume. The technique would work well for steelhead flies like intruders where again, volume without weight is desired.
Blane Chocklett Head Pike tube fly pattern recipe
Tube: Large tube 3″
Thread: White GSP or 210 denier
Butt cone: Blane Chocklett Body Tubing
Middle section: Reverse tied bucktail, Big Fly Fiber, matted gold and grizzly grey Flashabou magnum, reverse tied Icelandic sheep hair, saddle hackle
Head cone: Blane Chocklett Body Tubing
Eyes: Epoxy and 3D moulded eyes
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