I missed the symposium this year, but I would like to eventually make it down there. It’s always interesting to see why Jay has in store with each issue of Fly Tyer in his Creative Tying column. This is episode 47 from the guys at Rise Form Studios.
For this week’s Fly Tying Video we filmed Jay “Fishy” Fullum at the 19th International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset NJ. Fishy is well known for his creative flies and his equally inventive choice of materials. The Wire Tail is no exception. This is a fantastically simple and durable pattern that is accessible to any level of fly tier. In the true spirit of a Fishy Fly, he leaves the wing and head unfinished in the video. The finishing and true final character of the fly is left up to the tier. Finish the wing with natural or synthetic materials, slap on a cone or jig head, epoxy or no, it is up to you. This is a great exercise in creative Fly Tying for those of you have been tying along with us.
John Collins from Rise Form Studio twists up an homage pattern to the late Russel Blessing called the JC’s Copperhead. John uses a couple materials on this pattern that I really like. The first is Finn Raccoon, a material that is going to provide a solid tail, but still allow it to swim in the water like marabou. It also keeps a bit more shape, as it doesn’t collapse quite as much as marabou. The second in the Nymph head bead. I can’t tell you how much these beads have changed my fishing this year. I’ve had great years before, but this year was spectacular on the water. Just having a few patterns tied up with the beads has opened up a few new spots that were difficult to get to using standard beads or shot. One other little note is the use of peacock in the body. I love peacock because it’s a natural material, and like polar bear or jungle cock, there is no substitute that works as well as the real thing.
Anyway, enjoy John’s demo of his Copperhead Woolly Bugger variation.
Here is the latest installment from Riseform Studios continuing fly tying series. John Collins ties up a Conehead Crayfish, a meaty bass pattern with some heft. Not just for the bassman, the steelhead angler should find some value in this pattern for his prey this season.