The real work is over. The fly could be fished as is.
The final step adds durability, but most of all it gives the Spoon
Fly it's glory!
After the fly has hardened mix a small amount of Thirty Minute
or slow cure epoxy. Use a tooth pick to paint the epoxy on the fly.
With a pair of hemostats fastened to the hook bend, start to rotate
the fly and continue to do so until the epoxy starts to thicken
to the point where it will not run. Set aside for a day to finish
curing. NOTE: A turning motor can't be beat for this step.
I've said it countless times, and I honestly believe it. "The
most important tool a fly tier can own is a bath tub".
How many times have we judged a fly by the way it appears displayed
in a vise. It must be said that many flies that dazzle the eye while
sitting proudly and securely within the confines of a bench mounted
vise will not garner as much as a look from a fish in the wild.
Start noticing the favorite flies of successful guides and you'll
find that a lot of them don't look magnificent in hand. If the opportunity
arises take those flies and strip them through the water and watch
them come alive. It is my opinion that the most important quality
of a fly is the way it moves and swims through the water. Second
to that would be color and overall size. For Red Fish any color
Spoon is fine, AS LONG AS IT'S GOLD. :<) Just joking.
Reds like Spoons no matter what color they may be, BUT Gold is at
least as good as any on most occasions.
Take your cured fly and tie it to a light piece of monofilament
about 4 feet in length. Fill the bath tub with about 8 inches of
water. Pull the fly through the tub and notice it's swimming action.
- Does it wobble or is it lifeless?
- Does the fly keep breaking the water surface? (see note Below)
- When allowed to sink to the bottom does it do so hook up or
NOTE: This fly must be allowed to sink below the water surface
before the retrieve begins. Give it a moment to sink once it lands
on the water and then with very slow, 4 inch strips make the fly
seductively slither through the water. If the fly is not allowed
to sink below the surface or if the strip is too fast the fly will
tend to rise to the top and break the surface. If it is allowed
to break the surface all of the fly's action will be lost.
is my hope that your patient perseverance through these long and
tedious instructions will reward you with the satisfaction of building
a fly, that if presented properly, any self respecting Red Fish
A rose by any other name is still a rose, and no matter what alterations
are made, or titles given to it, this fly will always be an offspring
of "The Jon Cave's Wobbler Fly".
God Bless Jon Cave...
and God's Best to You!
• The Spoon Fly
• The Bare Hook
• The Mylar Body
• Crowning the Fly