Monday, 18 September 2017

Yusake Crease 2.0

The version 2.0

The version 1.0

Year 2012, we had a International Fly Fishing Festival in Malaysia... one of the fly tier from Japan, Yusaku Tsutsui from Osaka amazed everyone with his foam popper and crease pattern.

The original pattern by Yusaku

From Yusaku's idea.. I did some modification, replaced the hackle tail with fibers and bigger boddy for better flotation..I tie it bigger to suit our local water and to hunt for GTs... tested the version 1.0  pattern in Seychelles and it was load and attract many fishes but the hook up rate was not very good.
I decided to look into an articulate version, with a hook extended out from the body. the version 2.0

In this tutorial.. it was tie with 4/0 hook... you can actually enlarge or shrink it to meet your requirement.. 

The template of the foam with dimension

Material list:
2-3mm close cell foam ( depend on your hook size )
220 lbs hard wire
Gamakatsu SL12S or any heavy and strong wide gap hook
Epoxy eye
epoxy and markers
red fine dubbing
flashabour, natural or synthetic fibers and UV flash

Picture step by step tying instructions :

Prepare the foam sheet

 Use the lighter, fused the foam

 Prepare the hardwire spine, with the hook as your desired

 Tie in a mono loop, and some red dubbing

 Prepare the tail... tie to a mono line

 Bring the tail mono line thru the body, secure the tail with a small drop of epoxy

Tie the body to the spine and tie the tail's mono to the spine too

 Now fused the head portion

 Tie down the head near the eye  of the hardwire spine

 Fixed the head portion with epoxy, glue the foam to the spine, make sure to cover the whole spine

 Colour the foam and stick the epoxy eye

 Floatation test on the 6/0 and 4/0

a tips to adjust the weight and floatation... you can have bead insert in the tail mono before tie down. the amount of bead act as a counter weight for the floatation and also create some rattling sound when popping...

 or you can also wind some lead wire to your hook shank 

 Cheers... Happy tying..!!!

Catch some fish ..!!!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Saltwater Popping Minnow V2

Popping.Minnow version 2

Some time ago, I tied up the 1st version of Popping Minnow using ready made foam head

The 1st version was tie fully with synthetic fibers like Predator fibers or Baitfish Fibers... great action and easy to cast.
But due to the size of the foam popper head that available from our local fly shop, the ideal size of the pattern limit to 2" - 4" max in length.. 
The pattern also used a lot of material, almost half a pack of baitfish fibers just to stack and tie the body and tail...  

So I started to shape the head from foam cylinder, to create bigger minnow pattern for bigger species like Sailfish and GTs. The idea is to introduce saddler to minimized the foul on hook, use less material to stack the body, put in additional shank to reduce the hook size and re-position the hook,  ( Big foam popper head will block the hook gap unless you are using very big and wide hook ) 

You just need some sand paper and lighter to shape the foam... 

220lbs hardwire shank shaped from 9cm to about 3-4cm

Material List:

Foam cylinder
220 lbs hardwire
saltwater saddle
Deer Creek GnG fibers
Baitfish fibers or Predator fibers
flashabou or UV flash
Short shank wide gap saltwater hook
 Red fine Dubbing from Semperfli
Epoxy eye 
3 ton 5min A+B epoxy
Deer Creek thin flex UV resin
30lbs mono and markers 

Step by step tying instruction

Step 1 - prepare the foam head 

Step 2 - prepare the hardwire shank

 Prepare the shank and hook, tie in a mono loop ( this is to sort of fix the hook so to minimize the hook flip around and to position the hook )

 Tie in some GnG fiber

 Tie in 2 pairs of saltwater saddles

 tie in some flashabou or UV flash

 reverse tie in some GnG

 Fold the fibers over and tie down 
( I always tie my saltwater pattern this way, it will secure the fibers better )

 reverse tie in some Baitfish Fibers / predator Fibers

 Fold the fibers over and tie down, now tie in a pair of different color saddles ( your liking )

double up the amount of fiber use and reverse tie in some fibers again

 Fold over and tie down
( these fibers will be trim later, so don't have to worry it's too bulky ) )

 Apply the epoxy and insert in the per-shaped foam popper head

 Once the epoxy is dried, tie down the fibers to fill up the gap between the head and the body

 Make sure enough fibers are tie in so it's compact enough for trimming

 Trim the fibers

 Color the head and fibers, stick the eye with epoxy and coat the head with a thin coat of UV resin


You can even create a slider version if you shape the foam into a slider head..

Happy tying...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Close Cell Foam Cricket

A simple foam Cricket tie with close cell foam tube

Material List:

Close cell foam tube 6mm dia from  Semperfli
Rubber legs - small and XSmall
Poly Floating yarn
Foam sheet - 0.5mm as wing
Pheasant tail fiber as antenna
Wide gap hook for terrestrial -#10
Dubbing to match the foam colour

Step by step tying instruction:

 Burn the edge of the 6mm dia foam tube, cut to the size of the abdomen

 Insert the foam abdomen 

 Use a needle to bring the rubber leg thru the foam abdomen

 Tie in a pair of knotted rubber leg, dub it with some dubbing
 Tie in the legs, dub in to separate the legs

 Cut the foam tube to half, tie in at the bottom, make a hole and bring it over thru the hook eye

 Bring a pair of Pheasant tail fiber thru the foam as antenna

 Tie in a pre-cut foam wing, then follow with some poly floating yarn

 Fold both the foam wing with the Poly Yarn over and tie down

 Now bring the foam over and tie down to create the head profile of the cricket

 Tie down the foam and trim the extra and trim the legs

 drop a small drop of black UV resin as eyes 

Good luck and catch some fish with it... Cheers