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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

SR Silverside

SnowRunner Silverside

Some times ago I did a point up silverside in synthetic material, but this round I'm doing it in natural, with the fibers from SnowRunner ( Nayat )

Silverside in synthetic material


Epoxy eye
Mylar tubing
Saltwater hook
Lateral flash
Semperfli dubbing

Picture step by step tying instruction:

 Cut medium size lead wire about 10cm and wind on a needle, the put into the mylar tube, trim and burn both edge, and insert a mono like shown in the picture.
This act as the counter weight for the hook to point up and also as the silver belly

 Tie the weighted belly to the hook
Coat the belly and the hook with a thin coat of UV resin to further secure it

 Tie in some white SnowRunner fibers to the back and some light grey to the front

 Fold the light grey fiber to the back and tie down

 Repeat with a darker grey fiber and tying with the fold back technique

 Tie in the lateral flash... then tie in some light grey dubbing with foldback technique

Comb the fibers... then apply some colour to highlight the pattern... drop a small drop of epoxy and stick the epoxy eye.

Cheers... Happy tying

Monday, 6 March 2017


Picture of Yabbies from web

Some time ago, a friend send me a picture asking can I tie a Crawfish / Crayfish which locally call Yabbies 

 So I took my old crayfish patter - Furry foam crayfish
 put in some fur and dubbing to give it bit more 'life' and action with more buggy look... replacing the chenille legs with soft sililegs which move very well when strip... 

 Material list :

Orvis saltwater hook size 2 - 1/0
dumbbell or bead chain depend on the size on the hook
lead wire
100lbs mono
Centipede leg - Small
Ice pearl dubbing
Rabbit zonker
Mono eye
Furry foam
Semperfli dubbing - olive, pale blue or any colour to match 
Wolf fur
waterproof markers
Loon soft head

 Preparing the craws for Yabbies
 Cut small pcs of Rabbit zonker, trim the fur and cut the shape of the pincer... tie it down in section as shown in the picture

Color the craws with waterproof marker to match with the species in your area.

Tying the Yabbies
Step by step picture tying instruction

 Bend the hook near the eye and prepare the thread base

 Tie in the beadchain or dumbbell,.. widen the hook shank with 100lbs mono
 Tie in some lead wire if you need to ( depend on the hook size )

Tie in the silileg at the curve of the hook as the antenna

 Tie in some UV Ice pearl  dubbing and the small centipede legs ( colour red ) 

Turn the hook over, tie in the furry foam
 Tie in the mono eye

 Tie in some Semperfli dubbing pale blue or light grey 

 Tie in the Craws / Pincers

 Tie in the legs

Dub in some dubbing to split the legs 

 Turn the hook over and bring the thread to the eye, tie in 2 loops with silileg

 Tie down the furry foam

 Tie in some Wolf fur on the head / thorax

Tie in a rubber leg and wind in dubbing on the body

 Wind in the rubber legs

 Now take some dubbing material to create the tail's fins 

 Color it with waterproof markers

 Brush out some dubbing fibers

 Highlight the edge with marker

The yabbies is ready.

Cheers and happy tying...