Articulated flies

#16
Instead of using nails try cotter pins. The front eye of the hook that way is already taken care of. I think I pay about $3 per 100 at the hardware store.
 

Banzai

FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs
#17
I've benn making my own "shanks" with some bright finish, small diameter wire I picked up at a local garage sale for about a quarter. About the same size as 40 lb mono, 50 yards of material, so I think i'll be OK for a while. Rigid enough to hold the hook out straight behind, flexible enough to bend.
 

Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
#19
I am putting a step by step articulated flesh fly up on the site. I will start a new post so You can see all the pictures.
Thanks
Chris
 
#20
when using 20 or 30lb. dacron backing to attach the rear hook, there is no need for glue if you start with a good thread base and run the line through the eye.

lash the backing down.
run it through the eye.
lash down tags 1/2 way back down the shank.

with this method, i've never had the line slip even when fighting chinook up to 40# (and i don't baby them either).
 

Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
#21
Never can find a cheap hook with a large enough eye to run the backing through. What kind of hooks do you use?
Chris
 
#22
mustad 3366 in larger sizes work well. i picked up SEVERAL mustad 36890's for under $3 per 100, so i use those quite a bit too. mustad 3407's are another choice. you can find them as cheap as the mustad 9174's (which i think are too short for most patterns if a bead or cone is involved).
 
#24
another thing is to use 12lb. backing instead of 20lb. that's more than heavy enough for trout and steelhead.

if you just have loads of time on your hands and still need room in the eye of the front hook, then blind splice a loop into the backing and then just a single strand will be all that passes through the eye of the hook.

as for the front hook....... 2 pairs of pliars works well. i dont cut the hook, i just break it off. if your worried about a sharp edge, then use some hot glue (i don't worry about it).
 
#25
Ringlee said:
Never can find a cheap hook with a large enough eye to run the backing through. What kind of hooks do you use?
Chris

I use Gamakatsu B10S stinger hooks and 50 lb. spiderwire to form the loop to attach the stinger hook. The loop is nice because I can change the length that I want for a particular pattern, and if the stinger hook gets dull I can change that as well.