Cricket

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    or Charlie Boy meets Thunderthighs

    I like the Charlie Boy http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/details.cfm?parentID=164 body because it seems to be more secure on the hook, but the front end and legs of the Thunderthighs http://hopperfishing.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/thunderthighs/ look pretty cool so I thought I'd cross-breed

    Lot of steps here, but the fly is pretty easy to tie and doesn't take all that long

    Hook - Dai Riki 280
    Thread - UTC 140 (olive brown here; couldn't find my spool of black)
    Body - 2mm foam black
    Legs (front) - round rubber black (med)
    Legs (back) - 1mm foam black & sexi-floss black
    Wing - landscape fabric (trimmed to shape)
    Indicator - foam



    Trim foam strip (hook gap width) to a point (different than Charlie Boy but I'll explain); poke a hole for the hook
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    slide foam to back of hook and wrap hook shank with thread
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    tie a 2mm x 2mm strip of foam to hook shank; helps to bind foam body to hook (leave a tag end on the back - helps elevate the tail end later)
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    poke a hole in the foam strip at hook eye
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    pull foam over hook eye and let foam protrude over the front
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    apply Crazy Glue (gel) on back end
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    apply some on binder strip
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    fold strip back over and squeeze at tip
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    couple soft wraps (don't want to cut the foam) and pull; thread should be right about where the barb is
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    cross-wrap over top to where you want next segment and repeat wrap
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    and again
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    one more at the hook eye (I know; insects have 3-segment body but fish don't seem to care)
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    use razor to cut back end (parallel to hook shank)
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    trim back end to point (this is why I pre-trimmed the foam; scissors seem to grab foam better and makes it easier to maintain the pointed shape)
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    add front legs
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    cut foam on top at front tie-in (original Thunder-thighs has both layers of foam folded over here but on small hooks like this #10, it's a bit too big for me)
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    move thread back one segment and add wing (I use landscape fabric; optional but I like the way it looks)
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    fold the foam strip back and tie off to create head
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    and trim
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    rear legs made from 1mm strip of foam cut to shape
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    tie overhand knot in a piece of sexi-floss
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    insert rear leg
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    pull floss tight and trim tag end
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    attach back legs and trim at tie-in
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    add indicator strip
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    trim strip, front legs and you're done
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  2. Travis Bille Active Member

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    Those legs are awesome. I like it
  3. kelvin Active Member

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    l like the serbert foam where did you get it??
  4. ScottP Active Member

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    Just glued up some orange, chartreuse and pink 2mm foam, then sliced with X-acto/steel straightedge.

    Regards,
    Scott
  5. dfl Active Member

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    I like it, but that's way more work than I want to put in a fly.
  6. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    ? Thats a pretty simple tie. Doesnt look like much work at all