Red Side Shiner

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Jack Devlin, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Another WFF member mentioned the Red Side (Sided) Shiner to me yesterday and I said I would try to come up with a pattern in a deceiver style. Never saw a red side shiner but understand they are found in Washington lakes. I wasn't able to find any patterns or photographs but I did come up with an artist's rendering of a shiner so that is what I went by. Am I on the right track?
    I have included the black lateral line and the body (shows up when wet) is silver braid. Also included the splash of red/orange. I'm sure a simple buck tail streamer pattern would suffice but that might be too easy:)
    Opinions and suggestions very welcomed.
    Some different versions.
    The flys look great when wet. Size 8 Mustad 3906, about 2 inches long. Also tied a streamer version on #10 9575. The first one reminds me of a parrot:)

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  2. Beachmen Active Member

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    those loove very nice. what are you useing for the head. if your using epoxy don't. use fusion. its none toxic and has no smell. take 4 hours to dry but also never cracks on the head and stays clear forever. if your not using it already. but the fly looks extremely good.

    also Fusion shrinks a little big and sucks everything nice and tight.
  3. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Beachmen,
    This pattern still a work-in-progress. Head is just Veniards Celliere. Haven't heard of "Fusion" but do often use the light cured loon stuff.
    Jack
  4. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I think he's referring to liquid fusion, its good stuff get it at a craft store. I like it for scud backs too. It sets up pretty quick too, it just takes a while to harden.

    Ive heard of red sided shiners before, I read an article in NW flyfishing a while back that said ross lake is full of the little invasive species
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  5. psycho Active Member

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  6. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    thats what i use
  7. Beachmen Active Member

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    that is the stuff i use it for all of my glue style heads. its great stuff.
  8. Beachmen Active Member

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    okay. the fly looks very nice. i was not sure what you were using for the head to keep on the eye. thats why i suggested the Fusion. it does soke in well also can be watered down to be a thiner head cement and hold extremely well. i thought you might like it.
  9. Beachmen Active Member

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    awww ross lake. I tie those flies :D
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  10. GAT Active Member

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    The eyes appear painted on so a clear coating could be an option. A good option, but an option.
  11. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    On a small fly like this, I just paint the eye on top of a superglued head followed with a coat or two of Celire clear varnish. Sally Hansen stuff would do fine too.
    Jack
    PS I ordered a bottle of fusion so will try out.
    J
  12. Beachmen Active Member

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    Lol you will fall in love with it. And i use a lot of sally hansen as my main glue.