Pattern Shrunken Squid

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  1. jonbackman

    jonbackman Member

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    I think I found a great use for these transparent heat shrink tubes that I bought awhile ago. Micro tube with a conehead, pink krystal flash, everglow flash. Slide everglow braided body tubing over it, add stick on eyes. Then slide the heat shrink over everything and apply some heat. Pretty simple.

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  2. kelvin

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    nice squid
     
  3. Jack Devlin

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    That looks pretty darn good Jon. I've been playing around with some squid patterns and you have given me another idea for the mantle . Been trying mylar tubing, chenille, latex etc. I'll put up one of them tomorrow.
    Jack
     
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    Squid are fun as hell to tie and fish. I need to get back to the vice with squid on the brain.
     
  5. Jack Devlin

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    Thinking more about your idea of the heat shrink tubing. I know it comes in different diameters and even colors so lots of possiblities. I'm thinking of clear tubing over different color bodies even silver/gold to show through. I will be experimenting. thanks for the inspiration.
    Jack
     
  6. jonbackman

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    Jackd: exactly what I was thinking when I bought the heat shrinks. Many possibilities. I really like looking for creative new materials and techniques to create effective patterns.
     
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    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    What size tubing are you using?
     
  8. NWstonefly

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    Great fly! Never thought of using heat shrink tubing for flies, and have a bunch of it lying around. Thanks.
     
  9. jonbackman

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    Chris: before heating, the tube is about 3/8" dia, it shrinks down to about 1/8". There were a lot of different sizes available, and I'm sure many would be useful in different applications. I got it at Hardware Sales in Bham.
     
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    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Cool, thanks Bro
     
  11. Richard Torres

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    Nice job Jon, way to think outside the box!