Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
I promised some pictures... so here they are. I'm no artist like some of you folks, but my flies catch fish. This pattern starts as a 2/0 stainless Mustad straight eyed hook. I bend the shank of the hook into an arc with pliers so it resembles a huge scud hook. I tie in a crystal flash tail, and then I X-wrap 30lb test mono onto the butt of the hook with kevlar thread. I bend the mono back to the eye of the hook creating a tear-drop shape, and wrap it onto the hook positioning the ends of the mono as weed guards. Then I use a product called E-Z Sparkle Body (a liquid latex material) and a tooth pick to "web the gap between the mono and the hook shank. Its tricky at first but easy once you get the hang of it. I use a rotating drying wheel to keep the liquid from sttleing to one side. After the E-Z Sparkle "bubble" is cured, I coat it with two part epaxy to strengthen it. The finished fly is 3 1/2 to 4 inches long. My guide in Venice, LA is the guy that wanted me to try and upsize the smallish spoonflies comercially available. I found the basic pattern online...but modified it to work with the E-Z Sparkle.
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