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Default The Night Fury

A while back I posted a few pics of flies made with glass beads and epoxy, but I neglected to fully explain the process. Here's a quick tutorial with pictures showing the steps and materials needed.

I named this fly the Night Fury after the dragon in the animated film "How To Train Your Dragon," because my prototypes had dark beads and black tails.

Anyway, here's the process:

I start out with beads to fit the hook size. For reference, this particular tying session involved 1/0 Daiichi stainless saltwater hooks. I crimped the barbs to make room for the beads to slide on. The beads are 6/0 Japanese glass beads from a craft store.

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Once the beads are on the hook, I tie some thread at the hook eye to make a small bumper of thread in front of the first bead. I whip finish the thread and then tie some at the back of the hook behind the last bead. This keeps the beads in place. Then I tie in some maribou and Krystal Flash to form a tail. Once that's done, I whip finish, and there's no more feathers or thread from this point forward.

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After the back end is finished, I grab a couple of these and stick them on the second bead behind the hook eye on both sides:

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Then I mix some 5-minute Z-Poxy and slowly apply it over the beads and the eyes to cover everything evenly. Once I have the right amount, I place the fly on the drying wheel and let it spin. The epoxy gets spread evenly by the motion of the drying wheel.

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The end result is a pretty cool little fly that can be made in any size or color combination, depending on the hooks and beads you choose. This 1/0 size will be a killer pattern for bass. You can see that the bead color sets the tone for the entire fly as it is reflected through the clear epoxy.

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Great pattern. Love the way the hook shank creates a lateral line!
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VB: You've outdone yourself, that is a fantastic looking bass fly!

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Default Re: The Night Fury

Hey,

I have a couple of Eric's Fury Flies and can tell you they will catch for you. On the last trip down the Peninsula fishing for steelhead I was drawing a complete blank. Not even a Dolly or a trout had been caught......... nothing. So..I tied on one of the flies as seen here and cast to the same spot I had just finished swinging a big fat Sculpin through and the first 2 casts brought 2 char up. The third fish took another half hour to find but the fly saved the day.

No steelhead were caught but I don't believe there were any present or I'd probably have a picture

Nice post VB,

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That's amazing! Wish I had time to try making those before I go after steelies next weekend. Great photos and info.
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Nice looking fly....

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Thanks guys. It's a fun and simple little pattern to tie. The possibilities and color combinations are limitless, and the largemouth bass love these things.

It would seem the char approve of them too.

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Superb! Those would work well as a Bay Anchovy or Glass Minnow in the salt too!
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Thanks for the feedback on these. Ard, I'm glad to hear they worked up there on those char. I've used them primarily for LMB's, so it's good to know they can be effective on other species as well.

My wife recently bought me some new bead colors to try, so here's an update with a few more samples:

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Hey,

I have a couple of Eric's Fury Flies and can tell you they will catch for you. On the last trip down the Peninsula fishing for steelhead I was drawing a complete blank. Not even a Dolly or a trout had been caught......... nothing. So..I tied on one of the flies as seen here and cast to the same spot I had just finished swinging a big fat Sculpin through and the first 2 casts brought 2 char up. The third fish took another half hour to find but the fly saved the day.

No steelhead were caught but I don't believe there were any present or I'd probably have a picture

Nice post VB,

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I was always curious what the outcome of him sending those to you was.

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