03-03-2011, 06:37 PM
Re: Ep style flies
Originally Posted by lancer09
mods I'm posting this from my iPod and intended for this to by in the general fly tying section, not here. Feel free to move it if you find that it is pertinent.
Recently I have been into tying EP style baitfish flies using Congo hair from FTD. The first problem I ever ran into was using way to much material and making them way to thick.
My next problem is my main one now. After I get all of the materials tied to the top and bottom of the shank the sides of the hook are still showing. I have remedied this by tying just a smidgen of material to the sides to try and cover it up.
No matter where I look I cannot seem to find a lot of information on tying this style of fly, so am I doing it correctly or is there some otherway to fully cover the shank of the hook when tying this style of fly?
Thank you for any and all help and anyone else who has a question pertaining to this subject feel free to post as we all have probably had the same question at some point in time.
Also sometime in the next couple days I'm going to make a trip to hobby lobby and get somecraft fur for some other streamers, I've heard it's a similar but softer material, is there anything I should know before working with it?
I use what's called super craft fur, I believe Doug's bugs carries it. The longer fibers are 3-4" long. Don't worry about the sides of the hook showing, it's the profile your looking for. The hook will actually look like the lateral line of a baitfish and should hurt the fly's effectiveness.
The video Ripetide posted is a good one but it does not work very well with craft fur. The bendback style is great when your tieing material that is the same diameter like EP and other fibers. Craft fur has a taper like bucktail, tieing it that way looks a little odd when I try it with craft fur.
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