01-08-2008, 07:12 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Re: Weed Guard Help
Two methods for tying weedless flies are commonly employed. One is the loop method, the other is the post. Both are effective, and easily tied with angler preference being the deciding factor at the tying table.
1 - Using tying thread, build a foundation along the hook shank extending well into the curve of the hook.
2 - Wrap monofilament fishing line, or tippet material rearward along the top of the hook shank with excess extending past the bend of the hook. Continue to thoroughly wrap the mono to the point where the thread foundation ended.
3 - Finish tying the fly pattern as usual, being mindful not to crowd the eye of the hook.
4 - Bring the excess mono forward, forming a loop that encircles the hook point. Tie off at the eye; whip finish.
The size and weight of the fly will determine the diameter and stiffness of the monofilament. In most instances, mono in the 12 to 15 pound range will be sufficient.
1 - Tie desired fly pattern as usual, leaving slightly more space than usual at the head; do not finish.
2 - Immediately behind the eye, heavily wrap the monofilament to the underside of the hook shank with the excess extending rearward.
3 - Bend the mono where the wraps end, pulling the loose end forward until it's at a right angle to the shank. Make repeated wraps on the point side away from the eye to hold the mono in position.
Note: The mono will not generally remain at a right angle to the shank, but slightly angle rearward toward the point of the hook based on the amount of wraps built up. The excess mono should be trimmed to extend slightly past the point to deflect the fly past potential snags.
4 - Whip finish the fly as usual.
Some patterns to try would be capsized bugs, weedless mice, deer hair crawfish, weedless frog, and mega divers.