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theboz 10-09-2013 04:03 PM

Skulls!
 
For you guys who work with Fish Skulls, does anyone sell them with the eyes already attached? Putting those eyes on the Skulls is the closest I've ever come to performing cataract surgery. I'd rather tie size 32s all day long then put those eyes on!

fq13 10-09-2013 04:13 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theboz (Post 599965)
For you guys who work with Fish Skulls, does anyone sell them with the eyes already attached? Putting those eyes on the Skulls is the closest I've ever come to performing cataract surgery. I'd rather tie size 32s all day long then put those eyes on!

Ok, I'll admit ignorance here. What is a fish skull (assuming we're not talking the real thing)?

theboz 10-09-2013 04:28 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
It's a brand of baitfish head like a conehead or a beadhead just bigger with eyes that aren't attached to the head which basically sucks!

fq13 10-09-2013 04:30 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
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Originally Posted by theboz (Post 599977)
It's a brand of baitfish head like a conehead or a beadhead just bigger with eyes that aren't attached to the head which basically sucks!

Model paint or nail polish in the sparkly colors?

Hardyreels 10-09-2013 04:42 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
Hi John,

Metal Head sells some with the eyes already on but I'm using the Fish Skull Sculpin Helmet and tying some big Sculpin patterns that are catching some dandy trout so I'm still gluing the eyes on myself......................

My friend Chris was fishing them yesterday and got a slew of trout like the one below on the flies I left for him to try a couple weeks ago.
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/g...s89c7454b.jpeg

The rivers are too low for me to make it back to the place where they are catching them but I'm seriously considering a fly in. He's killing me with the pictures............

The fly on my rod below is like the ones he is using. I left 8 of them in various color combinations and the fish are loving them.


http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/g...psc2295305.jpgArd

theboz 10-09-2013 05:17 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
That's awesome Ard! My probem is I never had this problem with the larger Skulls attaching the eyes but I got the smallest size they make and it's tough even with tweezers ! As I'm fumbling with it all I could think of is thank goodness I'm not doing surgery on some poor soul because the way it was going they'd be blind!
I've been browsing the net to see if somebody has them in the small size ( #8 hook) with the eye attached already.

Hardyreels 10-09-2013 06:10 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
Hey John,

Save me some typing and send your phone number via PM and I'll call to explain how I deal with the eye thing.

I may have you in my contacts folder because of fly swaps but if not, I will now.

Ard

mcnerney 10-09-2013 06:32 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
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Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 599981)

The fly on my rod below is like the ones he is using. I left 8 of them in various color combinations and the fish are loving them.


http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/g...psc2295305.jpgArd

Ard: That is a killer looking streamer pattern, if you have time would you post a recipe or do an SBS?

Larry

Hardyreels 10-09-2013 06:43 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
Winter is coming Larry,

I can try but almost every one I tie is different. I do them in Brown - Brown & black - Brown Olive and the one posted had Brown variegated bunny fur, Crystal Flash, Burnt Orange marabou, Gray Spey Hackles and an Olive green wool head................

Lots of good combos for them Larry, some of them I use pheasant shoulders for pectoral fins on others I skip the fins. The attraction I believe is the right color combination and the swimming characteristics of the pattern.

I will do a step by step and try to pick a color series that works well. I still have a few weeks to test them :)

gr8outdoorz 10-09-2013 07:02 PM

Re: Skulls!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theboz (Post 599965)
For you guys who work with Fish Skulls, does anyone sell them with the eyes already attached? Putting those eyes on the Skulls is the closest I've ever come to performing cataract surgery. I'd rather tie size 32s all day long then put those eyes on!

Boz,
I use the small sculpin helmets ALL the time. I got a solution for you. Hopefully I can explain it enough to follow...here goes:

While the eye is still on the sticky pad it comes on, take a needle (sewing needle) and poke it into the eye. Now wiggle it to free it from the sticky pad. This will allow you to "hold" the eye side with the needle while the sticky side is free. Place a small drop zap-a-gap in the eye indention on the skull and, using the needle, place the adhesive side down on the zap-a-gap. Use your bodkin to hold the eye down while you remove the needle.

No falling eyes & no glue residue on the eye:cool:

Here is what my finished product looks like doing it that way:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps9c6bb715.jpg

Hope this helps! PM me if you have any questions

Carlton


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