02-12-2009, 12:06 PM
Re: Wing Casing Help.
I know EGGZACKLY what you’re talking about, and yeah it probably makes absolutely no difference as far as the fish are concerned. But some ideas to try:
1. don’t use a wingcase- on a lot of BH like GRHE, especially small ones, I’ll just dub a fat thorax and pick it out. It can get crowded, and I like to have the abdomen ½ the hook shank, with the rest thorax+ bead. Sometimes it looks all out of proportion with an abdomen the same length as a thorax and then the bead, at least to my eyes.
2. Thinner wingcase material like flashabou for a “flashback” version. When you fold over the flash for the wingcase, take one wrap and fold it back reversing direction. Take a couple more wraps and trim, and a few more if you need to, to cover the tag. This “u turn” works on other stuff too depending on what you’re using, you might want to give it a try.
3. Maybe a thinner thread, 8/0 instead of 6/0 will let you make tight wraps without adding too much bulk?
4. When you dub the thorax taper it down a little to the bead to leave room for thread wraps and to tuck trimmed material into the crevice instead of dubbing fat to the bead. Take the first wrap to bind down material a bit back from the bead, trim and make the thread wraps over the trimmed portion to scrunch it down. A u-turn here for the wingcase after the first binding wrap can help here too before you trim.
Hope some of this makes sense...
It'll be interesting to see what other folks do.