03-30-2009, 11:52 PM
Re: how will it hold up
Pretty cool, looks like 1/2 frog and 1/2 owl!
Here's a step by step, (and also a link with a windows media player vid) on tying a Taps Bug, using a tail of bucktail, and spun deer body hair. It's a pretty easy one to make, and will teach you how to work with hair. After you tie a few, add some rubber legs between the clumps
Spinning hair can be a little tricky. Some tips: Use strong thread, like 3/0 at least, I like Danvilles Flat Waxed Nylon, it's even stronger.
Put the deer hair on a clump at a time. Keep them the diameter of a pencil or a little thinner, and spin them over bare metal (not over a thread base). Take a three loose wraps or so, then pull up on the bobbin to spin the hair.
Once you've spun a clump take a couple wraps in front and pack it tight, using your fingers (watch you don't get stuck on the hook point), or use an empty pen, like a Bic, to pack the hair tight (the back end of a Bic Pen will get over the hook eye so you can pack the hair tight.) If you want you can add a pair of rubber legs before you put on the next bunch of hair.
Keep adding more clumps, packing tight after each one.
Once you've got the hook covered up to the eye, tie off and trim to whatever shape you want. I like to trim the bottom close to the shank so you can get good hook sets by keeping the gap open, just be careful you don't cut too close and cut the thread. Trim a little at a time.
To put eyes on, cut a little socket with the tips of your scissors, or burn a socket with a the head of a nail heated up over a candle. Once it's cool add some CA glue (like Super Glue or Zap A Gap) to the back of the plastic eye and squeeze it to hold it in place. I'd put the eyes on the side of the bug instead of the front.