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Stacking Flash

I love to mix flash. Love the reflections, the patterns, the uniqueness, it is amazing. When it came down to it, I realized the tricks of the trade failed to allow any leeway to attain flash freedom. In fact, a quick google search revealed zip, zero, jack of anything mentioning the topic. Aside from laying it all out on the desk to restack it. Well, lemme tell you when you try that with polar flash, have something worthless and breakable handy, cause you are going to throw it. The leading suggested way of tying flash in is to wrap it under the thread while folding it in half. Thus, putting a single wrap of thread in the fold of flash. That’s cool, fine and dandy (even though is has minuscule drawbacks) if you are only using one color of flash. One color is super boring, heck, one texture is worse.

Here is how to do it on the fly instead of a table that you are about to flip. This method also gives you the freedom to put the flash where you want it to go. My personal suggestion it so tie it on top of sturdy/bulky materials so the fly is not fouling up and not between the shank and the point. It is a process involving stacking the flash and folding it back over itself. Although not a true mix, it does combine when moving underwater. After it is all put together, doesn’t look much different anyhow.

Select your colors and think inside out. The first bunch you tie in will fold over to be the outside. In this example, I tied yellow and orange holo flash. You can put the most reflective flash on the inside or add an extra splash of color on the interior and use the reflective colors on the outside.

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The next set in this example is the glow in the dark orange flash by Hedron. It is stiff and coarse and keeps the flash from clumping together. Leave the front hanging and only use 2 or 3 wraps per clump.

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The last bunch to go in was magnum barred clear flashabou. Great stuff, but I tied it on top so that it would be in the core of this flash bundle. I didn’t want it to fully take over. You can see its effect on top here and it becomes a little overbearing.

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BUT! When you fold it over it hides well in there. Depending on how much flash you use, you will have a lump. Make sure that when you use a ton of flash like this that whatever material you tie in next does not have to be tied on top and can cover the gap you create. For example; if you tie a brush in next, start in front of the bump.

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Whatever you do and whatever combos you come up with, make sure you have fun with it! Enjoy!!!!

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A Day In The Life

People do not generally ask what my daily life is like. Being behind the counter of a fly shop drums up comments such as “must be nice” or “I would give anything to be in your shoes”. Unfortunately for most, the assumptions fall a bit short of the real thing. If you really love being broke and being asked “what are they biting on” on a regular basis, the shop life is definitely for you. Lucky for me, I hate money and love answering questions. I also love to be outside, which is what brought me here in the first place. Such a rookie move. I should have just buttered up to someone with a huge trust fund account that likes to fish. A paid personal fishing assistant if you will. (In case you are wondering, yes I would)

Here I sit though, compelled by past choices, trapped in the same fishing conversation I’ll be having for the rest of my life. It’s almost like Groundhog Day, the movie. As cringe-worthy as the movie is, I loved it.

Staring off into the void, that numb indirect stare not focusing on anything in particular, my mind races to flies and other assorted items that need improving. Building and rebuilding in my head until it flows effortlessly off of the vice. Which never happens as poetically as you want it to. Usually just a glob of materials dangling from a hook.

Without further ado, I write to you today, off the cuff. This comes with every intention of answering a question nobody has asked. I guess it fortifies how much I enjoy answering questions. I’ll even ask myself. Really, the only goal of the day is to tie a fly and fish it for about an hour till sunset. Just to possibly entice a musky into the most exciting moment of his life, a photo op.

I have been toying around with suspending style walking flies for some years now. The latest iterations involve restrictions in the articulating joints but tinkering with weight distribution is showing positive results. Summer is definitely not the time for giant articulating flies though. I am, however, going to spice up an X-tail. If you haven’t seen the X-tail video… Here Goes!

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The absolute magic! Shimmer Fringe in bronze, yellow and blue!

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Too big for the omni jaw, luckily I come prepared.

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Such a sexy hook! Run through the tulips!

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It is important to note: that is .035 lead free wire behind the barb. It is centerish between the head and tail of the fly. With mass there, in the middle, the fly sways left and right.

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Add feathers… (should’ve picked some more photogenic stuff)

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Add bucktail…

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Add flash…

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Add more flash…

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add even more flash…

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Repeat till complete!

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A tiny morsel of yum.

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Gah! Choices. Too much of a hurry to deal with this!

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Throw on some chill tunes…

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Conditions are PERFECT!!!!

To be continued…