EZ Way to Make Your Own Trolling Flies
|The method featured is with easy to use
double sided and regular 3M Scotch Tape. You do not need a
fly vice, fly tying tools, thread, bobbin, or head cement.
All you need is your fingers, a good eye, and the desire to make
your own tackle. In turn, reducing your endcost by about 60%When
compared to what you'd pay at "over the
counter" tackle store prices. Not to mention a great offseason
project that will pay rich dividends in fish when the season rolls around.
It's no secret 2009 and 2010 were not banner years for Salmon at
most ports. With all artificial presentations ...color is
used to nudge a fish into striking. Having a huge selection
at your finger tips like we're offering this winter in our fly
kits makes cents. The sky is the limit on custom color
creations tailor-made for the ports you fish.
Click for our winter fly kits
Our fly kits will be sold out/discontinued well before the season
rolls around. So, please do not think we're going to stock
these kits year around. There's enough materials to build 40
1. Lay your
materials out ...3 to 3 1/2 inches is plenty
2. Peel the backing off the 2 sided tape and roll straight
on the bullet head
3. Continue rolling the Mylar on with pressure on the
bullet head shank
4. Material is on straight and you're ready for the next
1a. Take care to use very slight tension and stretch
the taped Mylar ever so slightly when applying to the bullet head.
2a. This fly is made with embossed glow and is
named the Undertaker for obvious reasons.
3a. On the amount of material used? That's up
to you, but experience has taught me big bushy massive flies never worked
4a. Method above is known as a reverse lay.
This causes the Mylar to actually swim/pulse with a far more
lifelike presentation! Especially, more noticeable with my
BTI 10" Flashers that have a built in snap to it's roll.
Process in Finishing the Fly Body
|5. Wrap our special die-cut 1/4" clear
Scotch Tape over the top of the Mylar
6. Overwrap with the clear tape is completed
7. Your finished creation
secret to making flies this way ...if there is one? It's the
overwrap clear tape that binds everything together with progressive
tension. Over time the 1/4" tape will become more sticky and
seals the Mylar together ...forever. If you opt not to buy one
of our fly kits, make sure you buy only 3M Clear Scotch Tape.
It will be in 1/2" rolls. Scissors or a razor blade can spilt
this tape down the center to a 1/4". I've been using this tape
as overwrap since 2004 with zero issues, complaints. It stays
stuck, is un-effected by water, and does not yellow.
Some will knock joining flies together with tape. To the naysayers I reply,
"did you ever try to remove a sticker, decal, or a piece of tape
after it had been in place for a few months?" I rest my case based
on reel-facts we've all dealt with, cuz over time the glue turns
into an extremely sticky hard epoxy-like substance.
|1. Lay your materials out ...3 to
3 1/2 inches is plenty
2. Roll the first color straight on the bullet head
3. Wrap the second color of Mylar with light pressure on the
bullet head shank
4. Wrap the final color on straight & you're ready for the
1a. The fly being built is our number one selling
X-Glow Sea Green
Final Process in Finishing a
5. All 3 colors
installed, your fly ready for the overwrap 1/4" tape
6. Wrap our special die-cut 1/4" clear Scotch Tape over the
top of the Mylar
7. Overwrap with the clear tape is completed
8. Your finished creation is ready for leader, beads
and a hook now
It was necessary to split this article into 2 pages to help keep
load time for tolerable dialup users. For more in-depth info
about rigging, hook installation, leader length, storage, tips &
Click here for Part II