Thursday, March 30, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Some more kinky inspired cross over flies for Bass n Saltwater. I used Tan Ostrich herl taken from a feather duster at home and the main body is constructed from "Off White Flash n Slinky"

I suppose if I'd have stuck the eyes towards the back of the fly near the hook bend they wouldn't look out of place as small juvenile squid. All are around 70 mm in length.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I really enjoy fishing with this style of fly for Bass. The kinky styled trimmed head combined with the Rabbit zonker tail give this fly so much movement under the water. All are around 100mm in length and the only difference between them are the materials I used to fashion the head of the fly with.

                                                                            This one has a Steelhead silver Mirror image head 

                                                                                This one has a Mullet brown flash n slinky head

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

|By Simon Graham

At this time of the year the Bay is full of large shoals of Estuarine glassies. With Olive shoulders and back, they are barely visible with the naked eye from above. 

Tied these three up onto some carp hooks using just SF flash n slinky (Mullet brown). Took an olive koki pen and coloured the top half of the fly. All are 55mm long and perfect for chucking with a 5 wt

 I tie up another variation of glassie baitfish using a micro streamer brush and will do a tutorial for those in the coming days

Thursday, February 23, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Here's another couple of Kinky muddler variations I've been fishing with this summer for Bass. These dart so erratically from side to side and the Hackle feathers add that little extra movement that's very hard for the Largies to resist. 

I've found the one on the right darts a little more erratically than the left one, and that's probably because the head is trimmed a little more rounded. More surface area, more water displacement.  

 The Left fly is tied with EP Fiber and the right one with Tan SF flash n slinky

Took the bottom one to the bay with me the other day and managed to catch a rather nice Bartailed Gurnard/Flathead off the sandbanks, which isn't saying much because you could strap a tampon to a hook and a flathead would go for it. Still a fish is a fish and I can tick off another pattern to the cross over pile!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

You'll see as this blog progresses that I like to tie multi purpose flies, or what I generally call cross over flies. The madness behind my thinking is that I save on having to use separate materials for different species of fish. I've been extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of material manufacturers over the years and have amassed a large selection of Natural as well as Synthetic products I have boxed away to fall back on to, so I very rarely need to dip into the black hole I call my wallet.

 Even so, I am extremely frugal with what I have being the ultimate tight arse I am, hence the need to tie cross over flies. 

I used EP fiber for the heads and four cock hackles for the tails and stuck some flymen fishing Co realistic eyes on for good measure. In hindsight I should have gone for the next size down eyes but am still happy with how these turned out. 

These Kinky Muddlers are all tied around 90mm to 90mm in length. Perfect for chucking at Bass and Kingies.

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