Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snowhite's Scorpion Bug Slider Tying Instructions

This is my go-to topwater fly for bass of all species. It is simple to tie and has just a few ingredients. You can read all about it here:Fly Profiles: Poppers, Sliders, & the Quest For The Perfect Top Water Fly

What you will need:
  • Hook size 2 4x long streamer hooks are good. Bass stingers are great
  • Chenille, color doesn't matter
  • 2mm craft foam
  • Super hair -stiffer the better 
  • Round rubber legs. Medium are good, large are better (Rainy's sells them)
  • Strong thread to match 
Put the hook in the vise. I use a Regal vise and the hook is a Flyshack brand Saber Hook
 Get that thread started and work it back toward the and above the point
 Tie in chenille (this is Krystalflash chenille, it is light weight so the fly is lighter. Wrap forward and then back and tie it off above the point
 Tie in a clump of stiff super hair. This adds balance to the fly and increases the size profile with out adding weight
 Crank down on that thread so the fibers stay in. Use glue if you want to secure it
 Tie in rubber legs (4) just as you would do for a Chernobyl ant
 Use a bodkin or small hole punch, a bobbin tip works well too. Punch a hole in your foam. The foam should be 2x the length of the hook shank. You will bend it over the hook later.

 Put the hook eye through the foam and bend the foam over the top and bottom of the hook. The legs should stick out in an X pattern from above
 Make your first start of wraps between the two sets of front legs. You should be doing this over the middle of the X. Crank down. Don't break your thread!
 Fold the foam forward and do another set of wraps between the front and back legs
 Now the fly is getting segmented
 Do an other set of wraps between/over the X of the rear legs. Crank that thread down.

 You can make a big half hitch and move it over the fly and place it on the wraps here if you are done. If not, do one more set of wraps to make another segment section
 Tie off that thread. I haven't found a good material to make the fly hard to last a bit. The first things to go will be the legs if the fish rip them off or they become brittle from use. Other than that it will float.

 How to fish: Tie on a loop knot or clinch knot. Strip slowly so the fly pushes water, not too much commotion.

Use a Snowhite Damsel as a dropper 18" below. The bluegill will destroy this fly. The smallies and largies will engulf it. Stripers eat it too.We had a snakehead take a look at it but the fish literally saw us, paused, turned on a dime, and was gone. It was exhilarating.

Please let me know how you like the fly and the results. Smack it off docks, trees, and boats. It won't break like a balsa popper.

I wouldn't fish this as often as I do if it didn't put fish in the boat and make clients happy.

I will be tying this pattern at the Winston-Salem and Lancaster Fly Fishing  Shows in the next two months.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Inside The Fly Fishing Show | Sommerset 2014

This is my fourth annual trip up to the show where I have been splitting my time between volunteering for Project Healing Waters (PHWFF) and walking around inside the show. Inside the show I do a lot of shopping, podcast, shake hands, network, browse, shop, and play with new gear.

For more pics, check out these blogs:

A lot of my time is spent checking in with friends and asking them to podcast. Most of the time everyone is either too busy or not at their booth when I make my rounds with the microphone. I didn't take a whole lot of pictures. I'll have the podcast up in the next few days and you can listen to who I managed to record. The list of who I wanted was longer than those I got ahold of.

Me and Davenport drove up early Friday. My wiper blade blew off on I95. It was brand new.

The drive up was easy. It was really cold. We pulled in around 10:30.

I've never seen a Big Bird fly before but there is always a first. 
 The PHWFF booth. Good location again this year. Still smelled like mothballs from a neighboring booth.
 These guys made some donations for PHWFF logo fly boxes. We used to get a lot more traffic at the booth when we did rod raffles.
 Mike Heck green caddis.
 Eastern Trophies 'Crittermite'

I methodically went through the dollar bins at Tight Lines. If I could have spread out each bin and gone through them piece by piece I would have been much happier.

I loaded up on material for gar flies, damsels, jumbo Johns, picked up a partridge skin, rubber legs, super Clouser material, estaz, and soo much more. I spend about $60 in the dollar bins.

Then I headed around to shop at other locations.
 I managed to find this gem. Saltwater Krystal Flash. I have not seen this in a store since 2008. I use it for my beetle legs.
 Beer. Donger Need Food
 A sample of fried food (my weakness) at Tuesday's.
 Chicken fingers. I would have been happier with more of the ones on the right. The spicy ones don't have that crispy outside.
 Saturday I remembered to bring some bacon flies for PK.
 Fiberglass rods donated to PHWFF which were 'sold' aka asked for a donation of $50
 Jack and Coke for patrons.
 Yes it was 10:30ish on Saturday and people were already drinking. #JerseySalad
 Lefty doing his casting. Its just effortless to watch him. Davenport was pulled out of the crowd and got a lesson.
 Over to Senyo's spot at the Regal Vise booth. His intruder's are just the best.

 By 11ish four empty kegs were hauled out and four more brought in.
I really thought I had taken more pics. I had a great time meeting listeners of the podcast, being remembered as 'the snakehead guy' and buying loads of material. I stocked up on more FlyShack Saber hooks. You can't beat 100 hooks for $7.

UPDATE: Realized these pics didn't upload:
 A free pack of Allen hooks I'll use for intruders

 Bamboo rod for PHWFF donation $250
 It snowed on Saturday
 TPFR Tucker stopped by the PHWFF booth
 Eastern Trophies flies
 Eastern Trophies booth
 Tying Chuck Craft's patterns
 A Mike Heck fly at the Regal Booth
 Dave Whitlock signing Davenport's print
 This random fly was at the TFO booth. I want one. Anyone know who ties it?
 Lefty signing up a rod for PHWFF auction
 PK's new ink from the tattooed angler
 Sophie's Bistro trying to save Dumbledore

 Salad frissee with poached egg and lardon. My weakness.
 Steak Fritte. It was that good. Philippe would be proud
 The cork game. I won this round
 This bottle of water was frozen all day Friday. I put it in the show all day Saturday and it never defrosted.
 Evan from the Open Fly Podcast and Allen Fly Fishing. Podcasting a podcaster
  My tying goods. The owl approves.
 We stopped off at Conowingo Dam for the bald eagles
 My new shirt for upcoming shows
 Holt approves of his new fishing porn stickers

Most of the hooks and materials are for tying at the next two Fly Fishing Shows. I picked up my monogrammed fly tier shirt for the next shows. I've been filing boxes (damsels by the 100) for sale at the shows.

On the way out I picked up a new level line from Daniel at Tenkara USA. I can't seem to find my line and have missed Tenkara fishing.