Same fly as the previous post, but like I said the original doesn't call for any eyes or flash material, this is my slightly more dressed up version. The recipe is basically the same, but on this fly I added eyes and an epoxy head, as well as a black polar flash chenille collar before the bucktail collar (if you look close you can see it sparkling a bit). The polar flash chenille ads a bit of subtle flash and allows me to use less bucktail, and I think eyes are always a trigger in mechanism for pike. This version just takes a little longer due to the use of the 5 minute epoxy for the head.
Like the dressy version Cory.
Definitely agree on the pike/eyes trigger. Not other species so much in my experience but pike/musky absolutely.
I’ll add an extra note of admiration for your efforts. Anyone who uses 5 minute epoxy on their flies is a true believer. I hate the stuff.
@trublubug Thanks Bill, I agree on the expoxy, it sure stinks and takes time to mix up and dry. However I find superglue alone doesn't hold up to many fish, whereas superglued eyes with an epoxy head holds out longer. I could of course use UV resin, but I find it's too expensive to use in such large quantities haha.
@trublubug Oh and another note, if you by chance have the materials and time to tie up this pattern and try it on musky, I'd be interested in hearing the results. I understand that musky flies are often more naturally colored than the pike flies usually are, but perhaps it'd work. I unfortunately don't have any muskies near me for hundreds of miles, hence my curiosity lol.
Don’t know about that “natural colors” notion Cory. Musky fishing isn’t an everyday thing for me for sure. There are only 2-3 spots here that hold them and I don’t make a practice of fishing them often.
Will say this though. I also make a fair number of lures of all sorts for my spin fishing friends. One friend in particular is a musky fanatic. Every season I end up tying a few double cowgirl musky spinners at his request. I use the colors he requests and they are anything but “natural”. Although he hasn’t requested any in black/red, an all black with one silver and one gold blade is always on his list. Other colors have been a mix of black and chartreuse as dressing with chartreuse blades, orange and gold body with orange blades, and even a pink and blue body dressing with one silver and one blue blade. He fishes still water almost exclusively.
These cowgirl spinners are monster sized and use a full hank of flashabou (or a half hank of each color on the two-toned ones) as body dressing. They are a real chunk of hardware and he does pay for the materials for the dressings.
@trublubug Perhaps I've only seen a select number of musky flies that were more natural, I don't have any experience with them myself. I would like to start tying my own spinners for pike here, would you by chance have any photos of some of your custom spinners? I know this is a fly website but it's pretty close anyways.
Yes @Krawec , I have a few spinner photos I can share with you. I would prefer to do this as an email rather than here at FlyFlasher.
You notice that I don’t post my email address here. I was a victim of ID theft years ago (info stolen from my former workplace when paper records where converted to electronic) and don’t want to go through that again. If you want to exchange email addresses without posting it here, let me know and we can work something out.
Hi Cory. Wondering if you are still interested in photos of spinners? You don’t need to post your email address on FlyFlasher. I’ve shared my email with a number of FlyFlasher folks by another method. Let me know.
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