While at the International Fly Tying Symposium, I had an opportunity to examine Jim Mattson’s new Pulse Disks for the fly fisher. These thin, plastic disks are place on the leader just ahead of the fly, and cause it to swim with a side to side motion that is truly astounding. There are seven sizes […]
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A couple of days before the International Fly Tying Symposium (held Nov. 23, 24) Theo Bakellar, Ben Furimski, and I spent a day fishing for stripers. Theo fished with a variety of his eelskin flies. These are tied with a strip of freshwater eelskin. The skin is very thin and flexible, and so, swims very […]
I added this fly to the end of my last post on the International Fly Tying Symposium, but I wanted to do a separate post on it just to call everyone’s attention to this novel, and very effective technique. Rattle flies always rattled me a bit as a tier because they required a rattle chamber […]
Today started with a Bible study from 7:45 to 8:30. Nine exhibitors were able to attend. It’s always a blessing to be able to offer such time together for people who are so far away from their local churches. Then it was time to tour the Symposium a bit. I wanted a chance to examine […]
Give a man a set of rubber legs and he will go wild. Theo is at it again. If anyone wants to watch him tie some of these easily done, and highly creative imitations, come to the International Fly Tying Symposium, November 23-24, at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset New Jersey. I’ll be […]
I’ve been traveling the last few weeks, and my good friend, Theo Bakelaar, has been feeding me information for my blog about tying and fishing. When this came, I got very excited. Talk about simple and fast to tie—and good looking! You be the judge. These legs and the winging material that Theo has been […]
Our friend, Theo Bakelaar, from Holland continues to experiment with foam bodies and the new winging material. Here’s a dragonfly. The winging material is exceptional, and will be brought into the US and available soon. Watch for it. When I get a hint that it’s available here, I will post the news immediately.
Our friend, Theo Baakalar, in Holland, has been dressing flies with some new foam body material and new veined winging material. This adult cranefly is his latest creation. Even though it looks delicate, the materials in the fly are very tough and make it a real fishing fly, not just an artistic creation.
I love to add doll eyes to my long flies, especially the ones that that have a “rattle” pupil in them. They not only make the flies look more lifelike, but add a bit of accent to the “acoustic footprint” of the fly. They are a bit of a pain to put on. Well no […]
Our friend, Theo Baakelar, has been dressing flies using a system of foam and veined winging material. Take about good-looking flies! And, they float like—foam! The system uses a special pin that clamps in the vise, on which the extended portion of the body is first formed. Of course, for those flies without an extended […]