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  • #6761
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Hey guys –

    If you get a chance, check out your latest Fly Tyer for my article on silly putty spoon flies.

    #58918

    Ha!..now that’s a brilliant idea

    #58919
    Neal Osborn
    Member

    Good job Zach!

    #58920
    keith b
    Member

    Very Cool Zach! I will have to get a copy of it for sure.

    #58921
    john lea
    Member

    Once you had a good original shape you can use a silicone rubber to make a “permanent” mold.

    #58922
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    That’s a very good idea, John.

    Zach

    #58923
    john lea
    Member

    I can’t remember the material I was thinking about.

    #58924
    john lea
    Member

    I am told by a sculptor friend that it is Oomoo but I am not convinced his memory hasn’t gone as well.

    #58925
    ed baggetted baggett
    Member

    Zach,

    Good Job.

    Ed

    #58926
    john lea
    Member

    Looks pretty good.

    #58927
    Peter E.Peter E.
    Member

    I can’t wait to try tying my own soon, those things work very well down here in Mobile.

    #58928

    Zach, great article!  Photos were awesome… really showed in detail the entire process.

    Glad to have turned you on to spoonflies – another convert to the Dark Side of the FlyFishing Force!   😉

    For reference, on our trip Zach was using a variation of the spoonfly I created some twenty years ago. It’s called the Coma Spoon.  The pattern can be found at http://www.laflyfish.com/flies/coma-spoon.php.  Unlike conventional spoons, which wobble, this one is a spinner.

    If I could figure out to mold one of these in it’s twisted shape, I would. Even though it would likely put Wapsi out of the mylar business if I did.  ;D

    A friend of mine, Steve Flanagan, has been using molds for spoons along with Tuffleye (UV activated polyurethane).  He also pointed out it doesn’t have much shine until it’s topped with 2-ton epoxy or nail polish…  as your article points out as well.

    I do have one question… what grade/size glitter did you mix with the nail polish. Seems to me the smaller the particles of glitter, the more impressive it looks.  Imagine the same would be said by the Spottail Elvis (aka, redfish).

    Hope this is the first of many articles for Fly Tyer.  It’s one of my favorite magazines + your articles are always enjoyable.

    #58929
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    That’s a great tip, Catch, and sorry again for getting your last name misspelled in the piece.

    I honestly didn’t know glitter even came in different sizes.

    #58930
    grant baugh
    Member

    -Thanks Zach, you solved my spoon fly dilemma.

    #58931

    Is there anywhere that I can access your article on silly putty spoon flies and/or buy the past edition?

    #58932
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Aaron –

    I did make them using CCG as well.

    #58933
    jason r.
    Member

    Is there anywhere that I can access your article on silly putty spoon flies and/or buy the past edition?  I wasn’t interested in tying spoon flies at the time, but am leaning that way now.

    Just curious — are you in a position to compare your method to some of the methods involving clear cure goo?  (I was also considering buying some of the Dupree blades if I decide to make my own)

    My biggest concern at this point is blowing a chance at a good fish because my homemade fly doesn’t wobble correctly.

    I recently subscribed to the Fly Tyer’s e-Edition through iTunes.

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