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.