Heres another one of the old video tutorials while I edit the new ones!
After five years working with Marc Petitjean on his cdc fly tying book we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Marc has just returned home after three weeks in the studio together. This will be one formidable tying book and I will keep you up dated with the progress and eventual publishing date.
Taken from my new book on tying salt water flies for sea trout heres the cover fly step by step.
This is another technique for tying zonkers using UV resin. This makes it possible to tie extremely small zonkers, quickly. This is not such an easy technique if you are using Epoxy or another two component resin as the process is time consuming and sticky! The colour of the body braid that is used for the underbody can be chosen to ‘match the hatch’ to imitate just about any baitfish. Along with the chosen zonker strip, be it natural or dyed you have so many colour combinations to choose from.
When tying at shows I have had so many questions about my zonker pompom! I have now a limited amount of my old Bone Head stock of zonker strips that I will be taking to the Sim Fly festival in Castel Di Sangro at the weekend, these will include, Squirrel, Coypu, Beaver, Mink, Kangaroo, Muskrat and of course Rabbit. Available in 1mm, 2mm, and 3mm strips perfectly cut and the best quality to be found anywhere!!
My new book, currently only available in Norwegian is available from email@example.com
Hook: Mustad S74SNP-DT #6 http://www.mustad.no
Tying thread: Dyneema
Body: Body braid under and coated with Bug Bond UV resin. http://www.veniards.com
Eyes: Funky tab eyes http://www.funkyflytying.co.uk
Wing: Zonker strip of your choice. The one used here is mink.
Attach your tying thread to the hook and cover the whole shank with a foundation of thread so it hangs at the hook point.
You may have to make several coats of UV resin to build up the body to the desired size and shape.
Stick on your Funky tab eyes one each side of the head. These are really intended to be tied in with the tabs at the hook eye, but I like the effect of them with the tab forming part of the lateral line of the bait fish.
Cut a zonker strip and form an opening in the fur where you would like to tie in the tail. You can also trim the hide on the tail at this stage to a point. This will not only give the fly a better swimming action but also a better look.
Tie off the tail with a couple of whip finishes and remove your tying thread. Apply a little varnish to strengthen the whippings. Attach your tying thread at the hook eye.
This is a Micro zonker tied on a Mustad #8 salt water shrimp hook.
Here you can get a better scale to the size of the Micro zonker. This one has a wing of natural squirrel 1 mm strip.
The spøkelset (The ghost) This is tied with a UV resin coated Mylar body and a wing of White Coypu zonker strip.
Heres another effective method to construct the body of the zonker.
Over the years I have searched everywhere for the ultimate Mylar tube, well now I have found it! Its available in four colours Pink, Blue, Mother of pearl and yellow from http://www.fishingmatters.biz
Apply a foundation of tying thread to the hook shank and whip finish. Remove the tying thread and give the underbody a coat with UV resin.
Before you harden the resin with the UV light sprinkle on some hobby glitter. This is available in hundreds of colours!
Once the body is coated with glitter harden the UV resin with your UV light. You may have to give the body several coats of UV resin to build up to the required body size and shape.
I have had made a small amount of exclusive buffs especially designed with photographs of your favourite species!
Sea Trout, Grayling and Salmon if these are well received I also hope to include Brown Trout and Brook Trout.
The Buffs are Nok 200,- each or Euro 25,- each you can purchase all three for Nok 500,- or Euro 60,- Postage is included anywhere in Europe.
To order contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In connection with the launch of my new sea trout patterns book 25 of the patterns featured are now available exclusively from ‘Skitt Fiske’ on the following link.
Show list for tying demos 2015
Here is the list of confirmed shows so far that I will be tying at in 2015. If you are attending any of these shows and you would like to order books or flies please let me know in advance via e mail so that I can bring them along. There are also several other shows that the dates are not yet confirmed so I will be adding these as and when I receive confirmation.
If you would like me to hold a tying course, demo, or attend a show please e mail me for availability and details.
I hope to see you there!
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February: British Fly Fair International
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 February St Etienne: Salon International da la Mouche
Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March NJFF Jakt og Fiskesenter: Fly tying weekend
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March Glasgow Angling Centre: Open weekend
Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March Swedish Sportfiskemessan: Swedish sport fishing show
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April EWF Munich Germany: European fly fishing show.