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 Post subject: Tie your own spoon fly?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:00 pm 
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Does anyone tie their own spoon flies for the salt? The only thing really holding me back is the fact that my shots at red fish are few and far between. As a result, and knowing that the Dupree spoon fly will have the perfect wobble action, I am somewhat reluctant to save $8.00 (or closer to $4.00, when all is said and done) on an expensive trip (with my own fly that just doesn't work as well. So is it difficult or much of a hassle to tune these things for the right drop and wobble?

Picked up some Clear Cure Goo this weekend. Lots of videos on the web about how to make them with this product. And I got a live demo of how to do it at the Fly Fishing Show, which seemed relatively easy but I couldn't test how the end result swam.

As a middle ground approach, I have thought about buying the Dupree pattern. http://www.nwmangum.com/spoonfly/index.html

Finally, several years back, I bought the flies from the brookie fly contest on an old board. One of the flies was a spoon fly, which I didn't quite understand. The light bulb is finally starting to flicker - plan to give it a try this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:20 pm 
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Cpt. Gordon Churchill has a pretty good spoon fly posted on his WEB site. I don't know if it's still there. I haven't seen or heard anything from him in years, but he used to come to L&T.


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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
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I seem to remember several years ago watching somebody making a spoon fly using the clear plastic material that comes under the collar of a new business shirt.

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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
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i have seen the same on the use of fake fingernails for spoon flies. A couple of the posts that I have seen seem to say they work.
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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:21 am 
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When I lived and fished in Fla. I used, with great success, Cave's Wobbler. Jon Cave started the while spoon fly thing with the Wobbler. There have been a lot of variations on it since and I think that the Dupree is the best of all the rest. Jon would attach the mylar tubing and then place a few drops of epoxy inside the tubing and then press to shape. Let it dry and then finish. Easy to do but you have to be careful using the epoxy. I think he dampened his fingers to keep it from sticking.
Here is a picture with tying materials listed down the page.
http://www.flyofthemonthclub.com/page.asp?p=67&i=84
Great for reds but it will catch other species as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:33 pm 
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I seems to me like these types of flies would also work on largemouth and white bass?

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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
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teachrtec wrote:
I seems to me like these types of flies would also work on largemouth and white bass?


I caught a mess of pickerel on them one day down near the coast. Hammer Handles + Cave's Wobblers = a big bucket o' fun!

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 Post subject: Re: Tie your own spoon fly?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:47 pm 
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Being somewhat lazy, I have decided to tie my first sets of spoon flies using some pre-formed blades. Here is a video of what I will be doing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxkSBt0f5E4

The guy from CCG recommended these to me during the fly fishing show.

Looks easy enough that even I should be able to do it with minimal curse words.


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