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Craft store flies
Post 13 May 2021, 10:29 • #1 
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Hope this doesn’t offend anyone’s retro sensibilities. My warmwater fly tying has devolved to mostly using foam and craft fur to make these monstrosities. I’m experimenting with clear gorilla glue for a protective coating to make the foam last longer.


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Post 13 May 2021, 11:15 • #2 
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Here’s something even more offensive - foam bugs in a regular old Plano tackle box.

Nice warm water ties. Those would definitely catch fish here in Georgia. I like the idea of the gorilla glue clear coat. On the gray bugs, is that red palmer chenille behind the foam?


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Post 13 May 2021, 11:37 • #3 
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The plano tacklebox really brings the whole room together, dude. The red is palmer chenille to approximate a hackle/gills/blood. How are you getting the scale pattern?


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Post 13 May 2021, 13:13 • #4 
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The double barrel poppers were tied by Flymen. They use a plastic wrap with the scale pattern, but I don’t think they sell the wrap separately for tying your own. When I get around to tying some double barrel poppers, I’ll probably try Charlie Craven’s airbrush technique - see below.

https://www.flyfisherman.com/editorial/ ... per/358258


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Post 14 May 2021, 08:56 • #5 
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That is an interesting way to do airbrushing. I’m not sure the results are better or faster than using Prismacolor markers and blending the colors, but it looks fun.


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Post 14 May 2021, 09:12 • #6 
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This ridiculously simple smolt pattern with craft fur works ridiculously well for smallmouth.


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Post 14 May 2021, 09:26 • #7 
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Cool. I like craft fur because of how well it moves and sheds water. It’s easier to cast with lighter gear than something like rabbit strips.


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Post 14 May 2021, 10:35 • #8 
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yep, me too. I tie this particular pattern with craft fur, arctic fox, and finn raccoon. The craft fur one works the best.


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Post 14 May 2021, 13:15 • #9 
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Here’s one I call The Missing Link, since it is a minnow with legs. Really just a craft fur clouser with barred rubber legs.


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Post 19 Sep 2021, 15:32 • #10 
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Craft stores have some great materials for making flies. Bee patterns have been a favorite of mine for bass & panfish since I was a kid. This is just thin foam sheets yellow & brown or black glued together, stamping out rough plugs with a plug cutter & shaping bodies with sandpaper or Dremel tool



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Post 19 Sep 2021, 19:06 • #11 
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Anything by Dave Pinczkowski:

The Bad Hair Day
https://youtu.be/8EOtFL1Zj5A

The Carpet Spider
https://youtu.be/DzPX2ey4Ar0

The Swing Craw
https://youtu.be/HnZGAom_rNc

Dude loves some craft fur.


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Re: Craft store flies
Post 20 Sep 2021, 05:30 • #12 
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That fur makes good salmon eggs also.


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