Wednesday, 17 June 2009

massive pike flys

well found these while having a browse on the net made by an American company "swimtrue" now i think they are really nice looking flies and would no doubt catch fish and they are big 12" but i have experimented on smaller 8 inch flies with a diving vane but always found because of the lip the flies tended to spin in the air and obviously have a bit of Resistance when casting i just wonder how these fair being on double rig hooks i suspect they may get tangled , but i never really see the need for tandem hooks no matter how big the fly as once a pike decides its aving it it goes down the gob , the only thing i can think of as a plus for tandems is for those times when fish nip at the back of a fly but myself id rather miss the odd fish than cast big blinkin tandems and the foulups and tangles that surely must happen with them but as i said nice looking flies ......


after i posted this i recived this from michaeld which i thought was very usefull many thanks
Hi Dave,
I've seen these flies up close and the guy is a master at balancing the diver lip. If you look close the front hook is a "kinked" worm hook (the hook eye pokes through the foam just in front of the eyes). He puts small lead dumbells and a stiff wire loop under the foam lip for stability and balance. The rear of the foam is looped with a glass rattle in between and covered with a crystal hackle. I made some copies from the ones I saw and they don't spin like normal fly lips. The front hook only has a small collar/tail of hair, the main "fly" is tied on the tandem only about an inch behind the first allowing little chance of tangling. I have to admit he commands a good price for his flies but they are a lot of work!

2 comments:

michaeld said...

Hi Dave,
I've seen these flies up close and the guy is a master at balancing the diver lip. If you look close the front hook is a "kinked" worm hook (the hook eye pokes through the foam just in front of the eyes). He puts small lead dumbells and a stiff wire loop under the foam lip for stability and balance. The rear of the foam is looped with a glass rattle in between and covered with a crystal hackle. I made some copies from the ones I saw and they don't spin like normal fly lips. The front hook only has a small collar/tail of hair, the main "fly" is tied on the tandem only about an inch behind the first allowing little chance of tangling. I have to admit he commands a good price for his flies but they are a lot of work!

dave lindsay said...

thanks for the really interesting reply thought it was so good have posted it on the blog