Monday, March 13, 2006

Tying one on... 

Here is an image step-thru illuminating the construction of a Frantic Fry.

Frantic Fry configurations are endless. I began this one with a mustad 3366 size 6 and add a few wraps of lead - optional.

I use a fine monofilament thread to secure the lead and anchor a bit of holographic gold tinsel. This will produce a shiny body that's visible through the synthetic hair.

I've clipped a bit of white super hair and fussed with it to taper both ends.

Here are the rest of the materials I'll use to make this particular fry.

Some Pearl Green Lite-Brite

Peacock Green Angle Hair (I'm pretty sure Lite-Brite also comes in peacock)

Holographic Silver Lite-Brite.

Prismatic and 3D stick-on eyes.

Commingle some pearl green lite-brite with the super hair.

Lay it on the bottom side of the hook about 60/40... sixty percent aft and forty percent forward. Snug it down good.

Wrap forward almost to the eye then pull the forward bit back upon itself and cinch it down proper.

Okie Dokie... now reposition the hook and carefully pull out any unattached super hair and pearl green lite brite and relay them on top 60/40 again, wrap a couple of times pull back the forward bit and cinch it down well.

Next add just a wee bit of peacock angel hair straight down the back. I've found that just a little bit is VERY visible through the white under belly fibers and the holographic silver on top. The peacock fiber will appear as a wavering dark line down the side of the minnow.

Now I'll crown this varmint with a shot of holographic silver lite brite right down the back, at least double or even triple the amount of peacock angel hair.

Wrap it down snuggly all the way to the eye of the hook; clip off the tag ends and whip finish the wrap. This also is the time to apply a thin cement, or suitable superglue. I don't think the 5-minute epoxy to follow will seep into the threads all the way to the hook.

Now would be the time to wrap on a bit of reddish glo egg yarn on the jowls to mimic fry yoke or gills. Instead I'm going to apply the eyes now. These 2mm gold eyes look about right.

Just stickem' on. Both sides.

Time to mix up some 5-minute A & B epoxy. I find those 'post-it' type tablets the perfect surface to mix on... peel off and throw away.

Take your time and you won't get all the bubbles you see here.

Remember... only you can make it FRANTIC!

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

The Frantic Fry... 

After studying the creative efforts of Bob Popovics' surf candy and Steve Farrars' wonderful saltwater patterns I became compelled to produce a few synthetic hair minnows of my own. These are diminutive critters dressed on hook sizes 6, 8 and 10's and are intended to target still water panfish and summer smallmouth bass in swift water.

Whether or not they are effective remains to be seen...

Here then are the materials for each creation.

Peacock angel hair back over white superhair mixed with pearl blue hanked Lite-Brite belly on a #8 mustad 3366 hook. Hook shank was prewrapped with red tinsel.

All eyes are from Spirit River, either 3D or prismatic tape on.

Five minute epoxy on heads - twice.

Redfish mix Slinky Blend over white super hair. Hook shank prewrapped with green tinsel. Dai-Riki #270 hook size #10. A bit of egg roe yarn is tied on the underside of head to mimic fry egg sac or gill rakers.

Peacock backed angel hair minnow same as above except on Dai-Riki #710 hook size #8 and gold prismatic tape on eyes.

Hanked Lite-Brite Holographic Silver over white superhair mixed with pearl blue Hanked Lite-Brite belly on a #6 mustad 3366.

If these patterns produce fish I will try tying them on tubes next.



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