Thursday, October 09, 2008
I've had great luck over the years taking steelhead and salmon with hardware, especially spoons. Lately I've been keen on taking them with a 'Spoon Fly'. They've been around for quite some time and I got the idea for this particular pattern from the talented Ray Gattus via his informative site entitled Fingernail Flies. Another excellent formula is Walkers Epoxy Spoon Fly
Highgrading also from the inventive Capt. Dan Ayo's Louisiana Spoon Fly I utilized his technique of putting a lead keel on the bottom side of the hook thereby assuring that the spoon will flutter in a tantalizing fashion and swim with the hook point up.
For this experimental batch of spoons I've elected to use a no. 6 mustad 3366.
I've put a slight downward bend just aft of the eye in order to put a drop in the hook shank and further assist a weighted keel and hook up profile.
Fake fingernails are readily available at most pharmacy departments.
Carve as desired.
Mount your lures on putty and super glue the dressed hooks to the plastic spoons thus...
Generously daub the interior spoons with A & B epoxy.
Use colored felt tip pens to shade the spoons as you see fit. I've defined several patterns with glitter foil.
wOw... have a look at this finger nail polish.
These spoon flies are small and I can easily cast them with my 4 wt.
However, I'd like to fish a larger spoon for steelhead in swift water, tied to a short mono filament leader behind a sinking tip. So here are some more spoon fly examples on bigger hooks using bright copper and gold flash reminiscent of the traditional hammered brass steelie spoons.
Copper colored mylar is glued on and then coated with hard as nails.
And here gold reflective tape is applied in crosswise strips than coated with epoxy.
Notice how I've used a variety of different style hooks to try and discover which will work best.
A loop knot works best for these spoons, however a swivel attached to the eye may even be better. time and experimentation will tell.
Hopefully, I'll be able to post the results of these particular spoons on fall and winter steelhead and therefore be able to report also the characteristics and action of my CTS Affinity X 2 pc 6wt and Loomis FR1086 GLX 2 pc 6wt completed late this summer.