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: sili skin spearing, rainfish, and peanut

08-29-2004, 10:54 AM
Here are the spearing, rainfish, and peanut done with sili skin over flexi-cord light. In all cases the darker top portion of the fly is tied in after the flexi-cord is slid on from the front and secured. The flexicord gives a “scaled “ look to the front portion of the fly, adds some thickness to the pattern, and increases durability.


08-29-2004, 10:58 AM
Steve -

Awesome ties as usual!

I was thinking about tying some bunker using your method but planning on cutting the back edge of the sili skin in the shape of a petal verses square. Have you done this and did you encounter any problems?


08-29-2004, 10:59 AM
Oh Man!... I am down the Cape now and am leaving for Boston.... I will have plenty to do... Those three flies look just great....That Peanut Bunker will come in handy I Chatham in a couple weeks... they are here now. need to plan a trip to Chatham at some point....

08-29-2004, 11:57 AM

Thanks. Here's a quick photo of two that I toyed with. The smaller one may be what you've got in mind. Both are sili skin over flexi cord. If I could figure a way to get the siliskin beyond the jig hook and weight the belly that would be cool. I'd like to see what you've got in mind.

The main problems I've encountered with sili skin is when I would attempt to pre cut symetrical shapes while the sili skin was still on the backing, then peel and fold. Disaster! - my mind was way ahead of my ability.

Also - a deep body on a small hook may induce som spin and not track right. Thats about it for cautions.

John, Pete

Thanks. Never been there/done that. Would like to try Monomoy sometime. Thanks for the thought.


08-29-2004, 02:17 PM
siliskinfree prototype...
Mono thread, a section of body braid, some superhair and flash, small prism eyez and I wondwer if it will phool a phish on a quest?!
An R&D drowning will occur next week...wx permitting...

08-29-2004, 02:51 PM
WOW, good looking fly's! I really gota get some of that sili skin!

08-30-2004, 10:50 AM
I was going to mention that, you need a good gap between the body and the point to keep them tracking straight. I`ve always tied mine down at the bend, like Murphy but I like the extended body alot.

08-30-2004, 11:21 AM
Very cool! These are going to adapt great to our pacific northwest beaches for migrating salmon off the beach. The best use of sili skin I have seen. Never liked the gummy flies but these rock.


08-30-2004, 06:50 PM

I like the sili-free prototype - good luck with it. Can't wait to see the report!

Mcorder - thanks


You're right, that gap is critical so it's usually good to use a slightly larger hook than you normally would, or bend it so the gap and keeling effect is exagerated when tying a wider body pattern.


Thanks and good luck adapting them to your fishery. Let me know how you make out.