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M. saxatilis
01-21-2006, 09:58 PM
Hey guys,

I am searching for information on tying lipped flies. I purchased a copy of BobPop's book and have successfully tied the full dress pop lip described therein. However, my appetite for these tastey morsels is isatiable! I want more.

I am going to catch the show in Somerset, NJ at the end of this month where I hope to learn more on the subject.

In the meantime, can anyone help me with information? Web-sites, tyers, printed materials, etc...?



01-22-2006, 07:17 AM
I saw a product invented by Marc Pettijean called the magic head - it's a clear felxible cone that slides onto the hook and makes the fly swim like a real fish. Look it up, pretty neat.

01-22-2006, 06:16 PM
I am going to catch the show in Somerset, NJ at the end of this month where I hope to learn more on the subject.

If your planning on watching Bob Popovics tying flies you will be disappointed. Bob hasn't done the Somerset show for about 3 years now. You might see him walking around the show as he usually does.

01-23-2006, 07:56 PM
In regards to forming the cone or lip for getting your fly to swim. I plan on using a small piece of clear mylar sheet to form the base structure and alittle epoxy to finish and tie it into the body. You can buy huge sheets of it at certain graphic arts supply shops. They used to sell it in standard format sizes like A, B, C, D and E sizes.

3-5 mil should be adequate if re-enforced with epoxy.


M. saxatilis
01-23-2006, 07:56 PM
Thanks Juro, I have theses "Magic Heads" advertised in many brochures and catalogs but I have yet to hear feedback from anyone actually using them.

Stan, I noticed on the flyers that Bob Popovic was not a guest tyer. If I do see him I will be sure to thank him for his contribution to my fly tying success'.

While at my local fly shop I saw a lipped fly that really turned me on. It was tied almost entirely a large diameter EZ body type material sealed over with chemical goodness. Looked relatively simple to create but they always do until you try yourself. I imagine it was the brainchild of an innovative tyer at the shop. Too bad he wasn't around for me to talk with.

01-23-2006, 08:33 PM
I'm going to give them a try for finicky stripers this year just for the heck of it. I have some reservations about using them for salmon or steelhead but for the briny bunker-busters why not. No worse than tungsten eyes or painted foam sheeting.

01-25-2006, 04:16 AM
if you are interested in this kind of thing, take a look at the Wobble Lips - invented by a dutch member of UKSWFF (before petitjean ) and now marketed by Stonefly.

reports are they really work for bass, and in the larger sizes for pike and no epoxy is needed

images from ukswff. co. uk site (direct hyperlink removed by admin)

i checked and several places online sell them.

i have no connection with martie or Stonefly btw.


01-25-2006, 08:35 AM
The Softex guy (John Redenitch? Something like that) ties some interesting flys with lips.
While your @ the show, check out the new Albright multiplier reel. It even has a star drag adjustment! A shooting head and 120' of 20# mono and you have the perfect system to use with your lipped "fly". Remeber: Twitch and reel. I suspect that the 4" sluggos would work well with this set up too.

01-25-2006, 09:43 AM
my apologies if i broke forum rules.

are links to other sites not permitted ?

should i remove my educational site from my signature ?


M. saxatilis
02-02-2006, 11:13 AM
Thanks for all the input on lipped flys. The NJ Somerset show was great. I received some great advice on how to improve my game from more than a few tyers. No names, we all know who they are!

I hope to post a pic or two of my lipped flys when they are complete. I could use the feedback. Also, if anyone has pics to share, I'd love to see what's out there.