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: Help with fouling fly

01-30-2006, 10:04 AM

I am a beginner fly fisher / tier, and am having problems with my flies becoming fouled. I have been tying Clousers with Supreme Hair from Bass Pro Shops, some flashabou, and lead eyes. The Supreme Hair gets wraped around my leader after only a few casts, while the store-bought flies I use do not (the are made primarily of bucktail). Do I need to prepare the material or something for it to work correctly?


01-30-2006, 12:24 PM
Sounds more like a casting problem, not a tying problem, if I understand you correctly. If the material is in fact wrapping itself around your leader, it would appear that a tailing loop is occurring. Try opening up your loop, or pushing down with your thumb on your casting arm at the end of the forward stroke. It could happen on your rear stroke, but normally it is on your forward stroke.

01-30-2006, 12:36 PM
If supreme hair is what I think it is, it's prone to tangle. Some folks use epoxy or other glue to create a head.

I use stiffer synthetics and tie in a particular manner and get little fouling, almost always due to fish excessively mouthing the fly which i am ok with ;)

Use the more robust fibers - ultra hair, super hair not unique hair or other thinner materials unless you are making a short fly with a glue head in which case it doesn't matter.


Capt. Bob
02-13-2006, 04:58 PM
DJ. Jiro is right about using epoxy to stiffen up the hair, it is probably the flashabou that is foul the hair on your flies. Iíve found flashabou tends to foul more when wet, than other flash materials tied in a clouser or bend back style fly, it works better on a deceiver or surf candy, where the bend in the hook is away from hair and flash