Eddie I'll let you know how that wrapping paper I saved from the trash works out. I hope the bass don't recognize the snow flake pattern and go back into a dormant state:hehe:
I've had good luck with the berol markers for coloring the crease flies. I use the 2hr rodbuilding epoxy because it goes on thinner and is less likely to yellow over time. So far so good. Don't worry about keels and trying to make the thing track in a straight line. As far as I can tell the whole point is to have it flop around sideways with a bunker profile, or so the fish thrashing at it have told me.
Don't overlook a dead drift presentation with just a slight twitch, Killer.