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Old 03-08-2009, 05:20 PM
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Seeing Jim's ties of the Jonny King Kinky Mudler and seeing a few of King's own ties at the Bear's Den show last weekend I had to give one a try. Surprising really not a tough fly to tie but a great concept and result. Really thinking these could be killers for when the tuna get fussy on sandeels. Is it June yet!



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Old 03-09-2009, 04:53 AM
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Looks like you nailed it. FishHawk
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:01 AM
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Nice job!
Yup... hopefully the pattern will catch.
I also tied up some tinker macs and herring based on the "Muddler".
Maybe this year we can get out and fish together!
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Here is one in Canal Colors, well the East end anyway
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:29 PM
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Those are some great looking flies. Are you guys using a dubbing loop or just doing a high/low tie and trimming down the slinky fibre?

I bet those will dance near the surface with a floating line too.

Good stuff!
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Dave,

They look great in the water. That one now has a nice eel scent from the SWE tank! Tie in the hackles and then do a high/low reverse tie like you would a mushy for the first bunch. Then cut the slinky blend into pieces that are about 1.5inches in length and stack just like you would with deer hair alternating high low. I bet you could spin it if you wanted a uniform color. Trim with sharp scissors. The material isn't stiff or coarse enough to use a razor blade in my experience. The thicker you stack it the more it floats just like deer hair.

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Sean, great tie and concept. Over the years i've tied Lou Tabory's snake flies with deer hair heads. I really like the use of kinky fibre since I've got it in more colors than dyed deer belly. Thanks for the info. Should be a killer on bass, much less tuna.
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Cool - thanks. I am a big fan of the SF blend. FYI the spring-loaded Fiskars scissors go through the stuff like a hot knife through butter and won't dull your 'good scissors'.
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Cool - thanks. I am a big fan of the SF blend. FYI the spring-loaded Fiskars scissors go through the stuff like a hot knife through butter and won't dull your 'good scissors'.
Exactly what I use. I can't remember the last time I used the "good" scissors.

Jim, these should be killer bass ties. Jonny King has a lot of great stuff. My guess is we will see more from him in the mags and beyond. Wish I was that creative.

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Fiskars squeeze handle ARE my 'good scissors' now - have been for the last several years and I don't even know where the expensive ones are anymore
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:03 AM
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50% off coupon in the paper for Fiskars at Michaels - you can't beat it!

They are so sharp you can use them on trout flies down to 22.

Just don't drop them on your foot
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:36 AM
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Wait... so this stuff floats??
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Juro, when stacked tightly it will float or sink very slowly depending on the retrieve. That fly in the water will do a very slow dive and roll with variations based on the strip. With a stiff hackle as the base and a couple flatwings over the top you have a ton of movement in the tail. Very injured baitfish! I'll see if I can't get a short mpg of it next time I go to the SWE for a tying night.

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Like every good idea this sets off a chain reaction of ideas for the material / techniques. Will be fun to experiment.
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Dave,

One point of clarification when tying these flies. When alternating high low you also need to apply at a 90 degree angle to the shank or so. This will give the fly a round profile that really pushes water. Only going hi/lo loses that great effect. I will try and get a head on shot of the fly to illustrate.

Jim,

Got your tie from the swap in the mail last night. Did you do them all with SF blend. The material felt more like Poly Bear in its texture.

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