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Bass Fly Challenge
A NEWCHALLENGE FOR FLY TYERS
If o enjo t in an want to tr somethin f n an new, ive eer hair bass flies
a tr . The ’re f n to tie (easier than the oo ) an the best art is, the catch fish!
S i Morris, one of the best nown names in fl t in , offers a few wor s abo t the
t in bass flies be ow. p rchase information abo t his o tstan in instr ctiona ma-
terials is available at the end of the article.
FASCINATING FLIES
by Skip Morris
If you’re a fly tier who’s never tried your hand at bass flies, especially flared-hair bass flies, what’s holding
you up? Perhaps it’s that you don’t fly fish for bass. Okay…but bass flies are so intriguing and so much fun to
tie, why not tie them anyway? Perhaps flaring deer hair seems
too tricky, out of your league--trust me, anyone can learn to do
it. Or perhaps you just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Trite but true: There’s no time like the present.
Here’s what you need in order to start tying flared-hair
bass flies: stinger (wide-gape) bass-fly hooks, heavy thread (the
standard remains white size-A rod-winding thread, but some
prefer flat waxed nylon, Kevlar…), spongy deer hair (I prefer
deer-belly hair for most of my flared-hair tying), and instruc-
tion for tying bass flies (of course I’ll recommend The Art of
Tying the Bass Fly, Second Edition--I wrote it. But there are
several other good books and videos on the topic). Other than that, you just need the remaining materials for
whatever bass fly or flies you’ve decided to tie.
Tiers often talk about “spinning” hair, which is a perfectly manageable technique if you understand
how to balance the tightening of the thread with the releasing of the hair. Personally, I rarely spin hair; I
position it, tighten the thread, and then advance the thread for the next hair-bunch--gets great results, and it’s
easier than spinning (instructions for this technique are detailed in my book...).
I use a razor blade--with great care not to cut myself--to shape the hair. That’s as fun as tying gets!
Bass flies: manageable challenge, fascinating patterns, techniques you can use in tying all sorts of flies
for all sorts of fishes--what’s holding you up?
Skip Morris’ exceptional instructional articles, books and DVD’s are available : skip-morris-fly-tying.com
Materials needed to tie these “
deer hair bass
flies
patterns include the following items (and
their page numbers in our 2013 catalog:
Description
Page
Stinger/Popper Hooks ....................................47-49
Threads, Rod Building “A”, Gel Spun............32 & 41
Threads 3/0, Kevlar.........................................46 & 50
Deer Hair for Spinning (belly, esp.) ..............62
Hair Scissors or Tungsten Scissors .................40-45
Legs ................................................................54
Stick on Eyes...................................................53
Flash Materials ...............................................59
Nylon for Weed Guards ..................................82
You’ll also need razorblades from the drugstore.
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