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Lipstick Fly

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This fly may not be the most beautiful in your box and may seem to be stale but take a closer look at the small fry that swim around the coast and you will see that they swim with a jerky side to side action. With a short sharp retrieve of about 3 or 4 inches the fly will come alive and is a killer.

Lipstick Fly
TypeCold saltwater fly
Tied by
Chris Edghill
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)
Striped bass

HookMustad 34077 or equivalant long shank hook no.4/0 to 2
ThreadWhite mono waxed thread
BodyHolagraphic tinsell covered by plastic tubing
WingKrystal Flash to suit bait fish colour
EyesPrismatic stick on or equivalent

Tying instructions

  1. Tie on the thread at the head and lay down a neat layer back to just above hook point.
  2. Tie in and make a body of holagraphic tinsel.
  3. Cut a bunch (20 strands) of Krystal Flash, fold in half and tie in at head so that they extend past bend by about 1 inch
  4. Tie off and glue with super glue.
  5. Cut a piece of clear plastic tubing to match body length, from eye of hook back to where bend begins.
  6. Thread on to hook from the head.
  7. Mix and apply some 5 minutes epoxy to the area just behind hook eye
  8. Bring the tubing foward to sit just behind the hook eye
  9. Apply stick on eyes and a little more epoxy so that you just cover them
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. With the help of a glue gun and clear glue apply a blob to the Krystal Flash, try to spread out the fibers
  12. in the glue and flatten with wet fingers
  13. When hard cut out a fish tail shape.

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