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The Christmas Tree
Sea trout: The two spots in the name of this fly comes from the bait, which it is supposed to imitate: the twospotted goby. Gobies - which are much like sculpins - are an extremely common kind of fish in the shallow parts of all bodies of water - fresh and salt, still and running.
Learn to tie this zonker here
Epoxied: Experimenting with epoxy might glue you to the tying bench for hours, days, weeks. You can make highly durable, translucent baitfish imitations using synthetics and epoxy. Some years ago Bob Popovic's book "Pop Fleyes" introduced Kasper Mühlbach to the Surf Candy.
Go to his candy store here.
Go to his candy store here.
The Surf Candy
|Type||Cold saltwater fly|
|Year of origin||1990|
|Tied by||Kasper Muhlbach|
|Target species||Atlantic salmon (sea run)|
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)
|Thread||Fine, color to match fly ot clear monofilament.|
|Body||Flat silver mylar tinsel.|
|Under wing||Clear/white Ultra Hair or Super Hair.|
|Middle wing||Add 6-8 flash fibres like Flashabou, Crystal Flash or Lure Flash.|
|Top wing||Chartreuse Ultra Hair or Super Hair topped with dark grey, black or olive Ultra Hair or Super Hair.|
|Eyes||3D prism eyes or other self sticking eyes.|
|Head and coating||5 min. epoxy.|
- Attach the thread just behind the hook eye.
- Attach mylar tinsel.
- Turn the tinsel to the hook bend and back.
- Tie off.
- Tie in a bunch o clear Ultra Hair.
- If you want you can spread them around the shank to form a more round body.
- Tie in 3-4 flash fibres. Fold them back and secure them.
- Add a bunch of chartreuse Ultra Hair.
- Add a bunch of dark Ultra Hair.
- Prepare the epoxy. Mix well, and avoid adding bubbles by folding the two parts together.
- Apply the epoxy using your bodkin.
Do not use too much. Add a small amount at a time. You have got plenty of time even though 5 minutes does not seem much.
Make sure to add epoxy in the part of the wing, which goes from the hook bend to the eye.
- Stretch the wing using the index finger and thumb off your other hand.
If you pull the wing as much as you can, you will get a slim profile. if you push the wing a little bit forward as the epoxy sets you will get a thicker profile moving more water. For Surf Candys I prefer a slim profile.
- Let the epoxy set.
- Add prism eyes.
- Add next layer of epoxy. If the epoxy starts dripping or running you have to rotate the or take it off. If you do not have a rotating rotating epoxy fly dryer, consider adding a second and third thin layer of epoxy instead of just a heavy second layer.
- Let the fly dry.
- Tie some more.
- Trim the fibres so that the wing becomes thinner towards the end.
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