Phloating Eyez


Published Oct 29th 2010

I like BIG EYEZ on my phlyz!

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Phloating eyez

So... There I wuzz... again...

Not very happy spending time and effort building up a nice plump profile and then mashing it down with a glob of goop to secure some prominent 3D eyez...

My limited but eager engineering background steps in and I start experimenting with likely "solutions"...
After a few false starts I hit upon a fairly effective notion... Phloating Eyez...
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut soonerorlater...
Initial efforts involved epoxy... worked just fine... smelled like old socks...
I've evolved into the UV Free Acrylic Zone... Tuffleye FLEX secures my 3D Eyez to a "V" crimped piece of 40-50# mono...

Here are a few early cephalopod insinuations that involved eyez on a stick[s]... [notice the aesthetically pleasing yellow epoxy rendition...]

Pretty in pink



A single "popsicle" stick had a propensity to come undone under duress... The "V" twin-stem held up much better and allowed a more robust anchor and triangulated "positioning"...
The Eyez were held fast and did not involve any smothering goop... NO mashed material... Less filling! Tastes GREAT!

Phocus group member


Tie it!
1)
Any proper hook will do...
A more robust hook adds weight and finds a deeper place in the water column... 

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Hook - Any proper hook will do
Hook


2)
A bit of buck tail lays the foundation for follow on hackles...

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Bucktail - A bit of buck tail lays the foundation for the hackles
Bucktail


3)
'Some longer Cree coloured [or whatever you prefer] hackles with some of that "pesky" marabou fluff left intact to add body profile... and some Crystal Flash to encourage subtle highlights...

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Hackle - Tail with hackle and flash
Hackle


4)
'More hackles with fluff to continue expanding the profile... in this case, a lighter neutral colour because it seemed like the right thing to do...

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More hackles - And fluff and volume
More hackles


5)
Some sparse buck tail to help control the hackles... then to the GOOD part...
Secure the "Phloating Eyez" with a few wraps and finalize the position [one side at a time] with determined thread application...
I suppose a bit of super glue would bomb proof the arrangement...  

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Bucktail and... EYEZ! - Some sparse buck tail to help control the hackles... then to the GOOD part...
Bucktail and... EYEZ!


6)
'Start building up the mantle with sparse buck tail...  
It's beginning to look like a proper critter... with an attitude!

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Mantle - Start building up the mantle with sparse bucktail
Mantle


7)
'Starting to throw in some sparse contrasting complimentary colours, just because...

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Contrasting colors - Starting to throw in some sparse contrasting complimentary colours, just because...
Contrasting colors


8)
...and running out of room... the end is near!
I finished off the head with some optional mega Moose Mane and used some UV Free Tuffleye FLEX to hold the fibers at the desired flair and finish off the head...

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Almost there - Running out of room... the end is near!
Almost there



A Cephalopod-a-Saurus with an attitude...
The Phloating Eyez are held fast, hovering over the material and contributing to the overall 3D effect...

Cephalopod-a-Saurus



Same idea... Different critter...

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Hook - As you please
Hook


1)
Pheatherz  Phur n' Phlash...

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Hackle - White ghost of Christmas?
Hackle
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Some flash - Twinkle, twinkle...
Some flash


2)
A sparse over coat of a curious yak hair and flash material called "Devil 'n Blend" that I get from the Bear's Den in Taunton, Ma... good stuff if you like synthetic hybrids...

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Bucktail - To support everything else
Bucktail
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Yak hair and flash - A sparse over coat of a curious yak hair and a flash material called \
Yak hair and flash
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Building up - The fly is gaining volume
Building up


3)
'Some lemon flavoured Devil'n Blend on the back and more pearl on the belly...

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Twist of lemon - Some lemon flavoured Devil\'n Blend
Twist of lemon
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Pearl belly - Some shine to the underside
Pearl belly
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Eyes and a touch of brown - Phloating Eyes soundly secured and some bunker brown Blend
Eyes and a touch of brown


4)
'Phloating Eyes soundly secured and some bunker brown Blend on the back to enhance the illusion...

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Eyes and a touch of brown - Phloating Eyes soundly secured and some bunker brown Blend
Eyes and a touch of brown


5)
Tuffleye FLEX to complete the head... Just add water and present to the Phocus Group...

6 inches of goodness



  
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Acoustics - Tuffleye and mono and rattles... oh my!
Acoustics
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Rattler - If you want sound
Rattler
 
I've also been playing around with my SquidZilla and added a some accoustics...
Tuffleye and mono and rattles... oh my!

Big Phloating Eyez!






User comments
From: PeteGray · areasixtyone·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted December 9th 2010

G'day Ron... How'z things up there in phrozen Maineiac Land?!
Thanks for the kind words... The eyez notion solved several challenges and continues to serve me well... I love when a plan comes together!
Regarding "UV glue"... I've thoroughly tested the Tuffleye, CCG, and Bug-Bond...
I've also used the Loon Knot Sense and Wader Patch and they perform nicely but I haven't tried Loon at the tying station...
Tuffleye FLEX and Bug-Bond hold a highly praised and special place on my list of cutting edge innovative tying tools...
I've used the last of my CCG and won't be returning for any more.
Haven't used epoxy in ages and don't miss is at all... not even a little bit... the Acrylic evolution is amazing!
Take care and stay warm...
Regardz, Pete on the PharSide of the canal


From: Ron McKusick · ronmcq59·at·yahoo.com  Link
Submitted December 5th 2010

Very fishy looking Pete, good job! and thank you for the tips on making eyes. Have you tried the LOON brand of UV glue?


Comment to an image
From: Ed Null · e.null·at·sbcglobal.net  Link
Submitted April 7th 2012

What a cool idea! I hate gluing eyes onto body material.



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