Published Jan 27. 2009 - 13 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

das Kandy

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pete,...

Pete,

That looks like one killer fly! I like the scaly mylar. So lifelike!

Martin

Jocelin LeBlanc's picture

Great fly...

This would make a good additon to my brook trout flies that imitate sand eels and capelin

Thanks for the fly

NICE work
Jocelin

Pete:...

Pete:
Great variation on the Surf Candy. Now I know what to do with those mylar scale stick ons I brought.

Pete Gray's picture

epoxy variables......

The temperature of the epoxy and the mixing surface will affect clarity and cure times...
A space heater was a bit too close and my glass mixing slab was warm to the touch...
'Resulting in an abrupt cure, bubbles, and deminished clarity...
Colour transmission was less precise and somewhat muddled...
Definitely fishable but not as crisp and defined as it could be...
The Striped Focus Group will have the final approval...or NOT !?
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petegray

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TUFFLEYE acrylic alternative......

[b:fbeff1ab71]So...the space heater makes my tyeing bunker toasty/warm on this snowy/cold day...
After yesterday's curious exercise in epoxy...
I decided it's time for a Tuffleye acrylic BLS (blue light special)...BRILLIANT!
The clarity is Swarovski and the overall effect IMHO is beyond ACCEPTABLE...
[img:fbeff1ab71]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1280130.jpg[/img:fbeff...
[img:fbeff1ab71]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1280132.jpg[/img:fbeff...
[img:fbeff1ab71]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1280135.jpg[/img:fbeff...

petegray

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pete,...

Pete,

The Tuffleye stuff looks good. Gotta try it.

For those not fully enlightened:
http://www.wetahook.net/index.html

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

Another Tuffleye......

Like a cameleon...surrounding colours are curiously picked up..."internals" display nicely!
There's some trimmed mylar inside this one...opal like, it comes and goes depending on light angles...
[img:d7f5bf2ba6]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1290136.jpg[/img:d7f5b...
[img:d7f5bf2ba6]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1290143.jpg[/img:d7f5b...
I enjoy epoxy!...Tuffleye? I was sceptical at first, but the more I use it, the more I likle it...
The learning curve is not as steep as the initial sticker price (core/finish/light/ac adaptor)...
The concept and application will open the door to some interesting horizons!
For the price of a few Cuban cigars and/or maybe a single malt, it's a great new on-the-edge tool !

[b:d7f5bf2ba6]Flying Circus...[/b:d7f5bf2ba6]
[img:d7f5bf2ba6]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/SchoolingKandi-1.jpg[/i...
ALL HAIL [i:d7f5bf2ba6]das Decapod Crustacean[/i:d7f5bf2ba6]!...
[img:d7f5bf2ba6]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/OdetoaSHRIMP.jpg[/img:d...

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

Pete Gray's picture

Tuffeley Sand Lance......

Some white/green/dk green DNA...a few strands of subtle green flash...3D Eyez...Tuffleye Finish...
[img:198d14bca4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2110248.jpg[/img:198d1...
'slightly thinner with red foil eyez...
[img:198d14bca4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2110045.jpg[/img:198d1...
Phor phinicy phats phish, sometimes smaller is larger...and subdued is brighter (as in smarter)...
[img:198d14bca4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2130052.jpg[/img:198d1...

petegray

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pete,...

Pete,

You keep crankin' them out!
Good looking baitfish patterns, and enough to fill several boxes too.
You seem well prepared for the coming season.

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

Swarovski crystal......

Thanks Martin...
I like the way this stuff gathers the light and reflects colours...
Here is some holographic braid under the acrylic...
'almost like the fire in an Austarlian opel...
the migratory focus group will have their say in a few months...
'plenty of time to find my hook file to make things sticky sharp again...
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[img:66dba9f524]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P3050101.jpg[/img:66dba...

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

FLEX......

Tuffleye FLEX...the "next generation"...
'Slightly thicker consistency than the FINISH...thinner than the CORE...same BlueLight cure...
The biggest difference is the semi-soft gummy bear like final product which seems to be more durable and shatter resistant...
No smell / No mixing / I like it...A LOT!
Here's my first few PhlexPhlyz...'look similar to the others but the crystal body is 100% FLEX and feels like cured silicone cauking...
[img:62e300729e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_7519-1.jpg[/img:62e...
[img:62e300729e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_7521.jpg[/img:62e30...
[img:62e300729e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_7555.jpg[/img:62e30...

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

Tuffleye FLEX......

Interesting stuff that won't shatter on impact with a beach berm or boat parts...
To finish it off I still prefer an alcohol wipe down and a coat of hard-as-nails...
works for me...
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[img:a8aee9858e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P9270252.jpg[/img:a8aee...
[img:a8aee9858e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P9300256.jpg[/img:a8aee...
[img:a8aee9858e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P9300263.jpg[/img:a8aee...
My epoxy daze are numbered!

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

Flex...Not just for Kandys anymore......

petegray

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pete,...

Pete,

As always: amazing! Those are nice shrimps, and definitely something I'd put on my tippet. Compared to our local shrimp (the natural) they seem just a bit large, but on the other hand people here are using flies like the [url=http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/pinkpig/]Pink Pig[/url], which seems to be too large for my taste too. But it catches fish. No need to argue about that - in spite of its color and size.

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

mylar + acrylic = good...

There are "magic systems" out there that employ liquid acrylics that are "cured" with the application of narrow band Blue Spectrum light or UV light...[depending on the system chemistry]...
I prefer the non-UV Tuffleye Blue Light specific system for personal reasons... UV bouncing around is a vision related concern... The dental industry runs with Non-UV... to each their own...
but I digress...
Regardless... The results are entertaining, stimulating, and quite encouraging...
Add a little at a time... built the fly and cure as you go... consider it "fly spot welding"...
No odor... No turning wheel... Epoxy be gone!

'Salvaged some wrapping paper and finally got around to using it to simulate a gill plate...
[img:0b197d2ad4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P1170400.jpg[/img:0b197...
Mylar tubing "pops" under the acrylic...
[img:0b197d2ad4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2100456.jpg[/img:0b197...
minimalist...
[img:0b197d2ad4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2170519.jpg[/img:0b197...
[img:0b197d2ad4]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/P2180525.jpg[/img:0b197...
mardi gras parade droppings...
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No worries... NO RULES!

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

Update... It's been a while......

[b:560dc1e215]The basic notion has evolved to better suit my eye... and, hopefully, the intended Striped target...
das SurfCandy style has always been fun to make and a good bet onthewater...
Things change and things stay the same...
'Same basic idea but here is the [i:560dc1e215]earlier[/i:560dc1e215] VS [i:560dc1e215]current[/i:560dc1e215] phamily portrait...
'Phood 4 thought... prepared with and encapsulated in [i:560dc1e215]BUG-BOND[/i:560dc1e215]...[/b:560dc1e215]

All a bit long but that allows me to trim them back as dictated by the Phinicky Phocus Group...
Here is a phull bodied phlashy sided AcrylicCandy 5.0 on a #1 Mustad Big Game Light...
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8398.jpg[/img:560dc...
'trying for a quasi phire opal sided effect...
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8399.jpg[/img:560dc...
old version 5.0 and new 6.0...
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8402.jpg[/img:560dc...
old...
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8405.jpg[/img:560dc...
new... #6 Mustad Signature Series Shrimp Hook... Super Hair w/ Flash...
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8392.jpg[/img:560dc...
Darwin might appreciate this scheme...?!
[img:560dc1e215]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8389.jpg[/img:560dc...

petegray

Martin Joergensen's picture

Gotta try...

Pete,

I gotta tying some of these neat baitfish! Bought some Bug Bond a while back and haven't broken it out yet. Maybe a project for this Sunday afternoon or evening. Just love the look of these flies! Good job!

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

this is where I find myself now......

petegray

These are grate patterns as...

These are grate patterns as previous !

Regards

The best looking sand-eel...

[b:30386554e2]The best looking sand-eel imitations I haver seen. 8) [/b:30386554e2]

Pete Gray's picture

'back to messing about with mylar......

[b:8171c5811e]Mylar under glass [acrylic]...
The Right Honourable David Edwards has just made available the new AA powered UV light
that quickly cures and transforms Bug-Bond into a Swarovski-esque crystal...
[i:8171c5811e]arctic fox...[/i:8171c5811e]
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8521.jpg[/img:8171c...
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8514.jpg[/img:8171c...
[i:8171c5811e]buck tail...[/i:8171c5811e]
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8510.jpg[/img:8171c...
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8505.jpg[/img:8171c...
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_0531.jpg[/img:8171c...
Acrylic assumes and transmits the flavour of predominant underlying colours...
a little "dark" goes a long way...
The translucent properties of the mylar plays tricks with light and offers some curiously phlashy highlights...
[i:8171c5811e]arctic fox and crystal flash... [/i:8171c5811e]
[img:8171c5811e]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa176/Phracas/IMG_8523.jpg[/img:8171c...

petegray

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