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Best of Show – Fly Tying Materials: 2013 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show
The Fish-Mask is a weightless, clear version of the Baitfish Head that provides a clean, simple, and effective alternative to creating heads with epoxies. A realistic baitfish profile and the ability to take on the color of body materials make it a versatile platform for tying a wide variety of weightless streamer patterns.
The 8 sizes in the Fish-Mask range are designed to be exactly fit the 8 sizes of Living Eyes. (For example: a #4 Fish-Mask uses 4mm Living Eyes, a #10 Fish-Mask uses 10mm Living Eyes etc...etc...)
Quantity per pack: #3 (12); #4, #5 (10); #6, #7, #8.5 (8); #10, #15 (6)
Designed to mimic the head, eyes, and gill plates of a baitfish, and to push more water than traditional flies.
Quick and easy to use. Simply tie in all materials first, then fit the Fish-Mask from the front.
Recessed eye sockets
Designed to securely position, hold, and protect the eyes. The sizes directly correspond with Fish-Skull Living Eyes, which act as an important trigger for predatory game fish. (Fish Mask #3 fits Living Eyes 3 mm., etc.).
Compatible with our entire articulated shank family: Articulated Shank, Articulated Fish-Spine, Chocklett's Big Game Shank, and Senyo's Articulated Shank for Steelhead and Salmon Flies.
Part of the Flymen Big Game Fly Solution
Combine with Chocklett's Articulated Big Game Shanks and 10 mm or 15 mm Living Eyes for ultimate big game flies.
Fish-Mask Size Chart
Fits hook sizes #10, #8, #6, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes #8, #6, #4, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes #6, #4, #2, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes #2, #1, 1/0, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes #1, 1/0, 2/0, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, & Fish-Skull Articulated Shank.
Fits hook sizes 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, & Fish-Skull Chocklett's Big Game Shank.
Fits hook sizes 5/0, 6/0, 7/0, & Fish-Skull Chocklett's Big Game Shank.
After tying in all your materials, complete the fly by simply fitting the Fish-Mask from the front and finish off by tying a small thread dam between the skull and the hook eye.
1. Tie the entire fly onto the hook (or articulated shank) leaving a small gap behind the eye of the hook
2. Create a large thread head and tie off your materials.
3. Add super glue (or Clear Cure Goo Hydro) to the thread wraps.
4. Fit the Fish-Mask from the front of the fly and position it in place against the materials as desired. Note: If you use Clear Cure Goo, your UV light will shine right through the Fish-Mask and cure the goo within 8 to 10 seconds!
5. Tie a small thread-dam in front of the head, tie off, and cement. The thread head locks the Fish-Mask firmly in place, making it impossible to come loose.
Step-by-step instructions on how to tie flies with the Fish-Mask such as the Masked Bugger and Masked Minnow.
Q: Does the Fish-Mask sink or float?
A: The density of the material is slightly thicker than water, which means it will sink very slowly. This is perfect for creating weightless streamers that will suspend in the water column.
Q: Can the Fish-Mask be colored?
A: Yes, Fish-Masks can be colored using Copic marker pens.
Q: Can the Fish-Mask be combined with a Fish-Skull Articulated Shank?
A: Yes, the front-slot of the Fish-Mask is designed to fit our entire range of Fish-Skull articulated shanks: the Articulated Shank, Chocklett's Articulated Big Game Shank, the Articulated Fish-Spine, and Senyo's Articulated Shank for Steelhead & Salmon Flies.
Q: What eyes can be used with the Fish-Mask?
A: Each size of Fish-Mask is designed to correspond to the range of Living Eyes. However, almost any type of 3D or stick-on fish eyes may also be used. This flexibility enables fly tiers to use whatever color or style of fish eyes best suited for the fly pattern they are tying and opens up endless possibilities for creativity. Please note that the Living Eyes are sold separately.
Q: What is the best way to secure the eyes in place?
A: We highly recommend using Clear Cure Goo Hydro to seal the eyes in place. This completely covers and then seals the eyes in place deep inside the eye sockets to produce a realistic finish. The eyes will never come off! Simply place the Living Eyes in the eye socket, cover them completely with some Clear Cure Goo Hydro, and then hit it with the light for 8 – 10 seconds to cure. You will love the result. Another method is to use clear drying super glue in the base of the eye sockets and then stick the Living Eyes in place. Done correctly, this is a very quick and effective technique.
Q: What is the Flymen Big Game Fly Solution?
A: A predator size Fish-Mask (#10 or #15) + Living Eyes (10mm or 15mm) + Chocklett’s Articulated Big Game Shank = the key platform upon which large, big game flies can be built.
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Co-designed with Blane Chocklett
Blane Chocklett is one of the fly fishing industry’s most forward-thinking and innovative fly tiers. Essentially a tapered daisy-chain, the Fish-Spine is a series of specifically-designed articulated shanks that allow you to create multi-jointed, highly articulated streamers, such as the revolutionary Chocklett’s Game Changer.
Quantity per pack: Individual sizes (24); Starter Pack (6 x 4 sizes = 24)
This method of daisy-chaining a series of articulated shanks allows for a level of realism that was previously impossible.
Flies of various sizes and styles can be created through different combinations of shank lengths, hooks and materials.
Wrap it up
Game Changers have never been so easy to tie since the release of Chocklett's Body Wrap.
For use in saltwater streamers.
The concept is simple. A fly is tied in segments. Each segment is tied using one of the 3 or 4 articulated shanks or the hook. Typically, a fly is tied by starting first with the tail segment and once completed, more segments are added on one at a time until you finish at the front of the fly.
To explain in a little more detail, each segment is created by tying the materials onto an articulated shank. Once a segment is tied, the articulated shank is removed from the vise and connected to the loop of the next size of articulated shank. In turn, this new shank is held in the vise and the materials in turn are tied onto that shank. This process continues until the segments of the fly (shanks and hooks) are all connected together. The fly is then trimmed to shape and any final features like eyes or body markings can be added to finish off the fly.Tying with the Articulated Fish Spine
Q: What is a Fish-Spine comprised of?
A: A Fish-Spine is comprised of four specially designed articulated shanks of various lengths i.e. 25mm, 20mm, 15mm and 10mm. These shanks are connected together to form a highly articulated, tapered fish spine.
Q: What hook and shank configurations are possible?
A: The Fish-Spine is highly customizable. Flies of varying sizes can be created by combining different hook sizes/lengths with different shank lengths. This gives you the flexibility to create different patterns to suit your local fishery. Experiment with different combinations of shank lengths, hooks and materials to create your ultimate “swim fly”! Typically, most Fish-Spine flies are tied with the hook in front of the fly, onto which is attached the body and tail section, comprised of either three or four shanks. An alternative is to place the shanks in front with the hook attached to the back of the fly.
Q: What fly tying materials can be used for a Fish-Spine fly?
A: A variety of synthetic or natural fly tying materials can be used. A tip to get maximum action out of the fly is to use materials that are dense enough to force the water to flow around the head of the fly versus through the material. When wrapping or tying in your materials, pack it as tightly as possible. The best synthetic material to use is undoubtedly Chocklett's Body Wrap (by Hareline Dubbin) which has been specifically made for tying with the Articulated Fish Spine. For tying smaller streamers use Frizzle Chenille (by Hareline Dubbin) which produces wonderful flies! For natural materials, any inexpensive hen feathers can be used to tie wonderful "feathered" Game Changer-style flies which are ultra-light and highly articulated!
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Frantic Tails are made of nearly indestructible, ultra-light synthetic suede that cannot be bitten off, will not shrink, and provides lifelike texture and movement when wet. Each suede body is precision laser cut, making each 100% identical and allowing for fine detail.
Quantity per pack: Small, Medium (8); Large (6)
Quick and easy to tie
Innovative attaching method is designed to give the fly maximum tail movement and help prevent fouling when casting.
Lifelike movement and texture
Instead of tying in the tail on one side of the hook like similar products, the Frantic Tail has a unique flap design that is used to create a hinge effect that positions the tail directly behind the hook shank in a balanced way. This hinge acts like a spring and generates movement from the tail with very little effort by the angler. In addition, the hinge provides a strong, stiff connection point for the tail which virtually eliminates any fouling.
Anatomically correct profile
Acts as an important trigger for predatory gamefish.
Fits hook sizes #8, #6, #4.
Fits hook sizes #4, #2, #1.
Fits hook sizes #1, 1/0, 2/0.
Tied correctly, the tail produces a life-like movement in the water with minimum effort by the angler.
1. Attach the thread and cover the hook shank.
2. Position the Frantic Tail with the bottom flap of the tail in line with the back of the hook and the front tip of the tail level with the shank of the hook.
3. Fold the top flap of the tail over the top of the hook to the other side and tie in at the front. Tie the flap securely in place. The tail should still be in the right starting position, i.e. the bottom flap in line with the back of the hook.
4. Fold the bottom flap up and tie in at the front. The flap should be parallel with the shank of the hook. Hold the materials tightly together and wrap back steadily towards the tail. Tie all the material in tightly and form a neat cone shape using multiple wraps. The tread should end halfway between the tip and the barb of the hook.
5. Make sure the flaps on both sides are straight and in line with the hook shank. Put a small amount of Super Glue on the flaps and stick them down to the sides of the tail. Gently pinch and squeeze them together. You are now ready to create whatever pattern you choose!
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The Evolution Caddis tungsten beadhead is molded after the common caddis pupa head profile -- round and undersized with bulbous eyes. Take your tying and fishing to the next level by adding the final, previously impossible, element of realism to your caddis nymphs.
Quantity per pack: 15 beads
Achieve the unique “head arched down on a curved body” caddis pupa profile. The Evolution Caddis beadhead is shaped to naturally tilt forward on the hook.
Match the distinct caddis proportion of a small head attached to a large body. The Evolution Caddis beadhead is designed for smaller beads to fit on larger hooks.
100% pure tungsten for the fastest-sinking nymphs.
Brown, black, and olive with an anodized finish.
Step-by-step instructions on how to tie flies with the Evolution Caddis beadhead.
Fits hook sizes #18, #16, #14.
Roughly equivalent to 3/32" (2.4 mm) round beads.
Fits hook sizes #14, #12.
Roughly equivalent to 7/64" (2.8 mm) round beads.
Fits hook sizes #12, #10.
Roughly equivalent to 1/8" (3.2 mm) round beads.
Fits hook sizes #10, #8.
Roughly equivalent to 5/32" (4.0 mm) round beads.