Flymen Fishing Company
Co-designed with Blane Chocklett.
Blane Chocklett is one of the fly fishing industry’s most forward-thinking and innovative fly tyers. 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 Blane Chocklett Signature Fly Collection.
The Tail Shank is the newest addition to the Fish-Skull Articulated Fish-Spine system and is designed to simplify and improve the tail tying process.
We've essentially modified the design of a Fish-Spine shank by removing the rear loop and replacing it with a tag, which is to be used as an easy way for you to place the Tail Shank in your fly tying vise.
Now, rather than having to try the difficult process of tying around the rear loop of a shank or modifying the shank by cutting part of it off, you can easily tie a neater tail with more taper using the Tail Shank.
Quantity per pack: Individual sizes and Tail Shank (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!
Chocklett’s Finesse Body Chenille is a synthetic chenille perfect for tying Game Changer style flies. It’s not quite a dense as Chocklett’s Body Wrap, so it works well on smaller flies while the finished fly has more micro movement. From palmering the chenille to adding a few wraps to the front of a fly to fish it off, this chenille increases your options when tying Game Changers and other palmered baitfish imitations. Try it with the Fish-Skull Articulated Fish-Spine.
Palmered or collared, this important material fills the void in your fly patterns. It's especially great for feather Game Changers creating a seamless transition from one articulated Fish-Spine shank body segment to the next . At 1½" inch wide, it will palmer beautifully or work well as a collar or for color segments. 3 yards per package.
Chocklett's Game Changer Chenille is a translucent and markable material specifically designed to be combined with the Fish-Skull® Articulated Fish-Spine™ system and Living Eyes™ to tie the Game Changer, a phenomenal, multi-jointed streamer designed by Blane Chocklett.
Game Changer Chenille is ideal for tying small-to-medium size Game Changers (typically between 3 to 4 inches long).
Tip from Blane:
Steam your Chenille before tying with it because it will help you get the most out of the material. Popular options for this include holding it over boiling water or using a handheld steamer.
Flymen Fishing Company
Designed by Martin Bawden
Designed with photo-realistic holographic technology and high-resolution images of real baitfish eyes, this comprehensive range of fly tying eyes includes colors and sizes designed to fit everything from smaller trout patterns to huge predator-style flies.
Quantity per pack: 3 mm - 7 mm (20); 8.5 mm - 10 mm (16); 15 mm (12)
Fits Baitfish Heads (Small/Medium), Sculpin Helmets (Large), & Fish-Masks (#4).
Fits Baitfish Heads (Medium), & Fish-Masks (#5).
Fits Baitfish Heads (Large), & Fish-Masks (#6).
Fits Fish-Masks (#7).
Fits Fish-Masks (#8.5).
Fits Fish-Masks (#10).
Fits Fish-Masks (#15).
Living Eyes have an adhesive backing, but we recommend that you use a Super Glue, epoxy or Clear Cure Goo to stick them securely onto your fly.
Q: Can you tell us more about the Predator (15 mm) size?
A: Keeping up with demand for big flies to chase musky, pike, large trout, and various saltwater species, we’ve created the new 15mm (5/8″) Predator eye. Finally, eyes proportionate to the size of larger flies designed to trigger an attack response from large, toothy, aggressive species such as golden dorado, peacock bass, tiger fish and barracuda.
Q: Do they have a self adhesive backing like other 3D eyes on the market?
A: Yes, but like other eyes we recommend that you use a Super Glue, epoxy or Clear Cure Goo to stick them securely onto your fly.
Q: What is the best way to look at the Living Eyes?
A: Go outside into the natural light and you will get a true appreciation of what the eyes will look like under normal fishing conditions. Indoors under artificial light, the holographic material we use in the eyes unfortunately tends to reflect light in multiple directions which sometimes makes it hard to clearly see the Living Eyes’ fine detail and wonderful colors.
Q: Are the Living Eyes hard or soft to the touch?
A: They are fairly rigid in order to hold their shape, but under some pressure they are flexible and feel slightly soft. Just like real eyes!
Q: Do you have any tying tips or tricks for sticking the 6 mm eyes onto the large Baitfish Heads?
A: We made the 6 mm Living Eyes exactly the same size as the eye socket of the large Baitfish Heads, and as a result they are a very tight fit. We recommend you put a small spot of Super Glue in the eye socket and position the eye in place as normal. Then, wait a minute of two, place a cloth over the Fish-Skull and then squeeze hard with both eyes between your thumb and forefinger. This squeezing together pops the eyes into place in the socket and you are good to go! Alternatively, just use a 5 mm Living Eye, which is slightly smaller.