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post #1 of 33
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I don't know why, but I've been on an articulated kick (pun intended) lately. Here's a few.

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post #2 of 33

Really like those patterns



If you dont mind me asking, are you Tim A. from facebook?

post #3 of 33

Very nice like the colour combo of the last one.

post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 
Joe, you got me wink.gif Thanks for the compliments, fellas.
post #5 of 33
Nice looking flies. I tie lots of articulated flies for salmon, steelhead and trout and I have even been experimenting for salt water species like rooster fish, dorado and tarpon. One suggestion I have is to cut the front hook off. It makes releasing fish way easier and also prevents you from getting hooked. IMO, you also hook way more fish on the back hook. When tying articulated flies, if you know you are going to cut the front hook off, buy inexpensive ones.
post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip, Fisheye. I'd like to see some of your articulated patterns, particularly the experiments for saltwater use.
post #7 of 33
OK, here are a few flies I have photos of. I'll have to take a few more. Most of the articulated flies I tie are for freshwater and most are variations of the bunny leech, which really represents a lamprey.

This first one is obviously a black leech but it includes pink UV polar chenille wrapped in with the rabbit. This fly is tied with 20# dacron backing using a furling technique a friend showed me. Here is a you tube link of Chris tying a pink worm. We have modified the technique a little to tie these articulated leeches with the UV polar chenille. I catch way more trout and salmon with the UV materials. I have caught big rainbows, dolly varden, steelhead, coho and king salmon on this fly or color variations. I have also tied this with tarpon hooks and 30# backing for the salt but have not fished it. We also tie this in flesh colors with no weight.

Here are some color variations:

This next one is a squid I learned from Jonny King. This is his kinky muddler style of fly. I have tied these articulated style of kinky muddlers with many materials like fox and rabbit to look like not only squids but also baitfish for both fresh and saltwater and also sculpins. Big rainbows love sculpins (I don't have any pics).

A craft fur pink squid:
post #8 of 33
A couple more comments:

1. Using the furling technique with 20# dacron allows the rear portion of the fly to stick out a little straighter and not wrap around the leader (like that third pic of the brwon kinky muddler). Other materials like power pro braid don't have as much rigidity.

2. KF aka sax has been playing with rubber legs in his articulated flies. I'll let him post pics.

3. I have been adding contrasting colors of rubber legs or ostrich tied in just behind the lead eyes. Gives the flies more pizzazz.
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
Great flies, Fisheye. Thanks for posting. I really like the leeches in the photo with 10 or so of them. Interesting tip about UV catching more trout--I wonder what that's about. I have some UV flash here so I'll have to work that into more of my flies for salmonids.
post #10 of 33
Intracoastal, many fish can see in the various UV spectrums. I have no idea what they can see, but I suspect it just makes the fly and their food a little more visible.I have done some reading of various papers and books on what fish see. I can tell you that when I first started tying with UV materials and using those flies for salmon and trout I would fish alongside friends who were using the same patterns without UV. In fact, I tied them both ways and we played around a little while trout fishing (I am talking about big Alaskan trout many of which are 10 to 15 pounds). While I never kept any records, I can tell you that the guys using non UV became believers when they watched the UV angler catching many more fish, particularly in the early morning, at dusk, and at night. I estimate that UV outfishes no UV at night by almost 10:1. It has also done really well on stellhead, coho and king salmon fished in low light.

I am now using UV on many of my saltwater flies, especially those I fish deep (say more than 15 feet). The UV seems to be more effective, particularly on tarpon fished down to depths of 70 to 100 feet. I have not seen much difference on flies with UV fished in bright daylight or near the surface.

Question for you-on your second photo, is there a tube in the fly on the right?
post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the elaboration. Like I said, I'll be sure to include UV on more trout flies & night flies in general in the upcoming season. Hopefully I'll have similar results.

Somehow I doubt you fish for tarpon with flies at 70-100' depth. You need to explain that scenario.

There is no tube in any of these flies. You may be seeing the glass beads through which I've threaded the connection loop. These stiffen and protect the connection.
post #12 of 33
Intracoastal, I regularly fish tarpon on deep dropoffs next to various cayes near Placencia, Belize. I fish with Bruce Leslie and a couple of other guides. This is either an early morning or just before dark thing. At those times the tarpon seem to come into the dropoffs from out in the deeps. They anchor the boat on the shallow edge and we cast out with large clousers or other heavy flies (I like a kinky muddler in all black with lots of UV and lots of lead) and Rio Leviathan, Teeny T400 or 500 lines , or shooting lines with T14 heads. We can get the entire 100 feet of line out if the wind is not directly in our face and if the current is right we'll strip off more line into the backing. Sometimes I'll let it sink for a minute or more. Sometimes we see rollers, sometimes bubbles or sometimes nothing. Long slow strips and bam! Fish on. I have caught dozens of tarpon this way. I use big hooks for this- Owner Aki 4/0 or Tiemco 600SP size 3/0. Not many of these deep fish get off since they are deep and you can get a good hook set and you get to clear the line before they jump. Not as exciting as sight fishing but pretty dang cool.
post #13 of 33

That is some nice stuff.Real nice.

post #14 of 33
Originally Posted by Fisheye View Post

KF aka sax has been playing with rubber legs in his articulated flies. I'll let him post pics.

As Fisheye mentioned, several incorporating rubber legs. I've also used ostrich and rhea in dubbing loops tied in just behind the barbell eyes. I prefer tying these with rubber legs though. So much more challenging to tie. All of these top out around 6". Hook is a Gama B103 Size 4.

Char bunny with UV Polar Chenille Char rubber legs & UV purple dubbed head

Char bunny/ UV Polar Chenille Purple and rubber legs

Black bunny w UV Polar Chenille Copper rubber legs

Thanks Phil for sharing the knowledge- standing on the shoulders of giants, the evolution continues.
post #15 of 33
Thread Starter 
Really nice flyties, fellas.
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