Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fly Tying Series #9 Crease Flies

These are still not turning out the way I want but they'll probably catch fish.

They are a little more boxy and chunky than I'd like.  A couple things that will make this better.  One is to use a longer shank hook so I can get a more sweeping curve or a more gradual taper.  The other is sharper scissors.  I used an old pair of scissors because I didn't want to use my good tying scissors on glued foam.

I'm trying to decide if I want to tie these with a "fish belly" profile or more of a straight taper profile.

This is my first attempt at these so I'm still in experimental stage.  If I get some tied up looking the way I want, I'll post some step by step photos and the like but right now, I'm making so many mistakes that I'm just posting some train wreck pictures and will keep working on them.

A couple more photos after the jump:


  1. So does that float like a popper? I googled Crease Flies and found lots of salt water lures. I'd like to use this method to make some cheap small poppers for bluegill. Think it'd work?

  2. Hi,
    Yes, the ones I've been tying float like a popper. Well, kind of. Where a popper floats on the surface, these more float "in" the surface. At least that is how they are floating in a pan of water.

    My understanding is this was originally developed as a salt water fly but a lot of guys have been tearing bass up with them.

    I also think tied in smaller sizes and fished with a sinking line (the fly floating above the line) they could be devistating on crappie too.

    I'm still working the proportions and silhouette out to make it more "fish like" but even these attempts make a pretty decent looking wounded minnow.

    Another friend suggested using strands of tinsel and crystal flash for the tail instead of maribou. I've always liked the breathing action of maribou in tails of flies, especially for bass, bluegill and crappie, but the tinsel may add even some more flash. I'm thinking on tying up a few that way and testing them out if the lakes ever thaw out.

    Hope this helps.


  3. i have never trie d to tie those .. so i need a recipe ...also ..i was loking at the crappie flies ..i didnt see any white an silver ...i got one i am playing with ...if it turns out good i will post in my face book site ....r/s michael hackwith ...a.k.a ...foambug

  4. Michael,
    Next time I tie some, I'll take a step by step photo, but here is a really good tutorial on them.

    The recipe for the ones I tied is as follows:
    Stinger hook (used size 1 and size 4, but any wide gap hook of the size for what you're after.
    Tail - Marabou or yarn, or flash or tinsel or some combination of these.
    Body - Craft Foam. I used silver glitter foam for these (I also have some gold glitter foam) Because the glitter foam I found was only 1.5mm thick I glued it to a backing of white 2mm foam. Not sure the extra work is worth it.

    First, cut the foam body to shape. A picture is worth a thousand words. The link above shows a great photo of the overall shape. From there, you can play around like I'm doing to make it more minnow like or whatever you're trying to make the fly represent.

    Lay a good thread base down, tie in your tail material (see post Fly Tying Series 10 for a slightly different take where I glued the tinsel into the crease at the tail of the fly. Not sure how it will work but it looks great in the water).

    Take thread to the front (I laid three or 4 thicknesses of wrap)
    Tie off
    Put some super glue on the thread.

    Put some glue on the bottom edge of the foam body only (in these photos, I made the mistake of putting glue on the "mouth" see the next in the series where I did it more "right").

    Coat with epoxy or nail polish (I've been using clear and glitter nail polish).

    Let dry

    go fishing.

    Hope this helps. The link above is a great tutorial though.