The Iron Fly
Tying Skills Contest
As adopted by the Texas FlyFishers
What is The Iron Fly?
Based on the premise similar to the cable TV cooking show The Iron Chef, the Iron Fly is similar in nature but, with fly tying instead of food. We start with a common selection of materials for all of the contestants. The Iron Fly tyers will have 15 minutes to select their materials, return to their tying station and design their pattern. Once the time has elapsed, the tying begins.
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S size 4 and 6
Thread: 210 denier (6/0 or larger)
Undertail: Flex floss or lumaflex, rosy pink, Or krystal flash, Gold, pearlescent, or copper
Tail: Deer body hair, Olive, natural, brown, olive, black, or yellow
Body: 6mm closed cell foam, Red, black, orange, chartreuse, or yellow
Eyes: 7mm or 8mm dolls eyes, yellow or white
Adhesive: Cyanoacrylate or E6000
I found that LMB anglers love to use the Wacky Worm, and it seems to work for them. This smaller version hits the water with a light splash and has great action as it is twitched.
After spending a few minutes working with a pattern for the bass and bluegill, here are the results Continue reading
Les Lehman describe his thoughts on dubbing loops and how to learn to work with deer hair. He demonstrates his dubbing technique using zonker strip. Then he talks about how to learn, control, and cut deer hair.
Les describes his thoughts behind tying this simple pattern, as he ties it.
Mustad 3407DT, size 4
140 denier thread, tan
Bead chain eyes
Barred rubber or silicone legs
Coyote body fur
Les shows us how he sharpens his hooks before he ties the fly. Some of the better hooks on the market can rust as soon as you sharpen them. So he has this tip/trick that prevents this.