Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SF Bay Delta and points north
When I started reading this thread, I kept seeing images of the round nose scissors they give you in kindergarden. I would have lost an eye or two without those ;-) I like a weighted practice fly also. I attatch a tail to the hook and then wrap lead wire around the shank. I then wrap a nice thick layer of chennile, rabbit or "heavy dubbin" too cushion the fly and protect the rod blank from impacts. Remove the hook from the vise and clip off the at the end of the shank, just below tail tie in point. An alternate method I have used is to bind a small loop of 20 lb mono to the shank of the hook that extends off in front of the hook eye about 1/2" and then wrap the lead wire. Cut off hook bend. I then cut a small block of foam and punch a hole in it big enough for the shank/wire. I coat the shank w/ aquaseal and insert into foam so that the hook shank/eye is completely hidden in the foam with only the mono and the tail protruding from the foam. No hard bits to whack you in the back/front/side of the head, chin, elbow, shoulder blade (that one had big lead eyes and it really hurt) I used this second fly to learn how to throw huge poppers and other saltwater flies and did not hurt myself once, even though I took some pretty good hits. You can also scale it up with a bigger tail, longer mono loop and bigger piece of foam.