- Varivas 2600V Saltwater 4/0
the process with yellow then olive green. Using a green black (no9) Pantone pen,
add the obligatory stripes.
next step is to form the head shape. I do this using epoxy. Mix the epoxy gently
to avoid air bubbles and apply a thin coat to the head area, carry on to about
two thirds of the way along the shank, working it into the fibres as you go. DO
NOT stick it onto a rotary drier as this won't give the intended profile - instead
hold the fibres tight and rotate the vise - using your bodkin to shape the epoxy
as it's hardening. Before the epoxy is fully dry, use grease proof paper to squeeze
the head into shape.
the first coat is dry, add your eyes and using a red marker, colour some gills...
a second, thin coat of epxy to secure and leave a nice, smooth finish. Use fine,
sharp scissors to work the fibres into a taper. (TIP- I recently bought an anti-static
fly tiers comb which is very handy for keeping the fibres aligned and neat - especially
when cutting/colouring etc.
The finished fly....