Monthly Archives: October 2014

Great Lakes Council Fly Tying Expo 2014 – this Saturday


This Saturday, November 1st, in Lansing, Michigan, the 2014 Greats Lakes Council Fly Tying Expo is happening! I posted a couple of weeks ago about this show, but since FrankenFly will be there, I wanted to remind all of you. Just so there is no confusion, the hotel changed names. It is no longer the Best Western, it is the Causeway Bay Hotel. The link I provided will give you the address.

I have a shadow box filled with classic Michigan dry flies and some streamers ready to show. I haven’t quite made up my mind yet what I will be tying, but it will either be an articulated streamer or a classic dry fly. I have two Eggie Special’s tied and ready to be put into the auction. I will have a recap post of the show after I get back of course.

It should be a lot of fun! I hope to see you there!

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Lipstick Shrimp – Eivind Berulfsen

This is a beautiful shrimp pattern tied by Eivind Berulfsen.

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Harrop’s CDC Bubble Back Variant

Tony Torrence shows how to tie a Harrop’s CDC Bubble Back Variant. Tony is an excellent tyer and provides good tips, so I enjoy his videos and I hope you do too.


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Fly tying of Dragoslav Mihajlović

A friend of mine messaged me to check out this fly tyer. The tyer’s name is Dragoslav Mihajlović. He is from Serbia and his fly tying business is called Gaga Flies. Dragoslav ties some wonderful flies and he has many photos. So I chose some of his work to feature here on FrankenFly. I hope you enjoy it.

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Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

Doug Korn has posted lately on his blog 55 on the fly about an interesting Salmon Fly. This is a variation of his hopper pattern, which is what makes it interesting, in my opinion. Doug explains more about the Salmon Fly below. The popular hopper pattern it is based from is Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper, so I have posted a photo of it below.

Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

Korn’s Split-tail Salmon Fly

This is a variation of my Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper that I tie for Parks Fly Shop. It makes a super Salmon fly and you can use the same pattern for Golden Stone flies as well. I just change the hook to a size 8-10 and the foam over body to a golden yellow. Out West it’s a killer fly when the Salmon flies are hatching and in the East for the small Spring Black Stone flies. I just change the color and downsize them to size 12…

Hook: MFCo. 7026 4-6
Thread: black 6/0 Uni
Legs: MFC med. black legs
Underbody: orange craft foam wrapped
Over body: black or dark brown craft foam, hook gap wide with split-tail
Wing: deer tail hair
Indicator: orange craft foam

tie in back legs split
tie in underbody foam at eye extending out from hook
superglue thread base, wrap orange foam back to tail-legs
attach over body with 3 wraps at tail-legs, then loop thread over the top of the underbody to the eye (this way no wraps show and you can get the thread back to the eye
put superglue on the top back of the underbody and fold over body down and secure at the eye, then wrap back to form double bullet head
tie in wing of deer tail hair, glue butts, fold over foam to form bullet head and tie down
tie in legs and indicator post, keeping thread wraps to minimum.
whip finish, varnish

note: convert split-tail to egg sack variation if desired… see photo

with egg sack

with egg sack

Korn's Wrapped Foam Hopper

Korn’s Wrapped Foam Hopper

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The Popsicle is a salmon and steelhead fly that is especially popular in the Pacific Northwest. It was developed by George Cook and is one of several flies in his Alaskabou series.

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