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Bob's "South Beach" Chub
tied by GHow
Fly Type: Streamers,
Target Species: Freshwater Bass,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Imitation: General Baitfish,
Mustad 34007 #6
Resin core solder
3/0 white thread
3 mm white foam
White ultra hair
E-Body tubing – medium w/silver tinsel -
Gold and silver prism border tape -
Hologram dome eyes 5/32 silver
Brown, pink and red permanent markers
5 minute epoxy
Hard as Nails bottle adhesive
Xacto knife #11 blade
Large diameter needle
Tying Instructions: Body Preparation:
1) Cut body shape to the desired size and shape of the bait fish being imitated. Very sharp scissors are required to make clean cuts.
Once the body is cut to shape do the following, holding the foam in your finger tips belly side up carefully cut is slit in the middle of the foam to fit the hook You will not cut your finger your finger tips if you slice the foam as if you are cutting open a bread roll in a sawing motion using the whole base of the blade. The hook shank will be set in this slot with epoxy. DO NOT epoxy into place yet.
2) Color body: DO ONLY one side a time. DO NOT color the foam with the tip of the pens except for the red gill slit. Cut a section of paper towel and fold it, smear the marker on the towel and rub that on the foam to shade the foam for desired body color of the bait fish being imitated. This will allow a light to dark shading. Practice on a separate piece of foam before you start.
3) When both sides are completed cut a section prism tape for a lateral line to fit from the tail to the gill slit. To help adhesion smear the path of hard as nails where the tape is to be laid down and then put the tape in place. Repeat steps for the other side. Be careful: Even though the markers are permanent ink they still stay wet to the touch. Final step use the marker tip to solid color the dorsal foam.
Creek chub: Mark with red marker tip the gill slit. Lightly smear with paper towel brown for the upper body sides. Lightly smear with paper towel pink for the head (cheeks).
Thread wrap the hook shank. Follow that by wrapping a length of solder to the full length of the hook shank from the bend to the eye. This step will vary in bulk depending on the size of the hook will help with epoxy adhesion. Set the prepped hooks aside.
Cut a long length of ultra hair sized for the tail, flatten it in your fingers, wrap the end shank off in your fingers, cement and trim at the butt ends. Set aside to dry. The trimmed end will allow easy insertion into the tube.
E-Z Body preparation:
Remove the reinforcing thread from a bulk piece of the tubing. This will allow the tube to expand and conform to the when encasing the foam.
1) Make a clean straight cut on one end of the tube and insert the ultra hair tail butt into the I.D. Make this fit so no tubing is left to trim off. Hold together and finger wrap the tail and tubing together with a tight wrap. Cement and allow it to dry.
2) Layout the hook against the body and size the tail and tube against it. Allow an extra inch tag end on the tube and make a clean. The tag will allow your fingers to pull on the tubing as you snug it over the head.
3) Hold the tube in your fingers in the area where your hook will penetrate through the tubing. Push the hook bend backwards into the tubing compressing it as you push and peg the hook point through the tube.
WORK QUICKLY on these steps
4) Mix epoxy and smear a small amount into the cut slot of the body using a straight edge.
5) Push the foam body into the tube (compressing as you go) so it pushes against the tail. BE SURE the hook stays in place for placement in the slot.
6) Set your hook in the vise and finish pulling the tubing to fit being sure the hook shank is seated in the slot cut in the foam. Tie off the tubing, trim and cement. Let the epoxy set up.
Final Step: Poke holes in the tubing and foam to allow epoxy penetration and set eyes.
Presentation Tips: The fly has no weight so a sinking line or sink tip determines depth the fly is fished. The fly is fished slowly in current or still water. Short strips will make the fly swim erratically prompting strikes.
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