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  1. #1
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    Jun 2011
    Jupiter FL

    Clamp Fly

    I was experimenting with some Crease flies and decided to try a little more clamping power than a clothespin. I really like the way a big bar clamp crushes down the foam and glue plus it pushes the hook shank into just the right position. There is a little crushed up excess that squeezes out below put that's easily removed with scissors and leaves maximum hook gape for a popper type fly.

    Hook: Mustad 34011 in 2/0

    Tail/Wing: Choice of color over White with flash synthetic (I like Mirror Image)

    Underbody: Red 2mm foam
    Body: Sparkle colored 2mm foam
    Eyes: Doll eyes
    Glue: GOOP
    Special Tool: Bar Clamp

    Step 1: Tie in tail / wing approx length of hook

    Step 2: Cut Red Foam and body foam in a trapezoidal shape

    Step 3 prestep: Adjust bar clamp to approximately 1 inch gap

    Step 3:Apply GOOP to body foam and both side of underbody foam. Put a little extra towards the tail. Fold foam in half over the shank of the hook with the wider end of the foam just behind the hook eye. Squeeze clamp 1/16" from the edges of foam together under the hook. Apply significant pressure to crush the foam under the hook and push the hook into the body

    Step 4: After fly has dried in clamp for 6hrs to overnight undo clamp and pop fly free (whatever compound the rubbery jaws of the clamp are made of does not seem to stick to the GOOP much if at all)

    Notice the crushed foam on the underside of the hook that will be trimmed away

    Step 5: After trimming there is almost no material under the hook

    Step 6: GOOP on some doll eyes in your favorite color

    Step 7: Go catch some fish

    For Futurama watchers: You want I should clamp him?

  2. #2
    Moderator Ol'DirtyCaster's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Try boston clips. If I didn't know better I'd say they were made for crease flies.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2012

    I also been tying a few thousand Crease flies for my Mexico adventures. Check out my stuff.

    Carl Blackledge
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    Last edited by Carl Blackledge; 10-05-2012 at 11:37 AM.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2011

    Those are some really nice crease flies. Care to post a step-by-step - at least once focusing on the body construction?


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