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Old 07-09-2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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Question Tying Articulated Flies

Who ties articulated flies? What is your preferred “shank” material? How do you secure the Dacron backing for the hook to the shank?

I have been tying articulated flies using three different shanks:
Waddington Shanks:


A regular hook with the point clipped off:

and Spinner wire:




I have been securing the Dacron backing to the shank by laying the line along the shank, wrapping it with tying thread, running the loose ends threw the eye of the shank and wrapping the line again before giving it a good coat of tying head cement. It has worked so far. Does anyone use another method?

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Old 07-09-2007, 02:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

I go with method number 2. I use crappy old hooks (Mustads in the old white boxes), and instead of dacron, sometimes use 65 pound Power Pro. I use Gammy Octopus style hooks, usually size 2 or 4 for the sticker.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:29 PM   #3
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I only use Waddingtons, mostly because I don't want to worry about sharp edges. I also secure the Power Pro to the shank with Kevlar thread and a drop of super glue. Never had a failure.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

i use fireline off 1/2 waddingtons or a hook with the point cut off. havent caught many fish on my articulated flies, but they never failed in all the snags i hooked up in AK and i did land 2 fish over 30 on my own flies.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:10 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

I do basically what Mojo described, only I use 1/0 Gammies for the sticker and 30# Spiderwire. The connection of braid to shank only has to be AT MOST as strong as your tippet material, so I don't think several wraps of thread with Quick Tite gluing things together will ever let you down.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:38 AM   #6
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

I at one period in time have used al three methods. I use Firewire with marabous, but not MOAL type leeches. I find the firewire to rigid and it does not allow the fly to move as free as just plain old dacron backing. I generally use old straight eye stainless steel hooks for the head and loop the line though the eye and tie it off with a pitson knot both to the head and the trailer fly. If I get some time later today, I will post a pic.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:41 AM   #7
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One thing you might try is to use two smaller waddingtons tied together with fly line backing. It will give your fly more undulation. Add some flash and a few hackle tips and it will catch fish. This gives you a larger fly but it will still cast easy espically with a skagit set up.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:56 AM   #8
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what do you guys like for stingers? is there such thing as too big?
i have used from 4s- 2/0s (gamis or owners) and havent settled on one size yet... i guess i like the bigger hooks for kings and big fish...
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #9
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

For tying steelhead intruders and metal detectors, I use 20lb coated sevenstrand wire with #4 stingers. It's flexible, but stiff enough to keep the hook positioned at the back end of the fly were it will do the most good.

For chinook, I go up to 30lb coated sevenstrand and #1 or #1/0 owner hooks. However, I will confess I don't do very well fly fishing for chinook. Actually, I suck at it.

As far as the shanks, I'll use anything that's the right size. I recently bought a 100 pack of 6/0 salmon hooks for $1 at a garage sale that work excellent as shanks. Waddington's do make a pretty fly though!
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:45 AM   #10
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

Moals, I use power pro. Other than that,... for string leeches and anything else that needs a trailer hook I use a clinch loop knot and a a toothpick...


Here pics show it better.





See the toothpick and the knot?


finished product
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:01 PM   #11
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what do you guys like for stingers? is there such thing as too big?
i have used from 4s- 2/0s (gamis or owners) and havent settled on one size yet... i guess i like the bigger hooks for kings and big fish...
All of the above are good for me
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:34 PM   #12
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Default Re: Tying Articulated Flies

I used to do number 2 with fireline and super glue. Now I prefer a string leach with a small wadington. For smaller a leachs all are good choices.

he mono stinger justin uses with a toothpick may require some experimenting.

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Old 07-11-2007, 08:20 AM   #13
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I use cotter pins for the shank (1 to 2cents a piece) and gel spun line off of an old tackle reel I had. Yeah, I'm cheap, but it works
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