how to make a fly-tying tool holder, a foam thingy and a ‘BuzzyBug’

via Chris Sanford’s Stuff TV

nifty, cool and a nice bug to boot. not bad at all for a five minute video.
drilling holes into a board to hold tying tools isn’t anything new and while i’ve seen the foam-feather-folder thing before it’s the first time i’ve seen the two together. maybe it’s because it looks like a little boat or simply because it’s a cheap and efficient tool but whatever it is, me like. just like Chris, i’m not much of a DIYer but this’ll be a cinch to make for any out there that are. nice too to see the foam thing in use, in this case, to help construct what might be considered as a Wooly-Bugger’s little bead-headed cousin (of sorts).
tying-wise, of most interest here is the idea of combining dubbing directly to the feather fibers in an easy and controllable manner before inserting it into the dubbing loop.  the creative tier will find all sorts of uses for this foam-thing and possible combinations are endless. that’s the cool part. once again, nothing really new here as a lot of tiers know and use similar methods but i like the way its presented and besides, not everyone knows this neat, simple trick. enjoy !

fly tying step-by-steps: the Failed/Emerging Buzzer

failed buzzer1

by Alan Bithell

“This isn’t a pattern of my own invention. Many years ago Alan Roe arrived home from work late. On looking in the refrigerator for something to eat he saw a box containing 4 packs of Birds Eye Cod in Parsley Sauce. Grabbing it he put two in the microwave for dinner. Between the packs he found a sheet of thin foam packing material. After his dinner he sat for a couple of hours thinking that there must be a fly tying application for this foam sheet. This pattern is what he came up with.”

thank goodness for supermarket food !
in what has to be a sure-fire, hard-core fish-slurping fly, what makes this one stand out is the wing material. standard, thin sheeted transparent foam sure looks the deal at the vice but a) doesn’t float for long and b) gets torn to shreds after just a few fish, usually one. Tyvek on the other hand, has a strengthening backing, keeps its transparency and alleviates all the problems mentioned above. the creative tier will find all sorts of uses for this: wing cases, streamer bodies, shucks and indicators just to name a few.

nice way to tie it on !

failed buzzer2to start your own wrapping click either image for the complete step-by-step, materials list and source. enjoy !

popper shaping

by Mario Meraz

making sleek, sexy and professional looking popper bodies isn’t as difficult as might seem. all you need is a Dremmel-type tool, various grades of sandpaper, a place where you can make a mess, some imagination and please don’t forget: ‘foam vision‘ and ‘foam phlegm‘ suck ! so wear a mask and eye protection !