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shirebassa Posted - 10/03/2015 : 16:57:36
G'day guys. After some research and some very helpful blokes on here,i decided to make myself some 'Gutless frog' surface flies.

I'm no expert at tying flies,i just like to mess around and see what i can create,but these things were SUPER easy to tie.

The first frog....The brown one.
I made the body a bit too long around the back of the hook.Due to this,the profile was larger than i wanted to achieve.So to fix the problem i just ran another few wraps around the body,just back from where the foam is actually tied on,to squeeze it in a bit to get the profile i was going for.For the time being,i'll call this my 'larger model'.

The next frog was tied up using less of the foam,and keeping the back of the lure closer to the bend of the hook.I changed this one slightly,compared to the larger model.Instead of running the legs through both sides of the body,i used 2 sets of 3 strands,tied each set with a knot,to make separate legs.This one then got painted good Ol Aussie green and gold! (Hopefully it'll catch me some bronze...)

Like anything,the more you do something,the better you get at it.So...i'm really happy with the third one.I painted this one up my 'go to' colours for bass....black and purple (with yellow dots,just to jazz it up a bit!!) This will be first one i tie on.

Anyway,hope you like the look of them......

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shirebassa Posted - 16/03/2015 : 15:38:57
Onya fellas!! I've just finished tying up a few more. My missus is home sick today, watching me tie them up, she asked if she could make one.I gave her a quick run down of what to do, and she nailed it! It's probably the best one I've got made up! Hahaha!

I've messed around a bit today and I've come up with something else......watch this space.
penguin Posted - 13/03/2015 : 18:47:17
Had a casts on the grass with them and happy with the way the turnover and land, next one will use your idea and shorten the tail so it is hard against the end of the hook which should hold it in place until grabbed.
Now to get out onto the water and get them wet.
PatB Posted - 13/03/2015 : 18:01:04
Now we're talking !!! That looks perfect plus what it also does is bring the centre of gravity lower on the underside with the hook bend really "keeling" it so it land upright most times. Well I'd have to say this has evolved pretty quick and inspired me to look in my tying gear and have a go. You know you could always "spot" glue the foam in position with the tinniest bit of CA glue as the sides will cave in if grabbed solidly. Just a thought as it probably will move once you back cast. Cheers Pat.
shirebassa Posted - 13/03/2015 : 17:47:43

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shirebassa Posted - 13/03/2015 : 17:35:45
They look great, penguin!! Good stuff on making some. I was actually just looking at mine again, and I've suprised myself with the 2 smaller models. If I push the back of the foam up, it catches on the bend of the hook and holds (but can still move to expose the hook point when hit by a fish) Meaning, I've made them to become really weedless without knowing I did! Pat suggested tying the foam at a different angle to hide the hook point, which I will still mess around with, but I'm extra happy to find out my little dudes can become weedless. I'll get a pic and pop it up to show you.
penguin Posted - 13/03/2015 : 11:51:48
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penguin Posted - 13/03/2015 : 11:46:11
Found some 4mm Rainey's float foam in my fly tying stuff and some #4 worm hooks and had a go, pretty happy with the result, should catch a Nepean bass

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shirebassa Posted - 11/03/2015 : 19:57:08
Pretty sure it was the 6mm foam,I've thrown out the packaging.As for paint,I used Humbrol model paint. It's the only paint I had at home.
penguin Posted - 11/03/2015 : 15:41:21
looking the goods, what size foam did you get and what paint did you use?
shirebassa Posted - 10/03/2015 : 19:41:45
Thanks Pat!!That's next on the table.Today was just a trial to see how they go.I have a few things in mind to tweak them a little also.I'll see how that pans out when i get some time to tie up a few more.
PatB Posted - 10/03/2015 : 19:16:17
They're awesome !! Well done. Now try and tie some with the hook point between the bend of foam so it is "weedless" top and bottom. Cheers Pat.

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