Wes,

These look great but the real question is have you fished them and have they
caught those big trout you shared with us on-line?

Mike

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:57 PM, Wes Wada <wada....@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi You All,
>
>
> I mentioned in a previous post that I have been very busy and involved
> with fly tying.
>
> For the last year and a half, I've developed a style and technique of
> tying using kids' modeling "clay" -- Crayola brand's Model Magic -- as
> a basis for new fly patterns.  These have included an October Caddis
> pupa, a Field Cricket, and a Dragonfly Nymph.
>
> Attached are the first three Green Frogs, in the order that they were
> created.
>
> Materials are: white moldable foam, polypropylene yarn, rubber legs,
> and various flash materials.  Coloring is acrylic paint and art
> marker.  The eyes are created with fabric paint.  All of this is
> mounted on a large stinger hook. The space behind the eye of the hook
> is where a new type of weed guard will be tied in.  There are a good
> number of ideas going into this fly.
>
>
> The frog's legs are springy and hold their shape, and you can make the
> shapes surprisingly fast. The legs are shaped with a simple jig I've
> invented.
>
> The body length, not including the legs, is 2 inches.  The fly is
> lightweight, a tenth of an ounce.
>
>
> I've developed a technique that solidly anchors the hook in the
> hardened foam.  That's been battled tested.
>
>
> I make about five frogs at a time, mass producing all the parts.
> Assembly is very quick.  The bodies are all quite similar, as they are
> all made at the same time, using the same tools. The basic shape is
> still "in progress".  The variety of legs possible is a heap of fun.
>
> Coloring can take as long as you want.  These are early prototypes, so
> I didn't spend a whole lot of time coloring them, maybe three minutes
> each.
>
>
> Green Frog is the name of a common pond frog.
>
>
> These are hand-held digital photos.  I will be redoing the shots later
> with studio equipment. Also, the fly is still evolving, and who knows
> what it will be like or look like in a month or two.
>
>
> Hope you enjoy seeing some new stuff.  I've sure enjoyed the puttering
> around...
>
>
> Wes Wada
> Bend, Oregon
>
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