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Old 05-03-2010, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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While back I posted a description of the stim-u-dent streamers I developed in the mid 90's. Except for a few gifts to VERY CLOSE freinds, some guides in Christmas Island and now you guys I've not shared these with the world.



So here goes; we are not profesional photographers but here are a few sequence Pics so you get the idea. I used black thread on the toothpick body for contrast so you will see the "bleed through" after the wood body was coated with polish, white thread disappears.



The bodies can be wrapped with virtually anything from craft cord (bulkier) to colored yarns or floss; I used uni-stretch yard on these and coat them with polish before covering top with a bunch of herl. The color will shine through the tubing and you need not wrap perfectly with body materials to get the effect.



I like green on body and red up front so it will look like a gill when eye is applied.



The holographic tubing is tied rear first then pulled forward to form over the body and tied behind the eye then clipped; I hold a lighter in front (not under) of the eye to melt back any frayed tubing hairs before black thread and whip finish.



The eye is applied on top of the tubing prior to caoting body with two-part epoxy, SOFTEX (clear rubber) or polish... the colors inside will bleed through the tubing.



Stim-u-dent toothpicks are available in the dental area of near any drugstore and you get a zillion.



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The toothpicks are cut to length with small end at rear and large end at front, cut on a curve to shape the head and leave room for the tubing to be secured behind the eye, leave room aft also for tying in the tail (I like flashabou and many others).



When strapping toothpics to the hook lay a good base of thread down first, tie the top, then the bottom and keep wraps verticle and TIGHT... the wood will give a little and I find waxed flymaster perfect. if you wrap at angles thinking it will work better they will shift, slide and fall outta position. I coat with polish after I put them on the hook so they stay put.



I really like making these streamers as they are so unique but it's hard to keep them in the flybox as everyone likes them and I gift them away. Hope you have fun on some.



So here goes:



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The last streamer is my new OMG bunny streamer on a kinked shank hook, tungsten bead, burgandy flash chenille on rear, fushia tapered wraps in front of bead and the bunny of course. Sorry but couldn't get the pike picture to transfer.



Special thanks to my wonderful wife Karen for doing this for me.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think they are great!
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I like that stimudent fly. gonna have to try some of those. have you ever put a small propeller on the rear instead of material? could be a good fly rod tiny torpedo.
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Uh oh, Fly Chunker is testing my imagination... would think a prop on the front would work better but don't know how?



The body is so ridgid it needs a wiggly tail for good action... sometimes I use solid colored tail materials that have less flash but more visable action.
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I was thinking ...first mistake....and I know I'm not the first to want a fly rod version of the Heddon torpedo. it's the "old school" topwater bait for spin fishers but still works pretty good. caught lots of bass fishing those things on Douglas lake early mornings. I'm sure one could be made out of balsa or shaped foam but this stimudent looks like an option also. Might have to check on getting some propellers from jannsnetcraft. or salvage some from some old torpedos my dad has in his tackle box. ordered me some stimudents earlier today.... The pharmacy I work for did not have any in stock.
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Are those flat in the cross section? (if I looked dead on or top down would they appear thin, or do they bulge out due to the tube stuff?
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They are FLAT! Also they are "tapered".



They come in packs where you break of each individual pick. So they are thick where they ride the hook shank and taper from the shank whhile also being tapered from point (at tail) to where it is thickest at the head..... you trim the "head end" of the pick.



I forgot but think they sell them at Walgreen. You get a ton of them.
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Oh; they don't really bulge out as you tie the tube mylar at the rear and pull taut to the front. I like the really rugged tube stuff from Orvis; indestructable.



A variation is to put a pick only on the bottom, cover with whatever color then cover with mylar tube then put a bunny strip on top.... wicked.
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Very cool!
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