|My personal collection of authentic Clouser Minnows|
|Lead and brass hourglass and dumbbell eyes|
|Them is big eyes right there!|
|This is as close to Guido as I get!|
Lead tape is great stuff too. Most commonly used for the zonker style flies it can help shape a body underneath Mylar tubing. I have used it like that but you can also use it to shape nymph bodies if you attach it perpendicular to the hook plane as well. I have also used thin strips of it to wrap along the hook shank. I don’t see it too frequently in fly shops these days, but you should be able to find it in a well stocked hardware store.
I have tried out the new Fish Skull heads for flies and I like them. I haven’t experimented with them that much yet, but I have found them to be really easy to work with and they sink like a rock. Watch your casting though- one of these puppies could slice through a rod tip like a hot knife through butter!
Another item I am dying to try is the new channel lead that is out there. This is a U shaped piece of lead that you secure to the hook shank. It would be the perfect addition to a Spirit River aluminum eye fly to keep it hook point up. I like the idea of this a lot too. I am sure I could come up with a lot of flies using this stuff. It is definitely high up on my list of stuff to try out. Someone could always send me some samples to try out if they really wanted to!
In order to get flies down deep fast I am not averse to using several materials to do that. It is the norm for me to put a few wraps of lead behind a bead head or cone head not only for added weight but to keep the bead or cone in place and to give a bit of extra bulk at the head of the fly. That added bulk helps make the fly a bit more realistic- ever notice most bugs or baitfish are thicker toward the head? Sometimes I will even make extra wraps of thicker lead if I want a fly deeper still and I put a bit of different colored dubbing on the tail or use a different color thread so I know it is heavier. Helps out when you are deciding what you need to use.
So that is how to get flies deep with weight on the fly… coming up next, my thoughts on getting flies deep with your leader!