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    Posted: 28 Oct 2019 at 2:02pm
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A new set of smelt flies for the new season      Did really well last year on those fibre patterns in white, olive and grey with flash body.  
 
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Some great looking flies there Rainbow. Cheers
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I take my hat off to guys like Rainbow who catch such good fish on their own tied flies - I have caught fish on rainbows flies too so they work well
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Yeah, Herb is a legend. Cheers
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Close-up of my olive fibre smelt flies.     Third is under UV light.
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Very nice Herb.
 
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It's hard to pick out by the photo, but is the head epoxied or is that a thin layer of silicone?
Also, does the epoxy/silicone extend all the way down the wing towards the hook point or is it left untreated.

My thinking it would have a thin coating to prevent wrapping of the wing????

Is it fished in a jigging motion as opposed to a slow, steady swimming draw like the real whitebait?

Nice ties - just interested in the finer details Rainbow.

Thanks for sharing.
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Hi All     I use synthetic Living Fibre Hanks for the wing.    Thread is chartreuse Ultra Thead FL yellow. 3mm 3D eyes and thick flowing UV glue for the head .    Pearl Mylar for the body.    When the wing is tied in I lay a thin bead of UV glue on top of the body and lightly touch the wing down so that only some of the fibres make contact with the glue.    Then I firm it with the UV torch so that the lower  fibres of the wing  are locked in.     This stops the wing from flopping away from the body.     Re eyes.   When I started  I had a real job getting the eyes off the base and onto the head with my fingers.    Now  I put a touch of UV glue on the head and tip the needle point in that to get a tiny smear on the needle.    Then I loosen the eye off the base, which then sticks to the needle,    I can easily transfer it to the head where it sticks.    Once that is done I can move it into the right position with the needle and do that same with the other eye.     A quick sap with the uv torch and they are fixed in position.     After that I coat the whole head in glue and harden it with the torch.      It is actually quicker to do than to prescribe.
Fish it anyway  slow or erratic; both get strikes 
 
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BTW the smelt at Rotoiti are big enough to have an olive back hence the colour     I also tie white and grey ones
 
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Got it - Thumbs Up

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