Sunday, 9 December 2012

Squid pattern, step by step.

 Here is a pattern i use a lot for bass, were i fish on the Gower coast south Wales. we have a glut of squid in July coming inshore to spawn , and the bass and other fish make the most of the squid by feeding on them. and you can get very good sport using these squid patterns, above i have put a 2/0 upturned eye hook in vise.
 Now i catch in the thread, here i am using Danville 210 denier white thread.
 Here i catch in a bunch of bucktail, a mix of white and pink. the color works well for me, as the squid when alive does give off the mother of pearl look.
 Now i add some Krystal flash pearl.
 Now i have pulled back the flash that was facing forward, and cleaned up the tie.
 Now i get some saddle hackles ready for the tentacles , have put some spots with marker pen.
 Now its time to tie in the saddle feathers,
 Here they are all tied in,
 Now we need the eyes for the squid, i use Deercreek eyes great quality and colors.
 The squids eye are low on the body, and the way i tie these in. is by placing a mono loop of line on the back side of eyes., and glue in place with Deercreek UV resin. 
 Above, is a close up of the eyes, showing how i glue them in place.
 Now i tie in the near eye,
 Here is a shot from above, showing eyes tied in.
 Now clean up the tying, and you are ready to tie in the body.
 For the body, above i will use a Deercreek Gliss and Glint dubbing brush. Gliss and glint is a great material for bait patterns.
 I tie in the dubbing brush at the end of brush, and wound it on the shank towards the eye of the hook.
 Here i have wound on the dubbing brush, and tied it off at the eye of hook.
 Here i have trimmed off the unwanted end of brush,  and i brush back the hair to eyes. and now i trim it to shape the body of squid.
 Above, i have trimmed off the hair and shaped the body.and a head of pink at the eye of hook,
 And above the finished squid,
 Above, showing two two ways of tying, the bottom one does not have the saddle hackles for tentacles. giving you a smaller pattern, 
 Above, showing you other squid patterns i have done, the top and bottom ones done just using Uv resin on shaped cardboard under body.

 The ones above, i tend to use just from the boat, as the can be a bit of a pain casting from the shore.
The two hard squid patterns together, the bottom one is 23/4" long. both tied on a tube,