Snake Frog

Many times I have shared great fishing trips with friends that catch tarariras, or wolf fish, with lures, and the only way to get similar results to theirs is by using flies that are actual lures adapted to be cast with fly-fishing rods. From the 30s to the 70s an amazing set of cork and hair design View more...
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Snake Frog
List of materials
Tying MaterialsHook: any long shank hook for poppers or saltwater flies. In this particular case, I’m using a straight Worm Hock type hook, size 3/0.Thread: white Uni Cord 3/0 or 7/0, or light-colored Kevlar; and 6/0 or 8/0 normal thread, white or cream colored.Foam: foam strap or EVA, chartreuse color, of 4 mm. of thickness and 12 mm. of width. Its length should be that according to the hook.Legs: chartreuse or barred green rabbit strap, and green spotted silicon rubbers.Dubbing: Ice Dubbing View more...
Steps

Step 1

Place a thin needle on the vise and set the tying thread, adding some cyanoacrilate. Use any 6/0 or 8/0 normal, white or cream color fine thread. Tie the rabbit strap with six turns. Peel the strap a bit so there is no disturbing hair where we tie the thread. The hair should head to the right side of the picture, so the hair that was forced to the left does not disturb if we comb the strap hair again. View more...

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 1

Step 2

On the opposite side, tie five or six silicon rubber strands. Reinforce the tying with some cyanoacrilate, then hide the thread by using some shiny dubbing (Ice Dubbing or similar). Then, finish by tying it so that the dubbing is glued, and our back leg is ready.

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 2

Step 3

The two finished legs with its hair heading in the correct direction. For a 3/0 fly, the back legs should be about 5 centimeters long. To take each finished leg off the needle we should grab them tightly right where we tied the legs as we turn in one direction and the other. The tying will loosen from the needle and we will be able to take the leg off easily.

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 3

Step 4

The picture shows the foam strap with a small hole with the hook going through it. We can also see the correct angle of inclination (45°) that the front of the fly will have. It should be cut with a new cutter so the cuts are clean. Try different angles to see how the fly undulates. The cutting angles do not have to be precise but some angles and length of the front part of the fly will make it undulate resembling a natural in a better way. View more...

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 4

Step 5

Combine some thread with Uni Cord or Kevlar making a small dubbing ball on the back of the hook. Then tie two legs at each side. Tie the foam right before the legs, making sure the foam length is enough to reach the hook eye later (without stretching it). It’s better to tight the turns softly so the foam does not cut (you can try this before with another piece of foam). Once the foam has been tied, add some cyanoacrilate at the base, where the foam touches the hook. View more...

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 5

Step 6

Tie and wrap a rabbit strap towards the front without reaching the hook eye, use regular rabbit, not cross-cut, to make it bulkier. The front legs are made by tying 5 or 6 silicon rubbers so these hung at each side, as shown in the picture. Finish with a knot, add some cyanoacrilate and let it dry, then place down the foam. If you want an indestructible fly, comb the rabbit down and apply some 5-minute dry epoxy before placing down the foam. Wait until it is dry; ten minutes should be enough. View more...

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 6

Step 7

Lower the foam carefully and set it at the hook through the small hole. Do not stretch it because it may cut. Hold it tight with your fingers against the back and push it forward. Place it at the hole and, with the strong thread again, tie the medium-sized lead or bronze eyes (red eyes are more noticeable). Lift the foam a bit to apply some cyanoacrilate that will stick to the epoxy on the rabbit. Press the foam against it so it sticks well. You can use some cyanoacrilate or 5-minute epoxy for t View more...

Fly tying - Snake Frog - Step 7

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