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Fly Tying: Steve Flanagan’s “blue light” Soft Spoon Fly

By Skip Clement with FlyFishVideo

There’s something mean-spirited about me, or maybe there’s some Missourian in me, like show me. A friend linked me to the video below which is about making a soft spoon-fly.

I use spoons when I spin-fish – especially liking them for panfish as they never seem to fail. They pretty much attract everything. However, I never thought of them for fly fishing, and my irrational prejudice reared its ugly head as if I were a cable news believer with a cow ring in my nose.

What was I thinking?

I think you’re going to like this spoon whatchamacallit. The only thing I had to buy was play dough and glitter which I got at a Dollar Store for pennies.

My first go, not having jewelry-maker dexterity, went slowly and the outcome like a four-year-old’s attempt to color within the lines. A few spoons later and it was mass production and the result pretty good – not retail good but good enough. Good enough to catch very catchable small, largemouth bass at Elaine’s farm pond a few miles away.

Anyway, we think you’ll like Steve Flanagan’s Soft Spoon Fly using the Flexible Tuffleye material. He says the finished fly is excellent for redfish.

The only negative is just what you’d think it would be – not a good fly on a fly rod in the wind.

NOTE: Filmed at the 2010 FFF Gulf Coast Conclave in New Braunfels, Texas.

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