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Misfit flies are my project flies.  Some are fishable, some need refinement and others are....just plain experiments.  This is my fun page displaying a mix of ideas, functionality, innovation in an eclectic fly tying manner.  Enjoy!

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Weedless Popper I Pipe Fly I Crafty Baitfish

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Dougherty's Weedless Popper:

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Dougherty's Weedless Popper

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Materials

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Hook: Size 2 Owner J hook or similar

Thread: Color-matching thread

Head: White Rainy 1/2" cylindrical foam

Eye: 1/8" 3-D Gold hologram

Wing: White saddle hackles

Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap CA+ glue

Head coating: Z-Poxy 5-minute epoxy with pearl fleck

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A multitude of colors and flash may be incorporated to match local bait variations or artistic flare.

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Dougherty's Weedless Popper takes advantage of the newer hook styles offered for plastic worm fishing.  While most poppers fish with their hook points down, Dougherty's Weedless Popper utilizes the hook's design to fish point up.  This innovative use of a new hook style places the point further from obstructions and water hazards.

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Created in the summer of 2004, Dougherty's Weedless Popper is a new pattern, and as such requires further water testing to determine fishability.  The pattern may undergo further refinement.

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Dougherty's Pipe Fly:

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Dougherty's Pipe fly

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Materials

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Hook: Size 2/0 Wide gap Gamakatsu SC15 or similar

Thread: White thread or mono

Head tubing: Pearl 1/2"

Body tubing: Yellow 1/4"

Tail: Mother Of Pearl Gliss -N- Glow

Eye: White saddle hackles

Adhesive: Z-Poxy 5-minute epoxy

Head coating: Red fingernail polish

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Dougherty's Pipe Fly incorporates three different techniques I wanted to experiment with; 1. fusing two tubes, 2. creating a wide/fat body with epoxy and 3. using tape and nail polish to create a well defined no-run colored head.  Technique 1 is accomplished by Chinese-fingering two tubes of different sizes together.  Epoxy is used as the adhesive.  Technique 2 uses epoxy liberally applied to the tube along with finger pressure to flair the tube.   The desired position is held until the epoxy sets.  Technique 3 uses plain transparent tape to create a sharp edge.  Fingernail polish is used to create a hard shiny finish.

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Color and flash can vary and are left to artistic flare.

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Dougherty's Crafty Baitfish:

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Dougherty's Crafty Baitfish

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Materials

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Hook: Size 3/0 Wide gap Gamakatsu SC15 or similar

Thread: Color matching thread or mono

Body: Select Craft fur

Head: Select Craft fur mixed with Gliss -N- Glow

Lateral line: Silver Flashabou (optional)

Eye: 3D prism eyes

Adhesive: Water glue

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This is a very durable pattern that provides a wide narrow profile perfect for imitating bunker, butterfish and the likes.  The fly is tied similar to a double bunny but uses select craft fur.  Select craft fur provides the length required for the wide baitfish profile.  Additionally, the select craft fur's plastic matrix backing provides durability.  If this same patterns is tied using a cloth backing the fly pulls apart and disintegrates.  The first 1- 2 inches of the fly is left uncut to provide movement.  The remaining portion of the fly is trimmed to the desired baitfish shape.  Although this is a durable and accurately-shaped fly, the glue used to adhere the two craft fur pieces reduces movement.

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