Nov 29, 2009

Carving is the easy part

I'm happy with the carving but my painting skills could use some improvement.

This one has a hole for each eye that will channel water through the body and out a hole on top.

Either that, or the cavity will release trapped air bubbles as the plug dives under.

This last picture is the best I could do to show the path between the "eye sockets" and "blow hole."  If you look close, you can see light coming through.


I don't think I'll ever know if this works as well as I think it should.  This is the third plug I've made that I don't want to risk losing. You can see the other two here and here.

Oh! and I sent a Dahlberg and a couple simple blanks to Jonn "The Streamstalker" Graham during the most lop-sided fly trading session ever.  I did quickly make four others that I do fish with (and they work fine).


  1. Being a retired fly tyer, I always enjoy looking at other tyer's efforts. These look really good to me, Cliff. I would think they would work great on Bass. Both Large and Smallmouth bass should be on high alert!

  2. I have to admit, that I never tried the diver you sent me. Too worried about losing it. Guess I will need to either hit you up for another, or make my own. I do really like your newest one. Love the color scheme.


  3. Mel,
    Retired or reformed fly tyer?

    You could always try out that diver in the bath tub. Otherwise, I hope you still have the two "blanks" I sent. If not, say the word and we can figure something out.

  4. Yes, I still have the blanks. Guess I will have to go to work on them this winter.

  5. Definitely think its time for a new blog entry! I hope Santa is good to you this year...I look forward to seeing your new gear. Would you like a free place to advertise your blog? Let me know and I'll put you on my forum.

    ~Scotty P

  6. Yes it is time, but the winter months don't offer much material. I suppose I could fill things out with useless dribble...but I won't. Well not any more than I normally do.

  7. Creativity is the key! I think you should work on a log/spreadsheet to record your catches including: lenth, weight, species, time of day, and "fake" location. I think it is time for you to take accountability for your fishing and display your numbers from year to year for better or worse. You could probably get a rough count for the last year or so based on your blog alone plus/minus.

    my thoughts
    ~Scotty P

  8. 1)The count would be minus, I only blog about interesting things or decent fishing. I don't blog about uninteresting days where I only catch dinks
    2) Disregarding #1, I would be more than happy to post the results of your findings from my last year(s) worth of blog.


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