Last week, Stuart Foxall shared with us a nifty fly tying trick for gauging the proper length of stinger loops when tying trailer-hook style flies for steelhead and salmon. Today he continues the topic with step by step instructions on how he attaches stinger loops to create not only tidy looking flies, but flies worthy of handling the big boys.
Stu’s flies have caught some of the baddest freshwater species around the world, so if tying flies for big anadramous fish is in your future, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Attaching Wire for Tidier/Stronger Flies
I often get asked by folks how to tie tidier flies. When it comes to flies with trailer/stinger hooks, many folks run into trouble from the beginning by tying their wire loop onto the shank incorrectly. If you can get your wire on there neatly, then you have a much better chance of tying the rest of the fly tidy, leaving you with a nice smooth body. Here’s my method of choice: