Foxxy Baitfish SBS
By  Johnny Walshe

Each issue of Tail Fly Fishing Magazine features one or more fly tying step by step tutorial from some of the very best artisans in the world.  See more from Drew Chicone, Ruben Martin, Dron Lee, Rick Worman, Johnny Walshe and many others.

Start your thread at about the 50% point on the shank.  Wrap your thread towards the back of the shank

Tie in about 12 three-inch strands of Hareline Ice wing fiber at the rear of the shank

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Cut a clump of arctic fox hair about the width of a pencil and tie it in, wrapping the fox around the ice wing fibers so that the fibers are blended in with the fox. 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Tie in a strand of UV Polar Chenille right in front of where the fox is tied in 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Palmer the UV polar chenille forward five times and tie it off until you reach about the 50% 
mark

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Tie in a three-inch wide EP Foxy brush right where you tied off the polar chenille

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Advance the thread forward covering the brush wire, making sure you leave about 10% 
of the shank bare

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Using a pair of nail clippers or scissors, cut the brush off right at the thread 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Palmer the Foxy brush forward 8 times making sure to pull back the hair with your fingers between each turn 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Tie in the foxy brush, making sure you still leave about 10% of the shank bare 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Using a pair of nail clippers or scissors, cut the brush off right at the thread

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Whip finish your thread, making sure to leave part of the hook shank still bare 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Add some head cement to your whip finish

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Using a comb, comb backwards blending all the hair and fibers together 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Add a small drop of superglue to the bottom of the fly 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Slide on the Fish Mask, pushing it back enough so you can see about 10% of the bare hook.

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Right in front of the fish mask, add a thread base to help secure it 
.  Whip Finish 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Add a coating of Loon Thin UV resin

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Cure the resin with UV light for about 10-15 seconds 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Add a small drop of superglue to each eye inset 


fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Secure your eyes, and you’re finished

fly tying step by step - saltwater flies

Material List:

Hook: Gamakatsu #1-2/0
Thread: White Veevus 140 Power Thread
Tail Fiber: Hareline Dubbin Ice Wing Fiber UV & pearl Minnow mix
Tail: White Arctic Fox Hair
Body 1: Pearl UV Polar Chenille
Body 2: White EP Foxy Brush 3” wide
Head: Flymen Fishing CO Fish skull fish mask size # 5-7
Eyes: Flymen Fishing CO Fish Skull Living Eyes Size 5mm-7mm UV
Resin: Loon Thin UV Resin

 

Bio: At the age of 27, fly designer and tyer Johnny Walshe of Fly Fixx, has been fishing his entire life. Once he discovered fly fishing, the addiction took hold and Fly Fixx was born. He wanted to start a company that strives to be positive influence, creating a supportive and collaborative community within the industry to promote the sport and help anglers whether they are seasoned or fresh to the sport.

 

 

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