The Top Prop .is it a fly?
|Forrest Winder from Bayou Vista, Texas
Pattern provided to Fly Fish America
1. Pick up a supply of 3/8ths inch thick balsa wood, some size 1 or 2
propeller blades, model airplane paint, and small finishing nails. Forrest
tells us he gets most of the supplies at a craft store, but a hardware
store or fishing tackle store might be a couple of other options. Cut
the balsa wood into one and one-half inch plugs then use a piece of sandpaper
to shape the body. We suggest forming several bodies during a session.
|3 Cut a slot in the bottom of the shaped plug
and epoxy the thread-covered
hook into it. Set aside to dry. Again we suggest completing several
assemblies during a session.
4 Once a unit is dry apply a coat of airplane paint using any color you like
or think will attract a fish. As you can see on the facing page, Forrest
likes yellow. Place the newly coated unit in a rotating dryer to allow the
paint to set evenly. Once it is dry you can determine if a second coat is
5 When the painted assembly is dry, use a finishing nail to place several
contrasting dots on the back of the body. Return it to the dryer once again.
6 Use a larger nail head to paint eyes, one on each side of the body. Return
the nearly completed unit to the rotating dryer. Go through the same process
with a smaller finishing nail to add the black pupils to the eyes.
7 Once the unit is dry use a drill to make a small hole in the back of the
body. Slide a propeller on a small finishing nail and slip it into the hole.
A drop of crazy glue will ensure it does not fall back out.