The other day I was at the bench and got to thinking... Dangerous, I know... about spoon flies for freshwater applications. Anyone who has dunked a spoonfly in the warm but salty water for redfish can tell you how great they are.
Well, I didn't feel like messing with the epoxy for something so small but I thought why not try nail polish....err... I meant head cement
Anyway started with a size 12 scud hook. I tied a little pearl flashabou for a tail and a couple of long strands to out line the "spoon" and for the body. I wrapped the body strands forward to the head and then pulled the strands I left for the body forward and left a spoon outline and tied them off and finished the head. I then coated the whole thing with the head cement filling in the area between the flashabou outline and the hook...viola...spoonfly!
A couple of things about head cement... it takes too long to dry... next time I'll use epoxy. It's also not very durable as I found out. After about a dozen gills and a very small LM bass it broke off one of the sides.
The fly itself has great action. It flutters as it falls and got some killer strikes I think because of this action. I didn't really need to do much stripping. Because it is hard the gills would spit it out quickly if you were not paying attention to it but otherwise seemed to work great. I'll have to sit down and tie a few more up and post some pics.
I'm certain I cannot be the first person to think of this. Anybody else try this??