- Dec 1, 2008
- Aberdeen, WA
Thought I would share this with all of you as it has turned out to be a very versatile method to make jigs and flies and catches a lot of different species.
With the smaller ones I have caught:
Rainbow trout, cutthroat, steelhead, green ling, kelp green ling, surf perch, shiner perch, rock perch, and other salt water fish.
The larger ones have caught steelhead, salmon, sea bass, green ling, kelp greenling, ling cod (only juviniles so far) Cabezon and large surf perch but only twice. (hook too big and was just a fluke)
I also sent some to someone on the east coast and they caught some nice fish on them including sea trout, stripers and drum. Another one in Eastern Washington has caught walleye on them, the smaller to medium sized ones in leech colors.
The method is basic once you get used to it. Can be a pain learning it but it works and you can create some really cool patterns.
The instruction for Fly Crocheting
The link shows how to tie them. I use Larva Lace for the smaller ones and I use craft lace that you buy from any craft store for the larger ones.
To give them shape and weight, I use lead weight trolling line and wrap it aorund the shank ater I have tied in the lace material. Then I use a pair of pliers to flatten it out so it will hold the shape better. If I want to be able to add scent or some more color I add chenille before the lead but after the lace is tied in.
I plan to switch to non lead when I can find it, if they make trolling line that is not lead based.
If you don't want them weighted they still turn out nice. I will normally tie in an axtra piece or two of lace on the sides of the hook to give it some solid shape before crochetting them. A extra piece of craft lace or two works great for the larger jigs to give them some really good body and to make them flat like a leech or to make them flutter as they fall on the drop.
I have never added tails to them but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
As you can imagine, it can be done with chenille or crystal flash of any kind or pretty much anything else that will flex enough to form the laced pattern for some really nice looking combinations.