How To Tie The Flex Fleye Fly Pattern
Learn how to tie the Flex Fleye Fly Pattern including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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The Flex Fleye is an awesomely simple fly designed by New Jersey’s own Bob Popovic. The fly utilizes UV Flex which gives the fly incredibly realistic movement that predatory fish find hard to resist. You can tie this up in various colors to match the baitfish in your area, but we’re tying a mackerel imitation in anticipation of striper season here in Maine.
- Hook: Ahrex SA280
- Thread: UNI-Mono Thread
- Body: Hareline Flat Diamond Braid - Pearl
- Hareline Rams Wool - White
- Steve Farrar SF Blend (UV Mackeral & White)
- Glue: Solarez Flex Formula Resin
Start the pattern by establishing a thread base from below the hook's eye to the bend.
For the underbody, tie the Flat Diamond Braid below the eye, then cover the material with thread. Be sure to leave the rear material exposed.
Next, wrap the Flat Diamond Braid material up the shank with tight, overlapping turns, then tie it below the eye.
Secure a small clump of ram’s wool on top of the shank with the material extending past the hook’s curve, then clip the forward-facing material.
We are now working with SF Blend for the Flex Fleye’s body. Secure a section of the white-colored material above the ram’s wool with fibers extending past both sides of the hook. Pull the forward-facing material rearward, then make several supporting wraps in front of the fibers.
Moving onto the UV Mackeral SF Blend, secure a smaller piece on top of the white SF Blend, fold the outward-facing material back and make additional wraps for security.
The Flex Fleye’s tying portion is finished after securing two whip finishes in front of SF Blend material.
Flex Resin is crucial for giving the Flex Fleye its movement and enhances the fly’s durability. Apply the Flex Resin to the head, then gently work it rearward with the bottle’s tip, creating an even resin layer.
Now that the first coating is complete, hit the fly with UV light to cure the resin.
Immediately after curing the resin, apply the adhesive eyes on both sides of the shank.
The Flex Fleye is nearly finished, but we need to apply one more coating of Flex Resin over the eyes.
Run the UV light over the eyes, and the Flex Fleye is ready to hit the surf!