Saturday, July 20, 2013

The "Game Changer"

The Fish-Skull® Articulated Fish-Spine is an innovative system of interconnected, articulated shanks that combine to form a multi-jointed, “fish spine” upon which incredibly animate and realistic baitfish patterns can be tied.  The future of articulation has arrived!

The Fish-Spine was co-developed with Blane Chocklett who is one of the fly fishing industry’s most forward thinking and innovative fly tiers.   By daisy-chaining a series of articulated shanks, Blane conceived of a way to impart incredibly realistic action into baitfish patterns that has until now been impossible to achieve. Multi-jointed “swim” flies with ultra-real action!

Blane Chocklett’s “Game Changer” baitfish imitation is the first commercially produced fly that utilizes the Fish-Spine and is available through Umpqua Feather Merchants. This revolutionary pattern is the perfect example of how the Fish-Spine will enable a new generation of streamers to be created.

I ordered some Fish Spines from the Flymen Fishing Company last week and got them in today. I tied up my first "Game Changer" this evening. I used CCT body fur to create the body. I used yellow streamer hackle for the tail to imitate the yellow tail of the threadfin shad. Overall it is a very easy fly to tie. All you do is put one of the multi jointed spines in the vise, tie in another joint, wrap the wire spine with the CCT body fur and tie off, repeat on the other segments till you reach the hook. On the hook you will need to tie in a loop to attach the Fish Spine. I used 30lb amnesia to create this loop. Then finish wrapping the hook shank with the CCT body fur. Then just trim the fly to shape and glue on your eyes.

Although it is an easy fly to tie. It is somewhat time consuming since you have several sections to tie to then tie off along with the trimming of the fly. I did also have some problems with the vise getting a good grip on the segmented joints since there is just a small portion you can clamp down on.

Overall it looks to be a good fly and we'll see how it fishes. I do plan on tying some more up this week; clouser style, kinky muddler and on some 60 degree jig hooks. I think I many replace the hackle with a marabou tail on some flies just to see the looks of it. So stay tuned for those pics. But overall there are a lot of options, I think attaching them to a Pole Dancer head  would work pretty good. 

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