Category Archives: Paul Beel, Frankenfly

Quick Review: Barred Variant Strung Schlappen

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer and owner of FrankenFly.

I had a chance to tie with and test out Nature’s Spirit’s Barred Variant Strung Schlappen recently and here are my thoughts.

The barred schlappen from Nature’s Spirit comes in a package with a decent bundle of feathers. The feathers are brilliantly barred and made quite an impact when I first opened the package. The feathers are long and in excellent shape. For testing purposes, I used two feathers and made a tail from them on a large articulated streamer (pictured below). These feathers work perfectly for this type of application, and you could also easily take the feather and wrap it around the shank of the hook to form a collar or palmer it across a body to make a full body of a streamer. It was easy to see these feathers would look terrific in the water and they did. The webby fibers flow great in the water.

You need to keep in mind that with the barring, comes a higher price. You can get regular schlappen feathers without the barring for less. However, I believe that various colors on a streamer will attract fish so I think the barring can make a significant difference.

To summarize, I think Nature’s Spirit has a quality product in their Barred Variant Strung Schlappen. I would definitely recommend these if you are in the market for barred schlappen feathers.

Video: How to Tie the Bluegill Belly Bean

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer and owner of FrankenFly.

In September of last year J.Stockard Fly Fishing posted my Bluegill Belly Bean as their Fly of the Month. This was the first time I had released the details about the fly. Please refer back to that post to find out even more details about the Bluegill Belly Bean.

In the following video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, shows how to tie my creation and also includes some nice tips while tying. If you haven’t been watching Tim’s videos, you should really treat yourself and start. Tim has been making professional quality tying videos for many years. Check out his YouTube channel for many different types of flies.

          Bluegill Belly Bean
          Hook: 60-degree heavy jig hook (here, a Daiichi 4640), size 6.
          Thread: Light-olive, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes, x-small.
          Tails #1: Root beer Krystal Flash.
          Tail #2: Olive barred clear Chicone’s Micro Crusher Legs.
          Body: Opal olive Estaz, petite.
          Legs: Chicone’s Barred Micro Crusher Legs.
          Head: Light olive Frankendub.

Fly of the Month – Butterknife of Justice

Fly of the Month by Paul Beel: J. Stockard Pro Team Leader and Owner of FrankenFly

The Butterknife of Justice was designed for largemouth bass. I have always had an interest in fishing for largemouth bass and even since I began fly fishing, I have never lost that interest. I just use flies now instead of lures. This is the reason I founded the Bucket Mouth League, a loosely based organization that promotes catching largemouth bass on the fly. To me this is all about fun. Isn’t that what fly fishing is all about?

What is great, is that I can design and tie large articulated flies and use them to catch largemouth bass. However, the size of the Butterknife of Justice is the same size as many of the articulated streamers that you might have heard of that are used for large brown trout as well. Even though I haven’t tested it on brown trout yet, I am positive it will be very effective at catching them as well because the profile and action.
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