Little Flash Mylar For Me
So we all like to play the colors game; “which color is best when, for this lure and these conditions?” I personally believe that most of the time, color choice is a matter of personal confidence.
Which ever color you believe in, you use more, so you catch more, so you believe more.
It is a self fulfilling prophecy with colors and everyone is only catching them on “insert color”. Trouble is they are all different.
One aspect I do believe helps is the addition or use of shimmering bait-like flash from mylar is various forms. I love mylar and add it to all of my home-tied sea witches, jigs and lures. Found with the fly tying suppliers, Mylar can come in different textures and weights.
I’ve found one called Flash-a-bou and it works well. A quick search on line will yield a wide variety of choices. I avoid the fine and crinkle types as they tend to tangle up more in the turbulence of trolling. But again, personal choice will come into play here as well.
Of course there are color choices in mylar as with everything else. I just use the pearl or oyster colored ones. To me it has the maximum flash and picks up the color of whatever hair you are combining it with.
This flash gets the attention of a predator because it looks like the flash of real baitfish.
I build mylar into my sea witch lures that I build and run in front of a ballyhoo or strip bait. I keep the quantity of hair light in the classic “Carolina” tradition because I learned the technique from a buddy who was trained in North Carolina. I use this to catch all types of gamefish like sailfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. The sea witch protects the bait while trolling and adds a little weight and of course, the flash.
I also like to add it to a bucktail jig when it gets ratty and needs a makeover.
This cobia jig has been through the ringer and could use some new hair. I add mylar of course as a standard practice. First I cut off the thread holding the original hair and clean up the jighead.
Next I cut an exaggerated length of hair in the color of your choice and a healthy portion of mylar. Lay down a 2-foot piece of medium weight rigging floss or waxed dental floss. You will lay one end of the hair across this floss.
Position the jighead onto hair and be sure not to shift it off of the dental floss laying perpendicular beneath.
Bring both ends of the rigging floss upward and tie an overhand loosely three times above the jig. Then slowly draw it tighter to the jig and at the last bit, jerk the floss tight. This will pull the hair up and around the jighead. Tie another overhand knot down tight and then arrange the hair proportionally around the jighead.
Now use repeated half hitches to cinch the hair down tightly. Leave plenty of excess so that you can make a few more half hitches in following steps.
Next take a razor blade or super sharp knife and press down to trim the excess hair that extended forward of the jig. After the hair is trimmed, continue wrapping a few half hitches to smooth the leading edge of the cut hair. Repeat with each leg of the floss, leaving enough to do a final double-secret knot (refer to my sea witch tip).
Now you have refreshed an old jig and taken it up a notch with a blast of Flash!
Don’t forget to tip it with a belly strip and go get em.