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Bendback CF Minnow

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These are bendback CF minnows that I've been playing with as of late. Got the idea from Allen Rupp while watching him tying the bendback bucktail flies at the early-show last year.

 

This one with chained eyes.

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This one with dumbbell eyes.

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These will be in the mixed coming your way for the blowout, John.

 

 

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Nice flies, Tom! I love the bendback--classic and underappreciated!

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Tom,

always nice flies from you but what does the bendback hook do for this pattern vs. just a standard streamer hook and beadchain or dumb bell eye mounted beneath the shank?

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Hook up is always preferable IMO, what kind of hook is that?

Dai-Riki 930 Size 2.

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Tom,

always nice flies from you but what does the bendback hook do for this pattern vs. just a standard streamer hook and beadchain or dumb bell eye mounted beneath the shank?

Good point, Rob. I'd tied them these ways before, and found that the craft-fur fouled the hook point a lot.

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I'm hoping that with the bent-back hooks, the fouling issue will be minimized.

 

The eyes of the bendback cf minnos are mounted on top of the hook shanks (not on the hook-point side) for both the beadchain and dumbbell eyes.

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It is definitely interesting. I have awoke from my fly fishing sleep and tied some cloister variants in a similar fashion.

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