mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

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mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by ronr » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:51 pm

Guys...anyone know a simple way to mount flies so that they can be put into a frame, or shadow box.
Youtube is woefully lacking in DIY instruction...
Carl, I know about your card box displays...but the glue dots don't really work for what I want to do..
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by Trevis » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:07 pm

It may not do what you want and I don't recall where I saw it, so...
fine soft wire such as in bag tie
toothpicks or short stiff wires
stiff card stock size of display box
punch hole at each location that a fly will sit
pass both ends of a 2" wire through the hole
pass hook point through the loop formed in the wire
pull wire tight on back side and secure around a tooth pick or similar
This draws the hook against the card, card will be the bottom/back of display but could be covered with felt etc. prior to mounting the wires. Angle and attitude of fly relative to card stock should be adjustable.

Another thing I saw, was to mount cut match sticks on a thin sheet of wood and set the hook points in the matchstick peg. I think corks could sub for the matches.

Haven't seen this but it just occurred to me that the wire from a bag tie could be bent round the hook a couple times and the two tags twisted tightly making a standoff leg that could be mounted in several ways.
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:41 am

A friend in WA used to raid his wife's beading supplies for long beads (proper name is bugle beads). He would pass this wire through the bead, forming a loop. The fly hook was put in the loop and the tag ends were put through a hole in the matte board backing. There was some stand-off for the fly hackle, and if he used clear beads it looked really good. For heavy flies, like steelhead and Atlantic Salmon flies, he used two beads and wires per fly.
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by ronr » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:34 am

thanks REE
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:27 am

Welcome, Sir.
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by nfrechet » Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:38 am

very extensive tutorial but may give other iseas

http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatche ... hadow-box/
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Re: mounting flies in shadow boxes, frames, etc

Post by ronr » Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:20 am

Norm.. thanks for the link..I'd seen that one and certainly is thorough and professional. I'm still tinkering with the right method. I'm doing this strictly for myself and don't plan for any outside viewing, so I'm looking for simple, stupid, ways which fits me perfectly. Thanks for the response. And by the way, your flies are amazing..
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