E-Z Body® Products          "Fly Tying's #1 tubing material"
Tips

                                We hope that these tips will help you to become a                                  
                                    
better
and more creative fly tyer at the vise.                      

                                       

1.     All E-Z Body Products accept permanent markers allowing you to create an endless array of color combinations.           
                                                             
                                                                     

2.    Try cutting the ends of the tubing at an angle when tying securing in place, this will help to taper the tie down area. 
        We recommend using "utility scissors for cutting syntectic materials.
 


3.    For the serious tier, our tubings accept permanent dyes as well, RIT brand dyes can be used to dye our products   
       any color you desire. 
                                         
                                                                                 

4.     Looking to create a scale like effect on your bait fish imitation? It's as easy as applying a coating of soft cement such     
        as Softex or an epoxy over the tubing, not only will you get the desired look but your flies will wear like iron. 
        We highly recommend Softex for flies that "feel real".
 

5.    Dry Flies? Yes! E-Z BODY products can help you there too! We suggest a past type floatant.

6.    If a flattened effect is desired, squeeze the tubing flat with a pair of smooth un-nurled pliers.

7.    Adding a colored lateral line is easily done with a fine point permanent marker. Gently touch the tip of the marker to the
       lateral line cording, the marker's ink will "wick" it's way along the cording. Move the marker along the cording until finished.

8.    When opening a new package of E-Z BODY, we recommend that you "break it in" by running it through your fingers and/or 
       flexing it. When E-Z BODY is manufactured, it's weave is "locked into itself", breaking it in will get it ready for manipulation.

9.    Singeing the end of the tubing with a lighter or corderizer will "seal" the end, protecting it from any unraveling. 
       Gently heat the end of tubing being carefull not to melt it. Roll the tubing lightly between your fingers trying not to 
       squish it, or burn your fingers.

                                                                                      
10.    Pull Through technique:

         Take a piece of heavy monofilament about  10 inches long and form a loop with it. Melt the ends together with a lighter,
         
this simple tool will make pulling materials through tubings much easier. (See tying instructions for the E-Z Streamer)

11.   When securing tubing directly to the hook shank we recommend building up a thread base to prevent the tubing from 
         spinning
around the shank. Cementing the thread wraps, helps to lock everything in place.

 

12.    Draw Down technique:

         ** When securing tubings to the hook shank, we recommend using this technique to prevent the tubing from folding or 
         creasing on itself. Do not singe the tubing if trying to perform this technique.

         
         Lightly make a few thread wraps around the tubing. Slowly but
evenly tighten thread tension by "bouncing" or "tugging" on 
         your bobbin tighter and tighter until you are at full tension and ready
to secure. This allows the strands of mylar and
         mono to neatly
compact themselves preventing any folding or creasing of the tubing.

 

13.    Roll Back technique:

         This tip is quite possibly the most widely used tying technique. Variations of it are useful when creating Bullet Heads, 
          Poppers,
Reverse Heads, Spreaders, Sliders, Tail Shrouds ect.

                                                            
    
        
This technique is easily performed once the end of the tubing is neatly secured into position using the "Draw Down"
         technique.
 
Then roll the tubing in reverse or over itself, think of it as turning a pair of socks inside out. 

         *Bullet Heads are achieved by turning the tubing completely inside out, you must however, pre-measure the desired 
          head
size before doing so.

14.    When adding prismatic stick on eyes to tubings, try rolling the eye into a "Taco" shape before applying. This will help
          the
 
prismatic stick on eye to achieve the rounded contour of the tubing, thus helping the eye to adhere better.

15.    You can add Diving Lips to your E-Z BODY flys! 

         All you need is a piece of mono (30-50lb), a lighter and a jar of SOFTEX. Take the piece of mono and form a loop slightly
         larger
than the size needed to create an
effective diving lip. Cut mono to size and use a lighter to melt a small ball on each
         end of the mono (this will keep the mono from
popping out of the tubing when inserted). 

         Insert each end of the mono into the sides of the tubing, positioning it in the shape of a diving lip (keep in mind that angle
         and size control the running depth and action of the fly,
we've found shorter lips to be more effective).

         Now using your bodkin, fill in the gap between the mono loop and the tubing with SOFTEX, try to use the thicker SOFTEX
         from the jar rim, this will bridge the gap nicely. Add a couple
more coats of SOFTEX to strengthen the lip, letting dry in
         between coats.

16.    To increase to flexibility or manipulation properties of E-Z BODY tubing's try removing the Lateral Line Cording. This is
         easily done once the tubing is cut to the intended size.
Just use your finger nails to pinch the cording and pull it out.

17.    E-Z BODY tubing's are perfect for inserting rattles, foam, paste type scents, flash materials ect.  

18.    Create a hollow floating fly or popper using SOFTEX!

         E-Z BODY can be used to make a hollow popper by tying off the tubing at the rear of the hook and cupping the face of the fly
         using a partial rollback technique
.

         After forming the body, color it with markers as desired. Using your bodkin, apply at least three coats of SOFTEX over the
         entire body creating a "Skin". Pay close attention to achieving total coverage, an air tight capsule is the goal here.
 

         This fly will float due to the air cavity and feather weight design. If the fly gets punchured by a toothy critter just clean off the
        
surface with fresh water, dry, and reseal the hole with SOFTEX. Remember SOFTEX WILL ALWAYS RE-ACTIVATE SOFTEX!

19.    You can color or add materials to the out side of any E-Z BODY fly!

         It's as simple as coating the desired area with SOFTEX! You can add glitters, color pigments, sand, dubbing, mylar strips,
        
feathers, flash materials, synthetic hairs, fur ect.

         Here's how it's done. Coat the intended area with SOFTEX, then just lay the material onto the surface. Using your bodkin,
         stroke the material into place. Once it has dried you can add a
finish coat of SOFTEX to seal the deal!

         Glitters and color pigments can be added to the SOFTEX prior to applying it.  

20.    Try combining E-Z BODY with Sili Skin.

         These two products go well together when applying Sili Skin over E-Z BODY. Tyers are creating Sand Eels, Bait Fish, Squid,
         Scuds, Nymphs ect.
Try experimenting, your guaranteed to have fun!

21.    The "Worming" technique:

         This is a simple technique for creating extended body flys with tubing, it's just like putting a hook through a rubber worm 
         or night crawler.

         First place the hook next to the piece of tubing and determine where you want the hook point to exit. We recommend 
         putting a dot with a
permanent marker on the exit spot for the first couple of trys. (once you get used to this technique, omit this step)

         Next slide the hook point into the tubing and find the exit location, now wiggle the hook point and allow the point to exit the 
         tubing.
*Note: This is all done out of the vise, after the hook is in place you may place the hook back in the vise and 
         continue tying the fly.
 


        BILL'S BODI-BRAID TIPS:

1.     We suggest stretching your Bill's Bodi-Braid prior to use, this will take out the "kinks" from the paper bobbin, 
        making it lay nice and flat. 

2.     Bill's Bodi-Braid can be used as a flashy wing material. 
       
        It’s easy, just tie the braid on to the hook in loops. Cut the loops and tease out the loops with a comb. A comb makes it easy,
        just start teasing out the braid near the tips and work your way
toward the hook.

3.     Permanent markers can be used to color PEARL BILL’S BODI-BRAID any color you desire. Just lay it on a piece of paper
        and color away!

4.     After winding a body wrap on the shank of a streamer, don't snip off the excess bodi-braid. Fold it back and incorporate it  
        into the wing of the fly as a flash material. Just use your bodkin or a comb and pick it out.

5.     Try twisting the bodi-braid to create a ribbing on streamer bodies, mutiple color combinations can be achieved with a 
        little experimentation. Try wrapping on color flat and twisting a second color as the rib. 

6.     On fly's such as the LOOP Fly that use BBB as a wing & tail material. We suggest putting a dab of soft cement right 
        behind the hook bend in the tail area. This will help to keep the tail from fouling without effecting the action of the fly.

7.     Added durability can be achieved by cementing the thread wraps on the hook shank prior to
        wrapping the BBB onto the shank. 

8.    When tying the Loop Fly, we recommend using mono thread for added durability. Because the Mono thread is clear, it 
       also disappears and creates a very neat looking fly and head.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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