The unique and flexible nature of Flexo braided sleeving makes it perfect for the body and main sections of flys, jigs, plugs, spinnerbait, worms, frogs, spoons, poppers, and other fishing lures. The shape of the flexo sleeving can be made round for crab lures, frayed for shrimp, loose to give the appearance of a worm, rounded for poppers, or made tight for minnow lures. In addition to shape and texture, the threaded nature of flexo allows hooks and needles to be easily threaded through, allowing for easy construction of fly as well as unique effects for hooks, feathers, and rubber legs to stick out exactly where desired.
The PET material of Flexo sleeving can be easily colored with markers, paint, or nail polish, allowing one to create unique patterns and color combinations as desired. Any materials and colors inside of the flexo body also come through the small holes in the flexo, allowing for complex and multi-layered color patterns, resembling the natural color patterns in fish bait. In addition to Flexo Flyflex kits, it is recommended to obtain other materials in order to make complete lures, including but not limited to: Fishing wire, barbell eyes, feathers, markers, glue, silly legs, hooks, rattlers, and flash.
Learn the most effective techniques for working with FLEXO™ Flyflex™ expandable body material from the FLEXO™ Flyflex™ Instructional DVD. The DVD is narrated by Richard Whitner, one of the region's most noted fly tiers. Whitner's patterns have collected 11 IGFA saltwater world records, and he is the developer of the infamous FLEXO™ Crab. Techniques for tying the Crab, as well as several other unique and effective flies tied with FLEXO™ Flyflex™ expandable body material are demonstrated on this video. Whitner says the key ingredient to the Crab, and many of his other successful saltwater flies, is FLEXO™, the same braided mesh sleeving used in the manufacture of planes, cars and boats.
The DVD contains examples of 10 flies that can be created with Flyflex sleeving, and shows how to make them with step-by-step instructions. The lures explained and shown in the video are:
- FLEXO™ Urchin
- FLEXO™ Kiraw
- FLEXO™ Minnow
- FLEXO™ Popper
- FLEXO™ Herring
- FLEXO™ Lizard
- FLEXO™ Grub
- FLEXO™ Worm
- FLEXO™ Dragonfly
- FLEXO™ Crab
Each lure is shown using a specific color and size of Flexo Flyflex, however the sleeving used varies by the size of the intended fish and the colors that the crafter prefers. While most of these choices are about personal preference, in the Flyflex DVD Richard Whitner shows you the specific combinations and other variations that he personally has used to obtain award winning trout, bass, and red fish.