This method of daisy-chaining a series of articulated shanks allows for a level of realism that was previously impossible.
Flies of various sizes and styles can be created through different combinations of shank lengths, hooks and materials.
For use in saltwater streamers.
Potentially any dense synthetic material or natural feathers can be used, flies can be weighted or unweighted, and the hook can be in the front or the back.
The concept is simple. A fly is tied in segments. Each segment is tied using one of the 3 or 4 articulated shanks or the hook. Typically, a fly is tied by starting first with the tail segment and once completed, more segments are added on one at a time until you finish at the front of the fly.
To explain in a little more detail, each segment is created by tying the materials onto an articulated shank. Once a segment is tied, the articulated shank is removed from the vise and connected to the loop of the next size of articulated shank. In turn, this new shank is held in the vise and the materials in turn are tied onto that shank. This process continues until the segments of the fly (shanks and hooks) are all connected together. The fly is then trimmed to shape and any final features like eyes or body markings can be added to finish off the fly.