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✔️ How To: Paracord Survival Fly


hello hello this is Brian with ZimCo Survival
survival and cameras set a little bit differently today because I’m going to
be showing you guys how to make a survival fly for fishing using just a
hook and your paracord now you will need a couple of tools for this both of which
you should always carry with you anyway well one of which he should carry with
you anyway the other one you can just find anywhere you want but first tool is
gonna be a multi-tool now you’re gonna need this because it just makes life
easier now I use this tool primarily the only real tool I use for this is gonna
be the scissors that’s for trimming up my fly components
but you can use a knife if you if you have one or you know if you’re careful
with it you just want to make sure you get a nice even cut so I find this is
makes that a lot easier but let’s go ahead and get down to the point yet
first thing you’re gonna need is a stick it can be any kind of stick doesn’t
really care I don’t care stick now what you’re gonna do is gonna
take your hook now remember rule of thumb was survival setting up any kind
of survival kit smaller hooks are better it is easier to catch a big fish on a
small hook than a small fish on a big hook so I tend to carry as my standard
size a size six hook now you can use a pen fish hook or you can use a bait
holder hook or you can use any kind of hook you want I tend to find the Eagle
Claw hooks to be better I like the ones that are offset I don’t know if you guys
can see that they see how it pokes out there how the actual hook part is bent I
like that makes it a lot easier to catch your fish
now as far as tying flies go I’m going to be doing it with paracord all the
components that I’m gonna use to tie this fly is gonna come straight from
that paracord paracord is one of those things everyone should be carrying with
them it is a survival standard and while I do prefer using card bank line for
tying things and long-term projects that I’m going to be keeping for a long
period of time I do still use paracord for quiet
a few things and this would be an example of one of them so basically I’m gonna be
tying now you can use I’m gonna tie two different flies on this video so it may
take a little bit longer but I’m gonna be
tying one fly that I know works really really well
it’s a grub fly the particular pond I’m going to be fishing in and
demonstrating this for you they love grubs I mean they go ballistic
over them so I’m gonna go ahead and tie grub fly because I know that the fish
where I’m going to be tend to prefer that style and then I’m gonna build a or
make a smaller nymph fly using the same kind of hook and so it’s gonna be a
little larger than your standard nymph but that one has also been successful
but it’s just a standard nymph nothing too complicated or over-the-top so let
me go ahead and we’ll go ahead and get started with this and I’ll show you how
to how to kind do everything now my paracord decided it wanted to run away
from me so let me grab that really quick paracord now what you’re gonna want to
do is going to want to cut about 18 inches and you’re gonna need that if
you’re gonna be making a fly because believe it or not you could use a four
inch strip paracord for all the other material that you need but there’s one
specific piece of cord that you need to tie and you need about eighteen inches
of it so unfortunately you do have to cut a full strip off of your paracord
that’s the only drawback I find now I prefer when doing this particular kind
of project to use the tough grid that’s this one here paracord because it has a
marking strand that I find to be fairly unique among milspec paracords and as
you can see it is very thin which makes it perfect to use as my substrate for my
fly now I’m not gonna for those of you you tie flies and everything else I am
NOT going to be using proper flight terminology this is a video for pretty
much everybody not just people who make flies so I’m going to be using
my own terminology so that hopefully everyone can understand it a little bit
better so there you go now in this particular case I’m starting out with
the grub fly so what you have here is you have your stick and this is going to
be your client you need a clamp when tying flies it just makes life a hundred
times easier so what we’re gonna do is we’re actually gonna take a piece of our
internal strand here now I’ve already take and made a slit in this stick and
what I’m gonna do because I’m tying you up I’m gonna tie it closer up here
towards the belly of the hook I’m gonna take the eyelet section I’m gonna stick
it into my slit just like this so that it holds on and then but unfortunately it’s
still loose so what I’m gonna do at this stage so I’m gonna take a piece of my
guts I’m gonna form a little loop here then take my stick and right around the
top see if I can do this and show it to you here right on the top I’m gonna wrap
it around like this above the hook pull it through just like that so that it
forms that little loop move it up a little bit and then I’m gonna wrap it
back on itself pulling very tightly wrap it a few times see if I can show you here stick your
finger through like that on the final wrap and just tuck the remaining piece
of cordage down through that little section and what that’s gonna do is it’s
gonna tighten everything up and keep it nice and tight and as you can see it’s
tight so there we are now I’m gonna have a hard time showing you as I’m making
this because of how you know small this is so what I’m gonna do is I’m going to
show you the steps as best I can so bear with me a little bit so right
here we have our base line basically I don’t know exactly what a fly
producer would call it but it’s basically the portion that I’m going to
be using to build a foundation for where everything else is going to go I find
this actually grips very very well to the actual hook and provides a nice
solid foundation for the rest of the building all right so let’s just wrap
this around a little bit yeah I hate doing belly makes it very very hard to
do all right let’s go ahead we got this wrapped around a few times here and I’ll
show you what I mean here in just a second now what I need to do is come back now hopefully you guys gonna be able to
see it but basically what I did here let me see if I can get it to focus for you
okay yeah do you see how I wrapped it around the hook that’s basically where
I’m gonna have my um my grub that I’m gonna make out of the next piece of
cordage and that just allows it to stick on the hook and not slide around too
much so what you’re doing is you’re basically just adding a really tight
base layer using the marking strand to allow the rest of your cordage to sit
there and not slide off the hook so now what we’re gonna do is we’re going to grab a
bunch of our core pieces I find it a lot easier if you just cut them into more
manageable sections because these are going to be significantly longer than
you need so I just like to kind of snip them a little bit and make them a little
bit shorter here alright so as you can see just cut them made them a little bit
shorter they don’t have to be exact because you’re gonna be cutting them
again but basically what I’m gonna do at this point is I’m gonna cut a couple
more of these because remember we’re making a grub so we want it to look kind
of fat so we’re gonna just clip off some more pieces here and we’re gonna start
tying these on now full disclosure I am NOT a fly manufacturer this is something
that I practiced at home and found that works well when trying to use bare
minimum materials you know when basically we’re trying to fish and you
don’t have anything fish with because fish don’t like to bite hooks with
nothing on them so I just sat down figured what if I came up with an
interesting way to actually create my own bait using something I might have in
my kit already and paracord looks like an interesting way to do it so I looked
up how to build flies practiced a bit came up with these different you know a
couple of different flies that I could make test them out and find out they
work so I decided make a video and show you guys
had to do it so basically you have that and you have your little strips of guts
what you’re going to do is you’re basically going to take and you’re gonna
wrap one piece of the gut on there now this is the annoying part because it
likes to turn as you’re trying to wrap it but basically you just need to take
and wrap one piece on so that’s on there just do two wraps
around it nothing fancy what that’s gonna do is this just gonna hold it
there like that and you want the long part facing off the end of the hook for
the grub so just do the little you know a little section up here and the rest of
it just hanging off so you’ve got that and now we’re going to do is add another
section right below it we’re just going to do the exact same thing again just do
a little wrap around it all right and you’re basically
just gonna go kind of around the hook doing that just these little wraps until
you’ve got the hook surrounded in these white strings so there we go just go
wrap this a couple of times to secure it all right and now what you should have should look
something like this now what you’re gonna do is you’re just gonna cut off
the vast majority of it make it a little easier to work with so there you go and
now basically just gonna take and line up little strings
I found it tends to work the best when you kind of scrunch everything up a
little bit now I’m not going to be able to really show you this particular way
of doing it because it takes both hands and I can’t really show it to you very
well so I’ll show you kind of in a second here there’s your base okay now what I like
to do is just take those little end pieces right up here that you had when you
first put the strings on I like to just kind of fold them over the string and fluff them up see how they’re fluffy
hopefully you can see they’re fluffy kind of fluff them up alright there you go so that’s basically
the end of where you need the clapping very simple little fly and now what
we’re gonna do is we’re gonna finish it off so what we’re gonna do this is not
the proper way to tie apply just to let you guys know what you’re gonna do is
take a finger hopefully you guys can see it wrap it around like that wrap the
string around the fly one more time creating a loop with your finger pull
the string through to create a knot and you’re just going to do that quite a few
more times and what that’ll do is it’ll help secure the wrapping and prevent the
fly from coming apart now this isn’t gonna last forever you know
you’re not using the proper types of strings you’re not using the proper
materials you’re not gluing it to lock it you know do using knot locks and
stuff like that so this fly will eventually unravel but it will last
through quite a few strikes I think the last one that I used that I made myself
and I used managed to catch me it’s over ten it was I think it was twelve to
fourteen small bass so what I caught with it I think it was twelve to
fourteen it was over ten I remember that much
and it started showed signs of starting to unravel but um one of the bastards
took it he took it from me I was not happy so I don’t know if it actually
truly unraveled or not I know that it was trying to unravel there you have it
now what I’m going to do is I’m going to pull my little fly out of there so basically I’m just gonna yank out my
little fly here loosen up my bindings and there’s the fly now yes it is sorry
about that apparently my sd card decided to cut out
on me so back to where we were we have our fly
taken out of our little stake it’s a little grub fly all I did was I fluffed
up this portion of the leftover strings over here I’m gonna do the same to these
over here I just do that to make it look a little bit more natural tends to get
the fish’s attention a little bit better and to do that all we’re gonna do is
kind of unravel them and fluff them up a bit if I can avoid stabbing myself with
the hook ow normally you can do this by just
twisting the tail on your fingers a little bit there yeah
that’s fly number one be right back and we’ll do fly number two welcome back so
we have our second hook this is gonna be fly number two this right here is the
first one it’s more of a grub now we’re gonna do more of a nymph both fly types
work really well in my experience so basically right here we have our stick
this time we’re gonna take the hook end and we’re gonna put it in there all
right so it’s nice and stable and we’re gonna do the same thing again
just gonna pull tighten wrap it and then tie it off to help secure it and keep it
nice and tight all right so there we have that nice and tight so
we can go ahead and start making our fly now in this instance once again because
I need that cord I’m going to cut off 18 inches of paracord here same as before all right so we have our paracord strip
we’re gonna separate it from the rest of the cordage the sheath now in this one
we’re actually going to use the sheath so now we have our internal strands in
this particular instance I’m not gonna be using them so they’re gonna go off to
the side all I need is that strand for the same reason I did before but now
we’re gonna take our sheath and we’re going to fray the sheath because these
little strands are what’s actually going to become the mane of our fly so it’s
going to give it the color gonna give it the texture and gonna hopefully attract
fish to it so this part is of course annoying as most of you can probably
guess because paracord sheaths are not exactly designed to come apart but you
need to pull them apart for this one don’t need to do the whole sheath just
long enough to get the length of strings you need that should be far enough so as you can
see we have our little strings and now we’re just going to go ahead and cut
them off so we have a whole bunch of different colored strengths now I
recommend using camo type paracord or even brighter
you know colored paracord the brighter the colors the better for this kind of
purpose you don’t want to use a solid colored paracord because then you don’t
have access to you know the different colors for the mane of your fly but in
this particular instance I’m just gonna do a simple little nymph so it should be
anything complicated but there you go you have your hook and once again we’re
gonna do the same exact thing we did last time
we’re gonna line up our piece of string here so you I can show you with the
shaft of the hook and we’re gonna go ahead and wrap and create our base layer
and that base layer is what’s going to keep the rest of it from coming off it’s
what it’s gonna let us build the fly securely on the hook so it is an
important part of the process you cannot skip this part so those of you guys who
think you can just oh I’ll just go ahead and do this or that it’s not gonna work
if you don’t put down the base layer the whole thing is gonna come part alright so there we go we have our base layer
down all right I’m gonna write that down there just like that just like before
just to keep it nice and tight and now so we have that we’re gonna go ahead and
pick out the colors we want from these sheath of our paracord now in this
particular instance I’m gonna be using black and the blacks, Browns and gold’s
from the sheath so I’m not going to use the greens because this particular pond
has a lot of algae in it and I don’t want it to look like the algae I want it
to look like something else like you know a living bug so I’m gonna be
choosing the colors from the cordage that’s gonna actually give it that kind
of look and I might even add a little bit of white on there just to just for
shiggles just to added another color so I think I’m gonna go ahead and do
that to make it stand out a little bit more a couple strands of the white haven’t done this yet with this one I’ve
never used white on the nymph so we’ll experiment together one of my white strands pull away you can’t tell the wind is fairly strong
where’d it go anyway so there we go we have our different colors we have the
gold the the white the black so what we’re gonna do now we’re gonna take this and we’re gonna put it on like that you
want the excess hanging off towards the head of the fly and you’re gonna use the
base portion to actually create the foot of the fly the body if you will so I’m
going to do now is I’m going to take the main here I’m just kind of kind of wrap
it around here try to kind of have it going around the hook I’m
just going to take and wrap it all the way around all right so at this point you should have
something that looks kind of like this all right as you can see all these pieces
are poking off this way and now what you’re going to do is going to fold them
all back on themselves towards this portion of the fly back here and you’re
gonna leave a little bit of a hump right at the front I wonder if you can see
that just a little bit of a bulge at the front to act like the head of the fly so
what you do once you’ve done that is you wrap it again leaving that bunch right
there at the front and that’s what you should have now so
now we’re going to do is the tricky part and that’s making this thing stand up to
make the main stand up and to do that what we’re gonna do is gonna grab all of
our little pieces here we’re gonna fold them over again towards the head like
this what you’re gonna do is you’re not gonna wrap all the way around there what
you’re gonna do is gonna take and wrap around behind them let me see if I can
show this to you here I’m gonna take you’re gonna wrap behind them not on top
of them and you’re gonna pull it forward and what that’s gonna do is it’s going
to poke those little main pieces up so you don’t want to wrap over them you
want to wrap just behind them and pull the string forward to make them kind of
stand up so once you’ve done that your fly is pretty much done for the most
part well this particular one here I’m not going to add anything else
I’m going to leave the little tendrils down here that are poking out to kind of
add some fluff some texture to it and what I’m gonna do is I’m a tie it off
same way I did before make sure my fly doesn’t come undone
here all right you just cut off your excess all right let me go ahead and take this
off so now you have a semi completed fly now what I’m going to do is I’m going to
take and cut off the excess up here to make them about as long as I want them
so in that case I want them about that long so I’m going to take my scissors
and I’m going to cut them right about there and as you can see they stand up
so I’m going to do now is I’m going to take and fluff them just twist them
between your fingers to fluff them up separate all those little fibers out and there’s a finished product does it
look perfect no but it will work there you have it your fly now I’m gonna go
ahead and take you guys out to the lake and I will show you how they work I’ll
be right back bye bye alright welcome back and right here we’re out here at
the lake to test this out and right here we have our gnarly little grub
so basically when I fish with these I just like to take them give them into
the water and just kind of slowly move them back and forth maybe bounce them on
the surface a little bit that’s how I find they work the best when you’re
using a fly like this because they are wet flies they aren’t going to float
like a dry fly will and remember these are survival flies they aren’t exactly
the kind of thing that you’re gonna go prepared to fly fish so let me just go
ahead and dip this in here and let’s see what I can get this isn’t exactly the best time to go
fishing but sometimes I get lucky so let’s see and in typical fashion my wife who’s
using another one of our flies that was made with paracord just managed to catch
one before I did figure that one out go on hold it up cought herself a little bass all right well hopefully I’ll be able to
catch one all right so finally managed to do it
after my wife caught one using a different one that we had made this one
right here actually that we had made before she managed to catch a fish which
I showed you guys a little bit earlier using that one the two that I just made
they decided they didn’t want to bite right away but we did manage to get one
using the nymph one and as you can see there it is so let me go ahead and put
this guy back in the water I’ll have to do another video later on how to
properly unhook a fish because a lot of people don’t know how to do it and if
you do it right you won’t cause too much imagery to the fish mm-hmm no I’m gonna get you just shush there we go all right

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