Jennings Ultimate Boatmen


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  • Hook: TMC 9300 Size 10
  • Thread: 6/0 Olive
  • Legs: Green Superfloss or Flexifloss
  • Body: 1/2" Slim Tan Foam
  • Coloring: Pantone Tria Pens (Olive, Bright Green, Red, and Black)
  • Back sealant: Aquaseal
  • Under sealant: Flexament
  • Cutting Tool: Razor Blade
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Color flat side of foam body with olive pantone pen using the large end of pen.

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Make a slice in the foam, lengthways about 1/16" deep with razor blade.

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Make some leg slots 1/16" deep halfway down the body at a 5 to 10 degree angle forward (towards the thick part of the foam).

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Wrap thread onto hook creating a good foundation and end thread near the center of the hook where the legs will be put on.

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Cut some 2-3" long section of superfloss for the legs.

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Tie the legs onto the hook where the leg slots match the foam and whip finish off the thread.

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Apply a small amount of Aquaseal to the thread and around the legs with a needle or bodkin.

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Push foam body onto hook (flat side up) and pull legs into slots, making sure the legs point forward at a 5-10 degree angle.

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Coat back (flat side) with Aquaseal and allow Aquaseal to dry, overnight, on a spare vice or styrofoam block.

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After Aquaseal is dry, push the legs forward until they cross (about 3/8" past body) and cut the legs where they cross, with scissors. Each leg should be about 5/8" long.

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Hold the hook with forceps or vise and begin to color. Color the head with bright green pen (Medium end).

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Create a wineglass shape on the belly with some chevron marking on each side using the black pen (Medium end).

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Put two eyes on the fly, to each side of the eyelet of the hook, with the red pen (Medium end).

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After pen ink has dried (about 5 mins), cover the colored body with Flexament, being sure not to touch the legs (legs will curl if you touch them with Flexament).

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Allow the Flexament to dry and the fly is ready for those special boatmen mating flights of the fall.