Tarpon Cockroach Fly Tying Video Instructions
The Cockroach is a classic and very effective Tarpon Fly. The Cockroach is simple fly to tie and is a basic pattern for any Tarpon fly box. The Tarpon Cockroach has many modern variations, this video demonstrates the simple and classic version of the Cockroach. The Cockroach can be tied big or small, depending on the location and finickiness of the Tarpon. A #1/0 Cockroach is great for the Florida Keys, where Tarpon are spooky and more educated. A larger Cockroach, such as a #2/0 0r #3/0 is great for Mexico. A great fly and a must have for any Tarpon box!
**UV Glue Note**
When using large amounts of UV Glue, a “tackiness” or “greasy” feeling will remain. You can “bake” the tacky flies outside in the sunlight to help cure the glue completely. This allows competition for the free radical bond between the oxygen monomer and other free radicals, so the polymerization can occur with the UV in natural sunlight.
All of the UV resins are also soluble in isopropyl alcohol, so you can remove the tack with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Then you can coat the resin with head cement or Sally Hansen’s.
Cockroach Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #1/0-#3/0 Owner AKI >>
Thread: Black UTC 140 >>
Tail: Grizzly Whiting 4B Rooster Cape >>
Collar: Natural White (Middle Brown Fibers) Bucktail >>
Eyes: 4MM-5MM Living Eyes >>
Head: Thick Loon UV Fly Finish >>
Also Used In This Fly Tying Video:
Bobbin: Tiemco Ceramic Bobbin >>
Vise: Regal Medallion Vise >>
Scissors: DR Slick Hair Scissors >>
Whip Finisher: Umpqua Rotating Whip Finisher >>
Curing Light: UV Laser >> or Loon Powerlight >>