Pete Gray
(Bio by Pete Gray with TuffleyeTM Tutorials Following)
Slightly handicapped, moderately decorated USAF veteran aviator with issues...

Born way back in the 1900s and raised on Long Island, NY...’spent formative years life guarding town beaches and spin fishing on the newly emerging rock jetties of Atlantic Beach and Point Lookout for Stripers and Yellow Eyed Fly Shredders [Blues].


The "draft" was on and I chose to fly over the jungles and joined the Air Force...'specialized in world wide tactical airlift [always room for personal "special gear"] and enjoyed many unique and exotic fishing locations [if you get my drift]...
Later on...Independent Mercenary Dark OOPS in the Yemen eventually grew tedious and I took my money and relocated to Western Taxachusetts and Westover AFB... 'back to military airlift... ‘more world wide aviation and fishing opportunities!
The technical challenges of fly fishing  and fly tying [to complete the cycle] proved irresistible.


I don't rule out spin fishing [the right tool for the right job] but the long rod and tying hold my passion...
The flatz and rips of Cape Cod quickly became my home waters. 


'Retired in 2002 and moved to the PharSide of the Canal for the duration  [wash-a-shore]!
Full time explorer, yak attacker, phlatz stalker, catch n' releaser, man about town...I prefer to tie outside-the-box and enjoy good tools and innovative gear...
Tuffleye ROCKS! No more epoxy portioning/mixing/tunrning/waiting...No more toxic toluene fumes... 'Plenty of fuzzy notions spinning around in my head looking for a hook to land on!  
This FLEX stuff is THE BOMB! 


Pete Gray - TuffleyeTM Flies and Tutorials

I really like Veravas hooks but, as my supply is getting a bit sparse, I've come to appreciate and utilize the robust Mustad Signature Series...
Below is a #2 Tarpon...the one on the left is "stock"...I've gently modified the one on the right to better serve my crustacean insinuations...


My basic crustacean foundation dressing incorporates a secure mono thread wrap and bench made 30# melted mono eyes...


I enjoy playing around with natural buck tail...
The back side of a chartreuse tail should not be over looked as it often has good texture and interesting coloration...the brown base hairs add to the buggy notion...
Please to excuse the inter-mingling of photos...The basic steps are essentially the same for my shrimpy impersonations...


A hackle is palmered from the hook eye to the base of the bucktail and then back to the eye where it is secured and trimmed...
the top of the palmered feather is "buzz cut" to create a base for the next step...
Looking down on the back of das decapod... I've tied in some long buck tail taking care to segment the wraps to form the carapace base and play out some of the over hanging ends to form the tail...
After the segments are formed, a base of FLEX is applied to enhance the developing carapace...


A profile view shows the buck tail and hackle body...
I like to include some contrasting peacock strands or similar material to simulate antenna...


Here's a looking-down-on-the-back shot of the developing carapace...Flex is applied and cured as you go...


In order to achieve a more defined segmented carapace, I'll carefully apply beads of FLEX across the back and cure as I go...


More of my work to follow. Just to tease your imagination







I purchased my Tuffleye #3 kit [light-transformer-core-finish] from my local shop [Bear's Den] about a year and a half ago...
The kit sat on the shelf for a months gathering dust... "soonerorlater"... I'd get around to it... 
Epoxy was my old friend... "5 minute" skills were well honed and results pleasingly effective...
November had settled in and my tying "bunker" was a bit brisk [60f+/-]
Surf Candies were on my agenda but the cold epoxy was behaving very badly...
I placed a space-heater under my tying desk and returned the next day to a balmy 75 degrees but the epoxy was near the heat source and was probably more like 85 degrees...
It was VERY fluid and mixed like soup... 'started to firm up in about 2 minutes and was quickly unworkable... My epoxy project was about to be put on hold...
Bad day at Black Rock... or NOT!

'Time to step out of the comfort zone box and open up the dusty Tuffleye kit...
The learning curve was quick and results were beyond my expectations...
The fast cure "blue light" concept is nothing short of BRILLIANT! 
Since my Tuffleye baptism, I haven't touched epoxy in over a year and my acrylic enthusiasm has blossomed nicely!


Having seen my work, Scott at the Bear's Den kindly requested my presence at his booth for a weekend regional show...
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with old friends, make some new friends, and answer questions regarding the Blue Light process...
Most questions/problems regarded flies with a sticky residue [easily removed with an alcohol wipe] and the application of the acrylic [I add a little at a time and cure as I go, building up the body gradually]...


I’d highly recommend going to the web site (especially FAQ’s) and doing some homework... the results can be quite impressive... and fish like 'em too! 'Glad to have the opportunity to spread the word regarding this innovative medium... NO worries and NO regrets!!!