Archive for March 20th, 2009

20
Mar
09

Peacock Herl (One of those ‘must have’ materials)

PTN~SwittersB

PTN~SwittersB

peacock-tatI have highlighted peacock before, as well as Whiskey Creek Fly Fishing . So, as I tie the necessary Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN), I am reminded again to remind you…PEACOCK is a necessary staple material for nymph patterns. The original PTN, I believe, had a copper wire thorax…not peacock. Today’s pattern has the peacock thorax. PTN’s, Zug Bugs, Renegades, Diawl Bach, Prince Nymph, Gray Hackle Peacock, Halfbacks, or whatever your imagination creates, can benefit from the hues of peacock.  Oh, and John at Whiskey Crk. reminded me…that isn’t my tat….

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20
Mar
09

Buzzer-Midge Pupa Construction (wing buds)

Typical Midge Pupa's by SwittersB

Typical Midge Pupa's by SwittersB

 

 

Midlander's Bubble Gray Boy Pupa (wing buds)

Midlander's Bubble Gray Boy Pupa (wing buds)

 

I have noticed a decided difference in UK chironomid pupa construction from the West. UK patterns are sleeker, seldom bead headed and often possess the addition of a ‘wing bud’; almost its own attractor it would seem. I have experimented with this a bit. A couple good midge sites (buzzer, chironomids, gnats)

 http://www.flyfishingworld.eu/buzzers_and_nymphs.htm

 “Slim buzzers are really important: the creatures you are imitating are not bulky at any point of their anatomy – so why should your artificial one be so? Secondly, pick a target feature to incorporate in your dressing. In most buzzers the wing bud is quite a distinct feature in the natural, so many fly-tiers emphasise this element. I believe I told readers about this a few weeks ago when I was going through some early season patterns. I use “Tulip T-shirt” paint to get my buzzers with a target spot, but there are many other bits and pieces used. One of the most common materials to get this wing bud effect is a slither cut from a “Walkers” chicken flavoured crisps packet, whilst other tyers use a couple of turns of fluorescent floss silk.”

 http://www.fishing.co.uk/article.php3?id=2058

20
Mar
09

Blonde Loses Dress (Well she loses quite a few)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0vCQ23qc00

OK, you cynics, some diversion. I am sure Penn and Teller could ruin the magic, but for now, who care’s..Dania’s got those magic girl legs…nevermind.




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