Archive for February 7th, 2010

07
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Black & Peacock Spider

Bead Head (BH) Black & Peacock Spider (RiverFly.com.au)

Black & Peacock Wet (UK, AU, NZ)

EssentialFly UK

Nothing much to say….Peacock….use it! I do notice a unique use of Peacock on the bead head patterns above…notice the herl’s appear to be running parallel to the shank over the wound peacock underbody with a ribbing securing it.

07
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Cajones on a Woolly Bugger

Cajones Woolly Bugger (Black) Swede's Fly Shop

Found this pattern at FishEyeSoup; I believe the ‘cajones’ attached to the head of the fly are probably the type that are a long string of single eggs attached by a cotton cord. One can clip off single eggs or groups….or in this case ‘cajones’. I think the cajones may come in different colors if I recall correctly from my gear days. There is a Western Hemisphere Pattern similar in construction called the Tenates Fly (Chitoso Amigos)

07
Feb
10

Fishing: Dead Certainty (Almost A Two For One Strike?)

Osprey & Trout

MIGUEL LASA

07
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Teeny Nymph

A NW U.S. fly fishing entrepreneur, Jim Teeny, reportedly created the Teeny Nymph in the early 60’s on Oregon’s East Lake while chasing big browns and ‘bows. The pattern has been around since then, but frankly doesn’t seem to get the recognition it deserves. Given the material used, ringneck pheasant tail, it should be a hit with tiers. Perhaps it is that the pattern was aggressively touted as a Steelhead/Salmon pattern on NW/US waters and not trout? Perhaps, it seemed too drab; too simple? Well, the pattern is still around and has progressed beyond the original look with more colors and contrasts. Perhaps another look is in order?

Teeny Nymph (Steelhead/Salmon)

 

Teeny Leech Pattern

Teeny Nymph, Size 14

TEENY NYMPH TEENY NYMPH

I have met Jim at shop presentations over the years and have always found him to be down to earth and approachable. If you see him at a show, walk up and start a conversation. He and his wife, Donna, are very nice people. Jim also has an excellent assortment of fly lines and other products.

07
Feb
10

Fly Fishing: Double Haul Casting (Motor Skills Impaired?)

This is a brief posting about the double haul method of fly casting with Eoin Fairgrieve.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Double Haul Rhythm

07
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Thread Twist

Fly threads come in different degrees of thickness. For large flies (large streamers) you may use 3/0 or 6/0, but when you tie the typical trout/grayling patterns you should strive to move toward 8/0 or smaller. Adjust your tension while binding the materials and be vigilant to not nick the hook point while wrapping the thread. This often happens while attaching materials to the rear portion of the fly. Learn to maneuver the bobbin to avoid that hook point because that is where the thread will often break.

I have taught fly tying and often had a few spare bobbins ready to go with thread, for when students invariably broke their thread. I would instruct them to pinch off the thread on the hook so it would not further unravel and hand them the the backup bobbin. A few wraps over the existing thread on the hook would bind it down and the tying of the pattern could continue. A backup bobbin ready to go is not a bad idea.

Also, threads are often flat like a ribbon but have a twist imparted to them at the factory (clockwise) that is further induced while tying. This creates a kink in the thread that is often evident as slack is allowed in the thread (the loop of thread jumps off target). Letting the thread hang and imparting a gentle counter clockwise spin to the bobbin will eventually return the thread to a flat state. In the flat state, the thread is more manageable. To be honest here, I spent a good amount of time oblivious to this years ago because it was never mentioned to me. Only later did I learn about the twist. I recall letting my bobbin dangle beneath the vise while preparing materials and seeing the bobbin twist.

LINE TWIST VISUAL

07
Feb
10

Fly Tying: Bug Bond (the clearer & durable resin)

Bugeel by Andy Elliott of Belfast

I did a short post awhile back re patterns with a resin covered head and Simon Graham commented he was using a new product called Bug Bond. I came across posts at DEESOX and a UK Salt Water forum, which again pointed to Bug Bond, a product created in the UK by David Edwards. I have not messed with two step epoxy’s and only used UV gels for covering the knots of the butt section/end of fly line. For those that want to provide that glistening, life like appearance this Bug Bond might be a simpler, more durable product. BUG BOND.

I am not sure if Bug Bond is distributed in the U.S. I also wonder if anyone has experimented with Loon UV Cure (I have used for knots and wader repair) in fly tying (durability/clear?)




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