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Fly Tying: Tail Warp from Ribbing

I set out to tie a size 14 Little Black Stone, or to experiment with a contrasting abdomen (lighter colored wire ribbing against a black 8/0 thread body) as well as a dubbed, spiky thorax over a weighted under layer non-lead wire. I tied a couple and what I found interesting (yet again) was that I did not see that I had butchered the tail in both instances as I commenced wrapping the fine wire ribbing.

Little Black Stone, Size 14 (torqued tails) SwittersB

In the first instance, the first wrap of ribbing was brought from underneath and over the top/away. The wire ribbing divided the tail (hackle fibers) and split them asunder. In the bottom fly, I wrapped away over the top, and you can see the tail fibers were pulled off the top and to the far side of the shank. This, in particular, is a common problem. Usually, it happens as the tail is tied in. I thought I had tied it in on top, using the pinch method. Now, as I am prone to say, both patterns tumbling through the currents probably will fish just fine. But, the ever helpful macro lens reveals much in one’s tying techniques. What I take away from this is to pay much more attention to that first wrap of ribbing. Also, something that is also apparent is the thread body is not wound flat. The thread is no doubt twisted tight and does not lie flat when wrapped. The black thread abdomen was but three layers. You can see the bumps and ridges of the thread body. The wire ribbing often follows these contours and can spread or bunch following the irregular body contours. So, start slow and double check the steps. Also, unwrap and reapply if mistakes are noted. I cannot bring myself to spring for those funky magnifying goggles.

Read comment by Normand Frechette @ flytyingnewandold.blogspot.com/ Very help advise


2 Responses to “Fly Tying: Tail Warp from Ribbing”


  1. October 11, 2010 at 07:30

    heres a fix for you on the tail and the wire

    tail: tie in you hackle fiber tail at approximately the mid body point and hold the tips of the hackle fibers up and slightly toward you. as you wrap the thread, the torque of the thread will keep the fibers on top of the hook shank

    wire rib: again, tie in the wire at the mid body point of the hook and wrap exactly as the instructions above for the tail. but stop the wrap about 1/16 inch short of the tail. untwist the tying thread in a counterclockwise direction and wrap that smooth thread body. now wrap the wire forward for the rib.

    hope that helps

    norm

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