Archive for May 16th, 2011

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May
11

Fly Tying: Winged Wet Fly Template

In an effort to search far and wide, I found this classic beauty on a Spanish dermatological site with no attribution re the fly nor even a reference to the picture itself. The fly looks to be tied on a size 12-14 hook, the tail is pheasant tail fibers. A dubbed body is ribbed with perhaps copper wire. It is not clear but the pheasant tail fibers may extend up the top of the abdomen and be bound down by the ribbing. I can’t quite tell. There is a partridge feather wrapped one to two times and overlaid with a wing of either mallard, gadwall or teal. The head is finished over with red thread and a coating of head cement.

The pattern could be altered with different colored abdomens while maintaining the same tail, hackle, wing.

16
May
11

Fly Tying: Egg Sacs (Female Dun or Spinner?)

In the mayfly pattern below, I wound cream colored (bleached) peacock herl for the abdomen/thorax. I then used a black permanent marker to mottle the body save the rear area, which I wanted to represent the egg sac of a female. A female what? Note the wing is dark as well, touched up with the same permanent marker on the antron post.

But, if I am not mistaken, a female preparing to lay eggs has already progressed through the hatch (dun, darker wing phase) to the spinner phase (mated, wing clear/glassine, preparing to lay eggs and go spent on the water). So, my wing color, if attention to detail is important, is the wrong color. 

Now, in this tie, the wing was not touched up but remains clear/white to better represent the spinner wing. A spent spinner wing is not upright, but rather outstretched to the sides, almost airplane wing style. This pattern is more of the egg laying female setting down upon the water to lay/deposit eggs then try to lift off. 

Hooks: Size 14, dry fly hook; thread 14/0 black Sheer; tail is microfibbets; abdomen/thorax is Nature’s Spirit dyed/bleached peacock herls; hackle ginger dry fly quality; wing post is white antron yarn. (Here is a very nice post re slender parachutes and variations..nice S-B-S at The Fishing Gene)   Paracaddis at the Fishing Gene, also has this very good video tutorial on how to tie his Parachute style Mayfly.

PHILIP ROWLEY WITH EXCELLENT MAYFLY + INFO  




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