Posts Tagged ‘Fly Tying: Dry Fly


Fly Tying Tutorials: Mayfly Emerger


This link provides a nice step by step (s-b-s) tutorial for the sparkle dun emerger with an additional touch or two. The pupa hook is used to drop the tail end of the pattern into or through the ‘film’ thereby placing the Zelon/Partridge beneath the surface like an emerging mayfly’s trailing nymphal shuck. The deer hair comparadun wing and dubbing help support the thorax & wing above the surface like an emerging mayfly dun, almost out of the nymphal shuck/casing. I cannot attribute the nice tutorial beyond ‘Mike T (786)’   


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.



Fly Tying: Searching Patterns

A searching pattern is usually considered something of a generic pattern that can fit the bill for several insects at once. It can be a dry, emerger or nymph pattern. An Adams or Elk Hair Caddis is a good all around searching pattern as is a Pheasant Tail Nymph. A more traditional searching pattern is an attractor pattern; usually big and buoyant. Examples are Humpy’s or as I tied here, a Royal Coachman. 

The traditional Royal Coachman will have a more upright wing of split calf tail. In this instance I canted the calf tail wing forward and wrapped the two brown hackles behind it. With the elk hair tail, two hackles and calf tail wing, this is a pretty buoyant pattern best suited for riffles and seams. It is a morsel worthy of a careless fish.

The classic Royal Coachman has the peacock herl for the abdomen separated by red floss. I lost control of the brown hackle a bit, with hackle fibers trailing to the rear. But, I think it is fine. The calf tail material is cut from the calf tail and securely tied in as a post then split. You could try stacking it in a hair stacker, but I find the calf tail tips too pliable to gain much uniformity from stacking. Instead, when I prepare to cut the clump from the tail, I pull the clump out perpendicular to the tail to obtain more uniform tip alignment.

Below, you see the calf tail wing split. This is a similar technique employed in the Humpy with deer hair wings, which are split. The fly was tied on a size 12 dry fly shot hook with 8/0 brown thread.


Fly Tying: Reverse Hackling (Tenkara’s Sakasa-Kebari)


The ever creative Anthony Naples at Casting Around has had an infatuation the Tenkara fishing concept. One of the techniques in tying Tenkara flies is the wrapping the hackle wing so that it slopes forward over the eye (sakasa-kebari). In this piece, Anthony has combined the reverse hackle with that daunting tiny fly (let’s see how many flies we can put on a penny/dime?) style. This is an interesting concept for tiny flies in the film. Study the ideas and note that Anthony highligted another tier that has also combined the reverse hackling and small hooks. Also, explore Anthony’s site for beautiful fly fishing related art work.

Sakasa Kebari (Reverse Hackling) Anthony Naples



Fly Tying: Comparadun How To

Came upon a good pattern tutorial for beginner/intermediate tiers: the Comparadun dry fly, in the Salt Lake Tribune. The tier, Curtis Fry, gives an excellent written S-B-S.

It is important in tying this pattern to choose a light wire hook, as Fry say, minimal dubbing (‘dirty the thread’) and not too much deer hair. As in many pattern: ‘less is better’. I mention this because, as you may know by now I share my mistakes. I tied up quite a few of these several years ago: wrong hook, way too much dubbing, too much Coastal Deer hair. The flies didn’t even humor me by riding low in the film…they sunk.

I especially like Fry’s take on why he ties flies, something that many of us would agree with: “for pure necessity and as a creative outlet. I don’t fool myself into thinking it is a cheaper alternative to buying flies. It’s an addiction I am forced to abide.”



Fly Tying: Biot Bodies (Smooth~Ridged)


This is my effort at a Pale Morning Dun, size 16. The tail is a few barbs from a grizzly hackle feather. The body (abdomen) is a yellow goose biot. There is a notch in every individual biot near the butt section. That notch is your guide to whether your body will be smooth (as I did here) or ridged. (Notch up = ridged body) (Notch down = smooth body).  The wing is a clump of CDC that I tied in and raised up into a vertical position with thread wraps around the base. I tied in one medium blue dun feather and wrapped it behind the CDC post and then wrapped the hackle forward, to the front.


Fly Tying: Proportions of the Fly

This is a refresher for the beginning/intermediate tier. The visuals are a good refresher of how big each part of the fly should be. You will see intentional variations beyond the standards, much like watching the casting stroke of a distance fly caster. It is strikingly beyond the standards often taught to a beginner. That is fine. Learn the standards as you will exercise them most of the time.



Another Version of Proportions @ Stillwater Slim




Fly Tying: “Inveigle” Dry

Inveigle: ‘to acquire by ingenuity or flattery’   ‘to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements’     ‘To win over by coaxing’

This dry fly pattern was tied on a size 14 light wire hook. I used black, 14/o Sheer thread. The tail is Guinea feather barbs. The body (abdomen) is a light dubbing of olive super fine. I tied in an underwing of olive CDC followed by an overwing of white CDC. I tied in a Grizzly feather of dry fly quality in front of the CDC wing. Then  I dubbed a bit of the same dubbing in front of the CDC wing. The hackle was wound three time toward the eye and tied off. A thread head was completed to finish the fly. I am certain this fly will Inveigle the heck out of the trout.


Fly Tying: LaFontaine Halo Emerger


Fly Tying: Classic Dry Fly Proportions

You strive for these proportions. Not just for tradition and appearances sake, but for functionality also. I borrowed this graphic from Rosen’s Fly Fishing Blog, an excellent Bulgarian FF resource.

Classic Dry Fly Proportions @ Rosen's FF Blog (SB)

Proportion Matching

D = G = Е = 2 x C = 2/3 B

F = H = 1 1/2 x C

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