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Fly Tying: The Kite @ Kossiedun (exposing material below a top layer)

The Kossiedun piece reveals a great deal about the origin and design alterations of the pattern, The Kite by Oliver Kite. What I found interesting, aside from the overall excellent info at Kossiedun, is the idea of laying down a layer of abdomen (the purple silk, in this instance) and then over wrapping it with spread wraps of heron (or perhaps ostrich) and allowing the under layer to show through. The usual intent is to closely wrap one wrap against the previous wrap. Nice picture and always an informative site at Kossiedun.

“In tying this pattern, I have also included a different way of tying a parachute. Hans Van Klinken, famous for the ‘klinkhamer’, originated this approach.  What I like about it is that the tying off actually occurs right at the bottom of the wing post and under the hackle.  This effectively places the thorax and body down into the water surface and this, I am sure, gives the fish a better profile and establishes a key trigger point.”


Fly Tying: Basic Pattern Progression (Woolly Worm to Woolly Bugger and more)

This post is about the beginner recognizing the pretty obvious progression of a pattern of tying, but also, a strong reminder that these basic patterns would and do take an enormous amount of freshwater fish. We often hasten our tying experience toward more complicated patterns (hence they must be more worthy) and leave behind simple patterns, that are fish magnets. The above pattern is representative of such a pattern. It could be tied from a size 2 to a size 18 and take countless fish. Body and hackle colors could be mixed and matched. You will note that there is no tail. The Woolly Worm is often seen with a red tail of red hackle fibers/barbs or a tuft of red synthetic yarn. The red tail is traditional, but a more subtle color  could be used.

The below pattern is a thicker view of a Woolly Worm with the tail.


You notice the fly is thicker with the chenille body and the prominent red tag tail of yarn. The tail is theorized to be an attractor. The body of this Woolly Worm is similar to that seen in recent years for the fly shop Woolly Bugger…

Woolly Bugger SwittersB

The late Ed Story of Missouri, tied the Crackleback pattern, akin to a miniature Woolly Worm, which he fished top to bottom and touted as his primary fly via his Feather Craft enterprise.

Crackleback ~ Byron Haugh (Tier) Han Weilenmann (Photography)

I hope you can see the simplistic beauty of this basic tying premise and not hasten away from it. Large and small, top to bottom, the basic bones of these patterns must not disappear from your fly box. A basic technique in all of them is palmering the hackle, usually rear to front. The hackle is tied in by the tip and wound forward, incrementally spaced out, over the abdomen/thorax area and tied off at the head. How you tie the hackle onto the shank determines whether the hackles angle forward or as most often backwards. Above in the Crackleback, the feather was tied in with the underside of the hackle facing forward; this caused the hackle barbs to angle forward. Usually the feather is tied in with the top or shiny side of the hackle facing forward; causing the hackle barbs to angle backwards. All of these patterns will be affected by the degree of stiffness in the hackle used.


Emerger Patterns (Reversing Directions by Roy Christie)

 I first saw this reversing the body on the shank in Tying Emergers by Schollmeyer & Leeson. I have not explored this enough, perhaps some of you have. Found another example of this tie on the excellent Kossiedun blog re Roy Christie’s Reversed Emergers pattern. 

Reverse Pattern (Parachute Style)

Reverse Pattern (Parachute Style)



Emerging Caddis (Innovative and Inquisitive)


Tan Emerging Caddis~Ashley Artis

Hook: Kamasan B100 (or suitable pupa hook)
Size: 14
Inner body: Spirit River Diamond Brite, Olive dubbing
Outer body: Spirit River Body Flair, Dark Sand
Thorax/Head: Spirit River Fine & Dry dubbing colour Callibaetis
Wing: CDC puff Natural Mallard

.I have not seen the BodyFlair before. Spirit River is in many shops in the U.S. or the item could be ordered. I like the look of this pattern. The Body Flair would be nicer than messing around with Antron or Z-Lon.

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