Chironomids

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fly Tying Tip # 23 - Oval Tinsel Substitute

So you want to tie a streamer body of flat tinsel and ribbed with oval tinsel and you search and search for the oval tinsel and you come up empty. Do not fear! Here is a simple trick for making your own. It wont replace the real thing but it will serve as a substitute.


Tie in the flat tinsel and wrap the tinsel in touching 
turns to the bend of the hook. 
(I like to attach hackle pliers to the tinsel at this point)



Begin twisting the tinsel from the flat ribbon to a rope 
configuration. Pay attention to the twisting of the tinsel so that you get a 
silver rib on a silver body.


Wrap the tinsel into a tight rope.


Wrap the ribbing forward and tie off.


You now have a smoothly wrapped tinsel body with a rib of 
twisted tinsel that substituted for the real oval tinsel.

Continue to finish the fly.

Thanks for looking.




Monday, January 19, 2015

Fly Tying Tip #22 - Imitation Jungle Cock

Here is an easy and inexpensive way to make a jungle cock substitute by Dick Talleur

Tt wont actually replace the real thing but for fishing flies who cares! 

Keep the real jungle cock for your museum quality flies



You don't really have to use the brass template to make the imitation.

All you need is a feather that has a white spot in the center of the stem as shown in the first photo and a pair of scissors. 

Just strip away any waste barbs and trim the guinea feather to the approximate shape shown in the third photo on the left.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Steelhead Flies


Lady Godiva

Hook: Eagle Claw 1197N (or equivalent) size 2-6 
Thread: Black
Tail: Scarlet red and yellow hackle fibers mixed
Butt: Red chenille
Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel ribbed closely
Body: White wool yarn
Wing: Scarlet red calf tail


Thor

Hook: Eagle Claw 1197N (or equivalent) size 2-6 
Thread: Black
Tail: Orange hackle fibers
Body: Red chenille
Throat: Brown hackle fibers
Wing: White calf tail


Bellamy

Hook: Eagle Claw 1197N (or equivalent) size 2-6 
Thread: Black
Tail: Scarlet Red calf tail
Body: Copper wire
Wing: White buck tail wit a small bunch
of  dyed yellow natural brown buck tail 
tied on top



Prichard's Rocket

Hook: Eagle Claw 1197N (or equivalent), size 2-6
Thread: Black
Tail: Hot Orange calf tail
Ribbing: Oval Gold Tinsel 
Body: Dubbed black synthetic fur
Wing: Hot Orange calf tail


Reference: Popular Fly Patterns

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tying Tip #21 - Storing Long Freathers

I store all of my longer feathers upright in a cheap metal vise from Walmart. 

You can also keep the feathers in the original packaging if you prefer. 

The feathers in the photo below are on the north side of my house and do not receive much daylight that may fade them. Plus the window blinds are usually closed.




Thanks for looking.

The Fly Fishing Show 2015