Monday, May 28, 2012

Black & Brown Bear Streamers


Black Bear

Hook: Mustad 79580 or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail: Gray Squirrel. Tail should be 1/2 the length of the body
Hackle: Black tied palmered over the body
Body: Black chenille
Wing: Gray Squirrel 


Brown Bear

Hook: Mustad 79580 or equivalent
Thread: Black
Tail: Fox Squirrel. Tail should be 1/2 the length of the body
Hackle: Brown tied palmered over the body
Body: Brown chenille
Wing: Fox Squirrel 

Reference

Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson


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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fly Tying Tip #9 - Peacock Herl


Peacock herl is brittle – you can rib with wire, thread or wrap it around your tying thread or in a dubbing loop to make a peacock herl brush.

When tying herl bodies, wind them onto wet head cement. They last much longer.

Tie one herl in at the eye and one herl at the tail. Take your thread back to the eye. Wind the herl at the eye to the bend and then secure this by winding the tail herl to the head, then secure with thread wraps.

Peacock herl CAN be tied in by the butts or by the tips. Tyers preference!

Herls with unbroken tips (from an eye stick) should be used for wings or toppings on streamers. Gives the streamer a more finished look.

Today, peacock herl comes in a variety of colors (bleached then dyed a new color). Give them a try and create different patterns.

Peacock herl can be used as a wing case.


Even up the herl butts, then trim off the fine and uneven tips before tying onto the hook.


4 Temperaments of Peacock Herl

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Breadcrust


Breadcrust

Hook: Mustad 3906 size 8-16 or equivalent
Thread: Black 
Ribbing: Dark brown neck hackle stem
Body: Orange yarn or dubbed synthetic fur. Reverse wrap the body with fine gold wire after ribbing has been wrapped.
Hackle: Soft grizzly. Hen hackle is preferred over cock hackle

The above recipe is called for in Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson.

The photo above uses the following updated recipe t achieve approximately the same result

Breadcrust (updated)

Hook: Mustad 3906 size 8-16 or equivalent
Thread: Black 
Ribbing: Dark brown legs alive
Body: Orange congo hair. Reverse wrap the body with fine gold wire after ribbing has been wrapped.
Hackle: Soft grizzly. Hen hackle is preferred over cock hackle

Green Option



There are many version of this fly and its recipe. This is just a simpler method of tying it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Heather Nymph



Heather Nymph

Mustad 9671 size 10-12 or equivalent
Brown thread
Scarlet red hackle fibers
Fine gold oval tinsel
Dubbed insect green rabbit fur or equivalent
Peacock herl
2 turns of soft grizzly hen hackle

This pattern is very useful during damsel fly hatches on lakes. It was originated by Fenton Roskelley of Spokane, Washington, in 1960.

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Royal Bobesh


Royal Bobesh



Weight the hook if desired. Not all czech nymphs are weighted



Tie in gold ribbing wire



Tie in scud back at the bend of the hook



Dub the body



Pull scud back over body



Rib body with gold wire and build a small thorax area with wraps of gold wire. Pick out dubbing for legs if desired



Tying Note

You can tie off the ribbing wire in front of the body, tie in some tinsel and wrap that tinsel for the same effect as the wire.