|My RS2 Variant Pattern.|
|My Deer Belly Trico Pattern.|
The second fly is my deer hair trico & it's very simple to tie, But the small hook size could be a problem sometimes. It's tied on a size #22 Mustad R30 dry fly hook. The whole fly only uses 2 or 3 materials including the tying thread, which I use for the body & the thorax area. For the tail I used micro fibbets, but many natural material can be use as well, like long neck hackle fibres, pheasant tail, moose mane etc, can also be a good substitute. And for the wings I used white deer belly hair, tied on like a compara dun style and split apart with some figure 8 thread wraps. Many other materials like regular deer, elk, snow shoe rabbit or even synthetic materials like polypropylene are a good floating wing material as well. The last thing left to do is to build a small head, whip finish and add a drop or two of head cement and the fly is done. Pretty simple right.!
|My Sow Bug Pattern.|
The third fly is my foam back sow bug variant pattern. This fly is a little bit more complicated than the ones before, because of the extra materials being used, and most of them had to be tied in by the hook bend in order. The materials that had to be tied in are as follow, 1- a small thin strip of white foam. 2- a short piece of thin mono for ribbing. 3- a piece or 2 of olive ostrich herl. After they're all tied on to the hook bend, Bring tying thread back to hook eye area. The first to come up the hook is the olive ostrich herl, to about the thorax area maybe 3 or 4 mm behind the hook eye and tied in. Next up is the piece of foam, tied in same area as ostrich herl, Don't cut off the extra foam it's needed later as the wing case. The last material is the mono ribbing, do about 5 or 6 segments and tied in the same area as everything else. For the legs material I used 6 or 8 lemon duck fibres, but can be sub with mallard, partridge, mottle hen etc. Tie them in beneath the thorax area and leave a little bit of the back end sticking out toward the hook eye a bit. I dub the thorax with a mixture of muskrat and just a few strands of diamond dub peacock over the leg material. Now bend the back ends of the legs fibres and bring foam over thorax dubbing and tie off. Whip finish the fly. Use a light brown marker and lightly mottle the foam, don't color completely. Use a black marker to make 2 dots for eyes. The final thing is to make the bug glossy, put a thin layer or 2 of head cement over the foam back and the eyes, It'll bring the color and the eyes to life and the fly is complete. Don't forget to experiment and most of all Have Fun doing it.! Cheers.