Tuesday, 6 November 2012

My recent fly patterns.

My RS2 Variant Pattern.

    These are some of my new fly fly patterns that I came up with recently, well maybe new to me at least. The first one is my RS2  variant pattern using white goose or duck biot as wing buds instead of antron, I think it gives the fly a more realistic appeal and a different look to a otherwise famous fly pattern. For the tail I used micro fibbets, I also wanted to use natural material, but I don't have any feathers that are long & stiff enough for the job. The body is dubbed with a personal mixture of hare mask & squirrel tail dubbing. And for the thorax cover or wing case material, I used a odd material that I found inside a power pro braid fishing line box, they're like small strip of sticky foam use for holding fishing line. But any regular fly tying foam or scud back will do the job. The tying thread is grey 8/0 & size #14 Mustad dry fly hook.!

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.


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