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Mixed wing Comparadun

This is a simple mixed wing comparadun that has a really nice effect. With a turkey biot body and a little UV sparkle mixed with the CDC and lemon wood duck in the wing.

 

Hook: Mustad R30 # 12

Thread: Yellow

Wing: Lemon wood duck, CDC and UV enhancer

Tail: Coq de Leon

Body: Olive turkey biot

Thorax: Olive CDC dubbing

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Magic tool tutorial

 

Heres a little tutorial showing how to use Marc Petitjean’s Magic Tool. Everything from a single CDC hackle to mixing deer hair and CDC for special techniques.

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Hot glue flying Mutant

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This is a variant on one of my early melt glue patterns for a large flying Carpenter ant. A quick and very realistic pattern that is easy to master.

Hook: Ahrex FW511 # 12

Thread: Black

Body: Black hot glue

Head: Black hot glue Wings:

Two dun hackle tips

Hackle: Brown

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Choosing and prepping buck tail

 

A little tutorial for choosing and prepping buck tails for best results.

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Oh Deer!

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A rainy day here, so I am trying to sort and tidy nearly 30 cases with various types of deer hair. I have to get rid of some, so when I am done, I will make up a few bags of good tying hair and randomly choose a bunch of my subscribers for a free bag.  I’ll also be doing a few deer hair tutorials on the YouTube channel soon, so keep tuned.

Stripping peacock quills

This simple technique shows you how to chemically strip peacock eye tops using just a few household items.

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Kinermony Killer variant

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Kinermony Killer variant

Hair wing salmon flies have their roots firmly planted in North American salmon rivers, slowly but surely after their introduction into Europe, have fully dressed salmon flies with built wings of feathers nearly disappeared from the salmon fishers fly-box. The contents of the contemporary salmon fishers fly box have wings made of goat, buck tail, artic runner, temple dog and various  species of fox to name but a few of the most popular hairs that have come to replace the classic winging materials. The hair wing flies are not only more durable and easier to tie, but the materials are also more affordable and readily available from most fly tying retailers. All these advantages and last but not least, that fish as well, if not better than their feather wing relatives have secured hair wings a permanent place in the salmon fishers armoury. European fly tyers embraced the the North American way of tying, so much as too develop their own unique styles, that have made them almost unmistakably European.

The Kinermony Killer or KK as it is also known is one of these modern classic European hair wings. Its was as far as I understand designed by Jock Ryan, a ghille on the Kinermoney beat of the river Spey. Its reputation is so, that there is almost no-one who fishes this beat with a few of these KK in their box, or should I say on the end of their leader! And its not only Scottish salmon that have taken a liking to it, Icelandic and Norwegian salmon fishermen have also 

applauded its merits. The KK shown here is the well know variant with a wing of Arctic runner and a even more popular variant in Norway tied in flamethrower style.

Hook: Mustad DL 70UBLN
Thread: Dyneema
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Rear body: Flat holographic tinsel
Rib: Silver tinsel
Body hackle: Yellow cock
Front body: Black floss
Second body hackle: Hot orange cock
Under wing: Hot orange and yellow buck tail with crystal flash
Wing: Black Artic runner
Front hackle: Blue cock
Sides: Jungle cock
Head: Red

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Secure your double hook securely in the vice with the hook shaft horizontal. Attach your tying thread and tie in a length of medium oval silver tinsel and make four or five turns to form the tag.

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Now tie in a length of flat holographic tinsel for the rear body.

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Wrap the flat holographic tinsel along the rear of the hook shank to form the rear body and tie off.

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Remove the excess flat holographic tinsel and then make three turns of oval tinsel for the rib.

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Tie in the yellow cock hackle and wrap as shown.

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Now tight into the yellow hackle base tie in a length of oval silver tinsel and a length of black floss and wind your tying thread forward.

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Wrap your black floss in neat flat turns forward and tie off. Now make three turns of oval tinsel for the front body rib. 

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Cut a small bunch of yellow and hot orange buck tail and mix together. Tie this in, the wing should be approximately 2X the length of the hook . 

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Cut three strands of Crystal hair and tie in on top of the wing. These should be a little longer than the buck tail wing.

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Select a long fibered hot orange cock hackle and tie this in tight to the wing base. Wrap the hackle as shown and tie off.

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The over wing requires a bunch of black Arctic runner hair cleaned and tapered at the points. This should be tied in as shown a little longer than the crystal hair.

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Again choose a blue cock hackle with extra long fibres and wrap as the front hackle.

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Select two matching jungle cock eyes and tie these in one each side at a slightly upward angle.

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Last, if you are using Dyneema colour the thread with a red waterproof felt pen and whip-finish. Give the head a couple of coats of  varnish.

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The KK tied flamethrower style.

Fan wing March Brown

This is an interesting pattern only using the classic combination of partridge and hares ear for this dry fan wing March brown mayfly.

Hook: Mustad R30 # 10
Thread: Brown
Tail: Partridge tail feather fibers
Body: Hares ear dubbing & fine silver tinsel
Wings: Two partridge mottled brown feathers
Thorax: Hares ear dubbing

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Wally wing quill emerger

A nice looking quill bodied mayfly emerger that uses the Wally wings as the parachute post.

Hook: Mustad C49S # 10
Thread: Black
Body: Stripped peacock quill
Wing: Mallard flank feather
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Coachman Brown

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Troutsman Hex

A variant of a large American Hex mayfly pattern that has a couple of unusual techniques that can be easily adapted for tying Danica and Vulgate patterns.

Hook: Mustad R43 # 8
Thread: Dyneema
Tail: Pheasant tail
Body: Buck tail & elk or deer hair
Wing: Calf tail
Hackle: Coachman brown & Silver badger

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