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Archive for November 21, 2012

Fender Parachute

My good friends hunting dog, Fender and just one of the many animals and huge amounts of materials he secures for my fly tying every year.

Fender secures more meat wrapped in materials for the winter.

This is a quick and simple parachute technique that requires only deer hair and Bug Bond.

Hook: Mustad C49

Tying thread: Dyneema

Body: Moose mane hair

Hackle: Roe deer hair and Bug Bond

Thorax: Underfur from deer or moose winter coat.

Secure your emerger hook in the vice with as much of the bend clear of the jaws.

Run your tying thread from just behind the hook eye down deep into the bend.

Select some long Moose mane hairs.

You will need two long hairs from the moose mane, one white and one black.

Tie in the moose hairs by the points at the base of the hook bend.

Build up a slight forward taper on the fly body with tying thread.

Take both hair at once, with the black hair at the bottom and begin to wind on in even tight turns.

Continue over the whole hook shank until you come to the thorax. Tie off.

Trim off the surplus hair and tie down ends. Although these moose mane hairs are remarkably strong you can give the body a coat with Bug Bond.

Cut and stack a small bunch of deer hair. Tie this in as a parachute post.

At the base of the hairs from a winter coat of a moose or deer there is a dense under fur. Remove enough to dub the thorax.

Dub the thorax behind and forward of the post.

Place your finger tip in the centre of the deer hair post and press down until the deer hair flattens out.

Place a small drop of Bug Bond in the center of the deer hair parachute hackle.

Give the Bug Bond a zap with the UV light.

The finished Fender emerger, made only from deer hair and Bug Bond.

The view from below. Its a perfect quick and simple parachute hackle.



Mayfly Nymph

A general pattern for most large mayfly nymphs

Hook Mustad R73 9671 # 8-12

Tying thread Dyneema

Tail Olive ostrich herl

Body Olive brown Antron dubbing

Rib Olive Ostrich herl

Thorax Olive brown Antron dubbing

Wing case Golden pheasant tail

Legs Peasant tail

This pattern imitates the nymph stage of our two largest mayflies, Ephemera 

vulgata,  that is most common in lakes, and Ephemera danica, that is most common in slow flowing rivers and streams. These nymphs prefer sandy or muddy bottoms, where they live more or less buried for two to three years.  These large nymphs can be recognized by the breathing gills along the sides of the rear body.  Nymph patterns like this one should be weighted, so that they don´t swim up side down in the water, this should be done by tying in two strips of lead wire on the underside of the hook shank. The R73 hook from Mustad that I have used here is so heavy in the bend that it will swim the right way even if you use extra weight under the thorax. On these large nymphs I prefer to use Golden pheasant as the wing case. These tail feather fibers are tougher than normal ring neck pheasant tails fibers and have a little more shine.

Secure your hook in the vice and attach your tying thread.

Wind on a short length of lead free wire under the thorax.

Tie in three long ostrich herl fibers for the tail. These should be tied in like the legs on a photo tripod.

Cut away two of the ostrich herls. The remaining one will be used for ribbing.

Spin the Antron dubbing onto the tying thread and dubb a tapered body along 2/3 of the hook shank.

Wind on the ostrich herl as a rib over the rear body part. About 6-7 even turns. Remove the access herl.

Cut off the small ostrich herl fibers on the top and bottom of the rear body.

The rear body should now look like this.

Clip a large bunch of golden pheasant tail fibers and tie them in close to the rear body end.

Cover the thorax with dubbing, finishing about 2-3 mm behind the hook eye.

Cut two smaller bunches with normal pheasant tail fibers and tie in on both sides of the thorax as shown.

Spin a little more dubbing and dubb in front of the legs.

Pull the fibers over the thorax to form the wing case.

Tie down the fibers behind the hook eye.

Trim off the access pheasant fibers and whip finish. Apply a little varnish and your large mayfly nymph is finished.

The nymph seen from above.