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Re: More Emerger Stuff (Tie 'em and test 'em)

2009/10/25 12:34
From The Hilton
Posts: 5
That fly looks great and I love the way it floats, but why did you use a gray post and some shade of brown?

Posted on: 2010/2/12 12:06
You can put lip stick on a pig, but it's still a pig!

Re: More Emerger Stuff (Tie 'em and test 'em)

2007/4/25 10:02
Posts: 823
Interesting photo's.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 14:28
I flyfish because I enjoy it.

Re: More Emerger Stuff (Tie 'em and test 'em)
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 439
Yes the trailing shuck is tied near the end. This can be done simply by pinching the antron with your fingertips iot get the knot cinched. I suppose the textbook answer would be to use a needle but it isn't necessary. While the fly shown in the photo does not indicate this, I usually put the tail strands (mallard flank) in with the antron before I tie it off. This fly was hurriedly tied - but the resulting affect is minor. I do think this knot at the end of the antron is an important step however as it ensures that the abdomen has the natural taper as the trailing shuck would have.

I used grey foam since it was close by in my mess of materials. If tying up a bunch, I'd probably use white and tint it brown/sulpher with a sharpie pen. As stated in the thread, a major goal is to get the foam down as small as possible while still floating the fly. Since fish will be seeing it from below, a light colored post is better as it won't silouette against the sky as starkly as a dark colored one will and this helps preserve the fly's narrow, sparse, profile. Even if you're tying a dark emerger, I recommend sticking with light colored foam for this reason.

Posted on: 2010/2/12 15:49

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