>>>What Are You Tying Today? Part II

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Soft hackle. I like this style.

Thanks,

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That's a great looking soft hackle, Mike. Could you throw up a materials list for that one? I assume the dubbing with the rib is tied in with a dubbing loop? Not sure how to really do it with split thread. This style looks like squirrel fur would work great tied in sparsely with a loop. I'll have a few of them in the box for the Jam for sure.
 
dc410 wrote:
That's a great looking soft hackle, Mike. Could you throw up a materials list for that one?

Agree - that's an intriguing pattern. It seems almost to be picked out fur behind a floss body.
 
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That looks like the genuine article Fishidiot. A keys special? GG

Thanks, I like to tie my flies realistic.
Ultimately, however, they need to perform in the water. I often build in counter weights or floats to make a fly swim or track the way I want and this mantis shrimp is more of a concept design that will need a lot of test driving.

Mantis shrimp are ferocious little critters but bones and permit like to eat 'em. Many of the popular "Borski style" bonefish flies that utilize a tan, craft fur tail barred with a magic marker are thought to be based on mantis shrimp. While Keys FFers are still pretty much using crab flies for permit, down in the tropics many permit guys feel mantis shrimp style flies really work well for permit.

Many folks have no idea what a mantis shrimp is, but once in awhile an angler in FL will catch one on hook and line and people are amazed or freaked out (see below, photo courtesy: tophdimg.com).
 

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Don't know if this is the right place to post this, if not please move it to the appropriate topic.

Yellow Breeches Anglers has free fly tying lessons every Saturday from 7 -9 PM at the Hatchery. It is an 8week course. You need not be a member.
 
dc410 wrote:
That's a great looking soft hackle, Mike. Could you throw up a materials list for that one? I assume the dubbing with the rib is tied in with a dubbing loop? Not sure how to really do it with split thread. This style looks like squirrel fur would work great tied in sparsely with a loop. I'll have a few of them in the box for the Jam for sure.

Here you go. I am tying hackle on first, tie mylar in in front. Wrap to the rear, wrap thread forward again to cover hook" touching turns"
Wrap mylar forward, tie off. Spiral thread to rear. Coat body with head cement, split thread add dubbing very sparse, twist tightly, spiral forward like ribbing, dub thorax, wrap hackle. tie off.

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GenCon wrote:
dc410 wrote:
That's a great looking soft hackle, Mike. Could you throw up a materials list for that one? I assume the dubbing with the rib is tied in with a dubbing loop? Not sure how to really do it with split thread. This style looks like squirrel fur would work great tied in sparsely with a loop. I'll have a few of them in the box for the Jam for sure.

Here you go. I am tying hackle on first, tie mylar in in front. Wrap to the rear, wrap thread forward again to cover hook" touching turns"
Wrap mylar forward, tie off.Spiral thread to rear. Coat body with head cement, split thread add dubbing very sparse, twist tightly, spiral forward like ribbing, dub thorax, wrap hackle. tie off.

GenCon

Mike, I believe this description of "spiraling forward" is referred to as "Palmering". I hope this doesn't come off as jerkish. Just want to either clarify or be corrected.

BTW, I like the way you refer to "Touching turns". Don't mean to derail,

Nice fly though. I too thought it looked picked out. I guess its just the loose dubbing in the cement that makes it look that way.
 

Mike, I believe this description of "spiraling forward" is referred to as "Palmering". I hope this doesn't come off as jerkish. Just want to either clarify or be corrected.

BTW, I like the way you refer to "Touching turns". Don't mean to derail,

Nice fly though. I too thought it looked picked out. I guess its just the loose dubbing in the cement that makes it look that way. [/quote]

Maurice, you could be right. I really don't know. I have always thought that palmering was specific to wrapping a hackle over the body of the fly as in a woolly bugger or Griffith gnat.
The dubbing looks as it does because I do it with a split thread technique. It is added very sparse twisted tightly. The head cement I add to the body is already dry by the time I wind the dubbing forward.

GenCon

 
Gotcha...loop dubbing, palmered...in my lingo. LOL.
 
I'm tying up mini hangtimes as boutonnieres for my buddies wedding.
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Popper for the river.

Now all I have to do is build a rod for the river...thanks tax return.
 

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Thats a great looking popper.

GenCon
 
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Gonna call this one "chrome dreams" as a shout out to Neil Young. Just fooling around with some dubbing since I just kinda figured it out (what a blast). Silver beadhead and ribbing, gray haretron dubbing, and silver ice dubbing for the collar. Hope it catches something!
 
Raftman,
Thats one of my go to look-a-like pstterns for the spring. I use it as a cranefly/caddis larva. I just use hares ear dubbing and pearl krystal flash for the rib. Looks very similar. Some call it a hares ear grub/ cranefly larva/ trout crack. It works.
 
Awesome! Good to hear fisherboy3. I'm excited to take it out on the water. I figure you could easily switch out the collar for different colors.
 
Raftman, looking good.

GenCon
 
whipped up few deer hair caddis'

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Nice! Those are next on my list to try... I haven't tied any dries yet. Looks good!
 
steveo27,

Very nicely tied EHC. Great all around fish catching pattern.
 
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