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natrix 01-30-2004 12:19 AM

This is addicting
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Something else I thought I would try

Thread: 8/0 Uni.
Hook: 2/0 Tiemco 7999
Tail: none
Tag: Medium embossed silver tinsel (2mm)
Base layer of green nylon floss;
1st rib = red nylon floss;
2nd rib = medium embossed silver tinsel on top of and just behind the red floss rib;
3rd rib = counter wrap #10 oval silver tinsel over the hackle.

Cock tail feather (sold as spey hackle by Hairline, cheep too, about $3 for a package of strung feathers). Strip the barbs off on side and tie in the tip then wind the hackle along the rear edge of the 2nd rib. These feathers are abut 6 to 8 inches long with a small flexible stem and all web. I used about 1/3 of the feather.

Died green ringneck rump.
Bronze mallard. Tie the wings one at a time with significant over lap to get the hooded effect.

Don Johnson 01-30-2004 09:12 AM

How much persuasion would it take to get you to include the recipe with these pics you have been posting recently? I am curious to see what the hook sizes are and what the hackle has been on a couple of your creations.

Very nice flies I might add; wish I could ties those that well.


02/01/04: Thanks for adding the recipe!

juro 01-30-2004 09:16 AM

Beautiful job Natrix!

Don, you're 100% correct! We ask that tyers include a recipe with all flies posted to these archives.

I look forward to reading the how-to Natrix, thanks.

flytyer 01-30-2004 05:05 PM

Lovely spey fly. I especially like your use of floss and tinsel as ribbings.

The rooster tail feather is actually what the old spey flies were tied with when "spey cock hackle" was referred to. They are a lovely spey feather, and as you pointed out, they are inexpensive too.

Skilly 01-31-2004 02:15 PM

close up
Nice fly,
but how do you get that good of a close up? I am just learning my digital camera. Fujifilm finepix 3800 and trying to do the close up shots is giving me fits.

natrix 02-01-2004 09:11 PM

how do you get that good of a close up?

This is a scanned image. Put the fly on the scanner. I put a couple of blocks of wood along the side of the glass and then put a background on card stock over that. This way the shadow is partially dispersed. Then you have to play around with the immage file to get it the right size without sacrificing to much immage quality.


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