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Old 06-06-2005, 02:34 PM
Limpe Limpe is offline
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This is the pattern Johan refers to.
I made a simple step by step tying sequence for my fellow dutch tyers, i used "common" materials so everybody could tie one.
People like to modify them, although with my pattern and use of materials it's easy to tie, you could of course spend hours on perfecting this patterns, make more realistic antennae's, legs and wings.

I used it one day in search of a high floating pattern, it seems to work well on the species we most common find here on small streams (although there's a certain time of year they work best ), so far it brought me a lot of fish, also some trout and in Norway even a grayling.
The original pattern was featured in the English Flyfishing and Flytying magazine, i made the tying sequence a lot easier.

Materials used;
Hook, bend model, size 8 to 12, Insect foam, (rainys www rainysflies com) got some foam bodies), 25/00 nylon, black foam, hacklefeather (hen will do just fine, will give some more action on the surface) and some polywing (polypropylene), or use 2 hackle feathers to form some wings.

Cut a small v-shape out of the foam body, insert a needle diagonal trough the body , and insert a piece of nylon trough this hole, a small drop of superglue will hold the v-shaped flanks together and seal the nylon.
Use a lighter to quickly heat the butt of the body and roll it between your finger to create a rounded "butt".
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Tie the nylon onto the hook in a way that the body is flush with the surface it'll be floating on, also one of the reasons for using a sedge model or short bent hook.
Tie in a hackle feather...

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Hackle the feather and tie in a small strip of black foam, the ends of the foam can be quickly heated in a lighter flame, round of the edges.
You could make some more body segments by trapping some more foam.

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Tie in a strip of polywing to form "wings".
next step is to create a "head" with the black foam, just double the foam and secure it just before the "wings".
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Use round rubber to form antennae's, or some tiny, long hackle feathers..

Go create your own...
Fish them on moist, warm days, make some movement on the water, i'm pretty postive you'll catch some....

After presenting this easy pattern i got a lot of response from fishermen, they really do catch fish, like Johan who was the proud catcher of a fine trout in our "public" reservoir called Oostvoorne, situated in the Southwest of our small country..
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