Traditional Dry Fly Tail

Traditional Dry Fly Tail

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What I term the traditional hackle dry fly tail, refers to what for many is the ‘showcase’ style of tailing. It uses cock hackle barbs, tied in-line with the hook shank. For best results, the barbs should be reasonably straight … Continue reading

Dry Fly Split Tails

Dry Fly Split Tails

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This is one of a number of methods for dressing a dry fly split tail. It is neither the quickest nor easiest, but the results are pretty and realistic! The cock hackle barbs used here can be straight, though it may help … Continue reading

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Deer Hair Body

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Deer hair, due to its buoyancy, is used in several dry fly patterns including the Humpy and Bomber. In these the hair is either spun or used as tail, shell-back, or wing. Here the deer hair is used to build … Continue reading

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Hinged Body

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Hinged extended bodies can give a subtle wiggling action to a pattern. For best results the hook upon which the extended body is tied should be straight eyed, and the nylon loop should be of a diameter in relation to … Continue reading

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Braided Nylon Body

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The material used here is braided nylon backing. Viewed against the sky, from below, the material is translucent even after marking with a pen. With the aid of a little floatant the body will hold on or in the surface. … Continue reading

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Palomino Body

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This is another quick and easy extended body. Illustrated is a version for the Palomino Midge. Omit stages 2 through 6 for a simple tapered body. You may not even want a tapered effect, in which case, just cut off … Continue reading

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Furled Body

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This is one of the most easy and quick forms of extended body to produce. You can furl almost any single filament or cord material of manageable thickness, including monofilament, floss, and wool (illustrated). In this instance the basic principle of furling … Continue reading

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Marabou Wings & Tails

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With regular marabou feathers, you have the choice of tying using the fluffy barbs taken from the thicker part of the feather’s stem, or if it’s sufficiently downy you can use the tip of the feather. This guide outlines what … Continue reading