This was our first workshop of the season specifically designed for new members to come along to the club and enjoy a demonstration from Frank Moors of 4-simple fly patterns.  These comprised of; Buzzer, Partridge and Orange, Klinkhammer and a Predator fly.

Partridge & Orange Spider

Hook: Size 12 short shank, medium wire hook
Thread: Waxed Pearsall’s gossamer hot orange (No.6a)
Hackle: Brown Partridge feather

A length of thread was waxed before starting to tie the fly.  The thread was attached to the hook approximately 1/16th inch (1.5 mm) from the eye (to leave space for tying the head).  The body was created by even touching turns the length of the short shank hook and the thread returned to the head area with even touching turns. 

The ‘fluff’ was removed from a well-marked Partridge hackle feather and the barbules pulled back to reveal the feather tip.  The feather tip was tied in by 2 turns of thread and the hackle created by 1 to 2 turns of the feather and then tied-in by 1 turn of thread and the residual rachis cut / snapped off.  The head was whip finished and varnished. 

In order to ensure that the hackle remains open (barbules extending at 90° to the hook). It is important to avoid covering where the hackle rachis surrounds the hook with thread wraps.


Hook: Size 10 Hayabusa 270 larva hook (or specific Klinkhammer hook)
Thread: 8/0 thread (colour to match dubbing)
Post: Antron wool (strong colour for sighting)
Body: Dyed olive hare dubbing
Hackle: Grizzle cock hackle 

The thread is started at the eye and a layer applied of touching turns to the start of the hook curve (approx. 3/16th inch, 5 mm).  Antron wool is folded under the hook to produce a post about half way along the thread wraps and tied-in with a figure of eight turns and ‘posted’ by circular wraps extending 1-2 mm up, then back down, the post. 

The thread is then returned to the hook and touching turn wraps extended to a position opposite the root of the hook barb.  A 2 inch (5 cm) ‘rope’ is created by winding a small quantity of dubbing around the thread (winding in one direction only) and the dubbing rope wound up the hook to create a carrot-shaped body up to the eye of the hook (beyond the post).  The thread was then whip finished at the eye and the fly repositioned in the vice with the shank vertical (eye pointing downwards). 

The thread was retied in on the post material.  The hackle feather was cleared of ‘fluff’ and tied in by the rachis to the thread wraps on the post (feather extending from the hook in the same direction as the post).  The hackle was wound around the post, starting from the top of the post thread wraps, towards the hook shank and the resulting hackle tied in by whip finishing around the post.

The Buzzer

Hook: Size 10 all-purpose heavy wire grub hook
Thread: Black UTC 70 denier thread.
Rib: Hends body quill (fluorescent pink, BQ41)

Other rib materials – Stripped dyed peacock quill
Coloured flexi-floss / Coloured fine wire
Wing buds – Goose biots
Breathers – White Antron wool

Frank recommended using a flat thread such as UTC to produce an even body.  The thread was started close the hook eye and the body produced by a single layer of touching turns to the middle of the bend of the hook.  The rib material was tied in (full length of the body to the thorax) and the thread returned to the thorax area (about 1/8th inch, 3mm from the hook eye) with touching turns.  The rib material was wound with 5 to 7 evenly spaced open turns to the thorax area and tied in with thread.  The head was built up with touching turns of thread to produce a rugby ball shape and whip-finished.  The fly was coated with several layers of clear varnish to finish.

Variations on this fly pattern comprise of the incorporation of brightly coloured wing buds either side of the head and white breather tubes at the head of the buzzer.

A Predator Fly

Hook: Size 6 all-purpose wet fly.
Thread: White Dyneema 110 denier. 
Body: Enrico Puglisi fibres – Pearl, Red and Silver tan;  Hends Lama Hair – Turquoise blue (No.22)
Head: Black 8/0 thread
Eyes:  Small stick-on silver black eyes

Starting at the hook eye, touching turns of thread are laid the length of the shank.  A small number of red EP fibres was tied ½ ways down the shank extending about shank-length beyond the hook bend.  The thread was returned to the eye and 2 lengths of pearl EP fibres tied in either side of the hook, extending about 2-3 shank-lengths beyond the hook bend.  The body was built up by tying in further synthetic hair around the hook, to a similar length beyond the hook bend as the pearl fibres, in the following sequence:

– Silver tan above and below the hook
– Turquoise blue above the hook
– Silver tan either side of the hook

The Dyneema thread was whip finished and black 8/0 thread tied on at the eye and the head formed with thread wraps which were then also whip finished.  The body hair was combed and then trimmed using serrated scissors to produce a fish-shaped profile. Small (3/16th inch) silver black stick-on eyes were attached to the left and right side of the head, with Uhu all-purpose adhesive, and the head built up with clear UV-cured resin.

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