This workshop will focus on woven nymphs and a couple of methods used to tie them. These flies work well for Grayling and Trout.
Hook: Curved #8 Thread : Yellow Underbody: Lead wire, covered by fluorescent yellow floss Shellback: Clear polythene sheet Over-rib: 4lb mono Thorax: Olive hare dubbing or similar Abdomen: Natural hare / Rabbit Also required: Black magic marker pen
Hook: Curved #8 Underbody: lead wire Body: Woven strands of yellow and brown embroidery yarn Thorax: Natural Hare/ Rabbit Also required: UHU adhesive and a black magic marker pen
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.
Hook: Size 10 all-purpose heavy wire grub hook Thread: Black UTC 70 denier thread. Rib: Hends body quill (fluorescent pink, BQ41)
Variations: 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.
Members from our fly tying club attended the 2019 Cheshire Game and Angling Fair in Peover Park. This is a chance for the club to get out and about, socialise with like-minded people, to tell bad jokes and to share techniques with many of the visitors to the angling village.
The angling village offers a number of attractions including two well-attended casting demonstrations from AAPGAI instructors. Karl Humphries, a local instructor to the area and John Walker, all the way from Snowdonia. You’ll also find the Grayling Society and Marton Mere Fishery.
It was also lovely to bump into Phil Ratcliffe who was on a well deserved day off, enjoying the show from the opposite side of the fence. Steve Beech & Alan Roe also offered demonstrations and advice on coarse fishing. Alan demonstrating the Wallace cast with a centre pin, an art form mastered only by the few.
It was also fabulous to see so many young people in the angling village, spending the day with family and friends as well as sharing their stories of catching fish and tying flies. Their enthusiasm for the sport was great to see, it was clear for those that attended that being outdoors was certainly a trump card to a video game.
An extended thank to our members, Dononry and Lee for running this year’s tombola and to Peter, Frank and James for tying on our stand.
With our 2019 season fast approaching, our club is a great place to learn the essential techniques to tie flies. No matter your angling preference, game, course or salt, you’ll find like-minded enthusiasts willing to share their patterns, tips and tactics.