Thursday, 28 March 2013

Scandi style tube fly step by step.

 The other week, i was sent some of the tube make products by the Pro Sportsfisher Co, a company that is bring out some great products for fly tying.  above you can see some of the items they sent me, so will show you my take on a Scandi type style tube fly.
 Above i push the tube on the needle, of my tube tying vise.
 Now catch in the thread, here i am using Danville 70 denier white thread. and tie in the medium silver oval tinsel for tag.
 Above, i have wound on the tinsel. and tie off the thread.
 Now i tie in the tail, for this i am using pink marble fox Guard  hairs.
 Now trim off the unwanted hair,
 Now i use some pink gliss and glint dubbing.
 Now i use more gliss and glit dubbing, color silver doctor blue.
 Above, i have tied in the grizzly saddle hackle.
 Above i have wound back the grizzly hackle, and wound back up the tube. the oval tinsel to lock in the hackle,
 Above i have trimmed off the unwanted materials.
 Now i have pushed on a counter weight, which will also act like a pillow to hold up the next hackle.
 Next, i use a dubbing brush, to pull out some of the dubbing. so that it shows though the hackle,
 Now tie in a pink saddle hackle,
 Above i have cleaned up the hackle,
 Next, tie in the first under wing, i have used pink marble fox.
 Now tie in some pink krystal flash.
 Now tie in the forward part of flash,
 Now tie in the middle wing, i have used silver doctor blue marble fox.
 Again i tie in flash, this time silver doctor blue flash.
 Again pull back over the top, the flash and tie off.
 Now i catch in the front hackle, silver doctor blue.
 Above, i have wound on hackle, and cleaned up tie.
 Now i tie in the top wing, this time Purple marble fox.
 Now i tie in there jungle cock, have to say. these are very good made of a soft plastic, and they do a number of colors and sizes. 
 Now i push on there vented disc, these in water when worked in the river. work the material very well and leave a stream of small bubbles in the water, look very alive for sure.
 And above the finished tube, i have trimmed the tube rear to the size i wanted. for hook and trimmed the front of tube. and melted the tube so that it burrs up to hold disc,
Hope you like the fly, and the step by step. of this style of tube fly, it is about 11/2" long i use these in high water conditions, better than spinning for sure. and the Wilkinson colors catch a lot of fish,

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Ghost shrimp, step by step.

 I fish shrimp flies a lot, and these are a few patterns i put together a number of years back. and have fished well, for sewin/ salmon/ trout/ bass and flounders. the hook is placed in the vise, and i am using a Deercreek double size 6 silver.
 Now catch in the thread, i am using Danville 70 denier white.
 Now catch in the oval tinsel, silver size medium.
 Now i have wound on the tag, and tied off.
 Now above, you can see i have brought the tinsel back down shank of hook. an tied off with the tinsel ready for the rib,
 Now it time to tie in two wild boar bristles  crossed on top of hook shank.
 Now i have trimmed off, the unwanted forward part of the bristles.
 Now i tie in two more bristles down in between the first two.
 Now over the bristles, i tie in some natural racoon off the tail. this is a nice crystal type hair, very much like polar bear hair.

 Now i have trimmed off unwanted hair.
 Now i tie in pearl tinsel, for the body.
 Above i have wound on the tinsel.
 Now i have wound oval tinsel, over the pearl tinsel.
 You can leave the body as it is, but i like to coat the body with Deercreek UV resin. 
 Now above, you can see how good the body looks, after the coat of UV resin,
 Now it time for the hackle, i always use Whiting products. to me just the best there is, above you can see two capes. the darker one in the rear, is a Brahma hen cream badger cape. the one in front is a silver badger cock cape, i have tied two shrimps using both capes.   
 Here i have tied in feather by the tip,
 Now i have doubled the hackle, before winding on.
 Above i have wound on the hackle, and tied off.
 Above, i have trimmed off unwanted feather stem. and thread,
 Now i have changed the thread to orange, for the finished head.
 And above,side view of finished fly.
 Above, showing top view of shrimp.
 And the same pattern tied in ginger, i have a number of dyed badger capes., in about eight colors i use for the pattern,
 And above, the fly tied using a hen feather, lot softer then the cock. lots more movement,
 Above a set of 12 ginger shrimps,
 Set of 12 ghost shrimps,
Above showing both colors together,