Tuesday 30 December 2014

Prawn tube, step by step.

This pattern again, uses the Scandinavian tube system and is a very easy fly to tie.

 Here you can see i have cut the tube to 1" long, added the inner lining tube. and the junction tube to hold hook,
 Now i have pushed tube onto the vise,
 Now i bind the joint of the outer tube to the inner tube.
 And now a touch of super glue, to lock both together.
 Now i catch in the thread, i am using 70 denier Danville white.
 Now i catch in a saddle feather, i am using whiting saddle dyed orange.
 Here i have wound on the hackle, and cleaned up.
 Now its time for the feelers, here i have used Asian heron.
 Here you can see, i have tied in feather by the tip.
 Here i have wound on the heron hackle, and cleaned up the tying.
 Now to add on a few more legs, here i have used Amherst dyed orange to add colour.
 Here they are tied in,
 Now it is time to tie in some harder feelers, here i have used wild boar again dyed orange.
 Above i have tied in two sets of two, wild boar feelers.
 Now i have cleaned up the tying.
 Now i add in some flash, again in orange.
 Now its time to make the prawns eyes, i take 5" of mono and burn one end with a lighter.
 Now i have two small black beads,
 Now i thread the beads on to the mono, note i have burnt both ends of the mono. stopping the beads coming off,.
 Now i coat both beads with Deercreek UV resin and set it hard, this is by far the best resin on the market.
 Now you can see the finished eyes,
 Now here you can see the both eyes set on the prawn,
 Now i have cleaned up the tying, and tie in some rib here i use oval gold medium.

 Now i tie in another whiting saddle,
 Now time to build up the body of prawn, i use Veniard glister orange.
 Now i roll the dubbing on thread,
 Now i run the dubbing down the body,
 Now i wind the hackle down the body,
 Now i rib the hackle,
 Now its time to put the shell on the prawn, i use golden pheasant rump feather dyed orange.
 Above, is a close up of rump feathers,
 Now i clean the unwanted fluff of the base of feathers.
 Now i tie in the two rump feathers, i tie them in tented shape.
 Now its time to tie in the third feather on top of the first two.
 Now i tie in a large rump feather, ate the rear of the tie.
 Now i push on a brass cone, to the rear of prawn.
And above, the finished fly, hope you like it and tie it. very good for salmon sewin and bass, i tie the in many colours, like red , purple and orange.


  1. Stunning SBS Dai. Will give this a try for steelhead this winter

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  3. Hi Rob, Glad you are having a go at the pattern, hope it works well for you. did fish well for me in Chillywack BC.