June 2017

Fly Of the MonthMaking mono eyes for a damsel nymph.

Instructor: Joe Fleet

 To make eyes for your damsel nymph you need a short length of 10-20lb mono line. (1-2 cm depending on size of the fly you wish to tie.)

Hold the piece of line with your forceps in the centre. Now use the flame from a lighter to melt one end of the line, forming a ball. Burn the other end in the same way. You will be left with a short length of nylon with a ball shape on either end, like dumbbell eyes. You can colour the eyes if you wish using a waterproof marker pen.

Damsel nymph

Wind on the thread about twelve wraps, no more than a third of the hook shankfrom  behind the eye . Lay the mono eyes along the shaft of the hook .about four or five mm back from the hook eye. Tie on with 2-3 wraps using the pinch method then turn the eyes so they lay either side of the shaft. Tie in firmly with figure 8 winds of the thread.

Take a small piece of straight marabou not the more bodied type of marabou that is usually used when tying woolly buggers. Tie it in directly behind the mono eye. Just a few wraps to secure as this nymph needs to be sparse, almost transparent in fact.  The marabou should extend 1-2 hook lengths for the tail but do not trim the excess.

Now pull the excess marabou forward and tie it in front of the hook eye make a few wraps to give the impression of the damsel flies mandibles Return the tying thread behind the mono eyes and wrap once Then pull the marabou back between the eyes and tie it again behind the eyes. Always use the pinch method when securing your materials to any hook

Now cut the excess marabou leaving a short stub to form the wing case.

April 2017

Tying Larry’s Passion Vine Hopper

The Passion Vine Hopper is essentially a triangle in silhouette so is very easy to tie in multiple styles.

My version is simply a body of thread or foam and a printed wing pattern.

 

 Hook size 14 or 16  dry fly.  Hook should be approximately 1cm long.

Thread body :   useing black or brown thread , start at the bend and create a tapered body making it very wide at the front.

Wings – cut a triangle wing from any of the various wing materials that are available.  The size is 1cm long x 1cm wide at the hook end.   Leave a long narrow neck in front so you can tie the wing down. I put a good ‘dollop’ of thread cement on the body before positioning the wing and tying in, the wing covers the whole hook. Tie off with a large head. I also use a ‘blob’  of UV  epoxy to make a fat head and colour it black with a  felt tip pen.

Foam body version.  this will not sink.

Start as above with the thread covering the hook and then cut a piece of thin brown foam (2-3mm thick) into a triangle 1cm long , very thin at the hook end and about 3-4mm wide  at the head .  Tie in from the hook end and make sure you finish clear of the eye of the hook.  Again I put head cement along the body and lay my wing down and tie off. Do not crush the foam head when tying off as the head of the PVH is very large in proportion to his body.  Again a blob of UV epoxy if you want too.

Very simple to tie but deadly when they are feeding on the surface  under willows.