Fly Of the Month– Making 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.
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.
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.
Fly Of the Month – The Red Buzzer (Roy Coulson)
Special thanks to Roy Coulson for this month’s fly tying demonstration, the Red Buzzer. Roy started fishing in the UK, where he captained the Derbyshire Team.
He fished in the All England competition and finished 29th out of 700.
Roy has been fly tying for over forty years and was also a tutor. He came from Taupo to demonstrate this fly, and prepared very good notes, including a pre-tied sample for all who came to the demonstration. Roy uses the red buzzer as a very effective fish catching pattern in lakes like Otamangakau and Aniwhenua. He usually fishes the Red Buzzer as the dropper, a damsel nymph on point and a dry fly as indicator. He says it is best fished static, or with a gentle lift and drop action….in many cases wave action will do the trick.
Hook: Kamasan B110 Grubber, size 10 – 16
Thread: Red Glo-brite Fluorescent floss (Shade No. 3)
Rib: .007” copper wire
Wing Bud: Mylar Holographic tinsel (red)
Wingcase: Mylar tinsel (Pearl)
- Tie on the red floss then double the floss over and tie it under the bed of floss from the eye to just around the bend of the hook. This leaves a loop which will eventually become the tail.
- Tie in the copper wire from the wing bud position (about 1/3 of the hook from the eye) to the tail, winding the red floss over it.
- Wind the red floss up to the wing bud position. Try to make 9-10 winds as this will indicate the correct number of segments.
- Wind copper wire to the wing bud position giving a segmented look, tie off and trim.
- Tie in the red Mylar wing buds keeping them evenly positioned each side of the fly.
- Tie in the pearl Mylar wing case on the top of the fly
- Build up the thorax area with tying thread.
- Pull both wing buds and the wing case to the tie-off point behind the eye and whip finish.
- Cut the loop in the tail to a realistic length.
- Apply resin and cure with a UV light.
Roy says this is a simple tie, but I found it quite tricky getting the Mylar tinsel in the correct place and tied down neatly……I obviously need more practise!
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What’s On This Month
Mohaka Club Trips -March and April
As last year’s trip was so successful and well attended we will be offering two trips to the Mohaka this year -March 24-25-26 and April 21-22-23 so no reason to miss a trip .
Once again based at Mountain Valley Lodge on McVicars Road. We have the bunk houses booked again plus there are cabins, caravan sites and tent sites to cater for everyone. Please check their website for prices and facilities, if you are not planning on using the bunk houses you will need to book your own accommodation.
The Mohaka has water for everyone from beginners to Advanced Fly Fisherman so it caters to all levels of experience and there will be tuition for those new to River Fishing.
Please let me know ASAP if you plan on attending and accommodation requirements.
Convenor Larry Ware – firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 645 544
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On the recently run course, three of the students hooked their first ever trout on a fly, here is some comments from the students;
“Six weeks ago if you told me I was going to catch a trout fly fishing, on a lake I had never heard of, I beg you might forgive my lack of faith.”
“Over the six week course, which was held on a Thursday evening at the clubhouse, Roger and his team of invited tutors, did an amazing job of unveiling the mystique that sometimes is associated with fly fishing.For me, the session on Entomology stood out…….such huge enthusiasm and knowledge, from such an unassuming expert, was fantastic.However, the fly tying sessions gained huge praise from other participants………….. the knot tying session, was also fantastic…..very simple, clear instruction, which made you feel like you could achieve it, and was supported with great resources.”
“The course was absolutely amazing not only was the content extremely informative but the delivery from Roger and other members was fantastic displaying at all times a tremendous amount of passion towards fly fishing.
I felt extremely at ease to ask any question as silly as I felt that it may have been and always received a warm inviting answer. At the first practical day after a few hours I felt for the first time ever the loading of the rod which reminded me of the first time I rode a bike although it did take both Joe and Roger after everybody left a little time to get me there. On the second practical day at Lake Okaro, I was lucky enough to get more one on one tuition, with Dave spending all morning helping me to understand the techniques of fly fishing.”