October Fly Salon - Green Butt Skunk

floydiology

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#17
Darn, I performed a search and didn't find any evidence but thought it was an obvious choice and would have been done before. Oh well, be creative as you can and think outside the box. Lets see something other than steelhead flies posted?
 
#23
Haven't tied a steelhead fly in a while. A little sloppy with the floss work and head, but I am glad I gave it a go, as now I want to tie some more! Picture doesn't show the fore-body very well: Black floss leads into black "aquatic mammal" fur dubbbing. Collar is sparse Vulturine (sp?) Guinea Hen.

Any tips for floss? I am sure a lot of it is the quality of floss I am using - Red is 2 strand Rayon, Chartreuse is 4 strand something, which I only used 1 strand of...seems like when you use more than one, the strands separate a bit and can produce some less than flat areas.

Had never seen this fly-salon thing before, I like it! Hoping to participate each month.
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floydiology

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#24
James, I can never wrap a clean rayon floss body. I use japanese silk for most of my classics, 2 strands at a time for silk. I also always make sure that the floss stays flat while wrapping, not twisted, and then I burnish it afterwards with a burnishing tool to smooth it out. The floss butt on my GBS is rayon and not all that smooth. I think the secret is keeping the floss flat while you wrap it and take your time to place each wrap neatly. You can wrap another layer if you need to build up bulk or a taper. Single strand rayon floss is easier than two strand and if you use it in a bobbin you will have even more control over it.
Hope that helps.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#25
A few more. A couple are more conventional flies, the other not so much. Well not conventional for a green butt skunk. Excuse the ratty nature of the ties, all of these have been put to use :)

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#27
Thanks for the info John. Any recommendations for places to purchase Japanese silk? Yakima is lacking a good Fly-Tying supply store. I usually purchase materials on-line.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#29
Flat floss is easier with a rotating vice as well. I like single strand myself. Either from a spool in a bobbin, or a cut section held with hackle pliers. Not that it is germaine, but i put down silver tinsel before laying on the floss. Synthetic floss gets traslucent when wet and the body just glows.
 
#30
Nice David, I also put down a base coat, but I use pearl Mylar tinsel. I also found that floss wrapped over thread turns pretty drab in the water. As you mentioned, the true color shines in the water with the base coat underneath.

Thanks for the links John. Looks like you found me a new place to purchase fly tying supplies on-line.