A Couple of Flies I Tied at the Ellensburg Fly Fair

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Ron Eagle Elk, May 6, 2010.

  1. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Along with the traditional North Country Spiders I tied a PED version of a flymph and a Davey McPhail CDC Emerger. Both flies were well received so I thought I'd post them here.

    PED Flymph

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    PED Flymph
    Hook: Mustad 98482 Size 14
    Thread: GG Sheer 14/0 black or gray
    Tail: Wood Duck Flank fibers
    Rib: Fine Copper wire
    Abdomen: PED Dubbing
    Hackle: Medium Dun Hen
    Thorax: Partridge Aftershaft Feather (To reinforce the aftershaft feather wrap it around the tying thread before wrapping it on the hook.

    CDC Emergers

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    Hook: Daiichi 1130 Size 14
    Thread: Danville 70 Denier Camel color
    Rib: Tying Thread Colored with a Marker
    Tail: Deer Hair (Sparse)
    Thorax: Brown Beaver Dubbing
    Wing: Brown CDC Feather Tips
    Head: Brown Beaver Dubbing

    BWO Version

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    Hook: Daiichi 1130 Size 20
    Thread: Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0
    Rib: Tying Thread Colored with a Marker
    Tail: Coq de Leon Feather Fibers (Sparse)
    Thorax: Olive Beaver Dubbing
    Wing: Natural CDC Feather Tip
    Head: Olive Beaver Dubbing

    Both the flymph and CDC Emerger can be altered to match most any emergence we have here in the PNW.

    REE
  2. wet line New Member

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    Gorgeous ties Ron!!

    Enlighten me on aftershaft feathers if you would. I don't believe I have run across that terminology.

    Dave
  3. Preston Active Member

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    The aftershaft feather is often called a "filoplume". It is the small, soft, almost quill-less feather associated with the base of the stem of many breast, back and rump feathers
  4. wet line New Member

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    Thank-you Preston. Filoplume I understand.
    Now it makes sense why the tying thread is used as a reinforcement.
    Rather than wrapping could the aftershaft be placed in a dubbing loop and get the same effect?

    Dave
  5. Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Ron
    It was great meeting you and talking spiders and such. Were you able to get hooked up with the Edgar Seally, Octopus limerick hooks I mentioned?
    If not, PM me your mailing address and I will send a box.

    TC
  6. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Wet Line, A dubbing loop would work just fine, but might add a bit more bulk than I like.

    Tim, Nice meeting you too. No, I wasn't able to hook up with him. I was supposed to be done tying at 2, but people kept showing up so I kept tying till 5. PM on the way.

    REE
  7. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Thanks for sharing those patterns, Ron. CDC emergers are always my go to flies when things get tough, or sometimes even before then!

    Do you wrap the aftershaft feather first then wrap the hackle over it? Or is the aftershaft feather behind the hackle (it's hard to tell from the photo)?

    Dick
  8. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Dick,

    I wrap the aftershaft feather from the eye back. Leave the thread hanging. Wrap the hackle from the eye back, through the aftershaft feather, then catch it witih a turn of thread and wrap the thread back to the eye through the hackle. Thhis reinforces the hackle stem and make a pretty tough fly.

    If you are totally confused, my job is complete.

    REE
  9. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    No, I think I understand. Thanks. I've tied and fished flymphs a lot, and I like how the aftershaft feather creates a little more body to the thorax. I think I'll try that.
    Dick
  10. Loopy Member

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    Nice Tyes REE. Thry look to good to fish with.
  11. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Thanks Loopy. They do well when in the water though. Nice blog.

    REE
  12. halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    I believe what Preston meant to say was that "The aftershaft feather is often incorrectly called a "filoplume", as these two types of feathers are completely different and there is no use for a true filoplume in fly tying.

    Ron,
    Absolutely lovely ties.
  13. Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Ron, Great looking flies and photos! Thanks for sharing. I would love to try some of those out, but I don't think they would be NEARLY as nice to look at!
  14. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Matthew,

    That's okay, the fish don't care.

    REE
  15. Davy Active Member

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    outstanding dressings there REE