AP Pheasant & Peacock SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    AP stands for it's creator, Andre Puyans and utility, All Purpose. A real speed tie - only 3 materials if you don't count hook, thread and underbody (which is optional), I did this one full-figured to represent something like a western green drake; you can adjust the body mass index easily by adding/subtracting peacock herl.



    hook - Dai Riki 060 #10
    underbody - non-tox wire .025 (optional)
    thread - Danville 6/0 dark brown
    tail - pheasant tail fibers
    rib - x-fine copper
    abdomen/thorax - peacock herl
    wing pad/legs - pheasant tail



    mash barb, wrap front of shank with non-tox; start thread, wrap underbody, taper front and back

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    tie in ribbing and wrap back to point above barb

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    measure a clump of pheasant tail fibers (hook gap past bend) and tie in; overwrap pheasant up to 60% mark and leave butts untrimmed

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    tie in peacock herl and wrap forward, untwisted (keeps it a bit slimmer than thorax and ribbing will protect it from fish's teeth) to 60% mark

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    counterwrap ribbing through abdomen; helicopter end and tie off

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    twist herl around thread and wrap thorax; tie off and trim

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    pull pheasant forward to create wing case

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    separate 3 fibers for each side and trim out the remainder

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    pull fibers back far and near

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    half hitch x 2, SHHAN; trim legs a bit past the thorax

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    Regards,
    Scott
  2. Gary Knowels Active Member

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    Interesting scheme, I really like it. Peacock and pheasant tail have magic properties.
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  3. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    This is great Scott, I find your patterns are giving me incentive to try new things. Question tho, I always have a dickens of a time tying off my wire ribbing cleanly...you mention "Helicopter the end"...what exactly is this? I have a feeling it may help me a bit.
  4. ScottP Active Member

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    Once you wrap the wire and tie it down with thread, take the loose end and crank/rotate it in a circular motion until it breaks; it'll be right against the body, but leave a little "hook" at the end which helps keep it from coming loose but is easy to cover with a few more thread wraps.


    Regards,
    Scott