Christie's EasyPeasy USD Mayfly variation SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step' started by ScottP, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Took some liberties with Roy's fly, subbing .5mm razor foam for the abdomen/thorax cover. From what I've read, the hooking problems with USD flies can be somewhat alleviated by off-setting the hook point and keeping the wing soft, sparse and somewhat forward.
    Tied here in March Brown colors, change to suit your needs.


    hook - Dai Riki 270 #12 (Roy uses longshank grub hooks, which I'm fresh out of)
    thread - MFC 8/0 brown
    tail - hackle fibers brown grizzly
    rib - Gudebrod rod-winding thread brown
    abdomen/thorax cover - .5mm foam tan
    wing - Congo Hair white
    thorax - dubbing tan
    hackle brown grizzly


    off-set point and add a little curve to the front of the hook shank

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    tie in thread and wrap back about halfway down hook bend

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    even up the tips of a few hackle fibers, measure for length (shank) and tie in

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    tie in ribbing

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    taper foam strip (1/2 gap width) and tie in

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    wrap foam forward and tie off (no need to glue the foam since it's going to be ribbed)

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    rib abdomen, tie off and pull foam back

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    take a sparse hank of Congo Hair and tie on underside (which is actually the topside on an upside-down fly) at 80% mark; a bit farther forward than normal, but, as noted, trying to improve the hooking

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    pull down (or up, depending on orientation - very confusing) and add a few posting wraps to gather the wing

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    tie in hackle

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    dub thread (sparse), dub thorax

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    wrap hackle through thorax, tie off and trim

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    pull the foam forward, splitting the hackle down the center stripe; tie off, trim, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    trim wing and have at it

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    looks great, but does it float the way it should? :)
     
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    like a champ (whether it lands this way remains to be seen).

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  4. Patrick Gould

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    That's great.
     
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    This is really a neat pattern.
    Thank you
     
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    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Outstanding ScottP, another great SBS!