Colorado Queen SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Egg laying version (sorta) of the Colorado King; originally called a Colorado King female (????) - they're not hermaphrodites to the best of my knowledge, hence the name change. A lot in common with the Elk Hair Caddis; typical inbreeding amongst the royals.

    hook - Dai Riki 320 #16
    thread - MFC 8/0 brown
    egg sac - 1mm foam chartreuse
    tails/outriggers - moose body hair
    abdomen - dubbing tan/grey
    hackle - brown
    wing - deer hair

    poke a hole in foam strip (1/2 gap width), insert debarbed hook; mount on vise

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    start thread, wrap to bend then back to hook point

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    pull foam down on top and bottom of hook and tie down

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    pull foam back, advanced thread, brush on a little Super Glue, tie down; repeat up to 80% mark

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    trim foam and cover with thread

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    select a pair of moose hairs (paint brush fibers would be a lot more durable but all of mine are in use); measure for length (hook shank) and tie in on either side of sac

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    since I forgot to add rib, I'll improvise; make a dubbing loop in thread, tie off and cut top thread at butt to create ribbing

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    dub thread, dub body

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    tie in hackle and wrap to sac (on the original King, it looks like hackle is wrapped back to front, but I prefer the EHC method)

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    spiral rib through hackle, tie off; trim rib and hackle tip

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    clean, stack and measure (extend to bend) a clump of deer hair; tie in (2 soft loops), then wrap through butts, pulling a few back and up with each wrap

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    trim butts, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    trim out hackle on underside (optional) for slackwater applications

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    Regards,
    Scott
  2. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Nice!! Now I need to find some green foam...
  3. Olive bugger Active Member

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    I like that pattern., Thanks for sharing.

    Just wondering if one could not substitute chartreuse polypropylene yarn for the foam?
  4. ScottP Active Member

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    Sure. Original had a dubbed sac, but I was looking to improve floatation.

    Regards,
    Scott