Feather Duster Nymph SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Dec 7, 2012.

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    A good Callibeatis imitation; seems like every time I try to fish Hebgen or any of the Blackfeet lakes when these bugs are around I'm fighting wind with green water coming over the bow. Not a lot of materials and pretty simple and quick to tie. Tied this one unweighted; lead-free wraps in the thorax or a beadhead if you're looking for something a bit heavier.




    hook - Mustad 9671 #12
    thread - Uni 8/0 camel
    tail/shellback - pheasant tail fibers
    abdomen - ostrich herl (actually came from a feather duster)
    rib - copper wire x-small
    thorax -ostrich herl
    wingcase/legs -pheasant tail fibers



    mash barb and attach thread and wire at 60% mark; keep tag end of wire on far side of hook bend

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    wrap wire back to point above hook barb

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    tie in a few ostrich herls and return thread to 60% position (normally I'd tie in the tail first but twisting the ostrich generates a bit of torque and I've had trouble keeping the tail in line; doing it afterwards alleviates any twisting and doesn't take any longer)

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    twist herl together

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    and wrap forward

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    measure some pheasant tail fibers (extend abdomen length behind the butt)

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    and tie in ahead of abdomen

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    trim pheasant butts, hold fibers against the body and start wire rib forward

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    continue rib through abdomen, tie off and helicopter the end

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    measure another clump (8-10) of pheasant tail fibers (abdomen distance) and tie in 1 hook eye width back from eye; from this point, the tying steps are pretty much like the Turkey Tail nymph

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    wrap back to end of abdomen

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    tie in some more ostrich herl

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    twist herl

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    and wrap forward 1 hook eye width back from eye

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    divide protruding fibers

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    pull pheasant butts forward to form wingcase; tie off and trim

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    fold near side legs back and tie down

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    repeat on far side

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    whip finish, SHHAN and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     

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