Flick Stonefly Creeper SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Cool fly; didn't know he fished anything besides a Grey Fox Variant. A few different methods to attach the shellback, although none of the ones I've seen seem very durable; I'm lazy and chose the path of least resistance.


    hook - Mustad 9671 #12
    underbody - non-tox wire .025
    thread - UTC 70 woodduck
    shellback/wing pad - woodduck flank
    tail - pheasant tail
    abdomen - stripped hackle quill ginger
    thorax - rabbit dirty gold
    legs - partridge


    mash barb, wrap front of shank with non-tox

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    start thread, wrap underbody, taper front and back

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    tie in a clump of woodduck fibers (hook gap width) by tips, wrap back to point above barb

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    measure 2 pheasant tail fibers for length (hook shank) and tie in on either side of shellback

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    strip a ginger neck quill, moisten (microwave 30 seconds in a damp napkin) and tie in; smooth underbody with thread

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    brush underbody with Sally (or Super Glue); wrap quill forward and tie off

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    dub thread, dub thorax

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    prep partridge, tie in by tip and wrap

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    squeeze front of fly from top and bottom (no pic, sorry) and take a few wraps back, pushing hackle fibers to the sides

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    pull shellback forward

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    tie down, trim, smooth head, half hitch x 2, SHHAN
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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    and im just gettin started on stone nymphs in my winter tyin. great sbs im gonna have to play around with that one.
     
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    Good looking fly, but I wonder how durable the shell back is. Might play around with it. I also usually like to put a fold in my stonefly she'll backs to get that layered carapace look.
     
  4. ScottP

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    Rob,

    I doubt it would stand up to more than a fish or two; I was trying to tie it true-to-pattern and that's kinda how it looks. I already have a few ideas I'm playing around with.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I like this one alot. Good stuff
     
  6. ScottP

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    Here's a few steps from a Hotwire variation with, hopefully, a better alternative to the fragile wingcase


    take a whole flank feather

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    coat with Sally and pull it to shape; the center stem + glue should make it a lot more durable.

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    start the fly like the Flick version, but substitute wire for the quill body; I used ginger (Brassie) and copper (x-fine) wrapped side-by-side

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    after a few wraps, pull the shellback forward and secure with the copper wire

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    repeat up the body to the thorax

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    helicopter the wire and then finish the fly, same as the Flick

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    Not that I am a great tier but could you coat the shell back after the tie to make it more durable? It's a great looking fly and seems relatively straight forward. My kind of fly.
     

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