Forked-Tail Nymph SBS (this one's for Gene)

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    The Forked-Tail, tied with a black (or brown) ostrich herl body, was developed in the 30's by Don & Dick Olsen and popularized by Doug Prince; he came up with that peacock-bodied pretender-to-the-throne variation that bears his name. Can't argue with peacock, but the ostrich looks cool, too, and is a nice change of pace.

    hook - Mustad 79580 #6
    thread - Danville 6/0 black
    underbody - non-tox wire .025
    tail - biots black
    rib - silver wire x-fine
    body - ostrich herl black
    hackle - hen black
    legs/feelers/wings/whatever - biots white



    mash barb, wrap shank with non-tox

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    start thread, wrap underbody; taper front and back

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    even up biots, curving away from each other

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    measure for length (hook gap), tie in and smooth butts

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    tie in rib

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    measure a pair of biots (shank length), moisten (makes them more pliable), tie in a "V" over the eye, curving down; when folded back, I've found this way allows for a neater head

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    tie in ostrich herl, twist around thread, and wrap body

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    counterwrap ribbing through body and tie off

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    prep hen hackle and tie in by tip (run scissor blade along both sides of quill to create folded hackle)

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    sweep fibers back while wrapping forward; tie off

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    push the legs back over the fly

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    tie down, build up the head, whip, SHHAN

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    Very nice proportions.