Kaufmann's Coal Car SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Taking a shot at one of Randall Kaufmann's flies, a dark variation of his Freight Train.


    hook - Dai Riki 799 #6
    thread - Danville 6/0 black
    tail - hackle fibers black
    rib - oval tinsel silver
    body - 1/4 orange yarn, 1/4 red yarn, 1/2 black chenille
    hackle - black
    underwing - Krystal Flash black
    wing - Calf Tail black


    mash barb, start thread at 50% mark, wrap back to hook point

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    measure a clump of hackle fibers for length (hook gap), and tie in

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    tie in ribbing, wrap back a bit shy of the tail

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    tie in orange yarn at 25% mark, wrap back to tail, return thread to 25% mark

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    wrap yarn forward and tie off (try to take any twist out of the yarn at tie-off so it lays flat)

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    move thread to 50% mark and tie in red yarn

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    wrap yarn forward to 50% mark and tie off (looks like I came up about 1/2 wrap short)

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    strip end of chenille, tie in and wrap forward to return wire on hook eye

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    wrap ribbing forward and tie off (forgot to take a pic, so here's one from a Signal Light I was tying)

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    tie in (folded) hackle, sweep fibers back while wrapping forward; tie off, then stroke hackle back and down while wrapping thread back for wing tie-in

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    tie in 2 strands of Krystal Flash and fold back to create underwing

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    clean, stack and measure (back to hook bend) a clump of squirrel tail; trim to length and tie in

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    smooth wing tie-in (a bit of SHHAN or Super Glue first helps to tame the slippery squirrel), whip finish, a few coats of SHHAN; trim KF and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
  2. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
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    Nicely done, Scott. Your'e a good tyer and teacher. I was going to ask you about doing a "Signal Light" and then I saw the photo.
    Thanks,
    Jack
  3. GAT Active Member

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    Willamette Valley, OR
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    For such a good looking pattern it's a shame I have never, ever caught a steelhead with a black-winged steelhead fly.