Madam X SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step' started by ScottP, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Don't use these as much any more because they get chewed up pretty quickly, although mangled sinkers work just about as well as fresh ones. Anyway, I'm getting too lazy to change flies all the time so I use more stuff with foam. Even though they've been around for a while, they're still effective and fun to tie. I put the head in first, like my bullet-head hoppers; makes it much easier for me to get the head/body transition point correct. 4 materials including hook and thread (I've seen them with dubbed bodies but I'm going for a minimalist look here) - that's a winner.



    hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
    thread - Danville Flymaster Plus yellow
    Tail/body - elk or deer hair (cow elk here)
    head- same as tail, semi bullet-head
    legs - rubber medium yellow


    Mash down barb and attach thread at head (gap width)

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    cut a clump of elk hair; clean, stack and measure for length (shank + gap)

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    trim to length, hold clump on top of hook

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    2 soft loops right behind hook eye; pull tight but don't let hair spin

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    lash stub ends of hair down, try to create a smooth thread head; a little Crazy Glue doesn't hurt here

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    cover hook shank with thread (makes it easier to control body torque)

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    cut another clump of elk hair; clean, stack and measure for length (shank + gap - head)

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    2 soft loops at back side of head; hair will roll somewhat around body, that's fine

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    wrap back to create 1st segment, crossing over top of body, if possible

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    2nd segment

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    and third back at a spot above hook barb

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    return to initial body tie-in point, maintaining segmentation, and smooth butts; as it turned out, the Flymaster thread's a bit thick, I probably could have used UTC 140

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    pull hair at head up

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    and back over top

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    a few firm wraps to create head; if you measured everything properly, wing and tail should be about the same length (looks like the blind squirrel hit an acorn here)

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    add leg near

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    and far

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    whip finish, brush with Sally, trim legs to length and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Richard Olmstead

    Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    Scott -
    That's a nice simple madame X. I like it.

    I like the Madame X for rough water and as a hopper pattern. I've been tying them parachute style and with a dubbed body and are more work than I usually like to put into one fly. I think I need to get back to the basics.

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  3. GAT

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    I forgot about that guy... I need to tie some up. They worked really well on the main Umpqua for the smallmouth bass. They also worked really well on The Lochsa for cutthroat when I tied them with a Royal Coachman body of peacock, red floss, peacock... but only after they sunk and I let the pattern hang below me in the current! I've never figured that one out.

    Good. Another pattern to tie over the winter. Great job.
     

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