Quigley's Struggling Drake SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Tied here as a western green drake; original tied with olive-dyed grizzly wings and a little Krystal Flash in the shuck. All the green drakes I've seen had darker wings, so I went with the dun; the KF I forgot until I spun the deer hair.


    hook - TMC 5212 #10
    thread - UTC 140 olive green/MFC 8/0 olive
    shuck - Congo Hair brown
    rib - poly yarn yellow
    rear body - UTC 140 olive green
    mid body - deer hair olive spun/clipped
    wing - hen hackle tips dun
    hackle - olive-dyed grizzly

    mash barb; start thread at 2/3 mark, wrap back to point above barb

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    tie in shuck

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    tie in rib (I used a few fibers, twisted into a rope), wrap forward and tie off at 1/3 mark

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    clean a clump of deer hair, trim tips, tie in with 2 soft loops and spin; tie off thread and trim

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    flip it over, lay razor blade on eye to establish belly and push straight back

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    trim a tight pfd

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    re-start thread (switch to the 8/0); select a pair of hackle tips (gap width, opposed)

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    measure for length (shank), tie in

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    trim butts, pull tips up and set with thread wraps (Figure-8 between is optional)

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    tie in hackle

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    wrap hackle, tie off, trim tip, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    full frontal

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    clip hackle underneath for a flush-floater (optional)

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. Rob Ast

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    Man, you make that look so easy. Fantastic tie.
     
  3. ScottP

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    Rob,

    Thanks. I spent the past 2 days beating my head against the wall working on 2 what I thought were easier patterns and never did get them right. Got up this morning and gave this a try and it turned out okay - the deer hair section is a little bit too long, but the wings came together first try, which usually doesn't happen for me with hackle tips.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  4. freestoneangler

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    Nicely done... how have they fished for you?
     
  5. ScottP

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    To tell the truth I'd never even heard of the fly until the other day; just thought it looked like a neat one to tie. Bob Quigley designed some pretty effective flies, so I figure there's a good probability it'll work.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  6. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Well, one thing for sure is that it will float like a cork and would allow liberal use of sink-agent on the trailing shuck to keep its derriere underwater.
     

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