What's in your vise?



Number one: Light nymph

Tail - 3 strands from wood duck or mandarin side feathers
Body - Natural seal's fur ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel.
Thorax - First build up some padding material such as cotton or wool yarn. If the nymph is weighted, lead electric fuse wire is used as a foundation. This is wrapped over a base of lacquered tying silk (thread) while still wet, and gone over again with tying silk (thread) after it is wound on. This extra procedure is to keep the wire base from twisting on the hook. In the case of of a weighted nymph, the fly can be reversed in the vise, and the wing cases put on what would ordinarily be the belly or the bottom of the nymph, as with a weighted fly, the hook will almost invariably turn point up in the water.
Wing Case - The wing cases in this particular nymph are suggested after the same dubbing is wound over the thorax, by two tiny eyes of the jungle cock feather.These are tied in at the front and top of the thorax so that they project at a slight angle, one to each side,
Hackle - European partridge, the more grayish feather.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14



Number two: Medium color nymph
Tail - 3 short strands from the long tail feather of the cock pheasant (ring neck)
Body - Hare's ear, tied rough and ribbed with marrow oval gold tinsel. After ribbing, the dubbing is picked out between the ribs with a dubbing needle to suggest the gills of the nymph and to add a softer outline
Thorax - Same dubbing over padding or fuse wire. Before winding on this dubbing, the wing case feather is tied in at the back of the thorax, upside down and pointing to the tail of the fly
Wing Case - Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.
Hackle - European partridge, either the gray or brown speckled hackle feather.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16



Number three: Dark nymph
Tail - A few strands of dark cochy-bondhu or dary furnace hackle barbules.
Body - Muskrat or mole fur mixed with red-brown dyed seal (same as both wet and dry fly bodies in other groups), ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel, These nymph bodies should be rather loosely spun and tied rough, and the dubbing picked out between the ribs.
Thorax - Sam as the body
Wing Case - Same as number two (Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.)
Hackle - Dark furnace or cochy-bondhu hackle. iIn all these nymphs the hackle is clipped off top and bottom and jusy left at the sides.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16

Reference - The Fly and the Fish - John Atherton
 
Caslin's Ruby Claret and Pearl Mayfly








hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Uni 8/0 fire orange
tail - pheasant tail dyed claret (1 Tbs Rit Wine/1 cup water)
rib - small wire silver
body - mylar tinsel pearl
body hackle - dyed claret
shoulder hackle - chukar partridge


Regards,
Scott
Improve the appearance of this fly by having a photo of it in a fish's mouth!!!!
 

Ian Horning

Powerbait Entomologist
Blue Whiskered Olive

Step 1.
Procure whiskers.

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Step 2.
Calm the cat.

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Step 3. Use whiskers for mayfly tails.

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They're about the perfect diameter at the tips for small mayfly patterns. This one's a size 16.

****NOTE**** No whiskers were actually harvested off of the cat. They had already been shed and simply picked up off the carpet. Talk about a fun scavenger hunt.
 
Blue Whiskered Olive

Step 1.
Procure whiskers.

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Step 2.
Calm the cat.

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Step 3. Use whiskers for mayfly tails.

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They're about the perfect diameter at the tips for small mayfly patterns. This one's a size 16.

****NOTE**** No whiskers were actually harvested off of the cat. They had already been shed and simply picked up off the carpet. Talk about a fun scavenger hunt.
My Siamese cat would have had your hand mounted, like a trophy on the wall, had you tried that. ;):D
 


Number one: Light nymph

Tail - 3 strands from wood duck or mandarin side feathers
Body - Natural seal's fur ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel.
Thorax - First build up some padding material such as cotton or wool yarn. If the nymph is weighted, lead electric fuse wire is used as a foundation. This is wrapped over a base of lacquered tying silk (thread) while still wet, and gone over again with tying silk (thread) after it is wound on. This extra procedure is to keep the wire base from twisting on the hook. In the case of of a weighted nymph, the fly can be reversed in the vise, and the wing cases put on what would ordinarily be the belly or the bottom of the nymph, as with a weighted fly, the hook will almost invariably turn point up in the water.
Wing Case - The wing cases in this particular nymph are suggested after the same dubbing is wound over the thorax, by two tiny eyes of the jungle cock feather.These are tied in at the front and top of the thorax so that they project at a slight angle, one to each side,
Hackle - European partridge, the more grayish feather.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14



Number two: Medium color nymph
Tail - 3 short strands from the long tail feather of the cock pheasant (ring neck)
Body - Hare's ear, tied rough and ribbed with marrow oval gold tinsel. After ribbing, the dubbing is picked out between the ribs with a dubbing needle to suggest the gills of the nymph and to add a softer outline
Thorax - Same dubbing over padding or fuse wire. Before winding on this dubbing, the wing case feather is tied in at the back of the thorax, upside down and pointing to the tail of the fly
Wing Case - Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.
Hackle - European partridge, either the gray or brown speckled hackle feather.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16



Number three: Dark nymph
Tail - A few strands of dark cochy-bondhu or dary furnace hackle barbules.
Body - Muskrat or mole fur mixed with red-brown dyed seal (same as both wet and dry fly bodies in other groups), ribbed with narrow oval gold tinsel, These nymph bodies should be rather loosely spun and tied rough, and the dubbing picked out between the ribs.
Thorax - Sam as the body
Wing Case - Same as number two (Bright blue feather from the wing of an English kingfisher, lacquered when in place. This feather, although exactly what I needed to suggest the sparkle of color or light on the wing case, is apt to come apart after some use. I have tried to find a proper substitute and so far the best is a bit of synthetic silk floss, of nearly the same color, heavily lacquered after tying in. It is permanent but not as bright and sparkling as the feather. My good friend, Harry Darbee, the fly tier, recently suggested that the stripped quill from a large feather such as goose or swan could be dyes and used for this purpose. It should be much more nearly permanent than the rather delicate kingfisher feather, but as yet I have not had the opportunity of trying it out.)
Hackle - Dark furnace or cochy-bondhu hackle. iIn all these nymphs the hackle is clipped off top and bottom and jusy left at the sides.
Hook sizes - 10, 12, 14, 16

Reference - The Fly and the Fish - John Atherton
Interesting! Recipes sound a lot like the ones Ernest Schweibert describes in his books. Some of my favorites!
 

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