Pattern Lunn's Spent Gnat

ScottP

Active Member
#1








From across the pond. In the right colors, could make some interesting drake spinners.

hook - Mustad 94840 #10
thread - Danville 6/0 brown
tail - pheasant tail
rib - x-small wire gold
body - Swiss Straw cream
wings - hen hackle tips white
hackle - brown
collar - sharptail grouse


Regards,
Scott
 

Rob Ast

Active Member
#2
Scott, was getting the white tips to lay so flat and even a matter of persistence, or was there a trick involved? Looks great.
 

ScottP

Active Member
#3
Scott, was getting the white tips to lay so flat and even a matter of persistence, or was there a trick involved?
Rob,

No tricks, just standard hackle tip tie in


measure (gap width/hook length) a pair of hen hackle tips (convex facing)






tie in/trim






set upright with thread wraps in front of base






splay with cross wraps






Regards,
Scott
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#4
If you do it carefully you can give the feather shaft a light squeeze with flat nosed, smooth faced pliers at the tie in point. This can help with uncooperative feathers to get them to lay just the way you want them.

TC
 
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Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#5
Scott
Where did you find this pattern? It looks kind of Irish. Like some of the Irish Mayflies its a pretty abstract version of a Gnat.

TC
 

ScottP

Active Member
#6
Tim,

Haven't had any problems getting the feathers to align properly, but I'll keep your suggestion in mind; I can see where it would work.
Found a picture of the fly on a U.K. flyshop site; I think gnat may mean something entirely different to them.

Regards,
Scott
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#8
Tim,

Haven't had any problems getting the feathers to align properly, but I'll keep your suggestion in mind; I can see where it would work.
Found a picture of the fly on a U.K. flyshop site; I think gnat may mean something entirely different to them.

Regards,
Scott

Actually I posted the stem flattening technique in response to Rob Ast's post. I should have quoted his post. My bad.

But next time you encounter an uncooperative feather that except for the stem is otherwise perfect for the application give it a try.

TC
 

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