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First Dry Fly...

Discussion in 'FlyTyingForums.com, Fly Tying, Trout Fishing' started by PunyTrout, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. PunyTrout

    PunyTrout

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    that I have tied in ages.

    I have not tied a dry fly for many years. But, a M-S member inspired me to get back into tying so I started with something big and relatively easy - a Hexagenia Spinner.

    Using a needle to build the extended body was pretty simple. Some white glue, watered down 3 parts to 1 was used to shape the curvature. Apparently silicone works well too. A sharpie was used to add variegation.

    Hex Extended Body.png


    Next time or later I may add some variegation to the ventral side as well like the natural has.

    Next I used a size 8 Daiichi 1120 scud type hook. Added some more dubbing, a hackle and a spent wing made from a transparent-grey plastic bag that the newspaper was delivered in.


    Hex Spinner 1.png

    Hex Spinner 2.png


    It's fun to experiment. I have lots of traditional patterns in boxes from years past. Just thought I'd try something new.
     
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  3. mjh4

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    Good looking fly!


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  4. You make it look easy. Proportions are sweet.
     
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  5. PunyTrout

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    I was a bit dubious about using a plastic bag for the wings but they look pretty decent.


    Hex Spinner 3.png
     
  6. Gamechanger

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    Nice work! I like the fact that you used the Daiichi 1120. While it's a bit heavier that a traditional dry fly hook, it's strength will hold up to those night-time denizen browns.

    Great looking fly, and good to hear you're back at the vise, or should I say vice? :)
     
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    I can tell you know your hooks! Actually, I was debating using the 1150 which is a very similar hook. Although lighter wire with an up-turned eye. I thought the 1120 would be better in the long run for larger fish and the down-turned eye would let the extended body sit more naturally. I'll probably tie some with each and experiment with how they perform.

    I have hundreds of Daiichi hooks to use up. Back when I would tie commercially I would buy them in bulk, by the thousand packs, 10 boxes of 100 each. I still have tons of hooks in various sizes.

    The 4250 is still one of my favorites for strength. I still have some extended body Caddis nymphs that were tied with micro-vernille on a size 14 hook that landed both salmon and steelhead. I'm thinking of tying some extended body Hendricksons and/or Drakes with them.
     
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    I couldn't agree more regarding the 4250.

    Daiichi's are my go-to hook, good price and excellent quality, although I tie using Mustads as well - if nothing else, for sentimental reasons.
     
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    Very cool, welcome back to dry fly tying, now there is something new I have to try. Thanks for sharing.
    Mike.
     
  10. Mr Burgundy

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    Works of art. Very nice work guys