Monday, June 11, 2012

Double Feature - Pheasant Tail & Para Sulphur Spinner

Well, now that I am back from Alaska, and no longer have Steelhead on my mind (thats only kinda true), I am back to the featured fly. Sense I was lacking in this before I left I decided to do another double feature.  The featured flies I choose for this double feature are 2 that I use all the time, and should be in everyones boxes.

The first is just a basic Pheasant Tail, however this one is tied "in the round". This is a super simple and fast tie, and works well on any stream. The second is a CDC Parachute Sulphur Spinner, this little guy is one that I kinda came up with last year as an experiment and it worked wonders.

Pheasant Tail - Round 
Hook:  TMC 2488 sz. 14-18
Thread: UNI Thread 6/0 - Black
Bead: Tungsten Bomb Bead sz. to make hook - Gold  
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers 
Body: Pheasant Tail Fibers 
Rib: Ultra Wire Gold
Thorax: Ice Dub - Peacock

Step 1: Place Bead onto Hook.

Step 2: Make a thread base, tying in the Ultra wire.

Step 3: Pull 4 or 5 Peasant tail fibers off the tail feather. Make one wrap of thread over the pheasant tail fibers and adjust to length. Wrap thread forward.

Step 4: Wrap Pheasant tail fibers forward, leaving a small gape behind the bead.

Step 5: Wrap the Ultra wire forward, making a rib.

Step 6: Dub behind the bead, making a nice buggy thorax.

Step 7: Whip finish, and cut off.

CDC Parachute Sulphur Spinner

Hook: TMC 100 sz. 14 - 20
Thread: UNI Thread 8/0 Yellow 
Tails: Mayfly Tails 
Hot Butt: Sow Scud Dubbing - Big Horn Orange 
Para Wing: Super Select CDC - White or Lt. Dun
Body: East Coast Dubbing - Sulphur Spinner (Tied with DRC)
2nd Wing: Whiting Grizzly Hackle 

Step 1: Make a small orange egg sack with dubbing. This will help split the tails as well.

Step 2: Tie in 4 Mayfly Tails. Wrapping thread sung to the dubbing ball.

Step 3: Strip one CDC feather and stack it. Tie in forward, trim extra forming a small tapered body.

Step 4: Wrap the thread up the CDC, making a parachute post.

Step 5: Tie in Grizzly hackle for the legs/spent wing.

Step 6: Taking the thread back to the tails, dub the body forward. Keep as slim as possible.

Step 7: Wrap the hackle 2 times around the post. Tie off behind the hook eye.

Step 8: Whip finish, the cut the CDC post to the size you would like. Sometimes having just a slightly higher post can help see in low light.

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