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Firetiger

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  1. Step 1: Hook Selection For Grayling fishing I prefer smaller hooks than for Trout. This will be a nymph, so a more substantial hook is called for. The Kamasan B110 Grubber hook (debarbed) is a nice compromise. To add some weight a 3.3mm caliber Tungsten beadhead is attached. Step 2: Start the Tag The tag is from Glo Brite floss. Grayling like pink color, so I am using the pink #2 color. Others - such as #12 fluo green - are also very good. The tag is tied on the bare hook, without the help of regular tying thread. Step 3: Finish the Tag Finish the tag, whip finish and cut off your floss. Step 4: Tying Thread Tie in your regular tying thread. I am using an elastic tan thread. Step 5: Ribbing material Tie in a length of golden French tinsel, making sure the tinsel starts just behind the bead. This way the fly will have uniform thickness, without any unseemly humps. Step 6: Dub the body Dub the body using coarse hare hair. Leave a little space behind the head to tie off the ribbing. Step 7: Wrap the Ribbing Wrap the ribbing, making about 3 even turns. Be sure to wind the ribbing in the same direction as your tying thread, so that it will hold it securely in place. Secure the ribbing with your tying thread and cut it off. Step 8: Dub the Thorax Cover the space where the tinsel has been tied off with loosely dubbed Hare. Use a little bit more material than would seem fit. Whip finish your tying thread into the dubbing. Step 9: Finishing touches Using a piece of velcro strip rub the whole fly (and especially the loosely dubbed thorax) vigorously. This should give the fly an unkempt, scruffy look. Take a step back and enjoy your work! Cheers! J.
  2. Three easy Czech style nymphs. Good for the times when the trout are not looking for fancy but delicate mayflies but are content with plain but nutritious caddis larvae. The tie: # 8 Skalka Gammarus hook tan elastic thread a single layer of flat lead 4 mm golden olive shellback 0.16 mm monofilament spinning line homemade rabbit dubbing, Golden Olive homemade mohair dubbing, black a touch of black CD marker The tie: # 8 Skalka Gammarus hook tan elastic thread a single layer of flat lead 4 mm brown olive olive shellback 0.16 mm monofilament spinning line homemade rabbit dubbing, Medium Olive homemade mohair dubbing, Hot Orange homemade mohair dubbing, Black a touch of black CD marker The tie: # 8 Skalka Gammarus hook tan elastic thread a single layer of flat lead 4 mm brown olive shellback 0.16 mm monofilament spinning line homemade rabbit dubbing, Brown Olive homemade mohair dubbing, Claret homemade mohair dubbing, Black a touch of black CD marker
  3. Firetiger

    CDC

    That are some neat flies! What I like the best is the look of the bodies. Sorry about your CDC (neat as it is) but the translucency just awesome! The pink is my favorite. Cheers! J.
  4. Step 1: The hook This will be a grayling fly, so #18 size is the most appropriate. I am using Hanák H130 BL but any other make will do. Step 2: Attach the tails For tying flies use the finest thread in a neutral color. I am using Sheer 14/0 thread in color gray. The tails are cream colored rooster hackle of rather inferior quality. Proportions are important, make sure the tails are about the length of your fly body. Step 3: Trim the tail Trim the tail and use your thread to make a slight taper to the body. Make the last turn of your thread just under the tails, so that they spread a little and turn upward. Step 4: The quill Attach the peacock quill. For this fly I am using a quill dyed olive, but an ordinary undyed quill will also do. Usually on one side of the quill is the dark stripe more pronounced than on the other. Tie in this more contrasting side facing downward - so that it will be facing upward on the finished fly. Step 5: Trim the quill Trim the quill and finish the tapered look of your fly. Add a drop of tying lacquer to the body to improve its durability (it will be pretty fragile still, but grayling are not known for their chewy teeth). Step 6: Wind the quill Using a pair of hackle pliers wind the quill in direction of your tying thread and secure it with a few wraps of your thread. Step 7: CDC wing Trim the waste end of the peacock quill. Attach the wing of 2 or 3 fine CDC feathers. Again, proportions are very important. Make the wing just a tiny bit longer than the hook shank. Step 8: Trim the CDC Trim the butt ends of the CDC feathers and make a rough dubbing rope of hare's fur. Be sure that it contains a lot of guard hairs - it will make for a fuzzy impression and improve flotation. Step 9: The thorax Wind the rough dubbing to make thorax. Make two or three wraps behind the wing and just one in front of it. This way you will ensure your imitation has its wing cocked up in a sharp angle - just like the natural insects. Step 10: Finishing touches Complete the thorax and finish your fly with a neat little head. Tease out a few guard hairs from the thorax to give it a more scruffy look. Take a step back and enjoy your work!
  5. Sounds like fun, count me in! Cheers! J.
  6. Thanks guys! And yes, the little dears are likely to find themselves on the business end of the Frenchy leader Cheers! J.
  7. Czech rivers open for trout fishing this Saturday - so time to get ready some nutritious looking pork 'n beans nymphs The Buchtička: Red Tag: Green Tag: Cheers! J.
  8. Thanks man, they sure work with a punch J.
  9. Grayling and Trout beware, the orange tipped Hrajnoha and green arsed Uhorčík are coming for you... :devil: Cheers! J.
  10. Well, the world is a strange place... Czech nymphs come originally from Poland, but differ significantly from Polish nymphs. I was told the French nymphs come from Belgium, though they seem to be the rage in Czech right now. The best ones really do come from France though, which is a pity for those of us who are linguistically challenged (like me). Check out these pages: http://frenchynymph.blogspot.com/ http://bailfly.over-blog.com/ http://thymdd57.gobages.net/ they are awesome and the guys who put them up really know their stuff
  11. One for the smutting moments... The tie: #18 Hanák 130 BL hook 14/0 Sheer thread Grey 3 strands of pearl Krystal flash peacock quill dyed Olive 3 smallish CDC puffs rabbit fur dyed Hot Orange Cheers! J.
  12. Step 1: The hook For a fly of this weight and size a jig hook is better choice, as it will snag a bit less. Just keep in mind you are going to lose your fly, and have some spare. Step 2: Bead and Lead I am using some seriously heavy metal - 4.6 mm Tungsten bead and a layer of flat lead. Step 3: Tip For the tip I am using 4 strands of UNI Neon thread, color Fluo Green. It will imitate the peeping caddis larva and - more importantly - act as an attractor. Step 4: A touch of dubbing To make the tip more pronounced I add a small ball of hot green dubbing; it will make the tip more pronounced. Step 5: Hackle A smallish partridge feather to imitate legs of the caddis larva and add movement to the fly. Step 6: Finish the hackle Wind the hackle, attach a thin gold tinsel. Step 7: Body Dub body of scruffy dubbing from back of a hare. Step 8: Finishing touches Counter rib the body and whip finish. Brush the fly vigorously with a velcro strip. Take a step back and enjoy your work
  13. I am glad you are doing well, FlySlinger! I will surely have a look at your deer hair project, though I am afraid I don't do much of warm water fishing myself (no bass over here, just carp, carp, carp and I hate that fish!) Cheers! J.
  14. I am using hook from Mr. Skalka, but it is a pretty local brand, doubt it will be available in the States. Very good jig hooks are Dohiku from Slovakia, I think Mr. Kevin Compton distributes them on your side of Atlantic. J.
  15. When the grayling are hiding deep and refusing to budge you have to present your fly to their level. This cased caddis imitation will do the trick. The tie: #10 Jig hook 4.6mm Tungsten bead a layer of flat lead green UNI Neon thread for the peeping head a turn of Partridge hackle natural spiky hare ribbed with gold tinsel Cheers! J.
  16. Your dedication to the true cause inspires us, lesser men :lol2: Cheers! J.
  17. A peacock quill dyed Olive produces some interesting body segmentation - plus an element of satisfaction, since I stripped and dyed the quill myself The tie: #16 Hanák 130BL hook Coq de León tails homemade olive quill 2 plumes of CDC homemade rough hare dubbing for thorax, lightly teased out to suggest legs. Cheers! J.
  18. great photo Richie! :thumbsup:
  19. Thank you gentlemen for your kind comments Mr. Vegas, yes it was the Veniard Light Claret. Not what I was expecting originally, but it will find its uses. I really do like how the hotspot turned out. J.
  20. A little playing around with a white rabbit pelt and some Veniard dyes - the colors are Golden Olive, Medium Olive, Brown Olive, Hot Orange and Light Claret. With a light touch of natural hare for contrast Cheers! J.
  21. I think the damselfly has wings back only when at rest (i.e. alive) and once spent spreads them out. I am not 100% sure though, and tis hard to make certain in January What I am sure though is that tying the wings spent helps with flotation. The silhouette is also more pronounced, though again I don't know whether it is a good thing or bad.
  22. Emerger, dun, spinner - where is the nymph? You are as bad as Terje! :lol2: Sweet tying there, I really like your work with biots. Did you dye them yourself, or did you buy such nice colors? Cheers! J.
  23. That is a neat dubbin' ops you have there, though I would hardly call it little :lol2: you have my respect Cheers! J.
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