This is a tutorial for how I make barred or segmented extended tails for Mayflies. Other tiers may have posted similar tutorials to this one, any similarity between mine and any others is purely coincidental. This is how I do it.
This is the first of several I will show starting with the easiest, the floss method. This method makes a very durable, attractive Mayfly tail.
You will need;
A fly tying vise, a true rotary version is the most effective for this technique.
Thick Clear Goo UV Resin, this happens to be Loon
Mayfly tails, these are Micro-fibetts, you can also use boars hair, moose body hair and others.
Fly tying floss, colored to match the bug you want to imitate.
Fine or super fine dubbing to match the bug.
Flow or super thin Clear Goo UV Resin.
Put the needle into the jaws of the vise in a horizontal position and adjust the vise so that the needle rotates in nearly the center when the vise is turned. Apply the thick UV Resin almost the length of the needle. Stick three tail fibers into the Resin.
Starting near the jaws of the vise, start the floss on the needle as you would on a hook shank and wrap it in loose turns along the needle to the tip.
Next apply a small pinch of dubbing to the needle while turning it to form a long slim body.
Starting at the tip of the needle wrap the floss around the needle and floss body to form a solid bar of floss about 1/16 of an inch wide, advance the thread (Palmer it) to leave about 1/16 of an inch of bare dubbing, then make another bar of floss just a little longer than the first, make another bare spot a little longer than the first, and so on until you run out of needle at the vise.
Pinch the body near the vise and slide it off of the needle.
Push the body of the tail against something convenient to form a nice curve and expose the body to UV light to cure it.
Last, coat the tail with thin UV resin to smooth it out and make it more durable, cure the resin. I usually make these in batches and then go to making the flies.
The Biot Method
Prepare the needle the same as above, choose a biot the color of the ribbing you want to make. In this case I am using brown peacock wing feathers, the long side biots.
Tie the biot in at the tip of the needle just as you would on a hook shank. Whip finish the thread and restart it at the vise end of the needle.
Apply a small pinch of dubbing to the needle like we did above.
It should look like this.
Wrap the biot in a spiral, back to the vise, with just a little of the dubbing showing in between the wraps. Tie it off and whip finish.
Slide the body off of the needle and push it against something convenient to form a curve in the body.
Cure the resin in UV light.
The Hackle Method.
You will need;
Thick UV Resin
Tail fibers like Micro-Fibettes, moose body hair or boars hair.
Super fine dubbing.
Grizzly hackle with bold fine bars
Thin cling wrap (like for food storage)
Thin UV Resin.
Prepare the needle as we did above with the tail fibers and the dubbing. Choose three died grizzly hackles the color you want your extended tail to be. In this case yellow and black.
Prepare your cling wrap by folding it into thirds, this will help with cutting the thin material. Cut a 1/16 inch wide strip from the material and unfold it so you have one long thin strip of material.
Cut the grizzly hackle tips just a little longer than your body needs to be. Stick the hackle tips to the needle so the tips of the hackle are closely lined up with the end of the needle. Align the bars on the hackle so they are lined up all around the needle.
Starting at the vise end of the needle wrap the strip of cling wrap around the needle, start it as you would fly tying thread on a hook shank. Wrap the cling wrap around the needle to the tip with almost-touching wraps. Then wrap it back to the vise and tear it off.
Smooth the resin around the body and slide it off of the needle.
Form it into a shape you like and cure the resin.
For different colors you can use Cree hackle, black and white grizzly hackle with different colored plastic wraps or color the cured tail with markers, coat again with clear resin and cure.
Mottled turkey tail feather