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That fly is awesome. I have yet to get down to tying that small.

 

An extended body mayfly on a size 22 is crazy. I applaud your tying skill.

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Thanks. When I work on new patterns I always tie small. Once you get small down to size bigger is easy.

 

Tying extended bodies separately, on an ultra-thin #12 beading needle (or smaller, if you can find the needles) is not so hard.

 

Wrap thread in one spot on a bare needle until it hangs without falling off. Wrap on three tail strands. Whip finish right away. Wind away from the base of the tails until the body is long enough. Whip finish again. Wet the length of the body with watered down, thinned-out (50/50) fabric cement. Like Tear Mender. Now wrap dubbing onto the wet body. Use very little dubbing. Twist dubbing onto the tying thread with some spit, using so little dubbing it looks like fuzzy thread without gaining much thickness. That way you get a sparse, slender body.

 

Slide the body off the needle and make another. Now tie the fly. The fabric cement is crucial. Without it the extended abdomen will eventually unravel as you fish it. But it does dry and harden to a still slightly flexible state. That's the good part about fabric cement. I use it all the time now. Head cement be history for me.

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:=))

 

I'm 66 and blind in one eye can't see out the other. CSS they call it. So I use 5x jeweler's goggles to make those itty bitties. I do make big flies too.

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