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#1 chrisfish

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 01:45 PM

I had posted this in a swap i'm hosting and thought i would share it with you'all.

It involves deerhair bugs that leave the rearmost tips of deerhair intact to serve as a skirt. (the tips in the first clump you tie in)

I was finding it hard to keep from cutting these skirt hair while trimming the body. heres what i came up with.

starting with the first clump.

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Align tips, measure out and tie in.

Now I cut/trim the forward half down. This will leave a gap between the skirt and the reat of the body.

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I also trim the tips off the next clump of hair befor tying them in. this makes it easier the visualize any stray hairs that do not belong in the skirt. They will be blunt trimmed ends.

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Now you can tie, and compact / tie, and compact....ect... ect....
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And you'll be left with a nice trimmed gap around the skirt.

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I also found it much easier the whip finish the head if i trimm the first few hairs first.

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another look at the gap you've created around the shirt.

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And the finished fly with a full, intact skirt.

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i hope you guys find this tip helpfull,

chris

#2 flyfishingwright

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 03:50 PM

Very nice tip! And well explained and pictured too. Thanks.

#3 MTtyer

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:04 PM

Very nice....that's always a pain. I've even put painters' masking tape around the skirt on the initial clump to make it easier/faster to trim. I like your way better, though.
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#4 timenet

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:02 AM

Thanks for that great tip.

#5 deeky

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:37 PM

If I may suggest an alternative tip -

When spinning the last bunch of hair, tie it in backwards (tips toward the hook eye), and leave them plenty long. After they are spun, you have plenty of hair to grab and pull back out of the way to whip finish. Haven't tried your method, but this is what works for me.

#6 chrisfish

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 01:30 PM

Thanks Deeky, Tried that last night and it worked well.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:11 AM

I wish I had thought of that. I did some hoppers last week and the head didn't come out right. I bet they will form now on.I have had a hard time with deer hair for years now..java script:emoticon(':yahoo:', 'smid_26')
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:48 PM

Killer tip, thanks for posting, and the picts!!!


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