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Bob Wyatt's Deer Hair Emerger


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#1 KevCompton

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:02 PM

Hook: Knapek Grub Hook #16.
Thread: Gudebrod 3/0 #103 Olive Brown.
Rib: Tying Thread.*
Body: Olive Hare's Ear Dubbing.
Wing: Nature's Spirit Dyed Dun Comparadun Hair -- Whitetail.
Thorax: Natural Hare's Ear Dubbing.

One interesting thing here about Wyatt's pattern is the ribbing. Instead of clipping the tag end of the initial jam-knot, carry the tag all the way to the bend of the hook, leave it dangle for a moment, then use it to rib back forward through the dubbed body. When using larger hooks, you can also form a 'dubbing-loop' at the bend of the hook; let that hang for a moment, then wrap the heavier rib. This method, using in effect, two strands of thread, will help better segment larger-bodied flies.

'Comparadun Hair' here is not fine, Coastal Mule Deer hair; rather, it is the coarser and more buoyant Whitetail Deer hair found on early-harvested hides before the winter haircoat lengthens and becomes finer and less buoyant. The thing's gotta ride and keep the sunken abdomen afloat, in the surface film where Wyatt intended it to fish. He also wets the abdomen ONLY with a little saliva before fishing it -- helps right the fly so the abdomen is submerged and the wing is atop. In this way it resembles semi-dry patterns such as the Klinkhammer.

The wing here is more 'V' shaped than fully fanned out like a comparadun wing.

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#2 Chad Trout

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:28 PM

Kevin,

Was the original tied on a dry, grub or kilink hook? Just Curious. I do like the look of the Knapek hook.

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#3 KevCompton

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:54 PM

Kamasan B100 Curved Shank Hook:
http://www.danica.co...rough_olive.htm
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 06:31 AM

Thank you very much for posting this fly..........as many times as i've visited Hans site, i must of missed this one. Super cool tye. You did a great job. mark..... cool.gif LOVE that hook.....
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