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Mallard And Claret
tied by Crackaig
Fly Type: Wet,
Target Species: Trout, Sea Trout,
Recommended Region: General Europe,
Imitation: Caddis Flies,
Tail: GP Tippet 5 or 6 fibres only.
Rib: Gold oval or gold wire.
Body: Claret seal's fur or sub.
Hackle: Black dyed cock.
Wing: Bronze mallard, rolled or folded.
Tying Instructions: Usually tied in the size range 14 - 8 on down eyed wet fly hooks. Start the thread behind the eye and about an eye width back from the eye(this helps control the size of head and gives you a good "aim point" for where you should be when you have finished tying in all materials.
Run down the hook shank in touching turns. Tie in the tail as you work toward the band. Stop opposite the barb of the hook or the start of the bend, whichever you encounter first.
Tie in the rib to the underside of the body with your last two turns. Dub the thread with claret seal's fur or sub. Wind forward leaving enough space to get the wing and hackle in before reaching the starting point.
Tie in a black cock hackle and wind it stroking the fibres back as you wind. Tie off and stroke all the fibres downward to leave the top of the hook shank clear of hackle.
Prepare your wing. Most often I use a folded wing. Tease out the fibres of bronze mallard too stand at 90 degrees to the hook shank. Trim off a section about twice the gap of the hook you are using in length. Once you have your slip then the fold is done. Imagine you have an open book in front of you. Take the right hand page and fold it in half so that the outer edge doesn't quite reach the spine. Ten do the same with the left hand page. Then close the book. That is what your fold will look like. The gap in the middle between the two outer edges is very important. You will end up with a mess if you don't have it.
Take your prepared wing slip and pinch and loop in place at the head of the fly. Trim out the excess with sharp scissors.
All that's left is to form a neat head in the space you left at the start and add a drop of varnish.
Presentation Tips: Usually this fly would be fished as point or middle fly in a team of three. Either from the bank or a drifting boat.
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