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tied by Ronn Lucas
This is not an overly complicated Spey but is big at 4" long. The wing is Kori tail, hackle is Malayan Night Heron with a one turn collar of feathersMc burned goose dyed black. The floss is also feathersMc.
I had this fly done, head cemented and all. I noticed that the wings didn't meet in the center as well as I wanted them too (never mind that Kori doesn't handle the same as bronze Mallard) so I was tugging them into a better position when I pulled the near wing OUT! What to do? Scrap the whole thing? Cut the head (the outer layer) off and retie? I wasn't going to scrap what, other than this little issue was a fairly decent fly. I nearly cut the head off but since the head cement was still wet, I didn't want to run the risk of messing up the fly with that. So, I elected to retie the wing on the head which worked but made the head a tiny bit larger. May not have been an option on a smaller fly. To retie the wing meant that since it had been trimmed, there was maybe 1/16" or so to work with. The reason I bring this up is that there are a couple lessons in this situation. First, we must define our personal comfort level for when good is good enough. We are often our worst critics and end up adjusting or "fixing" something that doesn't really need it and too often we end up making things worse. The second lesson is to RELAX. Take a deep breath and calm down. If you are nervous, up tight, mad, disgusted those emotions might be warranted but they can make your hands unsteady and make the recovery much more difficult, if not impossible to achieve. As difficult as it is to set a wing with butts, it is more so without them. You need very steady hands and FULL control of the thread.
Offered more for the lesons than anything else.
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