Tying materials list
Hook: Kamasan B170 #10 (or #12). Alternative hook Kamasan B405 or Hanak H260BL barbless
Thread: UTC red 70 (or UNI 8/0)
Body: Red seals fur (Veniards – red/scarlet)
Post: White Aero Dry Wing – 1 “strand” (front and back) [Alt Antron – sits lower in the water]
Rib: Silver wire, fine (Alt gold Hends micro wire 0.09mm)
Post Hackle: Ginger Cock Cape
Hook: FM Living Lava #14 (FM 31270)
Thread: Uni-thread Black 8/0
Body: Peccary Quill
Thorax Cover: White Antron
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Head Hackle: Grizzle
Notes: Antron is tied in at eye of hook and secured under the thorax. The head hackle is palmered thru the peacock herl thorax. The antron is pulled over/thru the head hackle as a thorax cover and secured at the eye. The peccary body is varnished (or equivalent) when finished.
Lindsay Simpson, who is described as a fanatical fly fisherman, was the Guest Speaker on 29 March 2018. The main theme for Lindsay’s fly tying demonstration was grayling flies, particularly patterns and flies that are appropriate for harder to fish grayling streams – Wherwell? He started with a fly called the Mull Killer – a jig pattern tied on size 14 Hanak BL450, with a 3.5mm tungsten bead, Andrews Scruffy Highland Peat Dubbing, silver wire rib and Globrite #4 collar. Lindsay introduced “Andrews Scruffy Dubbing” – a blend of rabbit/hare/squirrel and a few “other fibres” which is receiving very good reviews for both colour and texture as a dubbing for nymphs. This range of dubbing was developed by Andrew Ellis. Additional flies tied by Lindsay included a “Fly with No Name”, the Mary Nymph, Parachute Adams, Cased Caddis, Perdigon Fly and a Sedge pattern. The Perdigon nymph pattern was developed by Spanish fly fishing competitors and are small, delicate, slim, heavy weighted nymph patterns aimed at getting down to the working depth quickly.
This was an excellent fly tying demonstration with an introduction to several unfamiliar materials and techniques.
Jeff “Razors” Wilkinson runs Razor Sharp Flies. He ties quality flies commercially to order and also supplies a limited range of fly tying materials prepared by himself.
He is perhaps one of the most innovative and creative fly tyers that we have had as a Guest Speaker at the CFT&FFC. He is also a successful angler on the competition scene and is a regular fisherman at Grafham and Farmoor 2. His flies are often used by competition anglers and have proven to be highly successful, often when other, normally successful, flies have not been of interest on the day.
Jeff demonstrated the tying of a (competition) Damsel Nymph, a Black Hopper, a Suspender Shrimp and a Cormorant pattern. In addition to tying these flies, he explained some of the methods and techniques that he has personally found to be successful in fishing them, and for other fly patterns that he has developed and created.
This was an both an informative and an entertaining evening with a great deal of interest being shown in the extensive range of flies tied by him and the materials that he skillfully uses to create them.
Fall Fly – Ben Bangham
Hook: Fasna Jig style, #16
Thread: Veevus orange/tan, 14/0
Bead: 3mm Tungsten, slotted, gold
Tag: Globrite No. 7 Floss (or Multi-yarn)
Body: Black soft fur eg rabbit
Rib: Copper wire (fine)
Collar: Lite brite orange dubbing (eg Soldarini) mixed with CDC fibres from 2 large CDC feathers (50:50 mix)
Attach the slotted bead to the jig hook ensuring it is located correctly over the eye
Create a tag with 4 – 8 strands of Globrite floss
Tie in the length of tag material behind the bead and secure down to the rear of the hook, stopping just before the bend.
Tie in the rib and secure at the rear of the hook.
Attach a pinch of dubbing to the thread and dub the body towards the bead creating a carrot shape just up to the bead
Rib the fly counterwise to the dubbing and secure the wire behind the bead, removing the waste.
Cut the Globrite tag to length by removing material extending beyond the bend of the hook
Remove all of the fibres from 2 good quality large CDC feathers and mix 50:50 with lite brite orange dubbing.
Create a dubbing loop just in front of the bead, insert a pinch of the mixed dubbing and spin sufficient to secure the dubbing in the loop.
Wind the dubbing loop behind the bead and the tying thread to create a thorax with the dubbing material strands extending beyond the rear of the hook.
Secure the dubbing loop and trim the waste.
“Pull” back the thorax material towards [...]