Tying description for:
by Hans van Klinken
Hook: Partridge E1A size 10 or SH2 size 10-8
Thread: Uni 8/0 grey
Tag: Green fluorescent flexibody, wool or stretch nylon
Tail: Partridge hackle fibres tied as delta wing
Body: Hare, rabbit or squirrel dubbing dyed in several natural colours
Pectoral fins: Partridge hackle fibres
Head: Same as body but very big
Notice: Perfect fly for shallow water or
Catch your thread and run it up the hook shank. Take a small piece of Flexibody, or green
fluorescent wool, and tie it in. I usually make four or five overlapping turns of
Flexibody or five tight turns of wool. Tie off and cut the waste.
Take a partridge feather and pull of a bunch of fibres. Divide them in two equal parts and
tie in on the left and right of the tag. Like a little delta wing. I prefer a tail length
of about 10mm.
Make a spinning loop and lay the dubbing in between. Use a dubbing whirl to tighten. Wrap
the dubbing in a tapered shape to the midpoint of the shank, but no more than to the
two-thirds mark. Secure it and cut off waste.
Make two new bunches of partridge fibres and tie them in as pectoral fins on both sides of
the hookshank, just in front of the dubbing. The tips must be pointed to the bend. I like
a length from about 8mm.
Make a new dubbing loop, Fill it with your dubbing and wrap a large tapered head. The
dubbing will push the fibres backwards. Tie off and the fly is ready.
Depending on the size of the river, I prefer to start with a floating line. If
unsuccessful, I usually try a twenty-four foot sink-tip line to present the fly a little
deeper. In rivers I mostly cast down and across and retrieve the fly at different speeds.
I use the tip of the rod to produce the action. When I use a sinktip I always fish with
unweighted versions. For some waters I made an underbody of high floating material to give
the fly an extra action. The fly wants to go up but the sink-tip pulls it down while
retrieving. This works extremely well in still and saltwater too. With a floating line I
do the opposite by using weight in the patterns.
All text by Hans van Klinken
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