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Step by step tying sequence
on half-inch tube of "Long range" type
By Jurij Shumakov

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  Now we come to the tying sequence.

  1. Set the inner tubing tightly on the square eye of needle.

Step 1.

  2. Put on the metal body and fix the needle in your vice. 

Step 2.

  3. Apply a few turns of tying thread on plastic tubing close to front end of metal body and apply a small drop of varnish.

Step 3.

  4. Tie a couple of strips of any desired flashy material. I prefer, Mirage, Mirror or Lazer flashabou. To minimize number of applied thread turns, I tie flashy materials in reverse technique. Fix the flash strip with a couple of turns in its middle part, then bend forward sticking part to the back, and fix it again. It is a very robust technique.

Step 4.

  5. Choose any desired hair for building the wing. In our case it is Arctic fox.

Step 5.

  6. Remove all short under fur and leave only hair, which is about 1-1.5 cm shorter than guard hair. It helps a lot to build perfectly tapered wing. You can use under fur on small flies, tied on singles or doubles.

Step 6.

  7. Bunch of hair is ready. When you build the wing, remember, that each following section should be longer than previous one by about 1.5-2 cm. In this manner, you will get desired tapering at the end of the wing. As usual, first bunch of hair is about 3-3.5 cm in length.

Step 7.

  8. Cut the lower ends of the hair and fix it on the tube with 5-6 tight turns of thread.

Step 8.

  9. Using surgery scalpel carefully cut excess hair sticking out at front of fixing place. If you use a new blade you won't need to press on it: blade will cut the hair with ease, so don't worry, you will not cut the plastic tube you are tying.

Step 9.

  10. Check if the diameter of place where material is fixed is the same at the way and not conically tapered towards front of tube. This helps to build firmly tight front hackle. First section of wing is ready.

Step 10.

  11. Prepare the first feather for the triple front hackle. To build nice and very compact front hackle, you should only use the feather tip with the finest stem. Even three hackles made this way can take not more than a couple of mm of space.

Step 11.

  12. Cut the top of the feather, leaving about 2-3 mm of the central part of feather with barbs.

Step 12.

  13. Carefully pulling back barbs of the feather, fix the end of it on tube with about 3-4 turns of tying thread, and make three turns of feather over the fixing place of the first wing section.

Step 13.

  14. First front hackle is ready.

Step 14.

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Text and photo by Jurij Shumakov 2005


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