Swedish version


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

Page 5.

  23. If desired, apply a couple of jungle cock feathers as cheeks. Use the "lock" technique to fix these feathers. After you have attached the feather, bend ends of feather backwards, and apply a few turns of tying thread over. Then cut the ends of feather. It prevents feathers from release.

Step 23a

Step 23b

Step 23c

  24. You can apply a few strips of desired flashy material or a few barbs of peacock feather as a top over the wing.

Step 24

  25. Fix the tying thread with a few knots.

Step 25

  26. Carefully remove the fly from the needle, and cut off excess of inner plastic tubing with scalpel, leaving about 1-1.5 mm at front of the fly head.

Step 26

  27. Set the fly again on the needle again and accurately bend back all front elements of the fly, fixing them with your fingers.

Step 27

  28. Now we come to the critical part of the tying: building the front rim. Very carefully expose the part of inner plastic tubing sticking out of head to a lighter flame, while slightly rotating the fly from side to side as you did with the rear part, when you were building rim at the beginning of the tying. When the front plastic part approaches the flame, you can see that it starts to change colour. The part which melts become more transparent and "wave" of plastic begins to move towards the head of fly. You have to be REALLY careful, and stop melting when plastic "wave" approaches the tying thread at front of the fly. It looks terrible to read, but it is quite easy to do in reality. Just practice a bit.

Step 28

  29. Set fly on needle again; fix the needle in vice, and finish the head of fly.

Step 29a

Step 29b

Step 29c

  30. Fix all elements with tying varnish. I would recommend by my own experience to use a kind of liquid varnish like Benecchi or Firefly's Liquid. It quickly penetrates deep, fixing all elements firmly. If you wish to have smooth and glimmering head, you can apply second layer of more viscose varnish and let the varnish completely dries. Your fly is ready!

Step 30

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Text and photo by Jurij Shumakov 2005


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