Hook: Kamasan B100 #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Resin: Bug-Bond LITE
Body: UNI Floss Red, UNI-Mylar peacock
Thorax: UNI Floss Black
Cheek: Hareline Turkey Biot Quills Yellow
The previous bug-bond bottle I had was too thick for the small buzzers so I got myself a new bottle with the LITE version that is much more appropriate when creating small bodies like this. The red floss soaks up a lot of the bug-bond and gets a lot darker, so I will continue to see what material will be best for these kinds of flies. The other thing I wanted to test out was to use Turkey Biot Quills for cheeks on the buzzer, and I think that worked out fine: the bug-bond doesn’t discolor it and it is easy to work with.
The other new thing with this fly was the hook: a Kamasan B100 Shrimp/Buzzer hook that I haven’t tied on before. My initial feel for it is good: it is thin but strong and it has a nice big gap that will make this hook perfect for emergers and buzzers.
Hook: Mustad 94840 #14
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Body: Hareline Turkey Biot Quills Lt.Olive
Wing: 2xCDC Olive
A simple, but very effective pattern that I have tied on anything from #12 down to #24, but mostly in sizes #14-#18. The variation possibilities on the body is great here and can be thread, dubbing, ultra wire rib on thread body and much more. Tie up to match different colors and sizes, it can’t go wrong
Hook: TMC 2457 #14
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Yellow
Body: Hareline Turkey Biot Yellow
Wing: Rabbit Feet Aurivilli
Thorax: Peacock, Fly-Rite Extra Fine Poly #9 Golden Yellow
Got this great rabbit foot dyed in aurivilli yellow the other day and needed to tie some smaller dry-flies again (been on a salt-run lately), this yellow emerger should go great for trout. The sparse wing will make it float just below the surface, great for trout!
Hook: Dai-Riki 305 #10
Thread: UNI 8/0 Black
Tail: Golden Pheasant,
Body: Red Floss, Black Floss wrapped around
Wing: Turkey Biot, Lt. Olive
Chin: Whiting Bronze, Brown
My first attempt on a classic wet-fly, took what material I had at hand and proceeded to get something together that wasn’t half bad. Been looking into traditional wet-fly fishing lately and my next project will be to tackle some of Bergman’s “Trout” patterns
Hook: Mustad 94840 #16
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Mallard Flank White
Body: Turkey Biot Lt. Olive
Wing: Mallard Flank Olive
First time tying this pattern, got the wings and body ok done, the hackle could have been a bit shorter, but I don’t think that is a problem.
As you can see here: I got the wings nicely separated, but with the long hackle I could have had some more material in the wings to fill it out a bit.
When you start tying flies and photographing them with a macro lens then all the minute details comes out and I could have re-done this until I got it correct, but I mainly tie for fishing purposes (and to learn new things) so all the flies I put up here have a good chance of ending up in my flybox. The pictures here are all a part of my path to learning more about the different patterns, so I will add the not-so-good as well as the good flies here: it is all a part of the journey to become better.