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I'm going to Montana in mid August to fly fish. I have a nice amount of hopper patterns tied up for hopper season. Attractor flies are also supposed to work well at that time. I tied up a few Royal Wulffs and H&L Variant's and they would stay up right. They looked proportional and I even trimmed the wings down a bit to see if that would help. They keep tilting over on their sides. Any ways to stop that from happening or does it not really matter all that much?
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I'M sure someone will have a better answer than me but i have had that problem.Make sure you have the right size hackle for the fly you are tying. It sounds like your hackle is a little over sized,I will trim the bottom of the hackle even with the hook and leve the sides alone this should balance your fly upright.
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Thanks for the answer, but I have the right hackle. I bought one of those Whiting 100 packs in size 16 and I'm tying size 16 dry flies with it.
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Default Re: Attractor Fly Problems

IMO, in a small size like that, I doubt it will matter. Even though these are attractors, they still represent some type of insect. Aquatic insects, when hatching, will be breaking through the surface film, and not all will be perfectly up right. Trout or any other fish will target crippled or struggling insects too!

Are you testing your flies with tippet attached? Or, is this fishing situation observation?


If you're simply dropping them on water, you may need to attach some tippet to get the correct read on how they will ultimately sit.

If you're actually fishing them, it's possible there is some twist in your leader & tippet that is turning them on the side.
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If it's not the wings and it's not the hackle (I think you should trim the bottom too), then it's the tail
The length of the tail should match the length of the hook shank.
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I'll try trimming the hackle and changing tail lengths.
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