Jock O’Dee - Step-by-Step - The Wing
As described by T. Pryce-Tannatt in his book: How to Dress Salmon Flies: A Handbook for Amateurs.
Here’s the follow-on step-by-step for the wing of this pattern. I’m simply going to pick up with the step after the last one in the previous post.
The wing on Dee patterns is set up differently than on either the classic featherwing Salmon flies or the Spey flies, in that it’s mounted relatively flat on the top of the hook. There are many theories for why this is so. One of them says that horizontal mounting lets the wing slips “breathe” in and out (move toward the body / move away from the body) as the fly swims through the water. There are others.
Here's the wing:
17. Start with two Cinnamon Turkey feathers; one right side and one left; or a good central feather. [Note: you can also tie this pattern with white wings, just like you can the Akroyd Dee pattern.]
18. Cut the feathers at the point where the barbs are as long as possible and where the edges are in good condition. Then determine the size of the wing slips that you want and cut each feather again, at that point; giving you a “V-section “of feather from which to fashion your wing slips.
19. Cut off the part of each V-section that you don’t want, leaving the stem attached to the part that you do want. This keeps your barbs from moving around while you’re mounting them and tying them in.
20. Before I go any further, I want to let you know that I cut back across the grain of classic Dee pattern wing mounting on the fly that I tyed. Rather than seeking to have both wing slips meet on the centerline of the hook, I crossed my wing slips in an “X” shape on the top of the hook. It’s not classic, but I like the appearance. So, if you want to tie in the wing slips in the classic manner, then follow the instructions in Tom’s book. If not, then here’s how I tied them in:
First, tie in the far-side slip on the top of the hook. First, hold the slip in place where you want it on the top of the hook with your left thumb or forefinger. Then, use a soft loop to get all the way around the slip and slowly tighten down, pinching the barbs together on the hook, by pulling the thread up (not down). Put on 2 more wraps, release the slip and see if you like it’s location. If you do, then take another wrap or two; if not, then unwind the thread and start over again. [Note: Turkey slips marry together very well and they’re pretty tough, so don’t worry if you have to set and mount your far side wing several times.]
Then, mount your near-side slip right on top of the far-sides slip; using exactly the same process.
[Note: Different tyers mount their wing slips in different orientations; Tom’s slips were relatively wide apart at the tips. Others tie them in so that the tips just touch each other on the top center of the hook. See what you like best and tie them in that way; there are no hard and fast rules. I used a close to the midline orientation.]
Here’s a view from the side:
And here’s one from the top:
21. Once you’re happy with the placement of the wings, cut off the waste ends of both slips on a slant; so that the part of the slip that’s toward the center of the hook is slightly longer, bind down the waste ends and start to form your head with tying thread.
22. Finish off the head and secure it with 2-3 half hitches or a good whip finish. Coat the head with head cement (I useSHAAN) and you have your finished fly.
From the top:
And from the side:
That’s the completed Jock O'Dee pattern!