03-27-2011, 03:12 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Anthem, AZ
Re: Good "tooth-cutting" flies
Woolley bugger (for the palmering of hackle, work with flashabou)
Griffith's gnat (learn to tie with percock herl and pick proper gauge hackle)
Adams/parachute adams (learn to dub, make a post and a parachute)
Clouser minnow (learn to use the hair stacker, work with bucktail, tie on lead eyes)
pheasant tail nymph (learn to make a wing case, tie on 'legs')
copper john (similar to pt nymph in construction, but tying on biots takes practice, wrapping the copper wire on tightly more practice)
elk hair caddis/stimulator (either one teaches you to make an elk hair wing)
Chernobyl ant (learn to work with foam and rubberlegs)
Royal wulff/humpy (learn to tie a royal coachman body, and a separated hair wing)
Tried to do that in order of difficulty. The C- ant isn't that hard, but working with foam is strange at first. It moves around a lot. But once you get the hang of it, you can whip up a C- ant in under two minutes. And for the CJ, when I say tightly, I don't mean put a lot of torque on the wraps, you'll either bend the hook or break the wire. Or both. I mean getting the coils to lay snug against each other, like with a professionally tied copper john. It takes practice.
One tip, when you first tie on the wire, use your fingers to push the wire underneath the shank of the hook. Take a few wraps to secure it, then wrap back to the bend. If possible, turn the vise so that you are looking down on your CJ when wrapping the wire, so you can correct any drifting coils. And go slow at first. You'll get the hang of it quicker, and will develop speed as you go.
Another note: Hair is tough to work with. It helps to be patient while doing anything with hair, whether you're cleaning it, stacking it, or tying it on your fly. And pretty much no matter what you do, your first few tries are going to be ugly. Usual suspects are you didn't clean the hair suficiently, so it didn't stack completely, so the wing is uneven. Or, you used too much hair, so it didn't stack completely, and the wing is too heavy and uneven. Or, you didn't center it well when you tied it on, so the fly leans to one side in the water.
These 'bad' flies will all catch fish btw, they just annoy your sense of symmetry. But after awhile you'll figure out how to get them to look 'professional,' and then you'll really be hooked.
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark