12-06-2013, 10:03 PM
Re: Salmon Fly Grub Pattern
the key to a well wrapped hackle is to fold the fibers.
You can do this by securing your hackle by the tip in your hackle pliers and hanging those of the side of your vise (typically what i use since its right in front of me)
Once thats done, take the wide base of the stem in your left hand (if you're right handed) and with a pair of tying scissors (closed) run the back of the scissors along each side of the hackle. You need to make sure the hackle fibers are stroked back from their normal position so that the barbs are as near to perpendicular to the stem as you can get them.
Pull the scissors towards you and while rubbing the along the stem of the hackle slightly under the horizontal plane of the fibers.
You should see the fibers fold downwards. If you do both sides, the fibers will be folded back.
Now when you tie in the hackle those fibers should be pointing to the back of the hook as you wind the hackle, and all, or at least 99% will lie nicely on the stem, with only very minimal stroking of the fibers as you wind.
Hope this helps
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as to the yarn, i would do one layer only, tail to eye. to bulk up the underbody, use thicker thread (i use UTC 140) or Uni-stretch.
As for schlappen, typically only good for spey flies, though some folks swear by it for hackles on traditional salmon flies. I'd avoid it like the plaque for that use. You can get 5-7 inch stung hackle and that should be plenty long for a body hackle.
The other atlernative is Whiting American Saddle hackles, about $25 for a saddle. Worth their weight in gold as this (with strung saddle hackles) is what i use for the hackles on my flies. If you want a softer look (to look like schlappen) there are always Henny rooster hackles on capes, saddles and in the strung saddle hackle packs, you can use those, rather than schlappen.
Of course, this is all conjecture, you can actually use whatever you like since its your flies