03-25-2013, 09:05 AM
Re: What have you been tying today?
Originally Posted by gatortransplant
Joe, those hydropsyche look awesome, got me wanting to tie something similar! I see that you have the partridge tied in while still on the quill, do you palmer it and then direct it downward with the siliskin or what?
From where I left it off in that picture;
-1) I'll bring the thread back up to the tie-in point on the feather, dub on a noodle of natural hare's ear, and then wrap the hare's ear back to the olive dubbing.
-2) Palmer the feather back 2.5 turns, tie it off, and then palmer the thread forward (opposite the feather wrap) through the feather, and back to the front of the hook.
-3) Now I snip off all the soft hackle between the 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock positions.
-4) Then I pull the shell back forward, tie off, and then wrap the mono forward to form the segments.
This is similar to the way Leisenring/Hidy/Hughes tie (or tied) in the soft hackles on their wet fly patterns. It makes for an extremely durable fly. Tying the feather in like a traditional hackle leaves the fly vulnerable to one well-placed trout tooth, and *snip*
all your legs are gone.
"We fish for pleasure; I for mine, you for yours." -James Leisenring