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Old 10-08-2009, 06:06 PM
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Hi MP,

That is a fly I would fish with.

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Here's the recipe.

Hook: TMC 2457, size 6
Bead: Tungsten bead, 7/32"
Thread: 6/0 Uni-Thread, Black
Weight: .030" lead wire
Tail: Gadwall flank feather tip
Body: Three strands of small copper wire spun together, hot orange, hot yellow, silver
Thorax: UV Ice Dub, pearl
Wing: Gadwall flank feather
Collar: UV Ice Dub, black

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The tools that are needed to spin wire are a vise and a set of rotating hackle pliers. Take three strands of wire (about a foot in length) and lock it in the jaws of a vise. Grab the other end with the jaws of the rotating hackle pliers. Start spinning. Keep spinning until you get the twisting consistency that you like. From there, the spun wire is wrapped just like any other single strand wire.

The Crosswire Bird of Prey can be tied in different sizes and colors. When tying sizes 6 to 10, size small Ultra Wire is used. For tying sizes 12 to 16, size extra small Ultra Wire is used. In the larger sizes, .030" lead wire is used. In the smaller sizes, .020" lead wire is used.

The original design of the BOP and the Crosswire BOP uses Wood Duck flank. Mallard flank, Gadwall flank, and Teal flank can be substituted. Partridge that is wrapped soft hackle style can be used (its actually used in production flies by Montana Fly Company).

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Great looking fly MP...The fellow who created the pattern must have been a "trekkie" in addition to being a tyer.

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Dan,
Actually he isn't. The BOP is a variation of the Bird's Nest. Rick Anderson wanted to give some credit to Cal Bird (designer of the Bird's Nest). He also told me that profile of the fly reminded him of a raptor ready to nab its prey. Hence the name Bird of Prey.

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He also told me that profile of the fly reminded him of a raptor ready to nab its prey. Hence the name Bird of Prey.
I see that, thank you for opening my eyes. As a 30 year wannabe falconer I see it plain as day. Forgive me for not commenting sooner on the great craftsmanship you are displaying with this tie.

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