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Old 12-02-2009, 11:17 AM
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Taken from a tutorial by Davie Mcphail yet again, the International Hopper. I have tied these in the original colours, but will be tying others in some browns and olives.

The hook: 94840 #14, 12 and 10

Tag: 8/0 Fire Orange thread

Body: Pheasant tail

Rib: fine gold wire or tinsel, though the wire increases durability

Wing: Deer body hair

Legs: Knotted pheasant

Hackle: Ginger, cree whatever you like.

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Nice flies Kerry.
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Like this pattern very much Kerrythanks for sharing.
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That looks for all the world like some of the orange craneflies we get flying around here en-masse in May...I'll have to tie some up for this spring!
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Thanks folks. The knotted legs are available from any Veniard dealer, though I am not sure that there are many in North America. Perhaps someone can suggest another source. I was going to try knotting them myself, but I just do not think I am up to the task of doing six legs per fly for 3 dozen of the critters.
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Nice Kerry. I like that fly a lot. Not sure that I'm seeing all of the legs. Are there six on each fly? Seems like the legs have more knots in them than the one knot that I'm used to tying.
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Nice fly, I was hoping for an explanation on how to do the knotted legs. I haven't got that one figured out yet.
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Yes, well I was thinking about doing them the old fashioned way, then after taking forever to get one knot in place, I realized I needed to revert back to another technique. I ordered two packages of knotted pheasant tail quill sections.
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Yes, there are three legs on each side. I leave some dragging out a bit long as well as pulling some up fairly tight to the hook bend. This actually gives two very different looks.
If I have time tomorrow I will post a couple of pictures so you can see the fly construction.

Oh yeah, if you want to order from North America I found Jeff at www.thefrustratedangler.com would bring them in if asked for them. I bought mine from Lakeland in the UK, because I did not know that Hareline sells them as well, so I was just looking for Veniard. Jeff can get either brand apparently.
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Yes, well I was thinking about doing them the old fashioned way, then after taking forever to get one knot in place, I realized I needed to revert back to another technique. I ordered two packages of knotted pheasant tail quill sections.

Kerry, have you tried hemostats for tying the knots? I saved a lot of time by putting down the knot tying tool and using a small hemostat.
Thanks for explaining your tie. Nice hopper.
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thanks Jimmie. These are double knotted and I am terrifically lazy. I have done single knots before but I like my technique for these double knotted legs.
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