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lv2nymph 04-13-2014 08:32 AM

This is my version of this fly, there are so many variations you can do with this.

Hook: Daiichi 1130 #10
Underbody: tungsten thread weighted to an 1/8" tungsten bead/ smooth body with tying thread
Abdomen: Uni yarn- olive/chartreuse ( woven ) ( I also use DMC floss )
Thorax: Flash nymph dubbing- yellow ( honestly it's olive )
Thorax back: Thin skin- fly specks olive/black
Rib: copper wire

Some color variations

bigjim5589 04-13-2014 08:47 AM

Re: Halfbacks
I really like the looks of those! Awesome tying! :worthy:

jbird 04-13-2014 08:53 AM

Re: Halfbacks
Wow! These are some REALLY buggy lookin buggies! Nice!

mcnerney 04-13-2014 09:24 AM

Re: Halfbacks
Awesome work, congrats!


lv2nymph 04-14-2014 07:24 AM

Re: Halfbacks
Thanks everyone, I've found that I really enjoyed getting through the challenges of weaving and getting it right. Well, as close to that as I am at this point.;)

fly_guy12955 04-14-2014 10:49 AM

Re: Halfbacks
I saw a video and learned now to make legs and feet with the stub end off peacock herl that looks damn near like the real thing. Totally adjustable before you cinch them down.
clip the stub end off of two,,turn that little white 'foot' the direction you want them to point,,loop two times...let your bobbin hang and hold them to the under-body,,adjust for length,,cinch down and wawwlaaa...perfect feet. You do need to build a little ' thread dam' in front like with a dry fly feather probably. The neat thing is you can run some dubbing in and around and hide the thread and improve the under-body around the feet.

They would look absolutely killer on your work there.

Hardyreels 04-14-2014 11:35 AM

Re: Halfbacks
A good looking bunch of nymphs Jack, real neat ribs and tapers!


lv2nymph 04-14-2014 03:56 PM

Re: Halfbacks
Fly_guy you're right that would look tasty, I believe I know what you're talking about. Oliver Edwards ties a hydropsyche nymph like that. Looks really cool, thanks for the heads up. Thanks for the compliments everyone.

johnstoeckel 04-15-2014 07:55 AM

Re: Halfbacks
Nice looking flies. Love the weave. And, with the tungsten and slim profile, they should sink fast into the fish zone.

Wondering about the name though. I had always thought of the Halfback as something like

But I like yours better. :-)

lv2nymph 04-15-2014 11:42 AM

Re: Halfbacks
Thank you very much John, You're the second person to point this out. :cool: I was looking up different weaves and this pattern was one of the results, as far as I knew that was the only fly called a halfback. That pattern combines two known fish taking materials should be great, have you ever tied & tried?

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