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Some more stuff from the work bench.

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Claret Sunset soft hackles, size 12

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Farrar's Simpleclone. Moves almost as much water as a deerhair, but light enough to throw with a 7wt. I can't wait for the Spring...
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Is that a softex or flexament head Swirl? It looks killer man, best rainfish I've seen!
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Is that a softex or flexament head Swirl? It looks killer man, best rainfish I've seen!
Thanks Bill, it's supposed to be softex but I use Goop . Weights about as much as a size 6 bead head bugger, even with the 2/0 SS hook.
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Farrar's Simpleclone. Moves almost as much water as a deerhair, but light enough to throw with a 7wt. I can't wait for the Spring...
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Doesn't the Simpleclone use a wool filler? That one looks empty like Charlie Bisharat's Airhead.
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Doesn't the Simpleclone use a wool filler? That one looks empty like Charlie Bisharat's Airhead.
Yup, the only way to keep it light enough is to tie it hollow with Super Hair. The ones I tie with wool filler will need a 9 or 10wt to get airborne. This method lets me throw a 5" fly with a broad profile with a lighter rod. Assuming the wind doesn't get in my way
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Yup, the only way to keep it light enough is to tie it hollow with Super Hair. The ones I tie with wool filler will need a 9 or 10wt to get airborne. This method lets me throw a 5" fly with a broad profile with a lighter rod. Assuming the wind doesn't get in my way
so then did you use a mold to get the shape?

I'm asking because I have been wanting to tie something like this and ran across the simpleclone and Bob Popavic's flies and finally Charlies Airhead which seems to be some kind of secret formula. I've looked at an Airhead at a local fly shop and looks like he must use some kind of mold or form to build the head on then he pulls it out.
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so then did you use a mold to get the shape?

I'm asking because I have been wanting to tie something like this and ran across the simpleclone and Bob Popavic's flies and finally Charlies Airhead which seems to be some kind of secret formula. I've looked at an Airhead at a local fly shop and looks like he must use some kind of mold or form to build the head on then he pulls it out.
Just takes a material clip, some patience and practice. A picture is worth a thousand words so here's a few

First a tail
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Reverse tie the Super Hair, make sure it's all the way around the hook.
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Pull back the hair, put it in the clip and stick on some eyes.
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Use a Bodkin to spread Goop over the fibers. Don't go over the Goop more than once. If you have gaps let it dry and give it another coat.

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