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Ard 12-03-2010 02:32 PM

Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Just messing around with scraps on the bench-top and put this together. I made a pair just in case it turns out to be a fish magnet.

Nail Fly in blue, a look at the dubbing and hackle;


Broadside view;


This is a flat wing and most of these swim very well, I expect this will too.


Pretty simple to tie;

The body is spun in a dubbing loop and wound forward
There is a fine silver wire wound forward over the body and the hackle to secure them.
The body hackle is blue eared pheasant & the throat is royal blue fibers.
The wing is a body feather with nail from the upper back of a jungle cock skin.

That's it, you can tie a mallard flank dyed claret on this if you don't have the JC. Or you can just look at the picture and move on with life.


mcnerney 12-03-2010 03:16 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Ard: That sure is a fine looking fly, I'll bet you can catch some nice fish with that beauty!


Ard 12-03-2010 03:37 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Hey Larry,

Been a while since we have been in touch, I see your little green light on sometimes and will give you a buzz next time. The fly is what I said, stuff that is piled on the bench. I'm going to tie a bunch of little wet flies and streamers this winter along with loads of salmon sized stuff but first I have to clean up my spot. You know how things kinda pile up.....................

fredaevans 12-05-2010 10:19 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Had me going there for a moment. Read Nail Fly/brain registered 'Needle fly.' Which is one of the most unusual ways I've ever seen to construct a fly:

Making a Needle Fly

HuronRiverDan 12-06-2010 07:21 AM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Ard, With that blue it should be great for Steelies...


jpbfly 12-06-2010 02:24 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Beautiful fly Ard.I tested some blue flies when fishing a reservoir and never caught a fish with them:(don't know why...

Ard 12-06-2010 02:32 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Hi JP,

I was just messing around and made those. I don't know if they will work or not. I did catch quite a few salmon on the Bush Doctor Spey style fly this past season and it is a blue one. Funny thing the flies that work on any given day. Sometimes you can't go wrong with red and white like the Skykomish Sunrise. Other days a pattern that looks a lot like food is the ticket. For trout fishing I always stick to dark colors and not the flashy ones.

jpbfly 12-06-2010 02:37 PM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
In a reservoir fish are caught and released many I thought it would be a good idea to use blue flies as nobody uses that colour...but it wasn't,looks like bows don't like blue:confused:

BigCliff 12-07-2010 09:22 AM

Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;
Blue and black is a winner for me, especially down deep.

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