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  1. #1
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    Default 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;

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    Broadside view;

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

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    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.

    Ard

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    Default 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!

    Larry
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    Default 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.....................

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    Default 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
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    Default Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;

    Ard, With that blue it should be great for Steelies...

    Dan

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    Default Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;

    Beautiful fly Ard.I tested some blue flies when fishing a reservoir and never caught a fish with themdon't know why...

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;

    In a reservoir fish are caught and released many times...so 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

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    Default Re: Nail Fly, Attractor Pattern;

    Blue and black is a winner for me, especially down deep.
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