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Fly tying instruction Simple Dry Fly

How to tie a simple dry fly

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Fly tying instruction Simple Dry Fly. This technique - almost forgotten these days - lets you use larger hackles that most tiers never use, unless they tie lots of streamers. Without it, almost two thirds of the hackles in a normal cape go to waste. A very nice side effect is that you produce a fly that imitates natural flies really well.

1. If you use a Norvise, make sure the hook is well centered

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2. tie on your thread and wrap it from the eye to the beginning of the bend

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3. dub sparsely about two thirds of the way from the bend to the eye

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4. take a large hackle from the rear end of your cape

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5. now stroke the fibers against their natural direction, taking care not to strip them from the quill!!!

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6. tie in your hackle right at the tip of your fingers. The rounded part of the hackle protrudes beyond the hook bend. If you are right-handed, you'll have to wrap the first three to four turns with your left hand. The right one will hold the hackle to the hook at the eye

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7. now pull back the front end of your quill and snip it off as close to the hook as possible. This will leave a few fibers pointing forward which will serve as antennae. Then snip off the back end at the "rounded" part, taking care not to cut any of the fibers pointing forward and needed to form the rounded part

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8. make a few more turns to secure your fly

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9. then tie in a (smaller) hackle and one strand of peacock herl

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10. and wrap first your peacock herl...

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11. ...and then your hackle forward towards the eye. Tie down and snip off hackle and herl

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12. Whipfinish and - done

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Besides its good imitative properties and the fact that it lets you use hackles that would otherwise go to waste, a big advantage of this fly is that it doesn't take more than about two minutes to tie the simple dry fly. If you wish, you may stabilize the wing with a little thinned silicone. I don't, because it's so easy and quick to tie. Hope you like that fly tying instruction. Enjoy fly tying and fishing your own! Wolfgang

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