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Fly tying instruction the Dendif

How to tie the Dendif

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Fly tying instruction the Dendif. The Dendif is an attractor-type nymph which does not imitate any particular insect.  It's name is supposed to mean: "the only nymph that will always catch fish". I have been fishing it for more than 20 years and it has always proven very successful. It fishes particularly well on early morning and late evening. This is probably due to the combination of colors and the peacock herl's UV-activity.

1. as always, tie on your thread near the eye and wind it down the hook-shank as shown on the photograph.

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2. next, tie in a few mallard fibers as tail.

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3. add as much lead wire as needed

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4. add peacock herl to form your fly's abdomen

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5. tie in a strip of red imitation leather. The fly's original version calls for raffia which is however not as resistant as imitation leather.

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6. now wrap the thorax using white chenille.

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7. cut a"V" as shown from a mallard feather

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8. tie that down on the chenille by means of the imitation-leather - strip.

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9. color your thread to your liking and make a whip finish

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10. Done. You have different choices to tie the Dendif. A nice variation of fly tying the Dendif is to use a beadhead. It could be a beadhead of brass as well as of tungsten, depends of the water situation.

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Enjoy fly tying with my instruction and fishing the Dendif!

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