in one of the finer examples of what a marriage can produce, today’s dub-stepped tying tutorial of a Thomas Harvey Wedding Veil streamer via Ozark Angler’s says “comon’ big guys, eat me !” all over it. more than just a nice combination of, shape, size and trigger points, what i see here is a judicious arrangement of the fly’s head/body proportions and how this shape will create turbulences and affect the movement of the hackle tails, even when retrieved very slowly. the use of UV resin reinforces the built-up bulk of the head and helps it keep the right ‘water-pushing’ shape throughout the fly’s swim. brilliantissimely awesome, enjoy !
- Fly Tying Videos (thelimpcobra.com)
and here’s a very nice example of this tying concept with a “Little Devil” Sunray Diawl Bach by Hans Weilenmann.
‘over-dressing’ is just that. too much/many materials on a wet fly may be pretty when tied and photographed but looks like a ‘nothing-looking blob’ when wet. these blobs tend to take on the appearance of a dense water-drop shaped thing that in my opinion, is much closer to a micro-streamer than an imitation of the intended insect. they do catch fish but my experience tells me that the same pattern with a lighter dressing will get less refusals and more takes: more fish !
‘going light’ is one of the more difficult skills to acquire in our craft, probably because it’s so much fun to keep on winding or maybe that we want to get the most use of say, an expensive hackle feather: maybe we want to get ‘our money’s worth’ but often this will be counter productive. (and we’ll have wasted the material anyway… )
one of the better exercises a tier can do is tie up several flies of the same pattern, some lightly dressed and some heavier and fish them in the same situation and see the results.
anyhow, the bug above says ‘Eat Me‘, something all flies should say. enjoy !
by Roy Christie
“My EasyPeasyUSD is a ‘concept’ fly for presenting an effective light pattern to fish feeding on the adult insects and the Flat Spent Spinner for the tail end of the hatch. Tie it to match the colour of the hatch.”
landing delicately, sitting low on the surface with a very ‘eat me’ profile and a very visible wing all makes this pattern outstanding for just about about any bug-eating fish. be sure to follow Roy’s recommendations below. click the pic for the step-by step, enjoy !
“treat with liquid floatant and leave to dry before losing it in a tree. ~ Roy”