Fly Tying- Two Grey Things

Things, because they’re both fairly nondescript trout-type patterns. one floats, the other doesn’t, meaning they eventually could both be used at the same time and Grey, well, because that’s what its been like here lately in the Sunny South of France…greycanal m.fauvet-TLC 14-5-16
also, some fish can’t make up their minds if they’re in the mood for something completely black or completely white so here’s the chance to give them something(s) that’s right in between.

first up is a Grey Heron Nymph by Matthew Pate. herons are a protected species in many countries and therefore its illegal to sell and buy their feathers but if you’re lucky, you’ll find one (feather) laying about on a river or lake bank. as noted in the video, you could also buy a fishery that attracts herons to increase the chances of getting your hands on a feather or two once in a while.
option two seems like a pia and option one is really haphazard so some good substitutes might be goose shoulder, assorted pheasant body feathers and marabou. personally, i like to use marabou as the little fibres that stand away from the wound body make micro-movements when the fly’s at work. maybe the fish don’t care but i think its cool.

second Thing is an emerging Midge Pupae from Simon at HacklesAndWings. nice, simple, generic and grey; me like.
(hmmm, first time i saw this tutorial i could have sworn the midge wasn’t so olivey. either it yellowed over time or my vision’s bleaking ? anyhow, good thing i don’t swear)

… enjoy !

the KF (Krystal Flash) Buzzer

by Hans Weilenmann

even though they’re not really transparent, chironomid pupae have this gross, slimy texture and reflectance about them that makes it seems like it and that’s what makes Hans’ KF stand out from the somewhat recent vogue of epoxy/now turned to UV resin yet still opaque buzzer imitations that are branded just about everywhere.
Midge Pupait’s not like i’d say that wrapping the KF body is labor intensive as it just takes a little while but it’s the key element of this fly. allowing the slightly shiny hook to show through gives that ‘airy-lively-sexy (sort of)’ appearance the real bugs have. sure, there are other methods of getting the same visual results but they involve adding unnecessary layers and thickness to a bug that’s usually quite thin.
also, in yet another demonstration of ‘every wrap of thread should contribute to the fly’s construction’ philosophy, Hans’ great trick of combining winding the dubbing while simultaneously whip-finishing the fly is a great one to add to any tier’s repertoire. enjoy !

Black Quill Buzzer

by Peter Gathercole

Peter is quite well known around the world through his various publications on fly fishing and fly tying: Fly Fishing for Trout, The Fly-tying Bible, Fly-tying for Beginners and A Passion for Trout and has been featuring tying videos in pay-for apps but as far as i know, this one’s one of the few tying tutorials he’s made open to the general public, and it’s a nice one.
imitating a midge/chironomid pupae, i really like the idea of wrapping the quill body in open turns instead of the more usual ‘touching turns’, letting the thread behind it accentuate the segment effect of the bugs body. i don’t know if it makes it more realistic or not but it looks sexier, at least in my eyes…
another treat is the film’s vantage point:  ” There are some great fly tying videos available on You Tube and Vimeo. The only problem with most of them is that they are filmed from the viewer’s point of view rather than the tyer’s, which is not ideal if you are learning how to tie flies.  The smaller form factor of modern cameras means that it is now possible to film from the correct side so the viewer can see exactly what’s going on. ”
most of us have seen tying videos from the tier’s perspective long ago but it’s definitely nice to see some more.
me like. me hope you like too.