Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Irish shrimp, step by step.

 Here is the Wilkinson Irish shrimp pattern step by step, these are a great style of fly. and do catch a lot of fish, i also like tying these on a slim tube. this one is tied on a gold Deercreek size 6 double,
 Now after putting hook in vise, catch on the thread. here i am using Danville white 70 denier,
 Now we catch in the oval tinsel medium silver, for the tag.
 Here the tag is wrapped on, and tied off and trimmed.
 Now we tie in the tail, here we use a Golden pheasant  breast feather. which is doubled and wound on,
 Above the feather is wound on, and tied off.
 Now trim off the unwanted feather parts,
 Now tie in the rib,
 Here i have tied in the silver body, and wound it on.
 Above, i have wound on the rib and trimmed off.
 Now i tie in the Silver Doctor saddle hackle, 
 Here i have wound on centre hackle,
 Now trim of unwanted hackle, and clean up.
 Now tie in rib and forward body tinsel.
 Above, i have wound on body tinsel, and rib. and tied in head hackle maroon in color.
 Above, i have wound on front hackle, and tied in jungle cock eyes. and need to varnish head,
 Above, top view of shrimp fly,
 Above side view of shrimp fly,
 Above, is a Irish shrimp, tied on a 1" inch tube.

And above, left two doubles top a light and bottom dark Wilkinson Irish shrimp. and on the right two tubes, top purple shrimp. and bottom a black shrimp,

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Secret weapon step by step.

This pattern is used a lot, on the rivers of Wales for Sewin (sea run brownies).
First put the stinger treble in the vise, here i am using a size 12 to match up with a size 4 Kamasan B175. and it can be tied is smaller and bigger sizes, it is used when on nights fish a taking short and plucking at the tail of the fly. 
 Now i catch in the tying thread, here i am using Danville hot orange 70 denier. the nylon i am using is Amnesia memory free monofilament, and great for holding its shape.
 Now i twist the mono, by hand over hand. this is the only way to do it, for it to stay that way.
 Above is the finished hook link,
Next i coat the tying thread with Deercreek UV resin, to seal the thread.
 Next i place the size 4 B175 in the vise,
 Now i put down a layer of white Danville thread, this one being 210 denier.
 Now i tie in the hook link, in touching turns. 
 Now trim the hook link, 3/4 up the hook shank.
 Now using a lighter, burr over the mono ends.
 Here we finish the tying of the thread, and tie off.
 Now i coat the thread on the shank,with thinned 60 second nail varnish. this when dry will never pull off,
 Here we start to dress the fly, holographic silver body and hackle. which is going to be a Squirrel blue and silver secret weapon.
 I have now wound on the hackle, and tied off the thread. i am using Danville white 70 denier,
 Now we tie in the wing, using Squirrel tail, to the length of the stinger hook.
 Now we tie in some micro silver tinsel.
 Now i change the thread, this time for making a nice red head.

And above is the finished fly,with a nice glossy head. with a coat of thinned nail varnish, and one coat of Deercreek Uv resin to finish head. this is a pattern i use a lot in this make up, and also tied single and double hooks. as well as snake / waddingtons and tubes. just a great catcher of fish,

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Waddington shank, step by step.

The waddington shank is a great platform, for tying many forms of flies. and i do use them a lot, for my salmon and sewin flies. First place the shank in vice, here i am tying on a size 3 waddington.a size i use a lot,  
 Now catch in your thread, here i am using Danville white 70 denier. and i have tied in the body holographic body silver, i will only be doing one coat of the tinsel. so make sure it is just overlapping each turn,
 Here i have run the tinsel up the shank, and tied it off.
 The next move is to coat the holographic, with Deercreek uv resin. this is very good as it makes the tinsel bomb proof, in the old days you would have wound the tinsel with a rib. to help keep it on the hook or shank, 
 Above showing the UV torch, setting the resin it will set in 3 seconds.
I also like to use pearl on some of my waddingtons and tubes, you will have to use a bright base on these ties. as when wet pearl mylar or tinsel, will take on the color of whats underneath them when wet.  Above you can see two shanks, with them covered with the same pearl mylar. you will note that one on top is a lot lighter, than the bottom one. the reason being that the bottom one has no base to it, and it will take on the color underneath. i have seen tiers put a layer of white thread on the shank to try and keep the mylar light, this does not work at all when fished. as the water will soak in to the thread and go dark as the shank, the best is to use the same method i use. and and just put a layer of silver tinsel, that way it will stay very bright.
 Now tie in the throat hackle, here i am using a black saddle hackle.
 Above i tie off the end of hackle,
 Now above the fly is ready for the first under wing,
 On this tie, i am using marble fox tail hair, i get all my  hair off Sue at Foxytails. she is getting great hair in all the time. she was telling me she has lots of new colors, and hair in the end of the month cant wait to see what she has in. above is a section i have cut off a whole tail,
 Above i catch in the under wing,
 Now i catch in the micro holographic tinsel red,
 Now tie in the middle wing, black marble fox again.
 Now tie in micro silver tinsel,
 Now i tie in the over wing, this time its peacock herl. 
 Above i have trimmed of the unwanted herl, and tied off the white thread.
 Now i have changed to Danville 70 denier red to finish the head. and tie in the cheeks of jungle cock,
 Now the shank is finished,
Above the the waddington is finished with hook, and shrink tube to hold hook in place. i use this pattern a lot for my salmon and sewin fishing, i also tie it on tube's , doubles and singles.