Palewatery No Hackle Dun
Hook: Partridge Ideal Standard Dry SUD2 #18
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 30D Yellow
Tails: Lt Dun Hackle barbs
Abdomen: Hends Body Quills Olive BQ-34 (varnished)
Wing: Natural CDC
Thorax: Common Shrew from Cookshill Fly-tying Materials
A great bonus of being part of the Partridge of Redditch Pro-Team is from time to time you get to play with samples of new hook models, this time it’s the new Partridge of Redditch SUD2 hooks I get to try out. Great looking strong hook, quite short in the shank in comparison to other models meaning the #18 measures out closer in shank length to many #20 hooks, but well made with sharp point. I’m looking forward to trying them out on the river.
Hook: Partridge Klinkhamer 15BN #14
Thread: Semperfli Nanosilk 50D White
Rib: Hends Body Quills BQ-12 March Brown
Body: Mix Cream/Tan/Yellow Camel Dubbing
Gills: CDC Oiler Puff Cream
Wing: CDC Cream
Abdomen: Mix Cream/Tan/Yellow Camel Dubbing
Legs: Carabou fibres in split thread palmered over the abdomen then clipped underneath
In a previous post I went through the steps for creating extended fly bodies. Now it’s time to use them on a Daddy Long legs and a quick simple Danica Mayfly pattern, starting with the Daddy Long Legs.
Continue reading Daddy and Danica Step by Step →
In most circumstances I’m not a huge fan of extended body flies but where I happily make an exception and where extended bodies really excel is with flies like the Daddy Long Legs or Danica Mayfly. With those flies you’re not sacrificing hook size or performance when you have the hook shank contain just the thorax of the fly.
So assuming you want extended bodies where do you go from there? Buy in or make your own?
Here’s the tying instructions for how I make mine.
Continue reading Extended Fly Bodies →