Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back in the Saddle, tying flies...

Hi folks, I've been "tied up" with my knee surgery and some other health issues as-well-as the Holidays.   Needless to say I've fallen behind on my fly tying... But now I'm back up and at them.

Today I'm tying up a bunch of my favorite fly - the "Korn's Spent-wing Caddis".

You can check out my YouTube video titled; "Korn's Spruce Moth".  The Spent-wing is tied using the same methods with just slightly different materials.  See my list of materials and tying instructions below.  The thing to remember is, caddis flies have a narrow wing profile, where the spruce moth's wings are wider.

Korn's Spent-wing Caddis, tan version. 

Tied with narrow hen pheasant feathers producing the perfect profile in the water.

Hook: MFCo. #7000 Dry 14-18
Thread: Serafil 200  
Rib: tag end of thread 
Abdomen: DK Tan dubbing
Palmered hackle: ginger rooster neck.
Wing: 2 hen pheasant wing or neck feathers

Steps:
1. Start thread at eye, wrap thread base to bend of hook, leave tag end for rib.
2. Dub thread, form tight dubbing noodle, wind forward to form body.
3. Tie in hackle 1 eye length behind eye, palmer front to back.  
4. Trap hackle at bend with the tag end of the thread, wrap through hackle and tie off at eye, clip hackle short on top..
5. Prepare 2 pheasant wing or neck feathers, tied in flat one on top of the other, 1 gap length longer than hook, tied behind eye then folded over to form head and wrapped and whip finished. Varnish head, clipped “^” out of center, bottom hackle.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Knothole Spoon (or taking a break from fly tying today)


Spoon #4 - I finished carving this ash serving spoon today.  No sanding, just a carved finish.


Here are the other tools I used for this spoon.  The Keen Kutter 1 1/2 lb. axe head is one I recently bought off the bay for $20. I reground the edge bevel and made the handle and mask for it.  My spoon knife and Mora carving knife are also included in the photo.


The knot hole worked out perfectly.  It popped out nicely with a little help while carving the bowl.  It will make a nice drain hole for serving cooked veggies...


The spoon is 10 1/2 inches long.  I'm sorry that it's not fly fishing but thanks for checking it out...