Last night I got back to some ‘normal’ fly tying. Tying which doesn’t involve wrapping Christmas tree tinsel around an iron bar and super gluing big goggly eyes on it. Instead I tied up three GRHE variants which I’m rather pleased with, I found the recipe online (and modified it slightly) but can’t bloody find it now. When I do I’ll link back to it because they deserve the credit for the pattern.I decided to get all ‘Trout & Salmon’ and stick my flies in a leaf for the photo.
Pretty simple. I used a generic size 12 wet fly hook (Scorpion wet fly I think) and a small tungsten bead. Here’s how I tied it.
Bead goes on first
Catch in brown thread behind bead
Tie in couple of inches of lead wire and wrap about 4 1/2 turns to create weighted thorax
Put close turns of thread down to bend
Catch in a good tail of brown partridge fibres
Catch in about 4 inches of fine oval tinsel (gold)
Dub a body on with some hares ear but stop at lead wire
Rib with tinsel up to same place
Catch in 5 pheasant tail fibres, but don’t do anything else with them yet
Dub thorax with darker hare’s ear
Create shellback with PT fibres, trim excess
Whip finish behind bead
Where to use it? A river. Any river.