From Kast Gear, “The CDC Tickler is a great attractor nymph that the fish can’t seem to get enough of. We have fished it all of the country with a ton of success. This is one of those patterns you need in your fly box!”
Category Archives: Soft Hackles
Phil says, “Traditional patterns are not often seen in today’s fly boxes with new designs and materials seeming to take their place. The Carey Special is one pattern design I always have with me. Its suggestive nature and animated hackle have proved its worth on more than one occasion. I recommend always having a few size and color variations on hand.”
I’m a little late posting Flies Around the Net, but better late than never I guess. The holidays were a little hectic, so I apologize for the late post. I hope you enjoy!
Back in March I highlighted the fly tying of Paul Slaney. Well, I wanted to post an update on some flies Paul has been tying, because he has been on fire! Check out his stuff below.
Ray Tucker recently tied up some interesting wet flies he calls Olive-Gray Dusters. They are a type of Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle Nymph. See below for the materials list and more information from Ray.
Hook – Mustad 3906 Heavy Wet Fly Hook/Size 8 and 10 (debarb/optional)
Body – UNI-Yarn (Insect Green)
Tag/Rib – Ultra Wire (Gold/Small)
Thread – 8/0 UNI-Thread (Camel)
Tail/Dorsal Strip/Wing Case – Pheasant Tail Fibers (Natural)
Hackle – Hungarian Partridge (Natural)
Thorax – Ostrich Herl from a Feather duster (Natural Gray/Dun)
Head – Double 3-turn whip finish using the tying thread
These could easily be tyed in a range of colors, by switching out the yarn and/or the herl color. Give them a try. Hopefully they are as fun to fish, as they are to tie. 😀
Note on hook choice: I chose the Mustad 3906 because it is a nice heavy nymph hook. The 3906B would also be a good choice, if you want a longer bodied nymph. When designing how the fly behaves in the water, I want to be able to fish this fly deeply for steelhead. I wanted a durable hook which would sink quickly (thus the narrow body profile). If I was clever, I’d find a way to underweight the thorax area with the ribbing wire, but when I tried it had ended up with a little more bulk than I wanted. I’m sure I can figure something out. I just need to play around more with a few ideas. All part of the fun.
Bill Shuck posted about this on the Flymph Forum and I thought it was an interesting pattern that makes a very cool fly! See Bill’s thoughts below. – Paul
Bill said, “Came across the basic pattern for this in a video on Matt Grobert’s blog and then, after watching another version being tied by someone else, came up with the below for use as an eastern Isonychia (slate drake). The original Shakey Bealy was a pattern tied by Nick Nicklas, late of Blue Ribbon Flies.”
Hook: Daiichi 1270 or similar, Size #12
Thread: Uni 6/0 brown
Tag/undercollar: Rainbow pearl Krystal Flash
Tail: Wood duck flank
Rib: Brown D-rib
Abdomen: Any Iso color dubbing
Thorax: Grey ostrich herl
Hackle: Grizzly hen cape
If you haven’t heard, “Flymph” is the term coined by Pete Hidy to describe the type of pattern that Jim Leisenring developed to imitate the stage between a nymph and an adult. All flymphs are soft hackles, but not all soft hackles are flymphs. I have been grabbed and hooked by the world of the flymph. I’ve been tying these wonderful little gems quite often lately and there is a relaxing feeling that comes over me when tying this style of fly. It is strange that you can obtain various feelings when just tying different styles of fly patterns. Bill Shuck has been coaching and molding me into a better flymph fly tyer. Bill said, “that this lends credence to Leisenring’s desire to produce something completely in harmony with Nature.”
Below you will find my latest flymphs and a couple of soft hackles. Many of the bodies or abdomens were spun on a Clark Block. I purchased mine from William Anderson at his website. You can also find William’s blocks at Dettes Trout Flies.
This is my Sulphur Flymph where I experimented with the abdomen to achieve just the right effect. Pale yellow wool and Pale yellow rabbit and dyed Dark Brown Hare’s Poll spun on Primrose Silk on a Clark Block.
The Cinabar Flymph is the late Mark Libertone’s creation. The body and ribbing on this fly is what makes it impressive. Cinnamon colored bear underfur mixed with a little Hare’s Mask of the same color. The body was dubbed on 6/0 Danville tying thread of pale orange color Leisenring fashion. Ribbed with peacock herl and counter wrapped with fine copper wire.
This is a March Brown Flymph using a Pete Hidy recipe.
Swedish fly tyer Johan Klingberg’s Starling and Hare. When I found this on Mark Libertone’s website, I just had to tie up one myself.
The late fly tyer from Roscoe, New York, Ralph Graves used to tie these. So I contacted my friend John Bonasera, a fantastic fly tyer himself. He gave me the information I needed to tie the pattern. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. Ralph used fine gold wire on his to help protect the quills. Instead, I used Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin. I felt it made it even more elegant. Another feature that adds to the beauty, is the Partridge Barbless Sproat Wet hook.
I started calling this flymph Salad Shooter, just so I could reference it in some way. It uses Partridge for the hackle and tail. The body is Spirit River UV2 nymph/caddis dubbing olive spun on a Clark block.
Over at the Flymph Forum there was a thread discussing alpaca fiber. We found when we submerged the alpaca in water that it formed a beautiful hydrofuge. Bubbles formed, if you will. So this is the exact reason why I used alpaca for the thorax of this little soft hackle. The body of this fly is green flashabou wrapped around the shank and covered with Deer Creek Diamond Fine UV Resin. Brown hen is used for the hackle.