Strike indicators do not cost much, and they are easy to get. The reason for me making my own is simple. I do not use this technique very much. Here are a few photos of the process. You can use any kind of yarn, but a poly yarn would probably be best. Secure the thread with varnish, glue or UV. Then dip them in some good floatant.
I remember a discussion once about the importance of the wing on mayfly patterns. Off course, in some cases it is crucial, but in fast flowing waters it is of minor importance. Since then I have always had a few No-Wing patterns in my box. I like to enhance the thorax by using peacock herl. For the body I would normally choose some kind of biot. It can also be a good choice during a large hatch, as well as in windy conditions. Tied this way, with no wing, the fly never fails presentation…
I have been obsessed with using mallard in the wings for duns and emergers lately. This is an attempt to make a sbs of the CdC Dun. I apologize for the poor quality photos. But they will at least give you a general idea. For this pattern you will need a splitable thread. You can use Dynema, Serafil or Petijean threads.
1. Tie in a tail of rooster or Coq de Leon fibers. Make it a bit longer than normal.
2. Now prepare the peacock quill and tie it in. I do not use UV (yet), so i just use standard varnish. Choose a bunch of mallard and gather them to make the impression of a wing.
3. There are lots of tools for this purpose out there. The best are, without a doubt, the ones from Marc Petijean, but an old-school paper clip will do the trick as well. Choose two cdc feathers, a mix of grey and black is usually a good choice. Cut them close to the stem.
4. Split the thread and spin the cdc to make the hackle. Pull the fibers bacwards and wind the cdc as a hackle.
5. The end result should look something like this. The colors can off course be changed to suit all mayflies…
A few days ago I ordered three lines from Barrio Fly Lines, and today I recieved a package. Inside there were three nicely packaged fly lines. There was also a hand-written letter from Mike himself. When did you last see something like that? I find this so nice and rare I had to do a post on it. Such a nice gesture…
I must note that this is my first encounter with Barrio lines, but I am really looking forward to get them on the water. Reviews from sources that I trust sounds promising. Besides they look and feel great as well, not to mention the price range. I will also post a review sometime in the future…Thanks and best wishes to you, Mike:)
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