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From: Pete Gray · areasixtyone·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted April 14th 2010

Phlatwing... Sort'a... Thanks...
It starts off with vertically oriented hackles tied in near the bend then progresses with high/low tied splayed buck tail and culminates with flat and tented hackles tied in without the classic "pillow"...
I mix and match basic techniques to create the desired size and profile... and enjoy playing around with material management to achieve a balanced and pleasing result... the hook is a canvass and the pheatherz 'n phur my pallet... being able to share the results is part of the challenge and pleasure... phlatwing... sort'a...

From: Frank Swarner · fgs30·at·comcast.net  Link
Submitted March 30th 2010

Nice Phlatwing

From: Pete Gray · areasixtyone·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted March 25th 2010

Thanks... I think...
A predator mugs my fly, thinking that it's a meal, and line goes tight...
Quickly brought to hand, I have just caught my dinner but, I hasten a release and send the fish back into deep water to fight another day...

From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted March 19th 2010

Thanks Pete, for sharing, also from Italy.
A sense of irony is, in my opinion, guarantee of freedom... and, to my eyes, some of your 'freestyle' tying are full of sense of irony!


From: Dennis Kelly · dennis.kelly·at·syngenta.com  Link
Submitted March 5th 2010

Peter is the master of alot of great flies! He actually catches BIG fish on them, which is even cooler!!

From: Pete Gray · areasixtyone·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted March 1st 2010

I learned early on that there are only so many ways to hang phur n' pheathers on a shaft and "claiming" anything as "my own" was a terrible idea...
Perhaps the closest I've come to an "original" might be a certain DualTube fly that seems curiously off the beaten path...
The way these Naturals are tied incorporates a smattering of material applications... some of the feathers might be tied down flat and/or tented and/or whatever suits the desired profile...I don't employ the suggested "pillow" technique to rest the flat wings on... and frequently I'll forgo the jungle cock and spot weld on the head material and 3D eyez with the new light cured acrylic [which probably makes true purists cringe...] Should we call this "freestyle" tying?! Whatever...
Anyway... I'm just trying to share some style variations with folks who might appreciate my efforts... the photos, while pleasing to my eye, aren't the best and certainly aren't the worst... perhaps "not bad" might work...
The only thing that I claim these days as my own is a nice steaming turd in the morning, after my starter coffee... both of which are short lived and soon flushed... Cheers!

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted March 1st 2010


I don't see Pete claiming to have invented the flatwing anywhere. Telling people how to tie it is no offense, or...?

We have a widespread international audience, and a lot of them will love to learn the techniques used in flatwings, and this general pattern is an excellent starting point for them.

Try traversing the web for flies looking like Wooly Buggers, Egg Sucking Leeches, Muddler Minnows, Elk Hair Caddises and whatnot, but being called something else, and you can fill pages up and pages down with "reinventions".

We reinvented the Woolly Bugger at least a dozen times on this site alone... and no harm done in that if you ask me!

Pete will be contributing more flatwings in the future, and we will be very happy to host his flies - new or reinvented.


From: Jim Slater · james.slater44·at·hotmail.com  Link
Submitted March 1st 2010

Wow. Pete reinvented the Flat Wing.

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