Sinister Phly

Published Mar 9th 2010

A phly for fishing on the dark side - sinister in colour


There's a dark side and a bright side...

In my previous life, I did some of my best work hanging under wings in
the dark [transcontinental cargo]... That was then... This is now...

There's something compelling about fishing at O'dark thirty. Dead drifting a substantial Sinister through the mugging zone...

Subtle signs... the floating line and short leader take on a different "feel"... things go tight... line pays out into the night...

The basic foundation remains very much the same as you have seen in The Phar Side Phly... with variations in colour... darker/lighter/larger/smaller... you decide... or rather: the fish decide...

Basic tying techniques are combined to achieve a desired insinuation...

Step 1: thread - Cover the hook shank with tying thread
Step 1: thread
Step 2: tail - Add hackle feathers for tail
Step 2: tail
Step 3: flash - Add some flash to accent. Keep it sparse!
Step 3: flash
Step 4: more feathers - Add more hackle feathers to the tail. And maybe some flash. Long and sparse does it.
Step 4: more feathers
Step 5: bucktail - Tie in some bucktail in front of the tail. Let it flare slightly to create some volume.
Step 5: bucktail
Step 6: more bucktail - Build a collar by adding bit more bucktail
Step 6: more bucktail
Step 7: and a bit more - Add bucktail and flash in small bunches to fill the hook shank. Night flies should have volume and move some water.
Step 7: and a bit more
Step 8: jungle cock - Add large JC feathers to the side of the fly
Step 8: jungle cock
Step 9: flatwing - Tie in the top wing feathers flat on the fly
Step 9: flatwing

Step 10: herl - As always finish off with a bunch of peacock herl
Step 10: herl

Don't be afraid of size... or darkness

Location, location, location... and time on the water...

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