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lovely pattern, although being scottish,i feel the "Bibio" should have a hint of red somewhere , although the pheasant tail will add a touch of side colour,so,,,,,,,i added a bit , a little flo red hot spot between foam and hackle, also did couple with one turn red hackle same spot , keeps me happy and works well here when there is a good ripple on water,had too try without red too.......worked just as well,so take the red or leave it,lol
have used this type of fly for years and have learned a couple of tricks beginners can use.
use different colors of foam from the craft stores grip any sheet in your vice, needle nose pliers, any device that will hold foam and trim around with a razor you got a ready made body or wing. the way you tie this to the hook allowes you to make a fly with a conventional hackle or to wrap your hackle between the hook and the foam and you have a para application. something with a long taper; long may fly bodies.
I've been experimenting with lots of different kinds of foam lately, especially inexpensive hobby craft and free packing material types. I have trouble cutting the foam symetrically so, instead, I use wing burners, tweezers, clamps etc and singe the foam to shape with a Bic lighter.
Excellent pattern! My vise is eagerly waiting.
Thanks again for the paraloop instruction.
Compliments for the nice pattern!
I will try it on lake OVM.
I will also try a mix of dark Cdc( meerhoentje of waterkip) and/or sealfur for the thorax!
GFF and Martin,
Please do keep sending in patterns, background information and tips and tricks for this magnificent piece of water in The Netherlands. GFF is an excelent site, that more and more Dutch Flyfishers are visiting.
This article is an excelent example of how a not only a fly but also it's use is explained in dept.
Keep up the good work, I'll keep an eye on the site.
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December 31st 1969