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George F. Grantís Flies
By SÝren Glerup
If you donít want to use only floss silk, then you can start with darning wool and then as the last step tie a piece of flossilk down behind the pin-heads - turn it back to the bend and back to cover the yarn.
Having finshed the floss body you cover it with a thin layer of clear varnish on the back. In this layer you can place a Jungle Cock feather or the beautiful blue feather from a Jay. Take care that the colour of the floss corresponds with the colour of the feather. I have also with success tried feathers from Cock Pheasants.
Now the flat mono-nylon is turned in tight turns up over the shank - take care that it doesnít twist. It is tied down directly behind the pin-heads - not in front of them!
The woven hackle is tied down 5-7 mm in front of the pin-heads - not closer or you canít give them the right angle to the rear.
Itís turned just like a doubled cock-hackle - one turn in front of the preceeding one much like the technique used for ostrich herl on a salmon fly.
You finish with a nice conical head, which you perhaps can give a coat of red lacquer, so that it can look like the original flies.
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