Richard Frank's Comments On This Pattern
This fly got its name before it was born, and the name, DYC-Turbo,
drove the style of the completed fly. At least that's the way it
seemed to me. I felt that any fly containing the word Turbo just
needed to be "juiced". So the basic idea is to take a traditional
and simple bucktail design and "juice it". Mix traditional natural
materials and flashy new synthetics and layer them into something
juiced and juicy.
The pattern is not difficult, but the layering takes a little time
and there are a few details that help keep the elements in balance
and make tying easier. Here they are:
That's about it. Now we just need to find out if it really is juicy!
- Use 8/0 thread for this pattern, especially for the wing
layers and head. 6/0 thread is too bulky.
- Stretch the Sparkle Lace until it is at least half its original
diameter before you use it. Trim the end to a thin bevel where
you tie it in at the rear and then wrap it with a little space
between the turns to leave a natural grove for the tinsel to
fall into. This also gives the body more visual depth.
- Tie the Axxel thread in for the bottom layer with the same amount
of material pointing forward over the eye. This material can be
folded back to form the top layer of the wing. Obviously
this is a herl substitute, and some other synthetic - or herl
- could be used in its place.
- Tie the pink and blue bucktail in together. The bucktail works
well in these lower layers because it is stiff and it flares out
to the side making a solid base for the synthetics above.
- Leave all upper layers about an inch longer than needed and shape
the wing after the head has been finished. Use a bodkin to
divide the antron and Axxel fibers.