Published Jan 12. 2024 - 3 months ago
Updated or edited Jan 16. 2024

#32 Once and Away (emerger)

#32 Once and Away (emerger) tied by Dutch Hans van Klinken

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Pheasantless PTN (Beadhead) #32
X #32
Hans Weilenmann

Hans' notes

I wanted to tie one of my favourites on the size 32. That was not easy especially because I am used to tie big sizes. I first started with the Klinkhamer. To put on a nice thorax gave me some problems because no hook eye to hold it properly. The parachute actually looked not bad. I even could tie it off with my special technique. It took me about 7 or 8 minutes to finish the Klinkhamer but I was not satisfied with the thorax and I took of all thread and feather!!

So thats how I came to the Ones and Away. I used CDC to handle the size the best. I used thread for the body because it would be impossible to get a peccary quill around the hookshank anyway!

The biggest problem for me was to get the hook in the vice properly without breaking the hook. I knew when I would put it in my Regal midge head there was a big chance it will brake but I take the risk and it worked. (At last) I used a small pair of tweezers to put the hook in to bring it safely to my vice. Then the hooked jumped out the tweezers and a little panic. How to find a size 32 hook back and where did it go to? In the carpet? I used a big magnet and finally found it again on my tying desk! I guess I was just lucky! So I used my fingers again and that was not easy!

The tying took me about 4 minutes but I saw everything double when I was finished!

Anyway, it was fun to do and are curious about the results from the others!

Materials for #32 Once and Away

Hook: Mustad 577 #32
Thread: Spiderweb
Abdomen: Tying thread
Wingcase/wing: CDC
Thorax: CDC

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