kind of self-explanatory, right? We seem to have some impressive thread-wrappers that lurk around this board. let's try to keep your "first booger" posts at a minimum.
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By ScottP
#683841
Gravel Gertie

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Took some cues for this vintage fly (the name came from a Dick Tracy character) from a couple Maine flyfishing blogs; swapped out some materials from the original for what I have on hand. A little weaving used for the vertical stripes on the body; spiraled in tandem is okay, too, but not so cool.

hook - Mustad 3665A #6
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - yarn orange
body - chenille white/black
throat - calftail dyed pink
wing - calftail white
topping - fox squirrel tail


mash barb, start thread, wrap to bend

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comb out a hank of yarn; tie in/trim (gap width)

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strip ends of chenille; tie in, one on top other on bottom

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pull underside chenille forward, take a wrap with the other

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switch places - pull the white forward on the underside, then take a wrap with the black

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repeat to the front; tie off/trim

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flip the fly over, tie in a sparse hank of pink calftail; nice soul patch

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measure (tips to tail) a clump of white calftail; tie in/trim

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measure (halfway up the wing) a sparse clump of fox squirrel tail

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tie in/trim, whip finish, SHHAN

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By ScottP
#683855
Gosling

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hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - pheasant tail
rib - oval tinsel gold
body - Angora goat amber
hackle - hot orange
collar - mallard breast
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By ScottP
#683884
Friel's Fancy (Sawada)

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hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - peacock sword
rib - small wire gold
body - mylar gold
body hackle - hen black
wing - guinea quill
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By ScottP
#683894
Warden's Worry (variation)

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Found this cool version on Classicflytying.

hook - Mustad 9671 #2
thread - Danville 6/0 red
tag - tinsel gold
tail - duck quills red
rib - oval tinsel gold
body - yarn yellow/orange
underwing - squirrel tail
wing - turkey tail
hackle - yellow
collar - duck flank (not sure if it's mallard or redhead; I threw a mix of both in the dye bath) dyed yellow (1tbs Rit Golden Yellow/1 cup water)


mash barb, start thread, wrap to bend

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tie in tinsel; wrap down bend and back, tie off/trim

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prep duck quills, curving away from each other; measure (gap width past bend), tie in

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tie in rib, wrap everything back to the front, trimming quill butts

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tie in 1 strand of yard; wrap tapered body, tie off/trim

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counterwrap rib; tie off/trim (probably should have used thicker tinsel)

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measure (tips to tail) a sparse clump of squirrel tail; tie in/trim

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prep turkey tail segments; measure (tips to tail), fold, tie in/trim

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tie in (folded) hackle by tip; wrap, tie off/trim

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tie in (folded) mallard by tip

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wrap collar, tie off/trim, whip finish, SHHAN

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By ScottP
#683898
Sawada's Summer Dragon

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hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tag - tinsel gold
tail - hackle fibers orange/black
body - floss black
rib - floss orange
hackle - hen black
wing - turkey tail/duck quill orange
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By ScottP
#683915
Warden's Worry 2

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Washed it in the warm cycle and it shrunk 3 sizes. Since I didn't dye any small mallard in that batch, I subbed some partridge that I had. Wing was folded instead of matched quill segments; seemed to work okay.

hook - Mustad 9671 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 red
tag - tinsel gold
tail - duck quills red
rib - oval tinsel gold
body - yarn yellow/orange
underwing - squirrel tail
wing - turkey tail
hackle - yellow (1tbs Rit Golden Yellow/1 cup water)
collar - partridge dyed yellow (same dye lot)
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By ScottP
#683942
Sawada's Matador

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Tried it with a folded barred woodduck wing instead of matched slips; a little easier to manage but....

hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tag - floss red
tail - hackle black/yellow/red
butt - peacock herl
rib - small wire gold
body - tinsel gold
throat - hackle Highlander Green
wing - barred woodduck
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By ScottP
#683951
Bergman's Bog Pond (variation)

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Swapped out the chenille body for ostrich herl/rib.

hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - golden pheasant tippets
rib - small wire gold
body - ostrich herl black
wing - pheasant tail
hackle - hen grizzly
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By ScottP
#683969
Craft Store Cock Robin

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Found a bag of dyed waterfowl feathers at the local craft store; kind of an orangish color on most of the feathers but some looked a bit like bronze mallard so I used that here; decent sub.

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hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - waterfowl flank dyed bronze(ish)
rib - oval tinsel gold
body - amber/red angora goat
hackle - hen brown
wing - waterfowl flank dyed bronze(ish)
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By ScottP
#683979
Sawada's Magie

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hook - Mustad 3906 #8
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - hackle brown
butt - ostrich herl yellow
rib - small wire gold
body - peacock herl
hackle - hen brown
wing - guinea wing quill
head - ostrich herl yellow
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By austrotard
#683989
dude, all you've done is given him another 'to do list'. way to go.

$10.
double demerits, mate. unlucky.
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