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How to tie a Viva variant

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This modern variant of the classic Viva fly can double up as a lure when tied in larger sizes for early season cold water conditions or tied small and unleaded and fished as a wet fly. The combination of black and Fl. Lime Green can be a killer all season on both floating and sinking lines.

Materials needed

Tying thread

Long shank hooks 10-12

Fine lead wire

Glo-Brite Floss Lime Green

Black Marabou

Pearl Krystal Flash

Black Cactus Chenille



Step 1.


Tie in the thread and wind down towards the bend and tie in a tail of several strands of the Lime Green Glo-Brite Floss.



Step 2.


Take a length of Black Cactus Chenille and expose the core before tying in. Take the thread to just behind the eye.



Step 3.


Wind the chenille up the hook shank in touching turns. Tie in and trim away the waste.



Step 4.


Tie in a bunch of the black marabou for the wing and trim away the waste.


Step 5.


Tie in a couple of strands of Pearl Krystal Hair by their midpoints and then fold them back over the wing before tying down.



Step 6.


Finish the fly with a whip finish and carefully varnish the head.



Tip; If you want a heavier sinking fly just wrap the hook shank with touching turns of lead wire and apply a small amount of superglue.

NB. Remember to leave enough room at either end of the lead to tie in the tail and wing.





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