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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

Varnish

 
 

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.

 

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Step 2.

 

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

 

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Step 3.

 

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

 

 
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Step 4.

 

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

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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.

 

 
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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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