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  1. #1
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    Default Ivan diver Pike fly

    It is coming up to prime time. The big girls are ready to feed now that the spawning frolics are coming to a close!

    Thanks go to McFluffchucker for the inspiration for this pattern

    Materials:

    Hook - Ad Swier Black Nickel Absolute Pike 2/0
    Thread - Uni Big-Fly Olive
    Tail(s) - White Magnum Zonker/Silver sparkler/Flashabou accent
    Body - 40mm Holo/UV white chenille
    Head - Red/Green dyed Deer body hair and Googly eyes from ASDA!



    Place the hook firmly in the vice jaws - these Partridge hooks are nice and barbless



    Catch in a loop of wire at the point opposite the hook point - give this a blob of glue to secure. I've used nylon coated wire to help prevent corrosion. The purpose of this loop is to help prevent the tail catching on the bend of the hook during casting/retrieving


    Tie in your zonker strip or strips (some of Mr Swiers flies have 7!! ) by tearing a bit of fur away and cutting to a small 'V'. At the same point catch in 3 strands of flashabou either side of the shank and a generous hank of Silver sparkler material on top. Again, secure with a blob of superglue.



    Next catch in the UV fritz and wind in touching turns, taking care not to trap any stray fibers, forward towards the eye of the hook. Secure at a point 2/3 of the way along the shank and add another generous hank of silver sparkler material - leaving room to construct the head section. Again, give it a wee spot of glue before moving on.


    The next job is to create the head using your Deer hair. Unlike me, you should do this carefully with the use of a stacker to line all the tips up nicely - shouldn't make a major difference to the effectiveness of the fly but it will be more aesthetically pleasing!


    Try and pack the deerhair as close to the preceeding bunch as possible


    Why not mix it up a bit with a different colour or even add some rubber legs?




    You should end up with something that resembles a mulit-coloured loo brush! Take your time to cut and trim the head to shape.....for a diver you should go for a pronounced sloping head like the Dahlberg flies or you could go for a bulbous appearance - it's up to you.


    Once you have the desired shape you can add the googly eyes by means of epoxy/hot glue etc - these will give a real rattle when pulled through the water!


    The finished fly.


    Head detail.

    Get out there and have some rod-bending fun!!!

    Dougie

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    Excellent step by step, stunning quality pics and love the background Dougie.
    All done

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    Thanks Scotfly - starting to get to grips with the photography part after lots of trial and error!

    Really need to listen to my own advice to get out and start using these flies more!!!

    Dougie

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    Almost makes me want to take up pike fishing just to tie these!

    Nice job and I love the 'outdoor' tying look to the pics!
    Roddy

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    You should give it a go Roddy it's great fun,try it out a belly boat it's even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albannach cuileag
    Almost makes me want to take up pike fishing just to tie these!

    Nice job and I love the 'outdoor' tying look to the pics!
    You will spend a fortune on materials Roddy but they really are fun to tie!


    Dougie

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    STUNNING FLY Dougie !!

    It looks ''The dugs danglies''

    When we going pike fishing again now that the ''BIG'' girls are ready ?
    ><((((*> b16ave <*))))><

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    Excellent stuff Dougie.
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    Dougie Brilliant step by step. Im going to start pike flyfishing soon. I would love to tie one of those.
    Cromie

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    Dougie,

    Have you been at that hip flask again? One minute I have to use a BIG magnifier to copy them buzzers from sunday at Millhall - now you give us this!
    You could hide one of them buzzers in the eye of that hook, and still have room to pass the leader through. Very nice though! Have you thought about any alternatives for the zonker strip? Would make it a lot easier to cast if it did'nt soak up the old H2O.

    I am dying to try out that 5wt, but looks like I will be working extra days this week, so will just have to wait a bit.

    By the way, I found those #10 lines for the Fenwick - I'll stick them in my bag and you can have them next time I see you.


    Bill S

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