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    Default Collar-hackled hairwing sedge

    Collar-hackled hairwing sedge.

    Not a particular pattern, but a popular, and pretty old style ( someone else can fill in the gaps on the provenance of the fly below if they like….....................).

    Effectively, I tie it as a Grey Duster with an Elk hair downwing - it could just as easily be described as a really dull version of A.K Best’s St. Vrain Caddis etc………….




    Dressing, for this version -

    Hook : Fine to medium wire, down eye (Tiemco 900BL here). I use # 12-16
    Thread: Danville’s Flymaster 6/0 Brown
    Hackle: Well marked golden badger cock
    Body : Rabbit body fur, including some guard hairs.
    Wing : Elk hair, natural blonde


    Method


    1. Catch in thread behind eye



    2. Catch in hackle ( I like it quite long in fibre), a few wraps down from eye. Dull side down, atop shank.Take thread to rear, taking hackle stalk with it (trim stalk just before you get to end)






    3. Throw on some rabbit fur


    4. Stop around here



    5. Prepare Elk hair first - brush out underfur, then stack. Offer it to hook - I like quite a long wing, and trim to length before mounting.



    6. Mount hair. A little flare is fine.



    7. Trim the little stubs, then cover with thread.



    8. Conceal your indiscretions with a little rabbit fur, working from eye back to wing.



    9. Wrap hackle in more-or-less touching turns



    10. Trap hackle with thread, then wind through to eye.



    11. Whip finish and that’s it. Job done.




    hope this is some use,


    Cheers,

    .D.

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    Nice one, 'D'. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Hans W

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    Excellent tie .D. thank you.
    All done

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    Nice fly!

    What is the best way of trimming the deer hair buts?

    Regards
    Billy

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    Billy,

    'D' will no doubt chime in on the subject, but

    What is the best way of trimming the deer hair butts?
    Eh... scissors?

    As 'D' showed trimming the butts prior tie-down and this is my approach also. Much cleaner than trimming after tie-down.

    Cheers,
    Hans W

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    Hi folks,

    Like Hans, I clip before tying in (nothing to be gained otherwise, as I see it).

    Usually .

    A tidier mess on the floor too.

    Thanks,

    .D.

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    Thanks for that.

    I never even considered trimming the butts before tying them in, though it is obvious now

    I have struggled with scissors, razor blades, (never a good idea after the second glass of red), and even a heated wire contraption that burnt me and left the hairs barely singed.

    Never assume anything is obvious, TELL ALL!

    Regards
    Billy

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    This is a very pretty pattern D - I really like it. Have you ever tried it with a brown or natural CDC body?


    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike N
    This is a very pretty pattern D - I really like it. Have you ever tried it with a brown or natural CDC body?


    Mike
    Thanks very much, Mike!

    No, I haven't tried CDC - I like the way it sits down when the rabbit fur gets wet. And I like rabbit fur

    Worth a dabble though

    Cheers,

    .D.

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