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    Default Balloon Caddis

    Hook: Any dry fly, this is a Partridge Roman Moser Barbless #12
    Thread: Any to match dubbing, I've used UTC 70 Olive
    Dubbing: Seal fur, SLF whatever takes your fancy.
    Wing: Deer Hair
    Head: Foam

    Start thread and wrap down to bend.


    Dub thread, bright green for egg sack first then whatever colour your caddis are (The caddis on the Welsh Dee are dark olive).


    Wrap dubbing to about the 2/3 point.


    Take a pinch of deer hair and even the tips in a stacker.


    Measure to size and trim the butts.


    Tie in with the tips facing back using the pinch and loop method, don't tie too tight as you have to manipulate the hair next.


    Rock the hair between finger and thumb to spread it evenly around the top half of the fly.


    Now tie down butts tight and tie in a piece of foam just behind the eye.


    Leave the thread at the eye and dub, I've used Olive Mosiac here because I like a bit of sparkle in the thorax.


    Wrap dubbing back over hair butts to start of wing.


    Bring foam over to make thorax cover and tie off, whip finish at same point.


    Stretch tag of foam and snip with scissors. Job done.

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    Tango


    I find that Elk flares less than Deer.

    Could this be used as a sub ?
    Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God.

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    Whatever tickles your fancy, I've just tied 6 up using 3 different deer hairs to get different coloured wings. The materials aren't set in stone, use whatever you feel would match the colours of the natural in your river, even to the point of using a light hair and colouring with a marker. Also the body colour may be lighter/darker/brown/tan, more yellow in the egg sac perhaps, different coloured foam. Whatever materials you use the tying process will be the same.
    Last edited by Tango51; 10-05-2007 at 02:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango51
    Whatever tickles your fancy, I've just tied 6 up using 3 different deer hairs to get different coloured wings. The materials aren't set in stone, use whatever you feel would match the colours of the natural in your river, even to the point of using a light hair and colouring with a marker. Also the body colour may be lighter/darker/brown/tan, more yellow in the egg sac perhaps, different coloured foam. Whatever materials you use the tying process will be the same.

    Unless you tie the foam in first

    I tie the foam in first ( ) - all roads lead to Rome I suppose

    Great fly!

    Cheers,

    .D.

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    Unless you tie the foam in first.

    Some do it that way but why dodge a piece of foam sticking out over the eye for the bulk of the tying when it can be tied in last?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango51
    Unless you tie the foam in first.

    Some do it that way but why dodge a piece of foam sticking out over the eye for the bulk of the tying when it can be tied in last?
    Fair enough!

    Nice hook by the way Thin on the ground.


    Cheers,

    .D.

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    Nice step by step Tango51, thanks, Im away to tie up a few of these.

    Clydebuilt

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    I had two on it today.

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    Very good step by step. The olive mosaic for the thorax is a nice touch, I must remember this when I get back to the vice.

    Sam

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    Anyone else tie these on Kamasan B100/Emerger hooks? I've had some success using them.
    Where the wandering water gushes
    From the hills above Glen-Car,
    In pools among the rushes
    That scarce could bathe a star,
    We seek for slumbering trout
    And whispering in their ears
    Give them unquiet dreams;
    Leaning softly out
    From ferns that drop their tears
    Over the young streams.
    Come away, O human child!
    To the waters and the wild
    With a faery, hand in hand,
    For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

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