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    Default A Little Black Number!

    No self-respecting woman would ever be without a little black number in her wardrobe and no fly fisherman should be without one in their fly box. This generic little black number can be adapted in many ways with few other materials to give a huge range of wets, dries and nymphs that can meet most occasions so here we go!

    Materials -

    Hook - Kamasan B175 or B405 in size 12 or 14
    Thread - Black
    Tail - Black cock fibres
    Body - Black thread or floss
    Rib - Silver Wire
    Hackle - Generic Black Cock or Hen

    Assumption as always for right handed tying


    Thread up your chosen hook to the end of the shank



    Tie in your ribbing wire



    Select a hackle, these are bulk generic black hackles that we all have somewhere!



    Splay the fibres by running your thumb and forefinger down the stem towards the butt of the feather



    Strip the flue from the base to leave the fibres



    Pull a few fibres from the new base and tie in as the tail



    Using your thread or floss if desired, build up a cigar shaped body



    Once done run the wire up to form the ribbing and catch in with a couple of turns before breaking off



    Strip your hackle back a bit more to give hook length fibres



    Tie in behind the eye



    Wrap the hackle around the hook about 3 times depending on how dressed you want your fly to be catching it in with a couple of turns before trimming and then whip in, finishing the head with a coat of varnish



    Using a different hook size and pulling the hackle fibres down to form a beard hackle before finishing the head will give you a nice little black nymph



    You can substitute the tail fibres on the original with GP tippets and then have a nice little Black Pennel. Omit the tail and slim down the body for a Black Spider. Use Fluo Orange thread on the head for a little attractor. The possibilities from this original base are endless so just get tying and see what you can come up with from it.

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    Last edited by Albannach cuileag; 03-07-2007 at 11:23 AM.
    Roddy

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    Very nice!! shall tie some tommorow!! it's almost a black Diawl Bach, so a great variation.

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    Deleted as double posting
    Last edited by Albannach cuileag; 04-07-2007 at 08:07 AM.
    Roddy

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    EF Duck,

    this fly has been around for a long time and could almost be described as a classic in it's original form. It is a good early season fly in the nymph form and has accounted for numerous fish amongst anglers that I know. Definitely a must have in the fly box .

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    Last edited by Albannach cuileag; 04-07-2007 at 01:10 AM.
    Roddy

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    Williams' Favourite?

    Not far away

    .D.

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    Just curious Roddy, do you normally tie with the vice head at that angle?
    All done

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    That wee fly would catch brownies no problem fished deep along the bottom.
    Cromie

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotfly
    Just curious Roddy, do you normally tie with the vice head at that angle?
    Dennis,

    because it is a piece of pure sh1te, I have to!

    I have always used the vice at an angle as it does not have great jaws although it rotates, just waiting for Mrs AC to turn her back while I raid the piggy bank for something that can be called a vice!

    Cromie,

    it works well on the rivers for brownies if you take it down to 14s and 16s, what it represents, I have no idea but it works!
    Roddy

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    [QUOTE=Albannach cuileag]Dennis,

    because it is a piece of pure sh1te, I have to!

    I have always used the vice at an angle as it does not have great jaws although it rotates, just waiting for Mrs AC to turn her back while I raid the piggy bank for something that can be called a vice!
    QUOTE]

    I think a lot of people can relate to that!

    [COLOR="Blue"]"A fish seen is a fish nearly caught"[/COLOR]

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    I Like The Beard Hackle Version, I Will Tie Some Up !

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