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  1. #1
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    Default Picric JC Cruncher

    1. Form a tail with 6-7 strands of Picric dyed pheasant tail. Leave the long pheasant tail strands intact (these will form the body) and return the thread to the eye.

    2. Catch in a strand of UTC hot orange wire and lock in towards the bend, stopping at the base of the tail.

    3. Form a tapered body with the thread.

    4. Wrap the pheasant tail and rib with the UTC wire.

    5. Form a thorax with ice dub leaving plenty of room at the eye for the hackle. I like Jan Siman's Golden Green Ice dub (shade 27) but standard peacock ice dub is fine.

    6. Split a chartreuse jungle cock eye evenly and tie in as a cheek on either side of the thorax.

    7. Select a hackle from a natural jungle cock cape.

    8. Catch in the hackle tip first with 6 or 7 tight turns and trim the waste. Give the hackle 1 or 2 turns depending on your preference.

    9. The finished fly. This is a great pattern for fishing straight-through or as part of a washing -line set-up. Please be careful when using materials dyed in Picric Acid as it is a carcinogenic substance.
    Tight Lines, Troutbum

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    Looks good Martin very well tied ,keep them coming mate

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    Lovely fly. Where can I get picric dyed pheasant tail ?

    Charlie

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    I'm not sure where you'd get it Charlie. I was given a few picric tails but I'm not sure where they originated from. The Irish guys seem to be keen on picric or Gerry at Artifly might be able to help.
    Tight Lines, Troutbum

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    Yep...could live with that puppy dangling from my leader early next season. Nice work Troutbum.

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    Great looking fly - There is somthing about picric treated materials that just "lift" a fly pattern. Nice to see the feather of the JC being used that way as well. Im certainly going to use that as a hackle in some of my midge patterns for next year . Thanks for posting - given me food for though.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charliea1234
    Lovely fly. Where can I get picric dyed pheasant tail ?

    Charlie
    Try sam2002 on e-bay, he dose the odd picric specials, PT , capes, Seals fur and a lovely Picric deer hair, but as martin points out, it is a dangerous substance and should be treated so when using.
    remember when tying picric materials, the licking and weting of materials when tying the fly should be ommited.

    http://myworld.ebay.ie/sam-2002

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutbum View Post
    I'm not sure where you'd get it Charlie. I was given a few picric tails but I'm not sure where they originated from. The Irish guys seem to be keen on picric or Gerry at Artifly might be able to help.
    I tried to buy Picric acid from a chemist 30 years ago, yes we had real chemists then! He refused because it is a highly explosive substance. It was also at a time when IRA bombs were going off. Interesting that the Irish fly tyers are able to source Picric. I have just looked it up on Wiki and not only is it explosive, but it is also unstable!
    I may be mistaken, but i think picric is the synthetic version of the substance in onion skin that apparently produces a yellowish dye when boiled and suitable fixer/mordant is used.
    "Angling may be said to be so like mathematics in that it can never be fully understood" - Izaak Walton

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    nice flie, wee bit of lead underbody will make this worth a try for grayling

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