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  1. #1
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    Default Devaux sedge (variant)

    Devaux sedge (variant)



    This fly was designed to sit down into the surface film, representing an egg laying or spent sedge. The wing on the original was tied differently, with the two side feathers tied in first, then the third tied in over and then all three were varnished. I have varnished the three feathers first, left to dry and then tied in, I believe that this makes the fly more durable, having the feathers independent of each other allows them more movement should, hopefully, a fish take it. Also, as it is primarily fished when getting dark and its the silhouette that is important some tiers don't bother with a body at all, here I have, it doesn't take too long to dub a hook shank. Its a pretty simple pattern to tie, and can be very effective in the evening and at dusk.

    HOOK Kamasan B170 Sz 12 - 16.
    THREAD Black Benecchi 8/0.
    BODY 70% Olive Seals Fur & 30% Olive SLF, (optional - colour to suit or none at all)
    WING - Three Mallard Breast Feathers, Varnished.
    HACKLE Brown Cock.

    Part One - Preparing The Wing Feathers


    STEP 1

    Take three mallard breast feathers, pictured below.



    STEP 2
    Strip the fibres from the feather leaving roughly 1.5x hook on at the tip.



    STEP 3
    Place a few drops of clear varnish on your index finger and thumb, the pull the feather between them a few times, and leave to dry, the feather should turn out like the one in the picture below. Repeat this with the other two feathers.




    Step Two - Tying The Fly

    STEP 1
    Mount the hook, attach the thread and run to the bend.



    STEP 2
    Dub the body two thirds of the shank length.



    STEP 3
    Catch in the first wing feather on top of the shank just above where the last fibres meet the quill of the feather, this will curve the wing slightly around the body.



    STEP 4
    Catch in the second wing on the far side of the shank, where the last fibres meet the quill of the feather.



    STEP 5
    Do the same for the last wing feather on the near side of the hook.



    STEP 6
    Adjust the wing feathers to get them properly in position so they form a tent shape over the hook, the tie down with tight wraps over the quills and trim the waste.




    STEP 7
    Tie in a brown cock hackle.



    STEP 8
    Wind the hackle to the eye and tie off.



    STEP 9
    Trim the waste, whip finish and varnish.



    Cheers

  2. #2
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    That fly has "trout" written all over it, perfect proportions and symetry.Can you send me one so I can try it

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    Another beauty, Murtol.

    I remember seeing the original devaux sedge in Peter O'Reilly's book "Flies of Ireland". He said it was the best Sedge pattern you could fish with. I thought it looked weird without a body, so your fly gets the thumbs up from me.
    Last edited by blanketyblank; 14-06-2008 at 08:40 PM.
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    fab step by step and i really like the use of the varnish on the wing ive thought of that in the past and never been able to utilise it into anything really so this is a real eye opener for me for ideas or variants so thankyou and keep the great tying up this is a fantastic fly no end......
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    I know this is an old thread, however i tried out this great technique using pheasant body feathers and fibbets for horns, what do you all think



    i know the hackle is a bit long but i sort of over compensated for a slimmer body profile.

    comments welcome!

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    Having had the pleasure of watching Murtol using this in anger it is a deadly little number for the summer evening sedge rises on the Liffey.

    The pheasant feathers will work just as well as this is fished in the dusk where colour is not as important as profile.
    Roddy

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    i had my first fish off the top at Thornton yesterday on this, ill be tying a few more!

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    A couple of cracking patterns there guys. Great photo's & s.b.s. as well.

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    That is a great SBS thanks for sharing.
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    Fabulous winging technique, and a top notch sedge, thanks for sharing. i like Christhefishs' addition of the horns to this pattern as well, I am sure both will be great patterns to have in the box.

    Sam

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