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    Default Karens Nymph

    This is a fly that was introduced to me as the Karen’s Nymph, a favourite pattern of a great friend of mine. It would appear though that it is a Fox Squirrel Nymph. You may call it either name, but as homage to my friend I’m sticking with Karen’s Nymph.

    Instructions assume right-handed tyers

    HOOK – Drennan Wet Fly Supreme #12
    THREAD – Orange 8/0
    TAIL - Bunch of Red Game fibres
    BODY – Red Fox Squirrel Belly Hair
    RIB – One Strand of Orange Twinkle
    THORAX -Red Fox Squirrel Back Hair

    STEP 1
    Mount the hook in the vice, attach the thread and wrap down the shank catching in the rib as you go.



    STEP 2
    Tie the tail fibres in on top of the shank.



    Before we dub the body, this is what a Red Fox Squirrel pelt looks like. For the body we will be using the belly hair which you can see on the right side of the pelt, it’s a sort of fawny Orange colour. For the thorax we will be using the darker back hairs. Use a dubbing rake to collect the fur, do not cut it off.




    STEP 3
    Dub the thread with the belly fur, then wrap up to the thorax area.





    STEP 4
    Wrap the rib in evenly spaced turns and tie off and trim waste.



    STEP 5
    We are now going to dub the thorax, but before we do that we will tie in a loop of well waxed thread. We are going to use the loop to form what is called a “soft head” Firstly tie in the loop (loop to be over the eye) with three or four wraps of firm, but not tight, thread. Now add the dubbing to the thread, notice the spiky guard hairs in the mix.



    STEP 6
    Wrap the dubbed thread to form the thorax. Take it all the way to the eye, then cut the thread and pass the tag through the loop of thread, all the time keeping the tension on the thread.



    STEP 7
    Hold the tag of thread under tension and pull the loop through. You will now be left with the tag of thread sticking out of the back of the thorax.



    STEP 8
    Cut the tag for the completed fly.





    When you use a loop like this to make a soft head you pull it through the wax several times to give it a thick coat of wax. The wax acts like a glue, keeping the knot tight.








    Last edited by scotfly; 29-03-2007 at 10:33 PM.
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    Nice, that'll be good NZ style just sitting in/under the film.

    Those jaws look familiar, does one have a new tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango51
    Nice, that'll be good NZ style just sitting in/under the film.

    Those jaws look familiar, does one have a new tool?
    It will and one does Had to clean the drool of it twice already
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    Nice tying Scotfly I have used it as the "Fox Squirrell nymph" before and caught with it as well. I have not used the loop method of finishing the head before though, learned something new there.

    Thanks, as always.


    Steve

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    Mmmm,

    You just couldn't wait, could wait you!

    Plastering that new tool all over the forum!

    Pure dead brilliant but

    Hope it gives you much pleasure
    Wild, Dangerous, Unfettered and Free

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    Very nice Scotfly, any chance of a pic of Karen to cheer us up.

    Spot the difference and u dont need glasses
    BMW vrs Massey Ferguson


    Scoflys vice



    otters

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    Quote Originally Posted by otter
    Spot the difference and u dont need glasses
    BMW vrs Massey Ferguson
    Before I got the vice I would have agreed with BMW. Now I have it I wouldn't, It is far superior to BMW
    Everything is so smooooooooooth. I mean the operation is smooth not the touch, though the touch is smooth too.. in a sort of rub me big boy I'm so smooth and sexy sort of way

    All that aside though, it will not make me tie better flys, it will make many operations easier and it will be a delight to use. Sort of like Joe Brand and Scarlett Johansson, both woman, but which one would you rather be touchy feely with.
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    That really is one AGRICULTURAL specimen of a vice.
    The description of it being a Massey Ferguson is a sleight on their products.
    Still the old addage could prove true " the old ones are the best" and if the owner is comfortable with it thats all that counts.
    Gary

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    Congratulations.

    I am going to try to tye it.

    Thanks

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