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  1. #1
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    Default Templedog Variant

    I did this one for a fly swap over on the salmon forum, I thought I’d post it over here for you experts to pull apart
    You can of course do any colour combination that takes your fancy.
    Anyway this is just my way of tying a templedog, any criticism and tips welcome

    Dressing

    Tube ¾ inch Ally or copper
    Thread Orange/Red
    Tail Fluro Green Floss and Lime Green Twinkle (Twinkle is a Lureflash product very similar to crystal hair)
    Body Gold Mylar
    Hackle Yellow Cock
    Wing Orange and Yellow Artic Fox, Green Squirrel, Orange Goat and more Twinkle!!!

    The reason I’ve used green squirrel and not fox in the wing is that I never had any green fox.

    I’ve used orange silk to tie down the gold mylar at the tail end because I think it looks nicer, I’m sure it would make no difference to the fish if I used red silk throughout.



    Lay a flat bed of silk to within 3/16” of the tail end of the tube (there is no need to start right up by the head, just need a flat bed of silk long enough to tie the mylar on later). Take about a 6” length of floss and double it twice, tie in at tail end.




    Then add two strands of twinkle and take thread in touching turns back to the start point.




    Fold the floss/twinkle back and take thread back to tail in touching turns.




    Cut a ½” length of mylar tubing and slip it over the tube and tie it down at the tail and then whip finish. Trim off thread and varnish the whip finish. Trim tail to desired length. Remove fly from vice and leave for varnish to dry while you tie another body.





    Re mount the tube and tie down the front end of the mylar.




    There is a lot of ‘stuff’ to go into the wing and bulk is the enemy so use the minimum number of turns of silk to tie down each component - one turn is enough for the next two stages. First tie in 3 or 4 strands of lime green twinkle.




    Then a sparse bunch of green squirrel…




    ..and then the orange artic fox, this only needs three turns of silk.




    Now pull the wing back and tie the yellow cock hackle in hard up against the wing root (sorry, hackle is obscured by my fingers)




    Hold the wing in place and wind two turns of hackle and tie off hackle.




    Now tie in 3 or 4 strands of orange twinkle and the yellow fox. This section of the wing should be longer than the first section.




    Fold the yellow wing back (but don’t make any attempt to tie it back) and add another sparse bunch of green squirrel. The wing should still be very vertical at this stage.




    Then add a ‘crest’ of orange goat hair.




    Finally build up a head (this should push the wing back to a more acceptable angle) and whip finish.




    View from the front, in the current those few wayward green hairs will get back into the wing.






    Andy

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    Criticisms.... None
    Tips .... You don't need any
    Praise .... Plenty
    All done

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    agreed. superb.

    tying the wing the opposite way then folding it over really helps increases movement.

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    nice fly Andy , pity I'm in the second fly swap
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Thanks for the positive comments I'm ok on big stuff, it's the small stuff i struggle with, you should see the mess I can make of a klinkhammer!

    Andy

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