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    Default Hot Tail Dabbler

    I was a bit hesitant to post this, as there's nothing really new about the pattern or materials, but on the basis that there is very little that's new in fly tying anyway, here goes with a dabbler variant that uses some newer materials.
    I've kept the images to the minimum, as all the procedures are pretty straight-forward

    Hook Drennan Wet Fly Supreme #10
    Thread UTC 70 denier Olive green
    Rib UTC BR Hot Yellow
    Tail Green Dyed Pheasant tail
    Body Dubbed mixture of Olive hares-ear with a touch of Ice dub UV lt. olive
    Body Hackle Light Greenwell
    Head 'Hackle' Chrystal Mix large Golden Olive (one turn only) with Green dyed mallard over.

    Step 1
    Run on tying thread for about quarter the hook length and tie in two clumps of green dyed bronze mallard, the loose ends pointing over the hook eye. The lower one should be shorter than, and not as thick as the upper. Try and use the thread tension to spin them round the hook shank to some extent.



    Step 2

    Tie in butt ends of mallard after cutting them on the slant and run tying thread down to a point approx in line with the hook point.
    Tie in a length of orange pearl mylar and wind on a decent sized butt. At least two thicknesses and maybe more, in order to get the depth of orange that makes it 'glow'.
    Coat butt with superglue and allow to dry before proceeding.
    Catch in tail of green dyed pheasant tail and ribbing wire.



    Step 3

    Form dubbing loop, and run thread back up shank cutting of tail waste on the slant so that the body maintains a uniform thickness, and break off waste end of rib.
    Spin the dubbing in the usual way.



    Step 4

    Run dubbing up hook, making sure that there's enough of a gap between the body and the mallard for the two hackles to be tied in without overcrowding.
    Tie in greenwell hackle and wind it down to the tail - about four turns are plenty.
    Trap hackle at tail with wire then counter-rib hackle back up to the tying in point.
    Cut off waste and snap off the excess wire.



    Step 5

    Catch in synthetic head 'hackle' and wind on one turn only. Cut off waste then brush back the mallard fibres over the body of the fly, working the thread forward through the fibres to the head. Try and make sure the fibres are distributed evenly top and bottom.
    The head is then wound, the tying thread forcing the mallard fibres back and down. The angle of the hackle/wing, and hence the size of the head is determined by personal choice.
    Whip finish, and varnish the head, and that's it.



    I normally tie them in #10 and 12, sometimes #8, but on the #12 I omit the synthetic head hackle and instead add a few strands to the mallard when I tie that in. I also use dyed mallard for the tail instead of pheasant tail.
    As with all dabblers the colour variations can be unlimited - my other favourite is a claret based one, but black can also work well (I use a clear holo pearl mylar for the butt on that one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanD
    I was a bit hesitant to post this, as there's nothing really new about the pattern or materials, but on the basis that there is very little that's new in fly tying anyway, here goes with a dabbler variant that uses some newer materials.
    Glad you did Ian, thank you.

    All step by steps are useful, whether it's for a new technique or to just to simply demonstrate how you tie a particular pattern.
    All done

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotfly
    Glad you did Ian, thank you.

    All step by steps are useful, whether it's for a new technique or to just to simply demonstrate how you tie a particular pattern.
    I couldn't agree more, it's amazing the tips and different methods you can pick up from someone elses step by steps no matter how many times you may have tied the same fly!

    Nice one Ian

    Steve

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    A very nice variation. Keep them coming, this one looks to be a winner.

    doonicus

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    Just seen this in the archives, nice looking fly

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    Interesting way of tying in the bronze mallard head hackle. I always leave mine until last. your way leaves a much neater head. Or have I been doing wrong for far too long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishing junkie View Post
    interesting way of tying in the bronze mallard head hackle. I always leave mine until last. Your way leaves a much neater head. Or have i been doing wrong for far too long?
    was looking through old posts with fly tyings on it,
    thought it was interesting the way he ties the dabblers,
    like you junkie i too finish off with cloaking the bronze or picric dyed mallard last,
    nice to see a differant way of doing it

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    i,v never seen bronze mallard be tyed like that before! i might give that a try
    thanks for postin
    tight lines

    jay

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    certainly differant ok,
    you looking at it danny

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    nice variation

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