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    Just been replacing some of my top flies ready for the forthcoming season and thought I would be adventurous and do a step by step of my favourite dry fly Daddy Long Legs, brilliant on itís own or fishing NZ Style with buzzers, hence it uses 4 hackles for bushy-ness, ( pics donít do it justice) this pattern on itís own accounted for most of catches over the last few years, itís a fiddly little ****** to do but well worth the effort, the following step by step isnít the neatest version of the fly but you will get the ideaÖÖ.hopefully!

    Daddy Long Legs
    Hook: Gamepoint Dry Size 10
    Body: Pheasant Tail Fibres (approx 6)
    Hackle: Light Game (4)
    Wings: Grizzle Points (2)
    Legs: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres (8)
    Thread: Black or Brown


    Step 1. Place hook in vice and catch in thread opposite hook point and wind down to level just behind the barb then catch in approx 6 PT Fibres tip first then take thread back up ĺ towards the eye.


    Step 2. Wind the PT Fibres around shank and up to thread point and tie off with a couple of turns of thread.


    Step3. Take three of the knotted PT Fibre legs and tie in at this point facing backwards on one side of the hook, then take three more and do the same and catch in other side of the hook. A couple of thread turns will hold these as long as they are tight.


    Step 4. Take two of the Game Hackles and strip flue off and tie these in together, now wind thread forward a few turns and take the two Grizzle Point Hackles, approx length I use is eye to just past bend of hook, and do the same, strip off flue and tie in,
    Trim stems from Hackles and lift Grizzle Points up and take a couple of thread turns behind them this will keep them up vertical, now take one of the Game Hackles and wind it around behind Grizzle Points and catch off with a turn of thread, do the same with the other Game Hackle, wind this one through the previous one and catch off and trim off ends then take thread in front of the Grizzle Points.


    Step 5. Tie in the other two Game Hackles one at a time exactly the same as before, winding towards the eye.


    Step 6. Pull the hackle fibres back with your fingers and take a couple of turns of thread around in front off them to keep them back from the eye a little bit.


    Step 7. Take the remaining two PT Fibre legs and position them one either side facing forwards and tie in behind the eye, trim off remaining ends, and whip finish, a touch of Sally Hansons to the head and thatís it!.





    TL

    Steve

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    Very nice Steve, thank you again.

    A little criticism if I may, the daddy wings should be tied spent or delta, but not upright.
    All done

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    Having just read it again and see that you use it for NZ style buzzer fishing, I can see why you tie the wings upright.
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    Hi Scotfly

    No probs m8, criticism more than welcome, I have got them all sorts of ways some with the wings down in a spent position, some up and to be honest it really hasn't made a great deal of difference, I guess it's down to individual prefs (as with all flies) even if you use them as a combined NZ style setup.

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    Steve

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    If your using the daddy for new zealand style fishing, try substituting the PT body for a body of deer hair. The extra floatabilty works a treat for both more turbulant water and a heavier nymph.

    Then treat the whole fly in mucilin, it'll float like a cork

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggy
    If your using the daddy for new zealand style fishing, try substituting the PT body for a body of deer hair. The extra floatabilty works a treat for both more turbulant water and a heavier nymph.

    Then treat the whole fly in mucilin, it'll float like a cork
    Generally this pattern holds up the buzzer ok, but I'll certainly tie up a few with deer hair as you said, sounds ideal, thanks for the tip.......back to the bench we go !

    Steve

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    I like that pattern, although I tend to tie them with spent wings as well. I find that sometimes they seem to fish better when they're virtually waterlogged, almost to the point of submerging.
    For a really high riding version I like the detached deer hair body, and for realism it's hard to beat rolled copydex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanD View Post
    I like that pattern, although I tend to tie them with spent wings as well. I find that sometimes they seem to fish better when they're virtually waterlogged, almost to the point of submerging.
    For a really high riding version I like the detached deer hair body, and for realism it's hard to beat rolled copydex.
    Hi IanD (or anyone else who knows).

    I am new to tying and pretty new to fishing too; what is rolled Copydex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRHartley View Post
    Hi IanD (or anyone else who knows).

    I am new to tying and pretty new to fishing too; what is rolled Copydex?
    Here is a link to making different body styles for the likes of Daddies and Mayflies that goes into detail with using Copydex glue.

    I like your tying quite a lot for a nice drowning fly.

    TLs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albannach cuileag View Post
    Here is a link to making different body styles for the likes of Daddies and Mayflies that goes into detail with using Copydex glue.

    I like your tying quite a lot for a nice drowning fly.

    TLs
    Thanks, great link, there is a lot of good stuff there.

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