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    Default Diawl Bach

    This fly is called the Diawl Bach and is also nicknamed the red devil. I think when you add jungle cock to the fly it offers you a lot more fish.

    Hook: Kamasan B175
    Thread: Danvilles 6/0 black
    Body: Peacock herl
    Tail: Red game hackle fibres
    Throat: Red game hackle fibres
    Cheeks: Jungle Cock


    1. Place the hook in the vice. Catch the thread and work the thread down the hook shank. Stop the thread between the barb and the point of the hook. The original pattern of the Diawl Bach has a red head which makes the fly look mean. This is also why it has a nickname called the red devil. I prefer using black thread because it catches more fish for me than the original pattern. I also think the black head looks neater also.


    2. Select a red game hackle. Moist your and thumb and stroke the hackle fibres back towards the hackle stem. Your hackle should now look like this.


    3. Once you have stroked the hackles backwards pinch out a few of the fibres. This will create the tail for the fly. The result should look like this.


    4. Tie the hackle fibres onto the hook shank and this will create the tail.


    5. Now it is time to tie in the peacock herl. Select three bits of herl. Now tying them in is important. You can use hackle pliers which could make things much easier or you could just use your fingers. Wrap the three peacock herls up the hook shank, When you do this try a form a cigar shape. This is important for some reason. One day i discovered this was the reason i wasn't catching fish on these patterns until i got some advice and looked at the persons fly


    6. When you have wrapped the herls up the shank the body should look something like this.


    7. At this stage, This is my little secret. Instead of tying in plain red game hackles. I selected a hackle from the back of my jungle cock cape. Now what you have to do here is just copy step 3*. When you do this and tie the fibres onto the shank it gives you a mixture of fibres. Mostly to my opinion 3 different colours. Since I have been doing this my little Diawl Bachs are top of my list in my fly box. This is what the hackle looks like.


    8. Now when you have selected your hackle fibres and tie them in and you should get a result like this. In the picture shown you can't really see the different colours because the fly is side on but when you tie in the jungle cock fibres make sure you get a mixture of white, black and an orange colour. Here is what the result looks like.


    9. Time to select some cheeks. On your jungle cock cape the suitable hackles will be down near the bottom of the cape. Here is a picture of my cape.


    10. When you select you hackles you need to remove some of the hackle fibres from the hackle. The result you should get should look like this. Also if your jungle cock is split try adding some floo glue or some varnish.
    The result.



    11.Once you have selected two similar jungle cock hackles tie them onto the hook shank as shown.


    12. Now when you have tampered with your cheeks and agreed to move on. Create a head and whip finish. The Diawl Bach should look like this.



    Diawl Bachs can be tied in all different ways as long as they catch fish. I like tying the Diawl Bach this way. It catches me good fish and its neat. Try experimenting with all different material but make sure you keep the peacock herl, Its a must have and helps the fly to imitate fresh water bugs


    Hope you enjoy this one. I am off work sick from the car accident and got a little bored. You all just needed to have this in your box for this season
    Happy tying.
    Last edited by Cromie; 13-02-2007 at 03:42 PM.
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    Very nice Cromie.

    Well done

    Dougie

    (PS - I always tie in a rib of very fine silver wire or mono on standard DB's, will help make the fly a wee bit more durable)
    Last edited by Dougie; 13-02-2007 at 01:09 AM.

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    I gave up tying in a rib dougie. I don't know why but to me it really didn't make a difference to the fish. I used to tie in a red holo tinsil. It caught me fish but i prefer this one beter.
    Cromie

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    That is really excellent Cromie, I like the jungle cock eyes, I aways understood, Diawl Bach was Welsh for Little Devil....
    You are obviously left handed...
    Last edited by grayling; 13-02-2007 at 01:34 AM.

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    Default Good work Matt

    Matt that is excellent.
    Thanks for the stages. I might just make some up for the spring.

    Glad to hear you are getting better, no rush.

    Cheers,
    Roy

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    Cromie, nice tie and hope you are getting better.

    The one tip I would add is to put a little superglue on the shank before you wind the peacock herl up it. This improves durability, which is important when you catch as many fish on a DB as I do I tend to use a red UTC wire rib for the same reason.

    Charlie

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    Diawl Bach was Welsh for Little Devil....
    Yup - spot on

    I tend to use a red UTC wire rib for the same reason.
    Me too - JC feathers are too precious for this fly!

    I do a hot orange head and red UTC wire rib - on a size 14 it's deadly.

    I'll also superglue and use a narrow pearl lurex rib as well

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    Cromie

    I dont have Red Game hackles, but will use Brown as I think they look similar ? ( Its a kind of red brown ) .

    How many peacock herls do you use, and how do you achieve the cigar shape if you are using a standard amount of herl ?

    I'm looking forward to tying this as I have only ever used DB's (once) without success and they were poorly tied commercial jobbies on **** light hooks.

    The season starts soon for me - about 1 months time !

    Thanks in advance
    Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God.

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    My question is: is this a river/stream or pond/lake fly?

    Very nice tie by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayling
    That is really excellent Cromie, I like the jungle cock eyes, I aways understood, Diawl Bach was Welsh for Little Devil....
    You are obviously left handed...
    No im not left handed. Im right handed. I just had the tripod infront of the vice when taking pictures. It still looks ok tho.
    Last edited by Cromie; 13-02-2007 at 12:30 PM.
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