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  1. #1
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    Default John White's Sparkly Kate

    I would like to submit this fly in memory of John White who first tied this for me when I used to live in the Scottish Borders. Some of you may have known him in the Eighties and early Nineties when he fished for the Scottish disabled team and Selkirk Angling club. A great fishing companion who would keep you entertained all day with his stories while the never ending rollie hung from his lips!
    His original was based on the Kate McLaren and had a hand wound gold mylar head. He used to tie this for me in competition sizes and wee doubles, it's effectiveness with both brown trout and rainbows when nothing else would work was amazing. One of his size 12s gave me a superb 4lb 4oz brownie from Loch Leven during a B&H qualifier.
    I have updated the fly a little bit by using the gold bead instead of fiddling with the gold mylar wrap on the head.

    Apologies for the photo quality but my old Kodak has just given up the ghost tonight and I am using my wifes' camera of which I have no idea how to use and just uploaded this to Photobucket which I also don't know how to use!

    Materials List -

    Hook - Hiro Mod P23 size 8 or hook of choice
    Bead - Gold Plated plastic (as I prefer a lighter fly)
    Thread - any fine black but Danville is my preferred one
    Tail - Lureflash Fluo Lime Green Antron wool
    Rib - Strand from pearl mylar medium tubing
    Dubbing - Black antron with a few fibres of sparkle red
    Wing - Red Cock hackle just larger than gape





    Run the thread to the start of the hook bend


    Tie in a doubled length of Fluo Lime Green Antron Wool (Lureflash used here) and trim to size


    Tie in the Pearl Mylar strand


    Dub on the Antron to the thread and catch in to the fly


    Run the dubbing up the body to behind the bead and secure


    Space the mylar rib evenly along the body


    Select a hackle that has fibres slightly longer than the hook gape


    Tie off the hackle and whip to leave it standing proud (you can have it pushed back but this gives a bit more life to the fly)


    Finish with SHHAN on the thread and go fishing!


    Hopefully if I post another fly I can get the picture size correct!
    Last edited by Albannach cuileag; 16-02-2007 at 06:11 PM.

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    thanks for that AC.i'm sure it wont take you long to get to grips with photobucket.

    jim
    The Fishermans Friend is the Flirty Fly,Fickle Food for Fleeting Fish.

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    thats actually really similar to a stalking bug i tye for use stalking rainbows in clear water but the body is peacock herl with same ribbing as yours, a white hackle as the white hackle really shows up in clear water and its also tied on a 16. Nice fly!
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    Nice Fly AC, I'll try and tie up a few and give them a try,

    Yaffle
    "There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing." - Oscar Wilde

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    Thanks for that AC, a nice fly and a nice story to go with it.

    You may find this thread helpful with the step by steps...
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    Scotfly,

    thank you for the link to the step by step, I will make good use of it.

    Your fly tying set up is enviable! My wife won't let me keep my gear out so I have resorted to using my computer desk instead. Years ago I constructed a fly tying box with lift out trays to hold everything and this is back in use again so I don't get too much hassle from her unless she finds some of my 'lost' hooks with her feet!

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    Divorce is the only answer!!
    I told Mrs Scotfly the flytying set-up stays as is, or she goes!! She is still here..... selfish cow couldn't stand seeing me happy
    All done

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    At last! All the same size after banging my head off the wall when I realised that I have to refresh the page to see the alterations after re-editing the photo sizes.

    Scotfly, your tips in everything are invaluable!
    Roddy

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