Tying The Big Softie Golden Stone
Hook: Hends BL254 #8.
Bead: 3.8mm Nickel.
Thread: 50D GSP, White.
Tag: Glo-Brite #8.
Tail: Goose biots dyed golden stone.
Abdomen: Snowshoe Hares Dubbing, golden stone.
Ribbing Two: Hends half round body glass 1.2m #31 Khaki Brown.
Thorax: Whiting Brahma hen saddle dyed mottled gray/golden brown feathers and Snowshoe Hare dubbing.
Collar: Natures Spirit UV Tracer Squirrel Flash Dubbing, natural gray fox.
In this tutorial you will learn to:
Using a fill material to form a smoothly tapered abdomen.
Tying a compound dubbing loop with a Petitjean Magic Tool.
Tying with holding, binding and stacking thread wraps.
Tying with gel spun thread.
1.) Begin by establish a thread base to the tie off point using the Glo-Brite thread,
2.) Form a small tag about 2mm wide at the rear.
3.) Select two goose biots that are not much wider than hook wire gauge. Many people use too wide a goose biot for the size of fly they are tying. Measure to length (body length).
4.) Transfer your grip to the material hand and secure with three careful holding wraps. Holding wraps use just enough tension to hold the material in place if we let go.
5.) Let go and inspect everything for alignment, length and overall tidiness.
6.) Proceed to wrap the glo-brite thread forward in flat, touching turns to the bead. Switch to the Uni-Stretch and and begin wrapping smooth a taper by keeping the material untwisted through the tying process.
7.) Tie off the uni-stretch with a simple two or three turn whip finish and cut away. Prepare a section of body glass by cutting a 3-4mm long wedge in the end.
8.) Now attach your primary tying thread and wrap towards the tie in point. Using two holding wraps, secure the body glass flat side facing out by the tip.
9.) Gently tug on the body glass to draw the tip into the two turns that are holding the material in place. Leave a 1mm tag so we can bind down using flattened high tension thread wraps.
10.) Rotate the vice back into -90º position. Proceed with establishing a clean first wrap of wire where the two strands remain in parallel with each other through the entire first turn. One full turn should result in the second turn abutted up against the first. zoom in!
11.) proceed with winding the two wires forward.
12.) Stop wrapping once you reach your tie in point. Pass the thread under the wire and over the hook in a cross-over wrap. Take 5 firm turns to secure.
13.) Applying steady pressure with the tying thread in a southwesterly direction — down and back— you can easily spin off the wire against the thread.
14.) Begin dubbing a very small amount of Spectra dubbing. Use less than you think you need. As Americans, we tend to tie with way too much material. In tactical nymphing, we need to starting using less material and allow the fly to sink unimpeded by bulky materials slowing it down.
15.) I had way too much dubbing already so I pinched off about half of what I started with. Take your time forming a nice clean tight dub.
16.) Two turn at most! no more. Wind the dubbing tight and compact up against the bead. Whip finish.
17.) Keeping firm tension on the thread. Plunge the wedge of the scissors up into the neck between the collar and bead severing the thread. Do not use scissoring actions when tying with gel spun threads.
18.) Rough it up to get a few strands of the dubbing loose and unruly.
19.) Finished fly.