Come join us this Thursday night at 6:00 for our Thursday Night Tying Sessions! Everyone is invited to join us in tying flies and enjoy a few cold ones. The theme this week is……. Extended Body Night. Any extended body will work. Larry will have a few patterns up his sleeve and I will be showing how to tie a few different extended bodies on the Norvise and how to use extended body pins. Below is a warm up video with Norm showing how to tie an extended body with the Norvise.
This is a my favorite way to tie an extended body on a mayfly. Spring feels like it is upon us and the BWO’s are not far away. Water temps are starting to creep up, is 43 the magic number? The Norvise Extended body makes a perfect adult BWO. I tie it in a few different sizes. 16-20 is the most common, with an occasional 14 thrown in. Dai-Riki #125′s are my favorite hook. I will also use Dai-Riki #310 and #320. The #310 has a straight eye and standard shank and hook gap. Sound to fancy? To many numbers? I agree! Any standard length dry fly hook will do. For dubbing I use Montana Fly Company’s Frog Hair Dubbing. It dubs on smooth and comes in some great colors. Olive, Blue Wing Olive, Gray, Skwalla and Purple are great colors to use. Hareline’s Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub is another great material to use. You can use a number of materials for the tail. Deer hair, hackle fibers, micro fibbetts or my favorite…….. Moose Hair. Dont have any of these? How about an old paint brush? Paint brush bristles make a great tailing material. How about a shaving creme brush? Most of the cheap ones are made out of Boars hair. Boars hair is an outstanding tailing material that can be hard to find. The post material is also important. I like McFlyon, it seems to float beter and last longer than most. White, black and gray are the most popular colors to use. Wrap that post with a good quality hackle and your ready to feed some fish!
Here are a few things to think about bringing Thursday Night.
Hooks – Standard Dry Fly Hooks in size 10-16
Thread – 6/0 in what ever color you choose.
Body Material – Foam and Dubbing, colors listed above.
Tailing Material – any of the listed above
Hackle – Appropriate sized for the hook size, Grizzly, Dun, Blue Dun or Olive
Post Material – McFlyon, Poly or Parapost Material
Also bring along a sewing needle. We will be using this to tie our extended bodies on. We will be showing you how to set it up to work on any vise. When choosing your needle get the smallest one you can find. This will make it easier to remove the extended body from it when you are done tying.
Once again Drayton Osteen will be in the shop showing us some great foam extended body techniques. This Thursday will be one that you dont want to miss, 6:00 at the shop.