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Good floatant

Friday, 12 April 2019 at 16:06

Dry Magic Tricky to find a good floatant for flies dressed with CDC - with duck's arse feathers. Standard liquid floatants drown the fibres and Gink (which is otherwise good) and even Dilly Wax (very good) clog the fibres. I found a tip on the excellent site of Stuart Minnikin ( some stuff called Tiemco Dry Magic. It's expensive and rather odd: it comes out of the tube like any gel floatant but it feels dry when you stroke it onto the fly. Yet it works well with CDC. I'd still urge you to tie plenty of copies of any CDC patterns if and when you use them, because they do become slimed and eventually waterlogged. Better to carry half a dozen of the same pattern than just one or two.

Deerhair Emerger

Sunday, 7 April 2019 at 10:53

Deerhair Emerger A lovely pattern Steve Rhodes showed me last week is the Deerhair Emerger, originally designed by Bob Wyatt (Trout Hunting, 2004). Steve kindly gave me a couple of his own flies: size 16 hook with a curved shank, darkish hare's ear body ribbed with yellow silk, a still darker thorax (hare's mask) and a wing of coastal/fine deerhair. And that's it. A variant can be made with a body of stripped quill. The artificial represents hatching duns - 'emergers' - and fishes with the body under the surface and the wing/thorax trapped in the film. As a representation of LDO duns or olive uprights this is a fine tying: simple, durable, practical. As Steve showed last week, in the appropriate circumstances it also works very well.

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