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Friday, August 12, 2016

Muddle May Variation

Muddle Up Your Mayflies




Do you have a strong desire to spin deer hair on every fly pattern you tie?  Do you use GSP thread for everything including flossing your teeth? Have you ever tied a size 18 diver pattern?  Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, this fly might be right up your alley.

This is kind of a variation of a fly called the Muddle May, but this one has a bit more pronounced head at the front.  It's really not a hard fly to tie, because it's more about the quantity of the hair, and the strength of the thread than it is about the actual skill of spinning the hair.  I get a lot of questions about the proper thread for spinning or stacking hair, and GSP is absolutely the best, and it's not even close.  For smaller bugs like this one where moderate pressure is needed and I'm only using one clump of hair, 50D is fine.  For medium spinning jobs like a Muddler Minnow, I'd bump it up to about 100D, and for a full on diver style bass bug I crank it up to 200D.  (Check out our GSP)  GSP is great at having maximum strength and minimum bulk.  Just be careful not to pull too hard because it WILL cut through your deer hair.

Another thing to note here is that I am "spinning" the hair in this video instead of stacking, and I don't use a hair packer because I kind of want the loose effect of a spun head.  Good hair can also be the reason that you either fall in love with hair bugs, or you launch you vise through the closest window...  Nature's Spirit products really make it easy to ensure that you get a "good" patch of premo spinning hair, and it will also ensure that you won't throw your vise away and become a touring professional Pokemon Go player.

Put Pikachu down and tie more flies.

~Cheech




Material Lists

Green Drake


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Hook: Gamakatsu S10 Executive Series Dry Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Olive Dun     
Tails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Olive     
Body : Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Fl. Chartreuse     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Gray Olive     
Wing: Nature's Spirit Spinning Deer Hair - Light Olive     
GSP Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 50 Denier     


Brown Drake

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Hook: Gamakatsu S10 Executive Series Dry Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Olive Dun     
Tails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Brown     
Body : Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Brown     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Brown     
Wing: Nature's Spirit Spinning Deer Hair - Brown     
GSP Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 50 Denier     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Peak Hex Hair Stacker - Standard     



4 comments:

  1. Sweet Pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Cool fly, why didn't I think of this?!

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  4. I remember seeing a pattern that George Grant tied where he wove deer hair onto several pieces of thread and then tied it around the hook basically making a deer hair hackle for dry flies. I wonder if you could get the hair just the right length and then spin it all the way around leaving it to function as a dry fly hackle? That would be fun to try.

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