Dave Collins’ various patterns

We enjoyed a presentation and fly tying demonstration last night from Dave Collins of Moccas. This proved a very enlightening evening with bags of information on natural flies, as found in our region, and how to represent them artificially. Dave has kindly given me the dressings which are now shown here. Do give these a try next Spring onwards and your success rate may improve as Dave’s did. A super evening which as usual flew by. Thanks to Dave.

Dressings:

 

1. Various Duck’s Duns  

 

1.1. Duck’s Dun and F Fly based on HvK’s “Universal Baetis” body

  

The tying details for Hans van Klinken’s Universal Baetis parachute pattern have been on the web for some years – just type in “Universal Baetis”.  On the web, the body dubbing recommended is Flyrite 44 which is Ecru, a beige colour, whereas the photograph on the web appears to be of Flyrite 42, which is Dark Olive Brown.

The original HvK parachute pattern should therefore read:

Hook:                           Partridge E1A 14-16

Thread:                         black

Tail:                              dark grey microfibetts

Tag:                              Flyrite 17 Golden Brown

Body:                            Flyrite 42 Dark Olive Brown

Rib:                              Pearsall’s silk 6a; orange gold

Thorax hackle:              Dark Dun

Wing:                            Dark Dun siliconised yarn (Niche)

Using tan or olive treads instead of black, and the tag, body and rib materials above, F Fly variants have been tied in a range of sizes using Fulling Mill All Purpose Lightweight hooks size 20-14.

The materials for the Duck’s Dun version are listed below:

Hook:                           Fulling Mill All Purpose Lightweight, typically size16

Thread:                         Uni 8/0 Tan

Tail:                              Dark basal fibres from large red game or badger cock hackles

Body:                            Butt: Flyrite 17 Golden Brown

                                    Rest of body: Flyrite 42 Dark Olive Brown

Rib:                              Pearsall’s silk 6a; orange gold

Wing:                            4-5 CdC plumes

Thorax hackle:              Medium dun, medium brown dun or honey dun cock hackle, trimmed to

                                    a “V” underneath

1.2. Olive Upright Duck’s Dun

Hook:                           Fulling Mill All Purpose Lightweight size 12

Thread and rib:              Bennechi Cinammon

Tail:                              Two brown microfibetts or light brown red game cock approximately the

                                    length of the body 

Body:                            Butt: Flyrite 43 Camel

                                    Rest of body: Flyrite 32 Rusty Olive

Wing:                            Five CdC plumes

Thorax hackle:              Dark dun cock hackle, trimmed as above

1.3. Duck’s Dun for Large Brook Dun and others

Hook:                           Fulling Mill All Purpose Lightweight Size 10-12

Thread:                         Uni 8/0 Tan

Tail:                              Two brown microfibbets or brown cock hackle fibres

Body:                            1:2 mix of Superfine March Brown: Sulphur Orange

Rib:                              2.5lb Maxima Chameleon

Wing:                            Five or six CdC plumes

Thorax hackle:              Dun / brown or red game cock hackle, trimmed as above

2. Tying materials for Yellow May shuttlecock emerger

Yellow May emergers are about 11mm long and about 2mm wide at the widest part of the abdomen and at the thorax.

Hook                            Size 12 Oliver Edwards Nymph Emerger K14ST

Thread                          Uni 8/0 Light Cahill

Rib                               Uni 8/0 Tan

Tail                               Two yellow microfibbets

Body                            Flyrite 38 Pale Watery Yellow

Thorax                          Masterclass 24 Amber Caddis

Shuttlecock                   CDC – natural grey       

Legs                             Mallard flank feathers dyed yellow 

Wing buds                     Black goose biots

3. Tying materials for Grannom pupa emergers

A Grannom pupae is about 9 mm long and, at its widest, the body is about 1.5 mm with the typical “dumpy” Trichoptera pupa shape. 

3.1. Grannom pupa parachute emerger

 

Hook                            Size 14 Kamasan B100

Thread                          Uni 8/0 Tan

Rib                               Uni Big Fly Black

Body                            Masterclass 14 Gammarus Watery Olive

Thorax                          Superfine Amber

Legs (optional)              Black dubbing e.g. dyed rabbit picked out

Wing post                     Medium dun floating yarn (can use other post materials for improved                                            visibility but use the dull dun as standard)                       

Hackle                          Black

 

3.2. Grannom pupa shuttlecock emerger

 

Hook                            Size 14 Kamasan B100

Thread                          Uni 8/0 Tan

Rib                               Uni Big Fly Black

Body                            Masterclass 14 Gammarus Watery Olive

Thorax                          Superfine Amber

Thorax back                  Black Raffene

Wing buds                     Natural grey CdC tips pre-treated with brushed-on Floo Gloo (then

                                                allowed to dry) to stop the CdC floating. 

Legs                             Black dubbing (e.g. dyed rabbit) picked out

Wing                            Five natural grey CdC plumes 

3.3. Cul de Grannom

 

Hook                            Size 14 Kamasan B100

Thread                          Uni 8/0 Tan

Rib                               Uni Big Fly Black

Body                            Masterclass 14 Gammarus Watery Olive

Thorax                          Superfine Amber

Legs                             Black dubbing (e.g. dyed rabbit) picked out

Wing                            Deer hair under-wing of 8-12 hairs 

                                    CdC over-wing of 4-5 plumes

4.  “WIP” Agapetus mini-caddis pupa CdC shuttlecock (“work in progress”)

Size of natural 5mm long and 1mm wide; wing buds 2-3mm.

Hook                            Kamasan B410 midge hook size 16

Thread                          Ultra 70 Olive

Body                            Guttermans CA 02776 colour 528

Rib                               Uni Tan 6/0, twisted tight

Wing buds                     Black Flexifloss

Legs                             Brown olive Hare Dub

Shuttlecock wing           4-5 CdC plumes

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