Fly Tying Patterns

The hawthorn fly

 The hawthorn fly - by Geoff Littler

I sometimes feel that this is a 'too specific pattern' in that it doesn't look much anything else other than that it is meant to imitate. That said when the naturals are on the water it is extremely useful and more importantly loads of fun to fish with.

Tying Materials

Hook: Kamasan B160 Size 14.
Thread: Any black tying thread will suffice.
Body: Black dyed Vernille with the end singed with a cigarette lighter.
Legs: 2 Knotted black dyed cock pheasant centre tail fibres.
Wing: Pale cream or very light ginger cock hackle tied in reverse style.
Hackle: Black dyed cock saddle hackle.

Tying Method

Step 1: Secure the hook in the vice with the point protruding.

Step 2: Attach tying thread about 2/3rds up the hook shank.

Step 3: Cut a short length of black dyed Vernille (suede chenille). Singe the end with a cigarette lighter.

Step 4: Tie the Vernille in to form a detached body.

Step 5: Select 2 black dyed cock pheasant centre tails. Knot each one in turn.

Step 6: Tie one centre tail fibre each side of the body. Ensure that they angle below the mid point of the body.

Step 7: Tie in a light coloured hackle as shown. It should be noted that if you are tying right handed then you should hold the hackle tips in your right hand and wind 2 turns of thread with your left. You may make the wing slimmer by pulling the full hackle through the turns with your right hand. Conversely you may plump up the wing by pulling the hackle with your right hand.

Step 8: Once you have your wing to your desired shape secure in place with additional turns and trim waste ends.

Step 9: Tie in a black dyed cock hackle. This one is a saddle but that is not too critical.

Step 10: Wind the hackle in front of the wing as a collar.

Step 11: Whip finish.

Step 12: Trim any stray hackle fibres and varnish to complete.

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