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Friday, April 28, 2017

May SOFT Meeting

Southern Oregon Fly Tiers
Tuesday, May 9th
6pm – 8pm
Tie Together Session

Hello to one and all!

As discussed at last meeting we are going to have a “sit down and tie together session” on Tuesday May 9th starting at 6 pm, 15 minutes of announcements and then we will get right to it.  If there is time we will move on to a third fly, the Yong Special.  There will be no Tech Session for this meeting.

We will be doing two flies during this session and it will include the McBear’s STIS March Brown and Bob Grace’s (Dunsmuir Fly Shop) Flash Wing Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail.  The materials list for the March Brown is in last month’s announcement.  Mr. Ed Morphis will give a brief review of the key points in tying the March Brown and Dave McCants will lead the tying session.

Then we will move on to the Flash Wing Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail as lead by Dave again.  The key features that are different from a standard pheasant tail are the “V” wing and the soft hackle feather in front of the “v” wing.  Materials and photos are as follows:

Hook, size 14 soft hackle (I use Gaelic Supreme size 14 and 16 Sly Nemes up eye soft hackle hook, but any size 14 will do for this class),
Thread – Black 8/0 10/0 12/0 Veevus or Uni thread,
Rib – small or fine copper wire (counter wound),
Tail – 3-4 pheasant center tail fibers,
Abdomen – 4 Pheasant center tail fibers,
V Wing – Small Pearl Mylar,
Thorax – Peacock herl (small),
Hackle – Hen furnace hackle, 2 turns.

Please bring materials for both flies, I will have Yong Special threads available for everyone, if we get to that fly.  I can also supply 4 inch pleasant tail centers available.  If anyone needs a vice, I can bring 4 vices that attach to a table for use in the session, but you need to contact me at Davetyer@comcast.net and let me know you need one so I bring them to the class session.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Kindest regards, Dave

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April SOFT Meeting, Fly of the Month, and Tech Table

SOFT – Tuesday, March 11, 2017 
6:00 pm
   8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

Dave McCants will be our demonstration tier this month.
Second fly, Yong Special, see also handout that will be given out at tying session...

Hook - Any 1x strong nymph hook sizes 18 - 26,
Abdomen - Sewing thread in brown, red, cream, white, olive or tan,

Head - Any 8/0 to 16/0 black thread to make a well rounded head, then apply head cement only to head...

Note - Tie in abdomen thread in center of hook, no jamb knot, just wrap forward 6 turns, then back (towards tail) 12 wraps, then spin thread and wrap forward to eye (should take about 16 turns) and do 2 turn whip finish.  Make head.

Yon Special

This month at the Tech Table we will continue our mini seminar on dubbing techniques. We left off with an introduction to the split-thread method and will discuss the varied ways it can be used for different effects. We will also be covering some different designs of dubbing blocks for creating dubbing brushes. There will be some great information to be shared so don’t miss this one right after the tying demo.

Monday, March 6, 2017

SOFT Meeting, Fly of the Month and Tech Table

SOFT – Tuesday, March 14, 2017 
6:00 pm
   8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

At our March meeting, Cathy Hamilton will be demonstrating a Woven Body Prince Nymph, utilizing the overhand weave.  This is a weighted fly, and the demonstration will include her special technique for adding the weight to the sides of the hook.  Those who watched Lee Wedberg’s demo at the February meeting will be able to compare his method with Cathy’s.

Weaving flies is not as complex as it might appear -- as with everything else in fly tying, it just requires a bit of practice.  But the special effects it can give your flies make it a technique that’s worth mastering.

Many different materials can be used for weaving, and Cathy will discuss the considerations for selecting suitable materials.  She will also have some examples of larger and smaller flies tied using the overhand weave technique, showing the versatility of the weave, and will have samples of other weaves that are used in fly tying.  

HOOK -- TMC 200R, size 8 (or equivalent)
THREAD -- UTC 140 (for wrapping lead), UNI 8/0 (for tying fly), both black
LEAD -- .025 (Superglue applied after lead is covered with thread)
TAIL -- Brown goose biots
Body -- Kreinik #12 Braid (“Tapestry Braid”), colors 005 (black) and 015    (chartreuse)
BEARD -- Black saddle hackle
WINGS -- White goose biots

This month the Tech Table will feature a mini seminar on dubbing techniques. We will cover the many and varied methods of applying all those different types of dubbing to the thread and hook. There may even be one you didn’t know about. The seminar will begin right after the tier demo. Don’t miss it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This Month at the Tech Table

This month at the Tech Table there will be a mini seminar on fly proportions. We will pass along some helpful tips on this very important aspect of tying. This is a subject that all fly tyers can benefit from no matter what level of expertise you have achieved. The presentation will start right after our guest tier completes his demo. See you there.
Dan Kellogg 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

SOFT Meeting

SOFT – Tuesday, February 14, 2017 
6:00 pm
   8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

This month we are in for a real treat.  Lee Wedberg shares his Stonefly Nymph.  If you were ever lucky enough to fish with Lee, you know that he is a fishy kind of guy and only fishes with flies that produce.  Nuff said.

Lee Wedberg Stonefly Nymph - 2016

Hook -    Size 6 to 4, shank 20-30 mm long, down turned eye, such as Mustad 9672, 36890, or R75-79580 (2XH/5XL).

Thread - Black 6/0 or 8/0

Lead -     Secure 0.030 lead to each side of shank.  To do this, secure one end of lead near the hook eye using 5 wraps of thread, then bend lead out of the way and make three firm turns of thread on the shank.  Next secure the another lead strip to the other side of shank with 5 wraps of thread, bend out of the way, and wrap thread three firm turns on shank.  Continue so that one strip of lead is secured on each side of the shank.  Finally wrap lead on forward 2/3 of shank, and
overwrap with thread spiraled over head to tail.

Tail - Two black goose biots, short and flared.

Rib -  Secure 4 to 7 inches’ dark copper wire at tail end of shank.

Belly - Tie on some white fleece on under side at tail end of shank.

Body - Tie on part of a lock of black Romney fleece by its tip (often sun bleached); wrap thread forward to head.  With an occasional twist, wrap black fleece forward short of the eye; secure and trim.  Turn hook upside down, pull white fleece forward along belly of fly, and secure by  (counter wrapping) spiraling copper wire forward making evenly spaced segments length of the body.  Now spiral thread back over ribs to the middle of the fly.  Return fly upside up.

Wing case -  Use barbs from large black goose or mottled turkey tail feathers.  Apply Hard as Nails (with fingernail polish at grocery store), and snip about 5 mm (maybe 9 barbs) from the rachis.  Tie in at midpoint of body, extending backwards over bend of hook.

Legs - Use guinea hackle feathers.  Determine the length of barbs to use as legs, then strip and remove all longer barbs.  Pinch and flatten the rachis at the base of the remaining barbs.  On top of the wing case, secure rachis at the base of the remaining barbs with the stripped rachis pointing toward the head, and the barbed portion toward
the tail.  Trim and remove stripped rachis. Carefully pull tip of feather forward, separate about 5 barbs on each side and secure with two or three thread wraps, then pull wing case over and secure it at the same point.  Move thread forward and repeat once or twice to complete four or six legs emanating from beneath the wing case. 

Antennae and head - Wrap a thin head, then tie on two thin rubber legs or peccary hairs for antennae, holding antennae back over the fly.  Continue wrapping a tapered head.  Finally pull antennae forward and overwrap to hold them splayed forward.  Whip finish immediately behind the bases of the antennae.  Trim antennae to about half the length of the body of the fly.

Three photos and instructions for small version are below:

Lee Wedberg Small Stonefly Nymph

This smaller version seems to hook at least as many fish as the larger.  It is tied exactly the same as the larger size above, with the following exceptions:

Hook - Size 8 Mustad 7957, or size 10 Mustad 94840

Lead -  Size .016.

Wing case - Thinner, maybe seven or eight barbs.

Rib - Very thin or black wire.

Legs - Dark brown pheasant body feather, or partridge speckled.

Antennae - Moose, or 3-pound test Maxima darkened with felt tip
permanent marker.

Top view from the side

Bottom view

Side view