Saturday, January 7, 2017

SOFT Meeting, Tuesday, January 10, 2017


SOFT – Tuesday, January 10, 2017 
6:00 pm
   8401 Old Stage Road, Gold Hill

I hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays, and you are healthy and happy starting the new year.  Lots going on at the McCants household with the heavy snow and tree damage.  I do hope that you all made it safely through the storm and are not without power and enjoying the snow we have this year.  I understand that this was the second most snow in Medford in the last 100 years (if you can trust those weather persons). In any event, I am looking forward to our coming events and time together as we learn from one another both old and new tricks in our tying efforts.
Mr. Mark Teeters will tie two flies for fishing everywhere.
Mark will tie the Gimp, a Midwestern nymph fly designed by Lacey E. Gee, and identified in “Practical Flies and Their Construction”, 1966, page 34.  The fly is used in the Midwest for “most uncooperative” rainbows and browns (also “steelheads”).  It also is used for panfish like bluegill and crappie.
Gimp 
·       Hook – any standard number 10 down eyed (and debarbed, of course),
·       Thread – any claret or red 6/0 to 16/0 thread,
·       Tail – a few fibers (5-8) of dark blue dun hen hackle fibers,
·       Abdomen – grey wool,
·       Wing – two Gimp feathers (aftershaft feathers at base of Amherst Pheasant Tippet feather),
·       Hackle – Dark, blue dun hen hackle, 2 turns only (do not overdress the hackle) 2-3x hook gape
·       Head – Thread and then whip finish.


Additionally Mark will tie a fly of his design which he calls the Sleech.  The Sleech is used in both rivers and lakes for all species of fish.  The key features of this pattern are the profile and use of materials that have maximum mobility.  This fly uses the minimum of materials for maximum effect. The pattern follows below:

Sleech Standard 
·       Hook – Mustad 9574 or similar hook size 12-14,
·       Thread – Claret 6/0 to 12/0,
·       Rib – Small or fine copper wire,
·       Tail and body –  On the Sleech I tie in the copper at the tail set and advance the thread back to the head. I stack 3 to 5 aftershafts and tie them in at the head and use the copper wire to tie them down at the tail set and wind wire forward, ribbing and binding the aftershafts down zig-zagging to leave the edges free. 
·       Head – Thread as above.



Sleech Steelhead 
·       Hook – Standard Steelhead TMC 7999 size 4-8,
·       Thread – Claret 6/0 to 8/0,
·       Rib – Small or fine copper wire,
·       Tail and body – On the Sleech I tie in the copper at the tail set and advance the thread back to the head. I stack 3 to 5 aftershafts and tie them in at the head and use the copper wire to tie them down at the tail set and wind wire forward, ribbing and binding the aftershafts down zig-zagging to leave the edges free. 
·       Head – Thread as above.


 Top View Sleech Steelhead


Bottom View Sleech Steelhead





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