Red Badger Single
This is a “warts and all” sbs of my first attempt at a Glasso style (and I use that term advisedly!) tie. This is the tie that will be winging its way towards the ‘pages swap, and for all those ‘unfortunates’ who will have to tolerate my mediocre tying. The pictures have been snapped as tied, first take, and thus, on reviewing the pics on my image editor (for re-sizing only), I can see some quite prominent ‘warts’.
However, I must pay tribute to all those superb tyers on the ‘pages who have inspired me to make the leap into an attempt at a proper tie, however crass this first attempt is.
Now I would wish to improve my tying, so all I would ask is for you all to be brutally honest with any commentary, in order that I may take on board such as to improve for the next time!
Anything I have done correctly is down to learning it from you guys – you know who you are!
Here it is:
Starting with a #4 Mustad single in the vice (see, I’ve already missed out on using an AJ hook!), and 8/0 orange tying thread, a length of fine French silver tinsel twist is tied in along the hook shank towards the bend
The silver tinsel is wrapped 5 or 6 turns as a tag
After tying in a length of medium French oval silver tinsel twist on the ‘dark side’ of the hook shank, a pheasant rump feather is selected (don’t even know the type of pheasant, as it came off a skin out of an unmarked bag!, but perhaps ‘greyish!).
The pheasant feather is tied in at its tip
A length of yellow floss is tied in next (I know, I gotta get some better quality floss!)
Wrap the floss down to the tag, and back up the shank to make the rear ½ of the body
Select some orange dyed seals fur (subs. = OK)
Spin a small pinch of the seals fur onto the thread
Wrap the seals fur to create the front ½ of the body
Start wrapping the medium French oval silver tinsel twist in open even turns