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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Emerald Princess - sbs

This is another fly from my very long to-do list.

If we are to tell what is "The" color to use in our waters i'm sure that the most voted one will be the olive green, and maybe the next will be the black (though technically it is not a color). A bit over a year ago i was doing one of those "net-surfing" trips i do from time to time looking for fly patterns and did find a nice salmon fly tied on a double hook, called "Lady Jane", it caused a great impression on me and i not only tied it but also moved forward looking up for a pattern that would fulfill my expectations when it is about tying spey flies.

I came out with this pattern several months ago, but didn't had all the right materials until now.

So here it is, let me introduce the Emerald Princess.

The Emerald Princess


Hook: Partridge Bartleet CS10/1 size 4
Thread: monocord 6/0
Tip: Fine golden oval tinsel
Tag: Yellow/Golden silk
Tail: Golden Pheasant Crest
Butt: Black Ostrich Herl
Body: Emerald Green Floss
Rib: Golden oval / light green silk / golden oval
Collar: Black saddle and guinea fowl
Underwing: Holographic Flashabou (4 strands)
Wing: Olive dyed grey squirrel tail
Cheeks: Junglecock
Head: Black

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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1: Start the thread in front of the hook point.

2: Tie in the oval tinsel.

3: Make the tip. I don't like less than three turns nor more than four. When you secure it, make sure it is under the hook (and silghtly behind) and do not cut the waste yet. Bring the thread forward to the tie in point for the silk.

4: Tie in the golden silk and run it flat to the tip.

5: Now twist the silk and go with it back to the starting point while making well touching turns. Trim the excess of silk and the waste of tinsel now.

6: Tie in the golden pheasant crest (steam it if necessary) the tip of the feather should reach the end of the hook bend.

7: Secure the crest and tie in the ostrich herl (by the base) and wrap several turns with it to make the butt, secure and trim the excess.

8: Tie in a strand of golden oval tinsel, followed by a not too thin strand of light green silk and followed by another strand of golden oval tinsel.

9: bring the thread forward catching all the tags and cut the excess once you get them to the end of the body. Make a nicely shaped underbody.

10: Cover the underbody with the emerald green silk. Here i like to start it just the same way as when starting the thread for the first time, it works very nice to me, but you can also do it just catching the silk with the tying thread as usual, it is just a matter of how do you feel more comfortable when doing it.

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11: Once you reach the butt, come back with the silk to the front, make sure all the wraps are even and there are no bumps. Secure and trim the waste. (Sorry for the loosy focus on this picture)

12: Make the ribbing, first one golden oval, then followed by the twisted silk (can do it untwisted, but i like it the other way) and finally the last golden oval tinsel. Try not to make much bump at the securing point. This can be a good time to change thread if you were using a working thread different than black. (or just paint it with black permanent marker)

13: Tie in a long fibered black saddle. Since i had saddles with just short sections of long fibers, i will use both sides of the feather, otherwise i would just strip one side of it.

14: When i do a fly without body hackle, I like this first collar to be a bit wide, usually around 4 or 5 milimeters wide.

15: Second collar, just two turns of guinea fowl with one side stripped.

16: Tie in four strands of holographic flashabou as underwing, they should be about the same lengh as the final wing, do not go past the tip of the pheasant crest.

17: Now tie in a bunch of previously stacked grey squirrel tail hair. Secure it firmly. i do not use any kind of glue for this, just several very tight and firm wraps with the tying thread. If i have trouble with it, i like to apply bee wax to the thread in that section, but nothing else.

17: Tie in the junglecock, for this fly i like it quite small and pointing in about the same direction as the wing.

19: Cut all excess, clean everything up, make the head and apply a gently clear varnish coating on it.

I hope you like this fly and you catch some nice ones with it

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Hi Rob,
Like the fly, nice pattern, good colour mixing and selected materials, everything is fine, except I do not feel "comfortable" with the flashabou underwing; I admit I could be wrong (in fact I am conscious I do not like too much bright in fly dressings) but I consider these "flashy"fibers could be replaced by other material.
What do you think Rob, is there any other material suitable for this pattern underwing?
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Thank you, Guillermo.

Well, i like using some flashy material with my hair wings, but one of the reasons iv'e put this flashabou in this fly is because that flash gave me good results here before. I have tested several patterns with and without the flash and had way better experiences with the bright thingies. Usually i use krystal flash, but in this fly i liked the red, green and blue shines that he holo flashabou produces.

Replacement? no, just don't put anything at all and the fly will be all right

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Very nice Rob!

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Remember when I told you even your hairwings will be effected by your learning how to tie featherwing speys?

Very well-done with a very easy to follow step-by-step. Nice job.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2009, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you

Yes, Russ, i remember it, and you were so absolutely right, my friend!

I'm glad you like this one.

Maybe today or tomorrow i will do a step by step on the Black Heron, being that one of my 3 favorites i want to publish a nice sbs in my website. I also need to gather some info ont he fly history to write a nice introduction there.

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Well done! Always looking for a new chartreuse pattern to play with!

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