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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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McNeese Purple Brat variation

I hadn't tied a hairwing in about a year and wanted to change things up briefly between projects. It's a variation because I'm out of so many floss colors at the moment.

As usual I don't remove the underfur or stack PB. When wet I like the wing to come to an arrow point. I don't fish many bright flies like this anymore, but the pattern had been my most productive hairwing on the Deschutes and NU.

Dyeing materials (crest and PB) tonight to tie Olive Brats, Brown Brats and Rusty Brats.

Have a great weekend Spey Pagers.
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This is a beautiful tie, Shannon! I love how colorful McNeese patterns are, and this definitely looks like the perfect fly for the Deschutes.

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This is a beautiful tie, Shannon! I love how colorful McNeese patterns are, and this definitely looks like the perfect fly for the Deschutes.

Cheers, Jake
At 14 it was Dave's flies in Trey Combs book that made me want to tie with more than chenille and kip tail.

At 15 my parents were driving me over from Bend to spend the day at Dave's fly shop every Saturday.

When I graduated and worked full-time at a fly shop, I had Tuesday and Wednesday off, I spent those days at Dave's warehouse learning to dye material and fishing the Santiam.

Dave has been a big influence on my tying, and a good friend for 30 years. I quit tying for 12 years, it was Dave that talked me into tying again.

Thank you for the kind words.
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Spectacular tying and fly, well done!
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Bro, that's hot
I can see the McNeese influence in your flies ... just deadly !!


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I am glad Dave talked you back into tying. Your flies are inspiring.
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Nice wing taper! Much better than just a clump of fur tied in. Also, i really like the multi-colored floss body with tinsel coming over.....I might give that a whirl today
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Sweet fly Shannon! Well tied. That is pretty amazing that you got to be tutored by McNeese. I always loved his flies. Is there a good method to prevent polar bear wings from pulling out of a fly. I love the stuff, but have had them pulled off flies by fish and fishing/casting. Doubling it over works but makes for a rather large head. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Sweet fly Shannon! Well tied. That is pretty amazing that you got to be tutored by McNeese. I always loved his flies. Is there a good method to prevent polar bear wings from pulling out of a fly. I love the stuff, but have had them pulled off flies by fish and fishing/casting. Doubling it over works but makes for a rather large head. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Thank you, Nate.

I generally divide the wing into two sections for a more durable fly. I haven't had trouble with wings pulling out, that could come down to hair quality, too.

I've spent 15 minutes looking for an older step by step but can't find it on my tablet, or SD cards. I'm swamped with work right now but will get a SBS posted for you ASAP and PM so you know it's up. Hopefully that will give you a few tips making PB more enjoyable at the vice and on the water.

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Thanks Shannon. Take your time. I am in no hurry. I appreciate your help.

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I have never been really enamored with hair wings, but that one makes me positively swoon. Thank you for sharing that nifty bit of tying!
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Thanks Shannon. Take your time. I am in no hurry. I appreciate your help.

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No problem Nate.

I hope this helps a little. I had about 20 minutes to tie, photo and post before heading out to dinner so not my best effort.

From the photos you can see that I divide the wing into two section. This helps a great deal with durability. I also leave the underfur in the unstacked wing which minimizes the amount of hair needed. I just used AO Feathers sticky wax, if you want a bullet proof wing that will probably never pull out I'd recommend the adhesive Tear Meander, just a small amount on the PB tie in points is all you need.

I also try to select the softest PB I can find. This generally comes from a 2'-2.50' wide section from ears back 3 feet or so.

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thanks for the SBS Shannon, learned something new, Cameron
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Very nice Shannon! Much obliged. I will try the two-part method. That looks like some primo fur too!!! Thanks again.

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thanks for the SBS Shannon, learned something new, Cameron
Glad it helped. I'll do a proper hairwing SBS in the coming weeks. Once things slow down with work I'll setup a better photography spot, ordered a light box and a few tripods for a light ring and camera.

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