Love the looks of a well dressed Dallas fly like this one. Well done.
Is it complicated with so much banding? Is it just me?
Looks complicated, but imagine dressing one without a vise... Mike???
Yup, I tie these in hand and to tell you the truth, it's not much different than tying a "King" series, the Dallas has extra silk banding.
Not to make it seem like it's easy, the opposite actually. Like you know Vic, It all starts with the first rib. Proper spacing on the first rib dictates how the others get tied in.
Picture a cross section of the shank looking from the bend end towards the "eye" as if it were a clock. Each rib gets tied in sequence:
- 1st rib is at 7:00 - silver
- 2nd rib is at 8:00 - oval or twist (gold or silver)
- 3rd rib is at 9:00 - hackle
- 4th rib is at 6:00 - red silk
- 5th rib is at 5:00 - blue silk
First rib is wound from bottom to top, dividing into 5 equal segments.
Second rib is the oval that I follow the edge of the first tightly.
Forth is next dividing each rib segment in 1/3
Fifth is next taking the 2/3 segment.
Last is the third rib which is the hackle. Follow the oval in tight so the stem is protected.
Each rib is from bottom to top.
Gobin's rendition of the Purple King has 7 ribs total
The OP's ribbing to my eyes is spot on !!
Another reason why I think this is a sexy