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· Grandpa Howard
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During my last trip to the Deschutes I stopped in to see John and Amy Hazel. To my luck both were in the shop and in great spirits. Knowing my passion for fly tying materials Amy retired to the back room, only to reappear draped in a polar bear hide. My jaw hit the floor as envy consumed my soul. Polar bear has always been my preferred material for hair wings and to see so much of it in one place was mind blowing. Amy knowing I was in agony point to a small basket on the counter filled with the white magic. My trip was made before I stung a rod. Yes legal polar bear is over the top expensive, but you can’t duplicate the natural characteristic of this material. Like seal fur it is translucent and really pops in any amount of light. The root ends are hollow, (nature’s way of insulating) making it real easy to get a good bind when tying the wing in. There is nothing like the real stuff, then, that holds true for most of the traditional tying material. The inspiration for this fly came as I was finishing up some purple stuff for next week’s trip. For some reason my Aqua Mist came to mind, so I guess you could call this a hair wing variation. Have fun with this one and thanks for looking.

Un-named till I catch a fish on it

Hook: Alec Jackson size 3
Tag: Small silver oval tinsel
Tail: Dyed greenish blue GP tippet
Body: Blended seal, purple, light blue, dark blue, highlander green, and chartreuse,
Rib: Pearl Mylar
Hackle: Turquoise and purple mixed
Wing: White polar bear (calf tail with a few strands of flash for a sub)

Start the tying thread at the bend of the hook. Secure in a length of oval tinsel and wrap the thread down the bend binding the tinsel as you go. Stop wrapping when the thread hangs in-line with the point of the hook.

Don’t wrap the tying thread back up the bend. Doing so only adds bulk and makes it hard to get the oval tinsel to lay fly. Begin wrapping the oval tinsel forward, pushing the tying thread forward as you go. When the tinsel reaches the start of the bend secure with two or three firm wraps with the tying thread.

Prepare a clump of tippet barbules and secure in as a tail.

Secure in a length of pearl Mylar and build a dubbing loop with the tying thread. Wrap the tying thread forward to just behind the eye of the hook. Load the dubbing loop a give it a spin.

Wrap the dubbing forward to create the body.

Bring the Mylar rib forward making 5 open wraps.

Prepare a torques and purple hackle by clearing all the unwanted barbules and fluff from the stem. Secure in the torques feather first followed by the purple.

Wrap both hackles at the same time to create a collar.

Clip, clean, and stack a clump of hair. Gauge the wing to length and clip the tag ends. With 3 to 4 wraps secure in the wing. I add a touch of cement to the thread prior to the whip finish. While the cement is drying, build up small head with the thread. Throw in a whip finish and this one is read for the swing.

This fly is going to get a good workout next week on the Deschutes. Hope to see you on the water. Good tying and better fishing.

· Undertaker
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love your sbs

Marty, I always learn a little something from your impeccable technique - the tinsel butt method - pushing the thread forward with the tinsel wraps is new to me and a great method. One minor comment - not a criticism - I'd bet that fly would get more grabs on the D in a size 6. I haven't a clue why, but when I fish a two fly rig - with a size 2 or 4 up front and a size 6 on point, almost all my hookups are on the smaller fly.
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