I have been tying on heritage shanks for 2 yrs now.I REALLY LIKE EM.
Heritage shanks are superior to the partridge in my opinion, and I do not like the senyo shanks at all.
Tho just about everything else that greg senyo has is top shelf imho.
Heritage shanks and senyo lazer wire
Is a great combo!
Have any of you tried tying with Scott Howell's method. Its a small mono loop tied at the rear on top of the shank. Your tippet then goes through the eye then through the small loop and a small piece of junction tubing and ties to your hook with a small loop. The knot is then pulled up into the junction tubing. I hope this makes sense. Rob
While you surely could use that method of rigging HAP Classic Shanks, one of the preferred methods (at least for me, at any rate) is to use a loop of 30 or 40 lb. Fire Line as is shown in the below SBS:
Lay down a base of gel spun thread onto the shank.
Lash down the Fireline loop wrapping forward from the back, putting the tag ends thru the eye of the shank.
Pull the Fireline under the shank and wrap it back towards the end of he shank, trim and wrap the thread forward and back again an extra time or two for security’s sake.
Change over from gel spun thread to a lighter gauge to reduce bulk and tie in the marabou tail and schlappen feather.
Dub body and palmer the schlappen forward.
First collar of schlappen.
Second collar of mallard or Egyptian goose flank.
Tie in marabou wing.
Lay in the top wing of mixed flashabou.
Switch back to gel spun thread.
Tie in the ram’s wool or Aussie possum for the head with several hard wraps to secure it and whip finish.
Trim the head for desired profile and you’re all done.
Using this method, the Fire Line is stiff enough to help keep the hook in the proper position. It is also nice for changing out hooks, even with cold, wet fingers! Greg Senyo's wire is also an excellent way to attach hooks and is bullet proof and I enjoy his products very much. I will have to research this other method and find out more about it, you can never have enough tricks in the ol' kit bag!
As with all things tying and spey related, there are MANY ways to skin the proverbial cat and many things to choose from.
I think Scott's method is designed for a fly that has a top and bottom profile. So the fly doesn't need to be tied in the round. Also it has the feature of the hook tied directly to the tippet, same concept of a fly tied on a tube. He has a video explaining the madness to this method. P.S. nice fly. looks like one of Kevin Feenstras'
Are all your flies tied in the round? What is your method for tying flies that have a top wing or a profile that has a top and bottom. How do you keep the fly riding properly in the water, using the wire loop method? Lead eyes? Is there a way without adding more weight to the fly? I know that's a lot of questions but I'm new to tying on shanks. Thanks, Rob
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