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This you could say is my first true freestyle. I'm callin this one Gaddy's Tooth.
This is by far and away my most difficult, technical, and dare I say badass fly to date, without a doubt.
I'm still a little shocked that I pulled this thing off. Man, if you could see the smile on my face! 馃槂

I just started tyin a Gaddy style fly knowing that I was going to do something different for the wing and overall look to the fly. I ended up deciding for the collars and wing exactly what you see here. A miracle really. Tenting wings is more than a struggle for me, and it usually ends to be a complete and udder failure. This time, however, I told myself, I'm gettin this **** no matter how long it takes. And yea, it took a while 馃槄. At least 1.5-2 dozen tries, but I got it. Then in went the accents, and on when the crest. I'd never attempted a topping before, but I got it right off the bat. Shocked the hell outa me, but maybe it shouldn't have. I was on a roll baby! Anyway, sorry to ramble, I'm just so happy right now. Seriously can't even believe that I actually tied this thing! I'll leave the recipe down below the pics in case you wanna give it a go. Hope you like it!

Pollinator Insect Arthropod Flower Liquid

Pollinator Insect Arthropod Flower Liquid


Gaddy's Tooth
Tip: Medium Oval Silver Tinsel
Tag: Fl. Yellow Silk
Tail: GP crest , Red GP Tippet
Body: Pink Silk , Hot Pink Seal Fur
Ribbing: Large Flat Silver Tinsel
Hackle: Hot Orange Gadwall
Collar: Red Schlappen , Teal
Wing: 4 Black RNP Rump Feathers &
2 Hot Orange GP Body Feathers
Topping: GP Crest
 

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Like in all the pics I post, it still needs another coat of lacquer.
Don't worry, those teeny ridges will cease to be.
She'll be smooth as a marble after that. :cool:
 

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Go for sparser hackle as in strip one side before wrapping and don鈥檛 even think jungle cock would look out of place. The crest work is outstanding
 
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Go for sparser hackle as in strip one side before wrapping and don鈥檛 even think jungle cock would look out of place. The crest work is outstanding
Thanks man. I actually did strip the feathers, hackle and collars.
One and a half turns of both the schlappen and the teal, underside first.
I think I did do a full turn on the gadwall at the end of the ribbing then plucked the barbs at the top of only that front wrap.
If I did without the schlappen, it'da been a lot sparser for sure, but I wanted some red up front.
I wish it was a lil sparser myself. Too many thick-burbled webby feathers. Rookie mistake.
Thanks for the tips.
 

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Thanks man. I actually did strip the feathers, hackle and collars.
One and a half turns of both the schlappen and the teal, underside first.
I think I did do a full turn on the gadwall at the end of the ribbing then plucked the barbs at the top of only that front wrap.
If I did without the schlappen, it'da been a lot sparser for sure, but I wanted some red up front.
I wish it was a lil sparser myself. Too many thick-burbled webby feathers. Rookie mistake.
Thanks for the tips.
With schlappen if you crush the barbs with your thumbnail the fibers separate and can give you a sparser look or just go to a cheap Chinese cape
 
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