Mini Scandi no-body Glenfarclas

Grassy_Knollington

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Here’s a quick SBS, some of the photos aren’t great, the light in our living room is pretty poor.

MATERIALS:

For this fly, and others of the same style, you will need the following materials. Substitute where necessary I like the profile of the FITS cones but the Futurefly Hybrid 4mm cones are also small enough:

Tube: FITS XS tubing, or Eumer XS tubing - The tube just has to be small enough for the Tungsten Turbo Cone, normal 1.8mm liner tube is too thick.
Body: Futurefly 3mm Coper Tube Bead
Tag: Copper Litebrite
Rear Hackle: Orange Hen Saddle (Larger)
Wing: Yellow, Orange & Black Fox Tail, with 2 strands of fine Pearl Flash
Front Hackle: Orange Hen Saddle (smaller)
Cheeks: JC
Collar: Kingfisher Blue Whiting Hen Saddle
Cone: FITS Micro Tungsten Turbo Disc

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STEP 1 - Set up tube

You will need only 7-10mm of tube to fit the materials. However, I like a reasonable length to work with so I cut a length of > 15mm. Next, burr the end of the tube, slide it onto your needle and add the bead. I like to add a dab of Zap-a-Gap to fix the bead and keep the bulk down. An alternative approach would be to secure the bead against the burr by using tight turns of thread in front.

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STEP 2 - Tie in Litebrite.

Tie the Litebrite in loosely. I don’t spin it but just wrap it round the hook and secure. I like to make sure the top is longer than the bottom. Don’t make this too thick, or too long.

Do make sure that you open any loops that form. This style of fly is best fished with free swinging hooks. Generally this approach leads to less tangles but too much dubbing and loops of dubbing material can catch even free-swinging hooks.

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STEP 3 - Tie in rear hackle

Secure the larger of the 2 Hen Saddles, fold the fibres back and make 2 turns of hackle before fixing. In order to keep the bulk and length of the dressing down; use well-waxed thread and make as few turns as possible.

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STEP 4 - Mix the foxtail

Take the bunches of foxtail and strip off the underfur.

I take the fur from this.......

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To this.......

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The hair in the photo above is enough for 2 wings. I find it much easier to blend larger amounts.

Now combine the colours and roll the fibres between thumb and forefinger. Moisten you’re hands slightly to make this easier.

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Now split and recombine the material a few times to mix the fibres more evenly.
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I have found that brushing foxtail helps to combines it too. An old toothbrush, or, in this case some brushes from a beard trimmer, will do the job.

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Split, recombine and brush as often as you want. Then split the wings and brush in your flash.

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STEP 5 - Tie in the wing.

Place the wing on top of the tube and secure with tight, well-waxed thread wraps. I also add a light brush of Zap-a-Gap to the thread and wind 2 final turns to secure the wing.

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Initially the Fox will sit high an proud of the tube. Unfortunately I haven’t got a picture of that. In order to force the wing to sit closer to the tube, place your thumbnail on the top of the wing and work it forwards to add a small kink into the hair.

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I like it to finish like this....

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STEP 6 - Tie in front hackle

Secure the smaller Orange Saddle Hackle and wind on. You can increase or decrease the bulk by tying on further down the stem (thicker, furrier fibres), or further up the stem (thinner, longer fibres).

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I give a maximum of 2 turns at this stage. Secure the stem and trim the ends of the hackle and the Fox hair tight to the thread. I got away with fine scissors here, but a Stanley or Scalpel blade is the best tool for the job. If you do use a blade, just go steady and don't cut through the tube by accident!


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STEP 7 - Tie in JC Cheeks

Secure your JC. Once you tie it in, remember to fold the feather ends back towards the rear and secure with 2 further wraps of thread. This prevents the JC pulling out.

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STEP 8 - Tie in front hackle

The original Glenfarclas uses Blue Guinea Fowl. Finding good, small blue Guinea is a real pain. After seeing Rob Denson using Blue Kingfisher Grizzle Hen Hackles in T&S, I decided to try them as a substitute. I think it works well, but good Blue Guinea would be even better!

Tie your hackle in and secure. You really need to focus on reducing the bulk here. Make sure that you wind the hackles tightly and that you tie off the end onto bare tube or a single layer of thread. I wind the hackles twice and then whip finish.

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STEP 9 - Secure the cone

I like to add a dab of Zap-a-Gap before sliding the cone on, but you may prefer to simply slide the cone tight to the dressing and burr the end of the tube.

Either way, make sure the cone is tight to the dressing, or it may move and weaken the tube, leading to breakage in use. IMHO The fly also looks rubbish if the cone isn’t tight.

There is hardly any space behind the Micro Turbo Discs, all of your work reducing bulk pays off here, or if you fail, you pay the price 😀.

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The finished fly.

Give the fly a quick blast with a hairdryer to align the hackles and you’re done. I’m sure the fish couldn’t give a hoot, but it really does make them look better to me, works with GP shrimp tails too.

Hope you enjoyed and sorry about the quality of photos.

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DrPatrickT

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Very nice GK. I have played with mixing artic fox, and it’s worth the effort. Lovely looking fly 👍 - and a great SBS - so thanks for taking the time to put it together.
 
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