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Hi All,

As part of the November TOTM the theme was creating a fly like a firework


As a result, I ended up with a hybrid kind of Frances / Feeler fly that I quite liked the idea of - so I have had a play around. So thanks to SnapT for the theme and giving me a few ideas (well done and thanks for taking on the support of TOTM)

Here’s an SBS for a back-end Calviny type feeler comet. They are quite blingy but you can always pull tinsel out, you cant stick it back in!

Overall Tying Materials:
Tube: Plastic of 7C Bottles - lines standard or Frodin (for Frodin Cones)
Rostrum: Small amount Pink Bucktail as a cuff, 2 strands Pearl flash
Back Body: Red seal mixed with Yellow glister dub, brushed out and a few strands stretched bronze flashabou over
Mid-Hackle: Fluo Red Cock
Feelers: 2 stripped orange and 2 stripped yellow cock feathers (CHINESE not INDIAN)
Front Body: Note - I used seal first time, but given this hybrid front end is kind of hidden and to save cursing at wire slipping - I've used black floss and copper wire
Front Hackle: Orange Hen
Spur: Bronze/copper flashabou
Long JC
Frodin Small Red metallic cone


Step 1: Prep Tube for inner, add a cuff of bucktail - add flash (Note - i'll use white thread first so as to keep colours bright - black thread can sometimes mask colour as it comes through when fly is wet)

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Step 2: Put on Dub mix - Red seal and glister - then brush-out (I use a piece of velcro on a biro) - you could add a rib to protect- but i haven't bothered
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Step 3: Add in mid-hackle - I've done one turn

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Step 4: Swap to black thread, put in feelers (a tip for feelers - use an orange and pink cape - and when you strip them, use a pantone marker to colour back in the white stripping point). Tidy up to build up body to hide cut ends of feelers.

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Step 5: Tie in Wire, cover with black floss, rib to front. This is where you may have problems with slippage - that's why you neaten up body after adding feelers. A bit of glue can help.

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Step 6: Add front hackle (hen) - 2 or three turns

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Step 7: Add bronze flashabou spurs (optional), JC (optional) - I like both. Finish with cone.

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Step 8: Trim hackles to suit - in the old days of feelers about 10 years ago - they were massive - but up to you.

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Thanks,

Patrick
 

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Brilliant Patrick,

I'll get studying that in more detail later.

Only 10 pictures allowed? 🤔 How will that affect Iain and Nathan with the voting for TOTM?

Thanks again for taking the time to do this. Very much appreciated.
 
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Brilliant Patrick,

I'll get studying that in more detail later.

Only 10 pictures allowed? 🤔 How will that affect Iain and Nathan with the voting for TOTM?

Thanks again for taking the time to do this. Very much appreciated.

Thanks Richard - thought I'd give it a shot. The pictures added in the sequence I added them from my phone - so that was good.


Yes, 10 ONLY will be a problem - Maybe it's because I attached?

But also, I can't zoom into the pictures either - can you? If using a mobile phone it'll be awful. I've got bad eye sight so i always pop the pictures out so I can zoom in.

I've raised as an issue on the feedback thread.

All the best, Patrick

Thanks,

Patrick
 

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I really like those and thank you for taking the time to do the SBS and additional pictures.
 
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Thanks Richard - thought I'd give it a shot. The pictures added in the sequence I added them from my phone - so that was good.


Yes, 10 ONLY will be a problem - Maybe it's because I attached?

But also, I can't zoom into the pictures either - can you? If using a mobile phone it'll be awful. I've got bad eye sight so i always pop the pictures out so I can zoom in.

I've raised as an issue on the feedback thread.

All the best, Patrick

Thanks,

Patrick
I can drag my phone screen to zoom in on the photos. It is something I've always done myself to get a closer look at things and I can still do that thankfully! 😊
 

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Fantastic Dr P……..well done.

The advent of the new forum coincided with the arrival of my new phone and I am trying to find my way round both🤦🏼‍♂️
It’s not easy for an aging technosaur but I am hoping to get on to photos at the weekend
 
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