The Comparadun series of no-hackle dry flies were developed by Caucci and Nastasi in the 1970s using a hair wing tied in a 180° flair. They are very effective patterns in slow-moving clear water where an imitative (as opposed to impressionistic) pattern is needed.
Comparaduns are one of the most versatile mayfly patterns in existence representing a low-riding mayfly to near perfection. They are commonly used during a PMD (pale morning dun) hatch. The fly we will be tying is Davie McPhail’s ‘Double Decker”. This is a relatively straight forward fly to tie and wont break your budget ….you may have the material in your tying kit.
- Hook – size 14
- Thread – 8/0 to match your dubbing
- Tail – Microfibets, antron or Coq de Leon fibres (use pheasant tail if that’s all you have)
- Body – Olive or any other natural dry fly dubbing
- Wing – Deer Hair
- Deer Hair Stacker – you can borrow other tyer’s stacker if you don’t have one
The original plan was for exploring dubbing brush but this has been postponed to August.
Instead John will lead with a fly from the IFFF Fly Tying Bronze Award flies. Download the instructions here with the intention that the CAA tying program will slowly work through the collection. This month is the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph Evaluation Fly.
Usual time of 7:30 PM at Raiders Weston.
John led us through this very pretty (and I understand very effective) fly. John tells me he didn’t see any Petitjean gear at Nathan’s new digs, however Troutlore has them in stock. JQ tells me they are worth the expense.
Claude volunteered to host fly tying on Wednesday 27 March tying the Grab All emerger.
Detailed instructions may be available from Claude or Lyall, though the fly is a Chris Bassono design and can be found in a standard text book.
Peter assumed the task of leading.
The Fly was the egg laying Elk Hair Caddis. It is a simple fly to tie and can be tied from size 20 to size 10. In past years it has been responsible for many hook ups for Peter (he cannot suggest that it was primarily the egg laying tie that attracted the fish or whether an ordinary would have done the job).
The following materials are required for the tying of the Egg Laying EHC:
Hook size: size 16 or your preferred size hook Hanak 100BL
Thread : Uni thread 8/0 Brown
Dubbing: Ice Dub UV peacock eye (or hends spectre dubbing 46)
Dubbing : superfine dubbing Tan
Hackle: Brown Saddle Hackle to suit hook size
Wing: Bleached Elk Hair
Leon has offered up this pattern. He said “I am sharing this easy to make fly for carp. For people who only have enough time to fish near home. Drag slow on bottom for carp and fast for Redfin.
Share the fun! I have caught many this summer with this fly #8 or #10.”
The PFD (personal floatation device) Humpy is this month’s Fly Fishers International Fly of the Month so is being tied all around the world in November. Lyall will take us through some of the intricacies.
This is a high floatation stimulator/attractor which is great for choppy rapids as your dry fly on your dry and dropper rig.
Hook: size 10 dry fly hook (I used a 1x short Gamakatsu S12-1F but any dry fly hook will do)
Wing: white kiptail
Hackle: saddle hackle – any colour
Body: floss any colour and 1.5 mm foam sheet any colour (see attached photo and you will get the idea)
Tail: elk hair
Thread: 6/0 colour to match foam
JM led a small team learning special tips on how to tie this damsel nymph. One thing I learnt reading the FlyLife article was that while damsels and dragonflies look similar as adults, their nymph stages are quite different.
Flytying will be run by Shaun with his Crustacean Bugger – now known to be effective both locally and in Italy! Normal time of 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club.
According to Lyall it looks like a trout slayer to and would be perfect for taking on the fat trout a few of us have been catching at Lake Eucumbene over the yabby beds recently. The materials list is below and Shaun’s full tying instructions will be available in hard copy at fly tying on Wednesday so BE THERE!!!
Shaun’s Crustacean Bugger
We tied the Eucumbene Zonker Bugger under JQ’s supervision.
Materials list and a photo of the killer fly here. Warning – these flies are so deadly that NSW Department of Primary Industries is about to make them illegal. 😀
The zonker is the tail, a replacement for the usual marabou. They’re not overly big and tied on a jig hook so that it may be snag free as you pull them through yabbie beds or soaks around the lakes.
– jig hook sizes 10-16. 12-14 is a recommended size for these. With a slotted bead to suit.
– Thread 8/0 uni and a colour of your choice
– Zonker strip (olive, brown, Black etc) to create the tail. We will remove the fur from strip, rather than tie in the strip.
– flash in any colour. One or two strips tied into the tail.
– body may be any dubbing, spectra, seals or chenille etc
– small wire any colour (locking down the hackle).
– hen hackle to suit body. Eg grizzly, olive, brown black etc.
– hot spot usually flyline backing or something that ‘pings’ when the UV torch hits it. JQ will bring this. It’s what Nathan recommends!
– head cement be it Loon UV or Sally Hansen’s