Banded Bodies

Figure 10.64 Making A Stripe-Below Body

Figure 10.64 Making A Stripe-Below Body

The man who has done so much for the advancement of salt-water fly fishing in Australia is Jock Gray who has tied thousands of salt water flies - and has given most of them away in his endeavors to interest Australians in this fascinating side to our sport. In the interests of space in this volume we have to limit our section to the description of two flies, both of which have taken salt water fish. One member, Rob Herman who has retired to explore the Eastern Coast of Australia in a yacht reports great success with the fly in the salt. He reports at least forty species of fish have fallen to the fly.

  1. The Blue-bait Blondie. Fly man Lindsay Haslem now of Tasmania was always enthusiastic about this fly. Tied on an Eagle Claw Number 2 cadium hook with a body of silver tinsel or silver mylar tube and a wing of white bucktail. The white bucktail was coloured on the top layer with a bright blue Texta colour. (A white bucktail tail could be added.)
  2. The Viking. This fly was designed by the late Brian Pattinson, a member of the Southern Fly Fishers.


Hook 4/0 Mustard Beak.

Silk Monofilament nylon.

Body Silver parcel string and Silver Sequins.

Tail Calf tail dyed fluorescent white.

Wings Calf tail dyed fluorescent red and white.

Figure 10.65 The Blue-Bait Blondie

Figure 10.65 The Blue-Bait Blondie


1. Wind nylon down shank of hook to bend tie in calf tail and leave the waste. Tie in silver parcel string. Wind nylon back to eye binding in the tail waste. Whip finish.

Wind silver parcel string up to within lk inch of eye and tie in. Whip finish.

Tie in string of sequins at shoulder and wind down through the sequins in much the same action as winding through a hackle. Tie in at tail, cut off surplus sequins, wind back to eye and whip finish.

Tie in small amount of white calf tail then on top of that about three times that amount of red calf tail, whip finish. Build up head with nylon and whip finish.

Figure 10.66 The Brian Pattinson Viking

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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  • tom
    How do you tie a banded body AND "fly tying"?
    7 years ago

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