Nohackle Flies

Messrs Doug Swisher and Carl Richards have written what the author of this Manual regards as one of the most important books in the fly fishing literature, and should be regarded as essential reading for all fly fishers. No other book is as clear and as fault-preventing on the subject of casting. The author tried self tuition from the old tomes - some readers will remember - "Hold a book under the castling elbow - tight now against the body!!!" Oh dear!!! Despite attempting to follow Charles Ritz with his High Speed/High Line casting technique with his diagrams of an "upcast" tangential to a circle, and his "backcast" on the circumference of a circle, only after reading this volume, "Fly Fishing Strategy" Crown Publishers, Inc., New York has over twenty years of misconception and poor casting been cleared and the light dawned! The secret is straight-line movement of the arm.

The authors of this book have developed a dun pattern which is well worth the tying and the fishing.

After a suitable body is formed for the dun pattern you have in mind, two duck quill wing slips are prepared and are held straddled over the body with some one-third of their length below the hook. These are held at about 60° slanting backwards towards the bend. The pinch is forgotten and the wings merely held in place as the following operations take place.

The silk is taken up between the wings and loosely looped over the far wing slip. The silk is then taken up between the thumb and the near wing slip and then over the top of the far slip.

The thumb and the fore-finger of the left hand are then tightened into the pinch. The silk is then drawn down gently, slowly but firmly. The two loose loops are thus drawn into a tight grip on the wing - when this is completed, two or three firm turns are made - FORWARD of the tightened initial loops. All the while the pinch is maintained. Then as in the winging described in Chapters 8 and 9 the thread is allowed free THEN the wings released.

lb prevent the wretched splitting of the quill wings, a drop of either vinyl cement or poly-urethane resin can be applied to the top of the wing with the aid of a dubbing needle.

Double wings can be tied on each side of the fly by using two slips from one flight feather and two slips from the opposite flight feather. Each set of wings is tied in separately, the two slips from the right wing is tied on the far side of the fly and the slips from the left on the near side.




Figure 10.62 Double Wings For No Hackle Flies


Figure 10.62 Double Wings For No Hackle Flies

A wide slip of feather can be rolled (See Figure 10.63) to form one side wing and a rolled section from the opposite feather to from the other.

Insects often exhibit a banded structure in the body and the ribbing applied with lurex, tying silk, coloured thread etc. produces this effect in the fly.

Other techniques can be employed too.

  1. Banded Deer Hair. Dyed deer hair bodies with coloured bands are constructed easir ly by applying alternate bunches of differently dyed hair and clipping to shape after whip finishing the hook and taking it from the vice.
  2. Alternate Banding. Alternate layers of chenille, marabou silk or similar body material. The required coloured material in two strands are tied in at the bend, the silk advanced to the shoulder and alternate turns of the coloured materials advanced along the shank in a similar fashion as used in the construction of the body of the Royal Coachman (Page 62)
  3. Stripes. The production of a stripe along the shank of the hook either along the back of the fly or along the belly is achieved by using a length of appropriately coloured single strand of marabou silk and chenille or wool. The chenille or the wool is the colour of the main body and the marabou that of the required stripe.

A brown body with a yellow belly stripe could be made by tying in a length of brown wool and a length of yellow marabou at the bend. A turn of the wool is made and the marabou wrapped around the wool below the shank. Another turn of the brown wool is made and the yellow again wrapped around the wool below the shank. This procedure is repeated until the body is completed. See Figure 10.64

A back stripe could be made by making turns of the striping material over the body material as it is brought to the top of the shank.

LEFT SIDE Figure 10.63 Roll Wing For No Hackle Fly
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