The Geehi Beetle

We have been tying tags up to now. Many flies have tails or whisks, and the Geehi beetle has whisks of what is possibly the most important tail-former in the book - fibres from the collar of the Golden Pheasant. These yellow and black fibres are obtained either as loose feathers or a complete cape. We suggest buying the complete cape - you will certainly use one in short time.

Remove one feather from the collar and snip off about 6 barbs making sure that the black marks remain together. Hold these in the right hand and measure along the hook a distance equal to hook length.

Carefully transfer the tippets to the left hand with the point A just between the forefinger and thumb ready to pinch and throw the loop when placed just above the silk which has been left at the bend.

Pinch and throw the loop. Pull down gently, throw another loop pull down gently. You can now remove the fingers of the left hand and the fibres will be firm enough. Now for a trick - Take a turn of silk under the tail, but on top of the hook. Pull this loop back gently towards the eye of the hook and the tail will stand up as cheeky as can be. This is, of course unnecessary, but it looks good to the fisherman. (Figure 4.7)

Figure 4.7 Measuring, Tying-in and Standing Tail of Tippets

Tie in about four peacock herl and a red cock hackle at the tail. The red cock can be riffed down by the fingers or even one side of the feather stripped off. This latter is termed halving the hackle. (Figure 4.8)

The red cock is tied in by the tip. (You now know why this is done). A fat body is wound by one of the methods with the herl. A good red hackle is tied at the throat.

The halved hackle is would evenly up the body. The throat hackle is wound. Tie in, whip finish.

This is a favourite fly on the streams of the Snowy area, and some fishers even demand the fly on hooks as large as 6. A good floater and possibly imitates beetles or even blow-flies.

Figure 4.8 "Half-Hackle" and Full Hackle (Palmer)


Lunn was a weir keeper and fly fisher of excellence. He invented several flies, and always used the most simple materials. This fly requires only a hook, tying silk, and two feathers.

Place a 10 in the vice. (12 if you are getting game). Strip several fibres from a fairly large cock hackle. Tie these in as whisks. (Dont forget the proportions) (Figure 4.9)



Figure 4.9 Modified Lunn's Particular

Strip all the fibres from the large cock hackle. (It could pay to soak this in water) Flatten this main shaft by running the thumb nail over it as you hold it on the middle finger. This will produce a slightly flattened material with two colours, which when wound on the body will give one of the best imitations of the segmented body of an insect you could wish.

Tie the shaft in at the tail by the tip. Trim off the waste of the tip. Wind an even bed of silk along the hook. You will notice a lump left by the whisks beneath the silk. As in most flies, this lump can be minimized by cutting the whisks off at a slant.

The bed will form an even layer for the winding of the so-called quill body.

Trim the fibres from the base of another hackle feather and tie in at shoulder.

Wind the shaft very evenly, turn by turn up to the eye. Tie in and trim off.

Wind the shoulder hackle in the normal way.

If you tie off now you have produced a hackle dry fly. Figure 4.10. This will stand up well (cock) on the water and catch big fish ... if they are in the mood.

As we shall see later, the insects often lie spread-eagled on the water. These are often the Dayflies who have been through the adult, egg-laying stage-the imago or spinner, and are now dead, floating in the meniscus of the water and almost invisible to the fisher. A scheme of figure 8'ing with the hackle will produce a wing-like effect and will trap further big trout.

From the eye side of the hackle, take the tying silk through the fibres, away from you and to the rear of the hackle. Bring the silk well behind the hackle fibres, under the hook towards you and still behind the hackle. Thread the "silk carefully through the fibres away from you and to the eye side of the hackle. This will bring your silk to the position at the start. See Figure 14.11.

This figure 8'ing can be continued until the fibres lie at right angles to the hook, but are all trapped to each side and none is found above the hook. Make a whip finish turn.

Remove the hook from the vice and turn it upside down. Repeat the procedure. This will produce a hackle fibre wing.

You can now whip finish and you have a spent spinner. However if you like the wing effect of the hackle fibre, you could tie in another hackle and revert to a dry spinner pattern.

Again you could wind the first hackle, then remove the fly from the vice and figure-8 under the fly. This will produce a spent spinner pattern with a wing erect, but the legs spread-eagled on the surface of the water. See Figure 4.12.

The spent spinner is a most valuable fly to have in the box.

Often you will fish a spinner pattern, fish rising and you will be successful until the fish refuse your spinner but still rise. They are possibly taking the spent spinner - Dayflies floating with wings spread flat on the water and possibly not seen by you in the twilight.

From beneath hackle, up, over to in front of hackle

Complete flattening of top of hackle after several turns

Up, over, behind hackle

From beneath hackle, up, over to in front of hackle

Complete flattening of top of hackle after several turns

Figure 4.11 Figure 8'ing The Top of the Hackle

Top figure 8 preparation for spent spinner

Top and bottom -

wings by figure 8'ing. Spent spinner with hackle fibre wing.

Bottom figure 8'ing - winged spent spinner

Top figure 8 preparation for spent spinner

Top and bottom -

wings by figure 8'ing. Spent spinner with hackle fibre wing.

Bottom figure 8'ing - winged spent spinner

Figure 4.12 Figure 8'ing Hackle Fibres


The Lunn's Particular is properly tied with wings in the "Spent" position. These wings were hackle tips of blue dun - you could use a dyed cape and it would be better tied after you study Chapter 5. Figure 4.15 will shown you how to tie in the spent hackle tip wings. The Lunn's Particular should be tied with crimson tying silk.

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  • hannes
    How to tie the geehi beetle?
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