Fly Pictures, by Request

by Jeff D
(Overland Park, KS)

Micro Egg

Micro Egg

The first fly is the micro egg. This is tied on a size 26 Gamakatsu C12-BM, with a 1.5mm gold tungsten bead, Veevus 16/0 white thread, and Shrimp Pink ice dub. I also tie this with a pink 1.5mm tungsten bead and fluorescent pink Senyo Laser Yarn.

The Gamakatsu C12-BM is an amazing little hook. It is made in size 26, 28, and 30 yet has a much bigger eye (probably equivalent to a size 18) which makes it much easier to tie one to the tippet, especially with aging eyes. I used to have trouble keeping fish hooked on small hooks, but not with these!

Unfortunately, I don't have the size 30 UKB at hand to photograph, as I'm doing this on my break at work. I've added a vise to my desk to take advantage of lunch break time to crank out flies so the only ones I have at hand are ones I've been tying here.

However, the recipe is very simple: Gamakatsu C12-BM size 30, red Veevus 16/0 thread, and I separate the strands of Shetland Spindrift Oyster yarn, and use only one strand, tightly twisted.

The second fly is the Stewart Black Spider, tied on a size 20 Firehole Sticks 413. I tie it just like WC Stewart did: lay down a layer of black Veevus 16/0 thread toward hook bend. Tie down Starling feather by the tip, twist feather around thread, then wind forward. It is not a pretty fly by any stretch of the imagination. The fish do not seem to care one bit that it's an ugly mess.

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