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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:19 am • # 1 
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I recently learned the bi-colored thread technique and used it on this one. It is, as the name suggests, made from a single feather.

- Start thread at the middle of the hook.
- Tie in a tail from fibers of your chosen feather (more on this later).
- Wrap a thread body with the main color, forward and back to the hook bend. In this case, Im using white.
- Once back at the bend, make a 4" thread loop and tie it off. You now have the main thread and a loop on the rear if the hook.
- Run the main thread back to the front 1/3 point behind the eye.
- Next, grip the loop in your hackle pliers, pull it taut, and color the thread using a permanent marker. I used black to achieve a contrast against the white body.
- Hold the loop tight, like a two-strand thread and spiral wrap the blackened thread loop back to the front 1/3 point behind the eye, and tie it off. Trim the excess.

FEATHER: Body feather from a wood duck.
The tail came from fibers near the feathers' middle, and the thorax was dubbed from the marabou-like "fluff" near the feathers' base.
Finally, the hackle was tied by its tip and wound on behind the eye. I gave it a half hitch to secure it in place and cut off the excess.

Because I used white thread, I again colored the length of thread that will become the head. Just pull the bobbin back from the hackles' tie point, exposing 6" of working thread. Run the marking pen along this length a few times, to color it. Then wind on a small head.

End with a whip finish and make a shiny bead head with cement.
Another "One Fly" from the vise - one hook, one thread, one feather.

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Yeah!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:21 pm • # 2 
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Good idea coloring the thread another color... I like that.

Mark


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:11 pm • # 3 
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Oooooh, I really like that one!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:59 pm • # 4 
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I am impressed, you should have showed me that one when you were here. That's a great looking soft hackle fly....Don in SC


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:14 pm • # 5 
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Tailingloop wrote:
I am impressed, you should have showed me that one when you were here. That's a great looking soft hackle fly....Don in SC

Couldn't show what I didn't know yet, Don! Seriously, the inspiration for it hadn't really "gelled" then.

I had read about it in one of my books, "Simple Flies You Can Tie With Three Materials Or Less," by C. Boyd Pfeiffer.
But it was only the other day that I gave it a whirl. I've caught bluegill on other soft hackle flies, and I gravitate towards them when I have nothing else in the vise.
Glad you like it. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:17 pm • # 6 
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mvinyard wrote:
Good idea coloring the thread another color... I like that.

Mark

I gather it is not unknown, as techniques go. But, like you, it sort of struck me as a stroke of genius.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:20 pm • # 7 
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CBarclay wrote:
Oooooh, I really like that one!

Thanks. I'm a big fan of soft hackle flies, especially the classics after the English style.
This harkens back to those.
My biggest challenge is to maintain proper proportion with these. It is key to getting their "look" right.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:22 am • # 8 
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What a great fly! Simple yet striking. Thanks for posting.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:47 pm • # 9 
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flyfossil wrote:
What a great fly! Simple yet striking. Thanks for posting.
thanks


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:34 am • # 10 
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what size and type of hook?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:45 pm • # 11 
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very good job, looks fishy for shure Sleepy <((((<


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:11 am • # 12 
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I will have to give this a shot. Simplicity is nice.


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