Dry Woolly Series
The Dry Woolly is a pattern that has been around for some time. (A slight improvement involves using peacock herl as a carapace to keep the hackle from slipping.) Many fly tying lessons begin with this fly because of it's ease of tying and the number of techniques that can be taught. With the development of new fly tying materials a new body material has become popular with many tiers. The use of holograph tinsel has added some sparkle and variation to this old stand by. There are a number of holographic tinsel colors available to use for the body of this pattern. Some popular colors are green (aka - The Green Ghost), blue (aka - The Blue Devil), teal (aka - The Duck), gold (aka - The Digger), red (aka - The Red Hot), chartreuse (aka - It Ain't No Use), silver (aka - The Bullet) and rusty brown (aka - The Coffee). Other colors of holographic tinsel are available so experiment with different hackles and tinsel.
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|Hook:||Dai-Riki 300 Size 10-22.|
|Thread:||black 6/0 or match the body color.|
|Hackle:||Brown, Furnace or Grizzly.|
|Body:||Holographic Tinsel - color of choice.|
- Mount the hook
- Lay a thread base down the shank to the bend. Return the thread to a point behind the eye.
- Tie on several strands of peacock herl (depending upon the size of the hook) behind the eye and wrap over to the bend.
- Select a neck or saddle hackle and strip some barbs from the stem. Tie on the hackle at the bend of the hook. [Be sure the dull side of the hackle is pointing towards the eye.] Return the thread to a point behind the eye.
- Tie on a piece of holographic tinsel and wrap over it to the bend. Return the thread to a point behind the eye.
- Place a dab of head cement over the shank of the hook.
- Wrap the holographic tinsel forward and tie off. Clip the tinsel.
- Pull the peacock herl forward to form a carapace and tie off. Clip the peacock herl.
- Palmer the hackle forward and tie off behind the eye. Clip the excess hackle.
- Form a thread head and apply head cement, if desired.
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