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Sunday, 14 August 2011


Below are a couple of flies I've just tied.

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On the left is an Elk hair and CDC caddis and on the right is a South African fly the DDD, (Duckworths Dargle Delight)
The origin of this name is a story on it's own and too long to tell here.
The DDD above with deer hair tail, spun deer hair body, and a dark brown, almost black saddle hackle about twice the hook gap, maximum two turns around the hook. The spun deer hair is trimmed slanting backwards in a cone shape, not too neatly (trim the deer hair before tying in the hackle). Underneath it's trimmed flat so it doesn't obscure the hook. I tied this one 0n a #12 dry fly hook, though a heavier and bigger hooks work just as well.

A very buoyant fly, can be fish through rough water, and can be used as a strike indicator with a nymph suspended from the bend of the hook. Works well in still waters to. In still waters it's fished almost static with a twitch now and again. The takes on this fly can be quite dramatic.

Can be tied in any colour, and I've found that  large, yellow DDD's fished at dusk are almost irresistible to bass.

Above elk hair caddis. I tied this one with a tail of elk hair, dubbed body of synthetic olive green dubbing, and under wing of  olive CDC, and an over  wing of elk hair, almost twice as long as the body. This fly is tied on a #14 dry fly hook.  this fly can be used to imitate small grass hoppers. Also a very buoyant fly.

Looking  to buy a digital camera in the R2800, ($350 to $400) price range. Any one have any suggestions on a good camera.

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