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                    Making a Fishing Fly - Tying the Silk




The first stage in learning to tie your fly is to practice attaching the silk to the
hook shank, running the silk up and down and finishing off with a with finish
knot.

   1. Choose a large hook or one which you have made.
   2. Hold it firmly by the hooked end in your left hand.
   3. Trap one end of your silk with the left hand holding the hook.




   4. Place the silk over the shank at the eye end with your right hand.




   5. With the right hand, wind the silk back towards the left hand, trapping
      the loose end of the silk held in your left hand.




   6. After two or three turns, pause to trim off the waste silk.
7. Resume winding the silk down to the bend with even turns.

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8.    Run the silk back up to the eye and tie the whip finish by forming a loop
      of silk.




9.    Place two fingers of your right hand in the loop and roll the loop back
      over the eye, trapping the loose thread as you roll.




10.   Repeat this step three or four times.




11.    Now pull the loose end of the thread until tight and trim off the waste
      silk.
     Winding a Hackle - Hackles are used to simulate the wings of an insect.
     The hackle is usually made of feathers taken from the neck of the
     domestic chicken, but any feather should do.

                        Cock Hackle - The cock bird provides the stiff steely hackle
                        fibres which support a dry fly on the surface. Note the up-
                        turned eye on a dry fly.



                        Hen Hackle

                        The hen bird provides the softer hackle fibres which allow a
                        wet fly to sink below the water surface. Note the down-turned
                        eye on a wet fly.



Attaching the Hackle

1.   Before tying the hackle on to the shaft of your
     hook, carefully remove the soft, downy feathers
     at the base of the feather.




2.   Trim the quill (the stalk) leaving about 0.5cm of
     quill.

3.   Wind the silk around the hook near the eye as
     before. Tie the feather to the shaft of the hook
     with a ‘figure of eight’ wind.




4.   Wind the silk towards the bend to secure the
     feather.

5.   Taking the tip of the feather in your right hand,
     wind the feather back towards the bend.
6.   Stop winding the feather after four or five turns.




7.   Secure the feather with two or three turns of
     silk. Cut the remainder of the feather off.

8.   Wind the silk carefully back through the hackle
     towards the eye, securing the hackle in
     position.

9.   Build up the head with a couple of turns of silk
     and finish with a whip finish as before.
Adding Eyes

The addition of a pair of eyes can make your fly look more realistic. They can
be painted onto the head of a fly or tied in. The eyes shown below are made
from a section of chain. You can use the sort of chain that holds a plug onto
the side of a bath or forms part of a key-ring.



1.   Using a pair of small wire-cutters, cut away two
     eyes from the chain. Make sure you don’t cut
     between your eyes!




2.   Tie on your silk near the eye of your hook as
     before.

3.   Wind the silk around the hook near the eye a
     few times. Tie in the pair of eyes with a figure-
     of-eight binding across the chain link.




4.   Check that the eyes are square to the hook and
     then add further turns of the silk to secure the
     eyes in place.




5.   Finish the silk with a whip finish as before.

6.   Add a drop of varnish to seal the work.

				
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