by Fly Fisherman


Woven bodies of hair, raffia, straw, etc., make excellent appearing structures, however the time and effort involved in their construction is not warranted inasmuch as the more simply wound bodies appear to be just as efficient and wearable. One of the more common weaving operations is that of the bodies on the “Mite” series of flies or nymphs, originated by Wm. Potts. The material consists of a clump of mixed hairs, usually horse hair, cow hair, etc., to form a sandy appearance. This clump of hair should be approximately one sixteenth of an inch, or less, in diameter and long enough to handle comfortably with the fingers. The hook must first be wrapped with thread tightly and cemented. The material is secured at the lower end of body and the secured end wrapped tightly up the length of the body. A strip of orange, red or yellow floss, strong enough to withstand pulling, is tied in also at the lower end of the body. As the material is wrapped each turn is looped or encircled with the floss on the bottom of the body. When the body is complete the floss will have formed a straight belly line its whole length. When the body is wrapped and secured, the balance of the material is bent backward, adjusted around the hook and secured to form the stiff hackle of these flies. The hair hackle is cut off if longer than the length of the hook, where it should terminate.

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