It’s getting to be that time of year when we can think about not dredging the bottom and start fishing in the upper reaches of the water column. We’re talking wet flies for this Currentseams Tuesday Night Zoom, and I’ll be telling you about the materials and hooks I use to tie these simple, traditional, and devastatingly effective flies. Bonus: I’ll throw in a tying demo. If you haven’t been getting the Zoom links — I send them out Tuesday late afternoon — please check your spam box. If you’re sending a request to get on the list, please don’t wait until 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night…I won’t be checking my email that late. Thanks!
Thanks for hosting that nice discussion on wet flies, as well as the tying demo. One thing I do differently on my soft hackle/spider wet flies is use a small dubbing ball in place of the thread dam you used. I think the ball gives a little more flexibility in flaring the hackle. For instance, just prior to whip finishing, if you run your thread back to just in front of the dubbing ball it will flare the hackle to almost 90 degrees. If you don’t go that far back, the hackle will sweep back over the ball but without converging on the back end of the hook.
Thanks for sharing your technique. It’s good that you have a system that you like. I generally don’t like to add extra materials to a fly; since I have a traditionalist streak a mile wide, and the traditional thread dam works quite well for me, I’m going to continue to tie my spiders in the same old way. 🙂
Some people like to add a ball of dubbing to bump up against the back side of the hackle; it’s pretty much like adding a thorax.
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Is there any way to watch a recording of the meeting? I was unable to attend last night.
Hi Chris — sorry, I don’t record the sessions. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer the, . You can send an email or call me any time. I appreciate your interest!:-)